As you may recall, Sunday was our one-year wedding anniversary. But since M was scheduled to work 12 hours that day, we celebrated a few days early with a day trip to Cincinnati to visit the Cincinnati Zoo and have dinner at the Cheesecake Factory (which is always a special treat for us). Here are some pics from the Zoo:
Including our delicious cheesecake with a sweet note from our waitress!
But I still wanted to do something special on Sunday, so while he was at work, I braved the torrential downpour and headed to Whole Foods where I bought some crab cakes from the meat department (two different kinds: one jumbo lump crab cake with breadcrumbs, the other gluten free with peppers for a different flavor) and some green beans with swiss chard from the hot bar. I wanted to create a meal that would remind us of our wedding and our honeymoon–I enjoyed lots of crabcakes in South Carolina, so that’s where those came in, and then I baked cornbread muffins with honey to remember the cornbread served at our reception. I also bought some salad mix and made my pumpkin butter vinaigrette, and served a Moscato wine. Needless to say, it was delicious:
Then, as tradition holds, we cut into the top layer of our wedding cake. I have to admit, we were a little nervous about eating the cake that had been sitting in our freezer for a year now, but it was still pretty darn good! Just a little dry, but the cream cheese filling was still smooth. But just in case, I bought a couple of gourmet cupcakes to celebrate.
Then came the gift I got for M. The first year is traditionally a paper gift. We’ve saved ticket stubs from different events and places we’ve gone to ever since we started dating more than four years ago. So I took quite a few of those ticket stubs and handouts and wanted to make a better way to display them. I found a canvas frame at Michael’s that I thought was perfect, so I spent a couple of weeks working on my project. First I painted the canvas black, then I Modge Podged the ticket stubs (just like when I made my running bib display). For the photo I chose the first photo we had taken with each other. Perfect!
Then, since we’ve had such a crappy, rough first year, I decided I wanted us to toast to the next year being good luck, so I bought a couple of scratch off lottery tickets and a PowerBall ticket. (Unfortunately all three were losers, so let’s hope that’s not indicative to the next year’s luck…)
It was a great way to celebrate the first year, even if it wasn’t the most romantic in some ways, or taking a trip like we wanted to do. We have the rest of our lives for that!
Your turn: How have you celebrated special moments on a different day?