Anniversary Party for Two

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I’ve been lazy about it for the past few years, but lately I’ve had the desire to put a little more effort and enthusiasm into holidays and events worth celebrating. That desire stems from wanting to create family traditions and magical memories for Fox. But I want to expand my own capacity for joy and make magical memories for myself too. I need more intentional and thoughtful celebration in my life. So last Friday was our 5 year anniversary. I was sleepy and trying to choreograph the get-it-all-done dance but decided to muster up the energy to celebrate five good years of marriage to my main man.

We had lunch at our favorite Indian buffet and split a bar of fancy chocolate in my car. Then I picked up a nice bottle of bourbon and spent the afternoon making these no-bake cookies (they were amazing – I used walnuts for the cookie base and maple syrup instead of agave). That evening we went out to a local block party and ate crepes from a food truck. We came home and after putting Fox to bed enjoyed takeout sushi and split a bottle of carmenere over candlelight at our dining room table. For three hours we had each other’s undivided attention and it was exactly what these sleepy new parents needed.

It wasn’t grandiose but it was pretty great. What I learned from the day was that we create our own magic and the kind of memories we choose to have are up to us to make.

  1. Lisa

    Sometimes these little celebrations are more meaningful. A few years ago, we were really trying not to spend money, so for our anniversary we went to Chipotle for takeout (I had a coupon for free burritos), ate our food on our balcony, spent a long time just talking about dreams and plans, and capped the celebration with a walk to a local ice cream shop. It doesn’t sound exciting, but it was exactly what we wanted.

    • Aw, that’s really sweet! I think I could probably do some pretty serious bonding over a burrito.

    • Alien Mind Girl

      My husband and I started dating in our broke college days (our first date was Sonic coneys and a summery night-time walk… I also remember dates “camping” on the living room floor with a Blockbuster video, and marathon boardgames), so low-budget dates always make me feel extra romantic. :) No frills or distractions. Just me and sweetie. Which, really, isn’t that all date needs?

  2. Really loved this post. So glad you guys had a special day…Congrats on 5 years!

  3. Rebecca

    Seems like a perfect combo…Just imagine what the two of us will whip up in September when we have our little date. A little trouble and magic…Fun! Happy 5th again. XO

  4. Deb Charlap

    Gearing up for achievable celebrations of seasons and special times is one of my most fulfilling project management responsibilities. I (sobbingly) missed the mark for Leo’s 2nd birthday celebration — though he had a ball. Then I nailed it for his 3rd, and each one since. This year, I’m using Pinterest boards to plan celebrations for the major seasonal/Pagan holidays and finding greater courage to make them something meaningful to our family. It’s a great exploration in authenticity to practice myth-making for our wee one. Making magic is always worth the time (and glitter) ~*

  5. Although a party (or dinner party) with friends is great, nothing beats a few hours with just each other, going to the favorite places and doing the favorite things. :)

  6. Beka

    Nice to hear you shared carmenere. Always a winner. X

  7. Alien Mind Girl

    Congratulations on your anniversary! It sounds lovely! You will have many more amazing years. Cent’anni.

  8. Traci

    Happy anniversary! Those little bites look extremely tasty.

  9. Lynn

    My husband and I celebrate some of the oddest things, which we think are the best: Because our first date was to the Spokane Speed and Boat show, we reenact that date by attending the local roadster show that takes place in our town every spring. Complete with popcorn and casting our votes for peoples’ choice. And we make the simplest of dates into something special…one of our favorites is the Barnes & Noble date, which involves something sweet, a fancy coffee and sharing good books together. Must be working – We’ll celebrate 33 years this spring!

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