Today marks the second anniversary of our wedding. We decided to celebrate yesterday, so we could do more and with those adult things like work and school we had other responsibilities today. We decided that we would each plan our anniversary, every other year. Last year, Stephen planned a trip to Cedar City and didn’t tell me anything about where we going so it was all a surprise for me. This year I kept up that theme but since our situation has changed drastically with me going part time and going back to school we had to keep things much cheaper but I wasn’t about to let that stop us from having a good time.
I really wanted to recreate our first date, but there are some restrictions on that, considering we went to a movie at the theaters, which obviously would still not be in theaters almost 4 years later. I decided the theme would be our favorite things and things from the beginning of us. We started out the morning with breakfast, featuring french toast made with Great Harvest Cinnamon Burst bread – one of our favorites – and of course bacon. We then hung out and got ready for the day.
We did a little shopping and then I took him to our first “surprise” destination. I made sure to take the freeway exit that was 2 exits early to throw him off the scent. I also drove him through a neighborhood we had never been in. He told me he thought I was going to turn into some random house when I slowed down for a dip! We ended up at Jordan Commons. I pulled into a parking spot near where we had our first kiss, then I drove him down to the next parking level to another parking spot where the “hot garbage” incident happened (not something I will share today but if you have heard the story you will understand). We clearly have been to this place many times since we met so we have lots of memories there. We went to Spaghetti Mama’s @ Jordan Commons. That is one of my favorite places and it is where we had our rehearsal luncheon the day before our wedding.
We then headed to the movie theater and saw “Due Date”. It was great! We love movies and haven’t seen a ton in theaters lately (well compared to what we used to see!) It was a great movie and we enjoyed it.
When I was trying to deceive Stephen by taking the wrong freeway exit to get to Jordan Commons, I noticed that he made a comment that he had no idea where I was taking him when we passed the bowling alley where we went on our first date – which was our next stop after the movie. Since I felt like he already had his suspicions on where we would go next, I took the long way there to keep him guessing. We ended up at the bowling alley and he totally kicked my butt, which was no surprise. It was fun. I remember our first date well and how with every turn he took bowling he would put his hands on the table getting closer and closer to me until finally we held hands. It was very simple but very sweet! Look at his sweet moves!
We then headed back home to make dinner together. We had steaks and mashed sweet potatoes.
Molly and Royce watched us the whole time, they just have to be near us no matter what we are doing. I love it when Molly lays out like this! I couldn’t get rid of the red eye so she looks super creepy but oh well!
Royce doesn’t usually follow her, he lays on the couch and wait for us to come to him but for some reason he joined in! I just love them so much!
We made way too much food and have leftovers for a couple of days now 🙂 We ate dinner at the kitchen table, which we rarely do, so it was nice. We cleaned up dinner together and then I asked Stephen to go up to the office and stay there until I came up to get him so I could set up for the grand finale.
Since I really wanted to recreate our first date, I decided that I would make our own theater. I borrowed a projector from work and set up a concessions stand, that included cake from our favorite place – Nothing Bundt Cake.
I also used the pictures we used in our wedding slideshow and added new pictures of things that had happened since our wedding and created a new slideshow as the previews to the movie. The slideshow played “our song”. I would have shared it here, but the file is way to large and won’t upload 🙁 sorry.
I moved all of the furniture in our living room to the dining area so we could sit further back. We got to watch the slideshow together and relive some of our memories from our childhood and through out our time together. We then watched the most romantic movie ever, Tenacious D!
I have to say, I impressed myself, it worked out better than I imagined and now Stephen wants a projector so we can use it just for watching TV even!
All in all, it was a wonderful day. I would have enjoyed it just hanging out with him but I did enjoy the fun of the day! Stephen is a great man who makes me feel special everyday. I love him more everyday and I can’t imagine my life without him. Things have been so simple since we met and we just seem to fit together yet we encourage each other to do more and be better and I just love the way we are. I feel very lucky to have a relationship like that and to have someone so great to share my life with. I can’t believe it has already been two years. Sometimes it feels like we have always been together and there are other times that things still feel new! I love the memories we have made so far and am so excited for what the future holds for us. Happy Anniversary Stephen! I love you.