Yesterday was our anniversary :) Our 4th.
Each anniversary is spent relishing in what makes us US, without any pressure to make it perfect or fancy for the sake of fancy. Like every other day in the house, it started with diaper changing for the boys and coffee for us. I surprised Andrew and served his cafe au lait in this mug (fashioned ala Pinterest) to commemorate the day. On the reverse I wrote, “…years of coffee, years of favorites, years of the South, years of you” in bullet points and it was a big hit! We had afternoon plans to go catch a matinee of Brave in 3D, but those were postponed on account of the baby’s teething fever. Even though most of our day was spent trying to appease our precious pygmies, Andrew and I managed a stellar celebration on our own in the evening. After dropping the boys off at Nana & Granddad’s, the plan was Panda Express followed by Carrabba’s for dessert; but we had our fill of honey shrimp, sweet & sour chicken, mixed veggies, and egg rolls so dessert was delayed.
The in-between time was perfect for a big surprise and I told Andrew that part 2 (another Pinterest idea) of his gift was at home and he was SURE to love it. What husband wouldn’t love a gun fight with his beloved?
I made him wait in the van and told him that I’d flash the porch light when everything was
ready. I ran around to prep our weapons (thank you, Nerf), change into sweats, and write the threat before dashing out the back door to hide. I left him a change of clothes with the note (click to enlarge and pardon my hurried handwriting). My enemy emerged within a few minutes and at once we were engaged in marital combat.
We had SO. MUCH. FUN. We chased each other around the yard, circled the van, and dodged foam bullets for I don’t know HOW long! I haven’t laughed so hard in such a long time and I got such a kick out of us being reduced to little kids in the grass. We stopped because I ran out of ammo – who knew you were supposed to keep picking up bullets from the yard??
We changed back into our civilian attire and drove over to Carrabba’s for decaf and tiramisu, then concluded the evening by picking up the kids.
So much can happen as another year goes by and even more in four! Even though it feels as though our wedding was a lifetime ago, I’m realizing that we’re still very much in the beginning of marriage. I have changed so much since being married to Andrew. I’m more relaxed and flexible. I’m more prayerful and aware of God’s presence. I’m happier. How much more will I change over the next 20 years? or the next 50? I hope we’re blessed to be married for so long! Happy Anniversary to the Greatest Blessing of my life!