Jerry and I had a really nice anniversary weekend together to celebrate our first wedding anniversary which was on Sunday! Typically, I work Saturday mornings, but I took the day off so we could finally have a whole weekend together. It’s tough with him working nights during the week and me working days. We don’t get a whole lot of time together, so this was something we had really been looking forward to.
I realized that things don’t always go according to plan, and that’s okay. Ever since our honeymoon cruise last year in which we had the absolute time of our lives, we had planned on taking an anniversary cruise trip. I requested the time off from work and we were making plans. Then Baby Caleb came along and we decided that the money we had saved would be better spent on our baby and my maternity leave come January… or whenever he decides to be born. Anniversary downgrade number one! So then we decided a little weekend getaway to a bed and breakfast was in order. Then my hours got cut at work due to Obamacare and ya know… goodbye to a good chunk of money every month. Anniversary downgrade number two! So it ended up being a low-key anniversary, but we spent a lot of time together and enjoyed each other’s company, and that’s what it’s really all about, so no complaints here… okay, maybe a few minor gripes, but it’s okay! 😉
So Saturday started with us going to a local bakery. Jerry saw some cinnamon rolls posted on their Facebook page so we got him one of those for breakfast and picked out dessert for that night (a cannoli cake… yum). After that, we ended up doing our baby registry at Target. Not super romantic, but we had a lot of fun picking things out for the baby. After that, we went out to lunch to a barbecue place called 58 Main Street. We had been there once before and I had this to-die-for pulled pork macaroni and cheese. We had a coupon so we went there again and it was delicious again. We came home and relaxed for a bit. I made some chicken and stuffing in the crockpot for dinner (cooking more is part of my mission to be a better wife), and watched Friday the 13th Part 2. We love horror movies. It was one of the first things we discovered we had in common (aside from the massive weight loss thing), so it was fitting for us! We also exchanged our gifts. Jerry didn’t want to wait any longer. We went really small this year because ya know… baby coming! I got him some new sweatpants which he’d been wanting, and he got me an owl scented wax plug in that I’d been wanting; I love it!
Sunday was the big day… woohoo! We had breakfast with the family at Carmines, one of our favorite restaurants. We then had to run a couple of errands which included Target to pick up our free registry gift that they forgot to give us and to add a few more things to the registry, the mall to pick up the cookie cake I surprise ordered for Jerry at Great American Cookie, BJs to get a chicken, and the gas station to get coffee and the Sunday paper for coupons. Not a thrilling morning, but it was nice to just be in each other’s company.
I ended up getting really bad pregnancy back pain during all that running around, so when we got home, I ended up taking a nap. When I woke up, I felt much better and it was time for dinner. So last year, we got married on 10/5/13 at this place called Rick’s Prime Rib House. The year before the wedding, we had already booked it, so we also went there for our “-1” anniversary on 10/5/12. We of course planned to go back again this year, but apparently they’re closed on Sundays! So were our next two choices, two of our favorite Italian restaurants… bummer. We ended up finding an Italian restaurant called Fazool’s that was open and that we had a coupon for. We were very pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed our meal… I had alfredo because it’s my favorite. So dang good. The restaurant even sits on a canal so we had a water view while dining. We’ll definitely go back there. I even rocked my new maternity dress that I bought for the occasion because I thought it would be fun to get dressed up. After dinner, we went to see Annabelle. As I said, we’re both horror movie buffs. We really liked it and thought it was freaking terrifying!
We finally got home around 10:00 and discovered we both had the same idea… to dance to our first dance song, “Crazy Girl” by the Eli Young Band. Neither of us are dancers, but it was really nice and brought back some great memories for us. We agreed to dance to it every year in our living room. 🙂 We even said that in a few years, our children will probably be groaning and saying, “UGH! Mom and Dad, you are SO LAME.” Ha! We finished the night by cutting into our wedding cake topper. In case you think we’re gross, this is a real tradition in which you freeze it and eat it on your first wedding anniversary. It had been wrapped up really well in the freezer for a year. It tasted really good still, especially the frosting, but was just a little dry. The bakery who made it actually shut down, sadly, so we were glad we could enjoy some of their cake one last time.
So that was our first anniversary. I look forward to many, many more!