We woke up late and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast. I made my special homemade pancakes. Anyone who has ever had my pancakes knows this means they had little designs on them and that they were made from scratch. In this case, they were all love-themed.
While I was making the pancakes, I told Steve to check his email. In his inbox was an email with 101 reasons why I love him.
Borrowing from Sara and Matt, we started a tradition on our anniversary where one of us writes a letter recounting the past year and the other plans the activities for the day. This year I wrote the letter and Steve planned the day. Because the weather here in Ottawa was crummy (rainy and cool), several of Steve’s ideas were out. So we opted for a low-key evening, especially since Steve was recovering from a cold still. We might make it a two-parter and do some of Steve’s mystery ideas once the weather, and Steve’s cold, are better.
So after our leisurely breakfast, I got Steve to read the letter of our past year together. Then we went out to Chapters (the Canadian Barnes and Noble) and bought a journal together to write our anniversary letters in. Since Michaels is right next door, and I can’t resist Michaels, we went there too 🙂
In Michaels, we noticed a bunch of middle-aged women walking through the aisles wearing wedding dresses. When we were in the check-out line, one of them approached me and asked me if they could take their picture with me. They explained that they were on a scavenger hunt and they needed someone with “different hair.” I definitely fell under that category, so I agreed. Next they asked Steve if he had a hairy chest. He admitted that he did and next thing I knew, I was taking a picture of my man with his buttoned-up shirt open to the navel, surrounded by smiling women in their wedding dresses. On the first anniversary of my wedding day. Can we say surreal?!
I’ve never seen Steve turn so red in my life. He rarely blushes. In fact, I cannot think of a single instance, besides yesterday, where I have seen it happen. You cannot imagine how much I am kicking myself that I didn’t get a copy of that photo!
Steve made us a late lunch snack of cheese and crackers – but fancy-like with parmesan cut into cubes and honey, oil, and balsamic dressing drizzled over top, yum! And we watched some of our wedding footage (a friend had video-taped the wedding and reception as a wedding gift). Then we were off to dinner at one of our favourite restaurants downtown (Anthony’s, on Elgin St, for those of you who know Ottawa). We finished off the evening by buying some chocolate and licorice and watching a romantic comedy.
We reminisced a lot throughout the day, and just soaked each other in. I realized it didn’t really matter what we *did*, just acknowledging our love and how lucky we are made us feel giddy and in love all day long.
Do you have an anniversary tradition?
And I still want to hear your love stories! 🙂