Ten years ago today, September 7, 2007 I got married to the best possible wife I could have imagined.

Three kids, a house, a lumbar diskectomy, a bilateral mastectomy, and a goatee-ectomy later, Crystal and I are so much stronger and closer together than we were at our wedding. Looking at these photos it's amazing how clueless we were about the adventure the next ten years would hold.

Things were quite different back then too.

Crystal and I both drove small cars. I drove a 1999 Chevy Cavalier. She drove a 2000 Pontiac Grand AM. Neither of those cars are made today. And Pontiac doesn't exist anymore.

The Internet was obviously a thing, but smart phones were barely a thing. The iPhone was released a few months before on June 29, 2007. The Android wasn't released until more than a year later, September 23, 2008.

The number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 was Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls."

Erickson Family Photo

The number one movie was Rob Zombie's reboot of Halloween. Lame.

Netflix had just started streaming but you probably didn't know or care that Hulu was founded that year.

Michael Jackson was still alive.

George W. Bush was the president.

The average price of gas in the Midwest was more than it is now, at $2.86 per gallon.

Sioux Falls did not have an Uptown, a West Bank, or a Falls Park West. We just had Downtown and Falls Park.

Mike Rounds was the Governor of South Dakota.

Adrian Peterson was a rookie with the Vikings. Now he's in his first year with the [vomit] Saints.

Erickson Family Photo

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