We knew Ryan had to check in on our actual anniversary, so we mostly celebrated it the weekend before. Last year we went traditional with the gifts, your first wedding anniversary is supposed to be paper. I printed one picture from each of the first twelve months we were married and lead it to a book I made him called 100 Reasons Why I Love You (from lovebooks.com, they are awesome). He printed a picture I took of a lady bug and got it matted and framed for me. This year the traditional gift is cloth. So we went to Walmart and got two beach chairs, an umbrella and two beach towels for ourselves as our present. We just got a house, we didn't need to go crazy!
Saturday we made our way to Topsail Beach and had a wonderful time.... can I just say as a Jersey girl it boggled my mind that both parking AND beach access were BOTH FREE??? That doesn't happen down the shore, just sayin'.
We opted not to swim this time, the water was a little chilly, but we took our shoes off and walked all the way up and down the beach. I forgot how much we love doing that. Anytime we go on vacation we just stroll along the water's edge and talk and laugh, it was so peaceful and just a perfect day. We got ice cream at a little shop that was sinfully good. Their chocolate peanut butter ice cream had legit massive chunks of peanut butter in it! SO so yummy.
After we got back to the car one of my favorite bloggers, Amber at Goodnight Moon, told me via Instagram we had to go to Buddy's for a beer if nothing else. I am glad we did, that place (although a dive) was awesome. We sat outside on the deck near the water and I had some of the BEST crab legs. Oh my it is making me hungry to even think about it!
On our actual anniversary I decided to cook a nice dinner for us since I was home all day (aka still unemployed). Unfortunately it was a disaster. I had my pearls and my apron trying to channel my inner Julia Child, Mastering the Art of French Cooking included, and I failed.
One of every kind from the store!!! Major brownie points for the husband. Major.
It is so interesting to see how much we have grown in two years, as a couple and individuals. We went from a one bathroom one bedroom apartment in Alexandria VA to a three bedroom two bathroom house in Jacksonville, NC. We have two paid off vehicles that run beautifully. We have a puppy who is wonderful. We survived nine months living apart on opposite coasts. He picked up Sergeant. I learned to be more independent. And we're still here and going strong.
To my best friend and the love of my life (who is sleeping now as he was in the field last night): Two years down, a lifetime to go. I love you Sweetie.