Celebrating Six Years + Anniversary Gifts
Over the weekend my husband and I celebrated six years of marriage. We’ve been together for one decade, and have lived in two countries and two states (soon to be three states). We’ve gone on dozens, if not hundreds, of road trips, and we love traveling together—it’s our favorite. Despite some silly fights here and there, I’m thankful we can say we’ve laughed more than we’ve argued. He’s my better half, and the part that keeps me calm and anchored; not to mention, he’s an amazing, patient, and hands-on father to our two girls. Marrying my husband 2,194 days ago was pretty much a really great idea. So to celebrate our anniversary, we hired a babysitter and had a lovely evening out!
Image courtesy of Kim Jackson Photography
We had dinner at a new-to-us restaurant called Dovetail about 30 minutes from where we live, and it was fantastic. In a true farm-to-table sense, they have a chalkboard sign right when you walk in explaining where all of the food is from around the state, and then our waiter filled us in on the finer details of where individual parts of our meal came from (the rabbit I had, for example, was from a farm up in north Georgia). We’re going to go back there (for brunch, I hope), so I’ll take more pictures and then do a local eats review on them, because everybody needs to know about this place.
Several years ago we started the tradition of buying each other gifts on our anniversary. It takes the stress away from trying to get things before our actual anniversary, and with so much going on in the month of February (Madilyn’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, my blogiversary, etc.), it’s pretty easy to forget. So here’s what we do: we both go into the same store, and we each have $20 to spend on each other. The trick is to navigate the aisles without seeing each other so we don’t spoil the surprise. We set a specific time to meet out front, and then we go home and open our gifts! No wrapping, no pre-ordering anything, just on-the-spot shopping for each other.
This year we decided to shop at T.J. Maxx, because we love that store and they have a pretty good smattering of stuff to buy. Although I will say that $20 doesn’t get you very far there!
What I got him:
• A new “California casual” t-shirt for our new adventure in a few months.
• Some wood touch-up markers (because T.J. Maxx doesn’t really have a ton of “manly” stuff, and that was the best I could find that would also fit in the allotted budget!) (plus, we actually have a few pieces of furniture around the house that could benefit from these markers. win/win)
• A cheesy mug…because we’re cheesy (and because I wouldn’t mind drinking out of it either)
What he got me:
• A turquoise and chevron magazine rack! (excellent, because I probably would’ve seen it there and wanted it, but decided I didn’t actually need it, so it would’ve stayed there. That’s why this tradition of ours is so much fun!)
• A Paris travel mug…because Paris (and coffee) is always a good idea
I know I’ve said this before, but I’m loving our time together as a couple. Since we’re kinda new to dating, we haven’t branched out much as far as our dates go (we usually just have dinner out—but seriously, dinner without kids is AMAZING), but I think I’m going to start looking for some fun activities for us to do on our dates. It was fun sitting there with him thinking about what our life will be like next year when we’re in California. Maybe a breakfast date on the beach will be in order? Only time will tell!
Your grandmother LOVES your blogs ’cause it makes me feel as if I can be a little part of your lives. And I think your idea for anniversary gifts is the most original idea anyone ever came up with! Keep up the good work and I love you ALL very much.
What a fun gift exchange idea! Our 6 years is also this year and I am racking my brains for a gift!
Happy anniversary! Also, I LOVE your idea to buy gifts in the same place at the same time! How fun!! 🙂
I am seriously going to steal that anniversary gift idea for next year! O and I love that magazine rack!
That’s a pretty good idea. I think I will have to borrow that idea from you.(:
Celebrating anniversaries are the best! My husband and I celebrated #5 in November! I cooked our favorite meal, and I surprised him with a fun activity of putting together our towel and toilet paper holder [we made them out of pieces of pipe!] for our new home! We had been exhausted from all of the real work, so I decided it was time for something a little fun! We had a great time taking a break and enjoying the moment. It was simple, but it was us! Congrats on #6!
Erin | http://www.awelderswife.com
Congrats on five years! And too funny about your new towel and toilet paper holder, because we’re remodeling our bathroom in an industrial/rustic look using pipe! You can see some of it here: http://jessicalynnwrites.com/tag/home/
I love it!! We always try to stick to the “traditional” anniversary gift material, but usually in a goofy or creative way. Like, this past year, one of the traditional gifts was “iron.” I got him a cast iron fondue pot set, and he got me (among some other things) a bottle of iron supplements!!
Happy anniversary! I love he gifts you got each other!