Monday, October 23, 2017

#Microblog Mondays: The First of Two Anniversaries

Love the chili peppers in my bouquet and Bryce's boutonniere

It is confusing to people to have two anniversaries. Today is our "legal" anniversary -- we were married by a Justice of the Peace at our favorite Mexican Restaurant 8 years ago today. It's nice, because it's a private sort of anniversary--we celebrate it with each other and give each other the "serious" anniversary cards (as opposed to the Halloween love cards we give on our wedding anniversary, which contain my annual Anniversary Ghoul drawn by Bryce...a little scared of what this year might have in store for me).

The second anniversary is our more public anniversary, the Halloween anniversary of our actual tiny little backyard wedding. We usually go out for a fancy dinner for that one and that's the one people recognize with cards or calls or whatever.

This year we had a lovely, extravagant little anniversary celebration of two with a cheese plate, mini champagne bottle, a tasty dinner of apple cider/mustard/thyme roasted carrots and parsnips with wine & cheese rope sausage, and a lovely bottle of Amarone.

We exchanged cards and enjoyed that this is the first year where my card focused on the adventures ahead, just us two, rather than the arduous journey and the hopes for different sort of future this year, maybe this time, as all the other cards have noted (Bryce's had a nod to the difficulties of the past year, but it was focused on the joys of what's to come and the pride of having made it through our own personal Hell intact).

Here's to 8 great and terribly beautiful years, full of adventures and sorrows and new beginnings and a whole lot of love and laughter.

Toasting on our porch with wine and classic cheeses

Handsome man, creepy spider lurking behind him inside that shutter...

Oh hello!  
I seeeeee you


Stylized shot of the flowers I miraculously got (flowers from a practical engineer are like unicorn sightings)

Awwwwww

Amarone, and a crotchety looking Bryce (even though he's not)

Wedded bliss now and for eternity, although I like the way we looked in 2009 better than our skeletal versions... ha
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27 comments:

  1. Happy anniversary!! Congratulations on 8 years and wishing you both many more filled with adventure and joy.

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    1. Thank you so much! It was a fun evening, looking forward to the year ahead in this new existence!

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  2. Congratulations to you two cuties on 8 adventurous years together. And many more to come, both years and adventures. Hopefully much happier ones than navigating IF! I see you two in a very bright present and future.

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, brightness moving forward, no more of this darkness and being weighted down in the muck. :)

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  3. Happy anniversary and congratulations on 8 years! I love the idea of having a sort of "private" anniversary and a more "public" one. Wishing you many more years ahead, and may they be filled with joy.

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    1. Thank you so much! It is fun to have a Private and Public anniversary, and for the Halloween one, it seems like everyone is celebrating with us! Thank you for your wishes of happiness and longevity!

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  4. Happy anniversary -- a double reason to celebrate!

    My nephew is in the same position... they wanted an outdoor wedding last year, but their priest would not perform the ceremony unless they were married in the church first. So they had a very small, informal church wedding, and then the big bash two days later. (Unfortunately, it poured rain & they had to move it indoors. But it was still a beautiful wedding. ;) )

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    1. Thank you! See, that's so similar -- we wanted to get married in our backyard and we didn't want our friend to have to get "ordained" in order to make it legal (and we could foresee all kinds of scenarios where it didn't "stick" legally and got weird if we did it all ourselves), so justice of the peace a week before it is. I'm sorry it rained and so they couldn't have the wedding outdoors. I think any wedding is a beautiful wedding when the people are clearly in love and it's not over-the-top! :)

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  5. Happy anniversary! My BIL and SIL have two anniversaries - they "registered" their marriage, and then had a religious ceremony about six months later. Apparently it's quite common in Malaysia (where she's from) to do this.

    "...that's the one people recognize with cards or calls or whatever." Seriously? People recognise your wedding anniversary? No-one recognises ours but us. Except occasionally the parents, but not now they're older. I got a call from my sister once on our 30th wedding anniversary, and she had no clue until I explained why we were at the airport and heading away for the weekend!

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    1. Interesting! My best friend did this too -- she and her husband got married on a beach in Key West just the two of them and an attorney friend who presided, and then had a full on wedding 5 months later with family and friends. Part of their decision was that they needed to move in together but she worked at a religious school and it wasn't allowed, so...loophole! Sort of. :)

      We get cards from our parents for our anniversary, that's pretty much it. My best friend will call or text, too, but she does both! That's too funny about your sister and the call at the airport.

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  6. PS. Yes, I was a child bride. lol

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    1. Ha! Yeah, 30 years doesn't quite add up in my head, lady... :)

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    2. Doubly so since you said, "once, on our 30th wedding anniversary..." which means that was a while ago! You are ageless!

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  7. So cute. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary now (and later).

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  8. You had chili peppers in your bouquet. You are my favorite person ever. Happy anniversary x2! You get to celebrate twice! That meal sounds delicious and it sounds like it was a lovely day!

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    1. Chili peppers only made it into the "legal" bouquet, but I thought it was such a cute touch! The florist we used is known for using unusual plants, flowers, and accents. It was perfect. And the day was perfect, too!

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  9. Sounds lovely! Happy anniversary! And good job on the flowers, Bryce!

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    1. Thank you! And yeah, I told him how everyone loves the flowers and I'm trying to reinforce it really heavily so it's not quite so rare... but then again being rare is what made them so special, so there's that. Aren't they beautiful and perfectly fall-like?

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    2. They are! My husband is the same way about flowers, and he studied engineering for awhile, so maybe that's the same way. Which is why I'm guessing you can probably encourage him as much as you want without danger of too many flowers! ;)

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  10. Honestly, you two are the cutest. Happy anniversary!

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    1. Thank you! It was fun to have champagne on the porch on a Monday. :)

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  11. I'm all for having multiple anniversaries.. That Masi Amarone is one of my other half's favourites. Congratulations Jess! You make a lovely couple.

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  12. Me, too! Thank you -- I love all this celebrating... More on Saturday for the Halloween anniversary (that's the going-out-and-being-fancy one). Mmmm, Amarone.

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  13. Happy Anniversary! You two are a wonderful couple. I’m so glad you found each other. ❤️

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