Last week, Chuck and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary. Not only did we celebrate our wedding anniversary but we also celebrated our engagement anniversary. Chuck proposed on October 14, 2012. Crazy to believe that was 4 years ago! Every year, when this week passes, I try to reflect on our previous year together – the memories we’ve made, the tough times we’ve gone through, and the hopeful blessings the future brings.
As we thought through the previous year, we had a tough one with grandparents. We both lost our grandmothers this year. They both were absolutely relentless and strong women, who lived an incredible life. But it is never, not ever, easy to lose a family member.
As we reminisced about the great memories, the things that came to our minds were not big moments, but rather, smaller ones – our house, our evenings where we get to eat dinner together, our great parents, our friends the Lord surrounds us with, our jobs, and lastly, each other. We honestly feel like we have more than we could ever need in this life. We are forever grateful.
Now onto how we celebrated! This year, I took the day off. I got my haircut, enjoyed a beautiful fall day, and spent the afternoon with Chuck. We dressed up and went to El Gaucho, one of our favorite spots, for dinner. We enjoyed a nice glass of Blanton’s (which we LOVE and cannot find it anywhere!! If you know where we can get some, please let me know!), a great steak, and the best bread pudding for dessert. To me, it’s super important to celebrate our anniversary on the actual day – October 12th. So that’s exactly what we did.
Now, as far as gifts went this year – I told Chuck, Let’s not do gifts this year! We need to save our money for Christmas gifts since it’s literally right around the corner. Well, I said that knowing that I would most definitely get him something. I’m a gift giver, so that was happening. I don’t know about you, but it’s so hard for me to figure out gifts for Chuck. He doesn’t ever ‘need’ or ‘want’ anything. But, lately, he’s been loving scotch. Whenever we go to a restaurant, he orders a glass of scotch or whiskey. So, I ended up getting him a scotch decanter from Tiffany’s. You guys – it’s amazing! If you need a gift for your man for the holidays, this is a great one. I wanted to get him the crystal glasses from Tiffany’s too but I couldn’t bring myself to spending $50 per glass. Instead, I went to Things Remembered online and ordered 4 crystal glasses with his initials monogrammed on them. They were $100 for all 4 glasses. Great deal! And Chuck loved them. He had no idea (a) I was going to get him a gift and (b) that it would be what I got him. So to me, it was a win/win! I surprised him and he actually really liked it.
Hope you all have a great start to your week!