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10 Ways your marriage will change after 10 years

Lisa Fogarty

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Lisa Fogarty

Lisa Fogarty has written numerous articles for USA Today, The Stir, Opposing Views and other publications. She has covered everything from red carpet events to the discovery of toxic PCBs on school windows. She lives on Long Island, N.Y....

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

When we get married, we believe everything is going to stay exactly the same forever and ever. And then a decade goes by and you begin to question what on earth you were thinking at the time.

Your marriage doesn't stay the same. It can't. It shouldn't. The most beautiful thing about our evolving relationships is that they aren't static and, as a result, we learn so much about each other, ourselves and this crazy world.

Ten years after you exchange vows, you'll still love the pants off your life partner and, contrary to what every magazine has told you, you'll still want to jump his bones. Sometimes. Assuming your kids ever leave you alone long enough for it to happen.

You may notice a few more notable differences.

1. This is what you thought life with kids was going to be like before you had them:

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

But this is your life. Every day:

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

2. This is the lingerie you wore as a newlywed (including the rose):

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

This is what you wore last night:

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

3. During your first year of marriage, you made sweet love:

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

Let's just say things are a lot more interesting now:

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

4. After sex, you used to fall asleep like this:

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

Now: "Honey, I just have a little more work left to do and then I'll ... zzzzz:"

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

5. When you fought at one year, it was the most important fight anyone in the history of marriage had ever had:

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

Now? Eh, you've seen worse:

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

6. Your newlywed date nights looked like this:

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

Before they morphed into this:

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

7. You used to be so jealous of other women checking out your husband:

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

Now, you know damn well what you've built together is stronger than temptation:

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

8. Your money situation left a lot to be desired at one year:

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

But, with age, comes great financial wisdom:

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

9. When you started out, neither of you knew how to cook. When you weren't eating pizza, you were serving meals that looked like this: 

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

Thanks to Pinterest, your meals look a lot more like food found on this planet: 

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

10. What you thought you'd be doing on your 10-year anniversary:

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

Surprise! What you we're actually doing:

Marriage at one year versus marriage at ten years, illustrated in GIFs

... and you wouldn't have it any other way.

All images: Giphy

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