Happy anniversary to Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds!
Baby James' ridiculously hot parents are celebrating three years of marriage today—seriously, time flies, right?—and it's time to whip out the leather!
Not for any kinky reason (not that there's anything wrong with that), but because leather is the traditional third-anniversary gift, according to the minds that have brought you paper on year one, copper on year five and gold on year 50. The leather signifies durability, and a couple who have made it to year three could be said to have exhibited the flexibility, resiliency and rich, heady smell that two people need to make it work.
Meanwhile, a more contemporary third-anniversary gift these days is crystal, and Blake (who's multifaceted, just like crystal) probably wouldn't object to opening up something shiny over dinner tonight, either.
But we prefer to think of the gorgeous duo as timeless and here are some of the signs that these two are in it for the long haul. And any respectable long haul needs saddle bags, totes and other quality leather goods...
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They Complement Each Other: And probably compliment each other as well, though the former is forever, while neither spouse may be up for lip service every day. "I'm very lucky to be with someone who has better taste than me," Lively told Lucky magazine in July 2013. "We influence each other in different ways...I was recently asked how my style has changed since I got married, as if I was living under some sort of dictatorship. I should hope I dress differently at 25 than I did when I graduated high school. I hope I never stop changing." We also have a feeling that Reynolds is content to let his wife's style evolve on her own terms.
They're Partners in Crime: "He's incredibly involved," Lively told E! News in August 2014 with regard to her then-new lifestyle site Preserve. "We're involved in everything that the other does. But he's influenced my taste so much on things like home design, things that I never loved before I now love because of him...It's nice to have a partner in everything." (Remind us to delve into this Ryan-has-better-taste-than-Blake concept later...)
They Keep Each Other on Their Toes: An ideal partner stimulates, and that appears to be the case here. "I love that he challenges me," Blake also told us. "He's someone that I trust when he challenges me."
They're on the Same Page: Probably nothing is more important than this, besides abs and hair. "We'd love to have a big family," Reynolds said in the August 2013 issue of Details. "We both come from big families—my parents did four, Blake's did five. A lot of people say it's crazy, but we'll only know when we're there, you know? We'll walk through that fire pretty happily, I think."
Excuse us for a moment, our collective heart just exploded.
They're Devoted to Their Daughter: This is also, of course, Blake and Ryan's first anniversary spent as parents since welcoming James late last year, and they seem to be navigating the usual first-timer course. "There have been times where I woke up, literally had no idea I had been walking for five minutes," Reynolds told E! in March. "But you love it. You wake up in the middle of the night, you got a big stupid smile on your face. I was telling someone else that. Anything else that woke you up every 45 minutes, you'd kill it. But when it's a baby, it's the best thing that ever happened to you."
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They're Tethered to Reality: "I don't have a weak stomach. I'm good with diapers, diarrhea and all that kind of stuff because I have lots of nieces and nephews, so I've done it all before," Reynolds told People about a month before James was born. "I'm just excited about having a buddy. We don't know if it's a boy or a girl yet, but whatever it is, you have this tether to reality that never goes away." Sure enough, after James' arrival, Lively said on Live! With Kelly and Michael about her husband, "Now he just smells like poop...he's in full diaper duty."
Their Sense of Humor: Both husband and wife prefer their jokes on the edge. Ryan recently tweeted in response to someone asking him what love is: "It's like waterboarding. If waterboarding tasted like chocolate." That doesn't even mean anything, but it's still pretty funny. We get what he's trying to say. And Blake probably does too. She recently captioned a pic of herself planting a kiss on a giraffe's nose at the zoo: "That time I went girl on girl #CouldveDoneWithALittleLessTongue." Two months prior, Reynolds also kissed a giraffe for the world to see on social media and wrote, "I specifically said 'no tongue."
Tongues are planted firmly in cheeks over at the Lively-Reynolds house.
Parenthood Brought Them Closer Together: Obviously the best-case scenario, but it doesn't always happen. Reynolds told us about James' birth: "When that happens you fall so much more in love with your partner. It's a pretty crazy experience. What blows my mind is that it's so common yet it's so profound at the same time. Something so many people do."
Priorities: "Work is important, but my greatest passion is my personal life," Blake also told Lucky, an admission that isn't always accepted in these double-standard times. But there's nothing wrong with wanting to focus on life behind the scenes, if that's what makes you happy.
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A very happy anniversary to these two—may it be full of leather, crystal, laughs and love.