Thursday, September 14, 2006

5 years ago today...

I rushed around packing a small bag and ran by Pacific Sunwear to buy a couple of new shirts. I made a list for my sister who would be watching Tristan, Alec and Isabel for the weekend. I checked and double checked to make sure I had the plane tickets. Then I drove to Fred House Academy to pick up Seiuli from his law enforcement training. We got to the airport early as was suggested by the airlines due to all the added security because of the tragic terrorist attacks just 3 days earlier. However, no one seemed to be flying and we were bumped up to an earlier flight. We arrived in Las Vegas 3 hours earlier than expected. What do you do with extra time to kill when you're eloping?? I honestly don't remember. I just know the time before our limo came to pick us up (10pm) never seemed to arrive!! Finally Doug- our driver- called up to our room at Circus Circus to let us know he was arriving. We rushed down to meet him and he drove us to the city building to get our marriage license. Then we drove to The Candlelight Wedding Chapel to get married. Doug was our witness and Rob Wayne Hickey was our preacher. Funny name, I know. He talked and talked and all I could think was, "Shut up already and say we're married!!" After the ceremony, Doug took pictures for us and then drove us down the Las Vegas Strip. We were hungry but since it was midnite all the fancy restaurants were closed. We ended up eating in the casino restaurant at Circus Circus. I had a tuna melt. :) Afterwards we went upstairs and... yeah. The next day we hung out on the strip and walked FOR-EV-ER. I had on black flip flops that rubbed a blister on the top of my foot. So, we bought me some socks to wear with them. I'd only lived in Utah for 6 weeks and I looked like a total Utahn. I was so embarrassed but figured people weren't paying attention to me and it's not like I knew anyone there!! The next morning we left and flew back to Utah to start our new life as husband and wife. Our marriage has had it's fair share of trials- mostly because of exes- but these past 5 years have truly been the best 5 years of my life. I am so blessed to have such a loving husband who spoils me rotten. He's a great dad to all the kids. He's never looked at the kids as "step" or "biological" kids. They're all HIS kids. He does anything to make me happy and sacrifices so much for our family. Seiuli, you are awesome and I love you so much! You have truly made all my dreams come true. I always wondered what it would be like to find the kind of love I thought only existed in the movies. You've showed me that kind of love can and does exist. Thank you for loving me. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! I look forward to all the future years with you... for eternity.

10 comments:

Mel said...

Happy Anniversary! Ahh, love isn't just in the movies.... that's good to know;)

s--max said...

Thanks for taking us through the exciting day. (since none of us were around for it - ha ha)
I am so happy that y'all were led to each other. We've been friends for 18 (!!) years now & I don't think I've ever seen you as truly "complete" (ok, maybe a little cheesy) as you have been since you met Sei. While he IS a great guy, remember that you're not the only blessed one; he is also blessed to have YOU.
HAPPY 5TH ANNIVERSARY, TORI & SEI!!
Love ya!

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

Happy Anniversary... I love reading stories like these! How much fun to elope! :)

Katie said...

Happy Anniversary! Did your families know you were going to elope, or was it a spur-of-the-moment kind of thing? What were their reactions?

Gina said...

Happy Anniversary! I love your story!

Tori :) said...

Katie- My sister knew and my parents knew, I think. But Sei's family was totally surprised... and pissed. His mom ripped me a new one. "Welcome to the family!!" The only reasons we eloped were: 1) We were waiting for sealing cancellations which we didn't receive until June 2002. 2) Everyone (not on my side of the family) were trying to tell him to wait before marrying me and telling us when and how to have a wedding. One person even said, "You don't need to have a big reception because Sei had a big one with his 1st marriage." Um, ok?! Why don't we just hang up pics from our 1st weddings and pretend we got married. Ugh.

Tara said...

As said earlier, Happy Anniversary, Sister! This is going to be your trial-free, could-anything-go-better-for-us-? year! You both are incredible and I am so, so happy for you.

Robin said...

Happy eloping anniversary! I am pretty sure you are the only person I know who actually did that. You are too cool for school, miss ya. Keep blogging-about yourself and your cute kids.

~j. said...

I LOVE that you eloped. It's perfect. And your sealing was one of my very favorite temple experiences ever-ever-ever. Happy anniversary!

Stephanie said...

You got married in VEGAS!!! My dream! Congratulations on five years! You sound like an amazing couple.