Time for our weekend adventure! As I posted before, this was our fifth wedding anniversary. Wow, how time flies! But in a good way. It doesn’t feel like we have been married that long yet. I for one am still very happy I said I do five years ago.
This weekend Pat arranged for him and me to go out of town for a night, and for Ben to spend the night with my parents, Meo and Omi. This was a big deal as it would be the first night we have spent away from Ben. Exciting and scary!!
I’ll start the whole weekend story with our actual anniversary. Pat and I don’t go huge for anniversaries normally. We like to acknowledge the day, but we don’t want to spend a ton of money. We’re happy we are married every day (okay, almost every day ;)), so there doesn’t feel like a big need to go all out for an anniversary. We do like to exchange little gifts. I make us follow the traditional gifts for every year. This year the gift is wood. We also go out to dinner. On our first date Pat took me to a little Italian restaurant in Chicago. It was a local one right by the bank he was working at during that time. It was delicious. We went back there for a few years to celebrate our anniversaries. But now that we are out in the burbs, we don’t really feel like heading all the way downtown just for dinner. We still try to do Italian for our anniversary dinner, but I didn’t know what Pat had planned yet on Friday.
The actual day of our anniversary was a normal day. We both had to work. Friday’s we also go grocery shopping. Super romantic Friday nights, huh? 😉 We like it. We get to make sure we have something fun and yummy for dinner, and we get that activity crossed off the weekend to do list. With Ben it still works out for us to do the shopping in the evening. It’s a little rushed to get him home in time to have solids, but we make it work. We did splurge and get one of those cookie cakes that says Happy Pi Day. Now, yes, we did get married on Pi day. Which makes the cookie cake kind of anniversary cake. But no, we did not get married on that day because it was Pi day. While I am a huge science geek and love math, really it just kind of happened. I realized it after we booked the venue, but there was no good reason to change the date. So now Pi day is just extra special for us.
We exchanged gifts Friday night too. As I said, this year the gift is wood. Well, Pat and I are a good match because we both went with picture frames!! How many wood things can you really get someone? I am not into wood jewelry, so that was out for Pat. I considered looking into getting some sort of tree. Well, we don’t have anywhere to plant a tree. I don’t want to have to keep track of a gift certificate for any period of time. And trees are expensive! We try to keep costs down when exchanging gifts. I thought about a houseplant, but Dagger likes to eat plants. Yes, she is strange. Pat thought about different decorative items or knickknacks. With a child who is set to go mobile at any time, we are not at a point in our lives where we need or want more ‘stuff’ out. Books could be an option, being made of paper which comes from trees. But we both did books for the first anniversary gift of paper. I think we both made a great choice.
The frames were different. Pat got me a two part frame. One has a great picture of us from our wedding, and the other part has a card that says “Patrick and Kimberly, Fiver wonderful years-45 more to go.” When we were engaged I used to tease Pat that he owed me 50 years. I’m glad to see he is keeping track! It is very sweet. I got Pat two frames actually. One is a two part desk from with some great pictures of Ben.
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