Sunday, July 28, 2019

Our Anniversary Weekend Was Fabulous For So Many Reasons

It was 7 years ago today that Lisa and I stood face to face in front of family and friends, read our vows, and said, "I do..."  I remember that day as if were yesterday. Our wedding theme was, 'Come As You Are.' Before the ceremony, we had appetizers and gave people a chance to mingle. After the ceremony, we fired up the grills. When Justin Jaymes performed, people danced. We had a brief rainstorm. After all the guests left late that night, we crashed. We were exhausted.

Each year, at least a handful of people ask if we have any big plans for our anniversary. Our answer is always the same...


We're not the fancy restaurant type. We're simple. We don't leave our home for more than a few hours together. Overnight and weekend getaways are not an option. 

Aside from our 5th year anniversary, we pretty much make no plans and go from there. 

That's exactly what happened this year and it turned out really great.

On Friday, we planned on having lobsters for dinner. One of our local grocery stores had them on sale for $5.77 a pound. 

When Lisa got out of work, she ventured to the store to get our dinner.

They. Were. Out. Of. Lobsters. 

The woman at the seafood department told Lisa they'd be getting more on Saturday morning and to call first thing to place an order.

We were disappointed, but it certainly wasn't the end of the world. 

Shortly after Lisa arrived home from work, she got started on the yard work and mowing. Usually, Lisa does both every weekend, but with last week's brutal heatwave, we stayed inside.

Lisa wanted to at least get the first cut done in the backyard and one of the side sections. The grass was thick. She didn't get that done until almost 7. 

For dinner, we decided on Chinese takeout. It's been months since we've eaten Chinese and we were both in the mood for it.

On Saturday, we had our usual Morning Coffee Chat. The big discussion was our anniversary. We reminisced about our wedding day and talked about things we may want to do over the weekend to celebrate versus what we needed to get done.

There were a lot of chores that needed to be done. Yard work. Mowing. Grocery shopping. Stocking the freezer with freshly baked dog treats. Laundry. A little housework. I also had work stuff to do and lots of pieces in the Bodacious DIY Dog Mom Workshop to work on. 

We both agreed that our best plan of action would be to get what we could get done on Saturday. We'd stop around dinner. Enjoy a lobster dinner and a special dessert. Have lots of family snuggle time. 

Lisa called our local grocery store to place an order for lobsters. 

No delivery. No lobsters. 

Lisa spent the next half hour calling around our other local grocery stores and seafood places for their lobster prices.

They were all the same...$9.99 a pound.


We've never paid over $7.99 a pound for lobsters. 

We went about our day. Had lots of play and snuggle time with the kids between chores and work. Before Lisa left to tackle the grocery shopping, we decided to fire up the grill for dinner. 

Earlier in the day, we received some fresh picked green beans, zucchini, and yellow squash. The perfect mix to accompany just about anything on the grill.

Over dinner, we decided that we were going to escape for a few hours this morning. Our morning date to celebrate our anniversary would include grabbing breakfast sandwiches, hitting the Mansfield Flea Market, a trip to Sweet Peas for a snack, and a homemade surf-n-turf dinner. 

We got up early this morning. Sipped our coffee. Went about our usual morning routine with the kids. Amid the hustle and bustle, I was a little concerned that it was going to be too hot and humid for our trip to the Mansfield Flea Market. 

Lisa does not do well in the blazing hot sun and humidity. In addition, I was in an extreme amount of pain. 

We decided to give it a go. 

I'm glad we did. 

Our breakfast was delicious. 

The sun was too strong at the flea market. We walked around for a little over an hour before deciding it was time to go. But, before we did, we found a few special treasures.

On the way back, we stopped at Sweet Peas. Both of us were still a bit full from breakfast. We bought cookies, a couple of whoopie pies and...

A lobster roll to split.

It was one of the best lobster rolls we've ever had. 

While eating, Lisa said, "We got some lobster after all..."

On the way home, we talked about what we'd have for dinner.

Lisa was craving steamers.

That sounded good.

We already had steaks marinating in the fridge. 

The kids were happy to see us when we got home. 

Lisa had a few things to finish up. I worked in the Bodacious DIY Dog Mom Workshop. 

Our dinner and dessert were absolutely delicious.

We enjoyed family snuggle time after dinner.

I tucked Lisa and the kids into bed a while ago. 

Before I started this blog column, I sat on the sofa. Enjoying the silence. Reflecting back on our entire weekend. Our anniversary. 

As quoted from my personal Facebook wall...

"My wife and I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who extended anniversary wishes today and throughout last week. We enjoyed all of the Facebook messages and texts and calls. You made our day extra special.

We had a fabulous anniversary weekend. Lots of work in the yard and in our home and in the workshop, but we also took time to celebrate the love and light and simplicity that resides with us each and every day. Our furry kids. Our home. Hard work. The beauty outside of our home. Back to basics. Exhaling for a bit. A little wine. Gratitude. Our tribe.

We want to give a big shoutout to Uncle Bob, Char, Nancy, Sweet Mama, Rick, Sheryl, Dan, Liam, and all the fur-babies for the beautiful cards and gifts. We are using one of the gifts to enjoy a homecooked surf and turf dinner tonight. Another for a future date night. And...the anniversary gift basket for a multitude of uses! Lovin' the beach towels!! LOL!

We are beyond grateful and everyone made today really, really special for us. Including our neighborhood tribe...who has become family to us over the years. We love you all."

We are both grateful. And, we had a fabulous anniversary weekend!

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