Six years ago today John showed up to my parents' house with a single pink rose to take me on our very first date. I remember answering the door wearing just one shoe or something silly like that because I wasn't ready to go yet. I say he was early and John swears he was right on time. I guess we'll never know! Because John had found out I was a vegetarian (and he didn't know at first whether it was a date or just a hang out between friends) he took me to Sweet Tomatoes for dinner. I remember being too nervous to eat much. (And that is a crime because Sweet Ts is full of all sorts of yummy goodness!) Afterward, we bought tickets to see "Hero" and -- as if John had planned it -- we found that we had the entire theater to ourselves.
It's so crazy to think that John and I have now been married longer than we ever dated.
A blog that I've recently started reading called "Love, H" has this great description in the side bar that I must share. It says "My husband and I are in this middle of a really great chapter right now. It is the chapter before we have kids." Ahh, I just love that! I really like the idea of our love story having different chapters. The quote reminds me to enjoy each "chapter" rather than wishing for the next phase of our life to start.
I hope that John and I fill the rest of "this chapter" with lots of love, laughter, photos, inside jokes, new favorite songs and nicknames, cuddles, and adventures.
I just love life with this boy and I can't wait to see what the next year, three years, six years and on and on bring!
Last year John and I exchanged mix CDs and cards rather than purchasing gifts because we once again splurged on renting a beach house in Cambria for the weekend and brought home our new puppy the weekend after that. This year we continued the tradition of mix CDs and cards because I'm insisting on going back to that exact beach house for a late anniversary trip (Oh, and now we have lots of vet bills!).
Mix CDs are so sweet and simple and really remind me of the beginning of a relationship. John bragged that his mix CD was going to kick some booty and he didn't disappoint. His mix features tunes from my favorites -- Beck, Belle & Sebastian, and The Smiths ... along with Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Flaming Lips, MC Solaar, Paul Simon and a bunch of other good stuff. I love that John and I both included the same Cure song ("Close to Me") on our mixes and we both included tunes by Louie Armstrong. You know your guy is a keeper if he gives you a mix that features "Good Morning" from the 1952 musical "Singin' in the Rain" along with your guilty pleasure song, Katy Perry's "California Gurls."
Johnnypie, you are totally a keeper. Love you! xoxo
How do you guys celebrate anniversaries?