This past Saturday, Phil and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary. It was a fun-filled day that included family time and our first night away from Mitchell, which was both difficult and refreshing. Once you become parents, it is amazing how quickly the dynamic duo relationship you once could hang your hat on suddenly moves to the back burner. Not by intention, of course. But rather out of necessity – babies need you in such an intense way at the get go. It certainly was a bit strange to be flying sans kiddo, but we managed!
The day started with Mitchell’s first trip to the zoo! We walked around and looked at all of the animals from lions to polar bears.
Mitch had an absolute blast. His “wave” is more of him putting his arm straight in the air, but it does the job. He waved at so many people I’m surprised his arm didn’t fall off. There is nothing better than sight-seeing for this guy, so the zoo was a hit.
And he was super excited when we met up with my sister and her family – Mitch loves his cousin Natalie.
We called it a day around noon and headed back home to get ready for anniversary celebration, round two: adults only.
My sister was kind enough to offer to watch Mitch for the night so we could go out and celebrate our anniversary. I have never been away from Mitch, ever. So I was a bit nervous but knew he would be totally fine with my sister and her family.
Turns out that Mitch was perfectly fine being away from mom and dad. (One of those moments you want to hear as a parent, but still hurts a little.)
Phil and I started off our date at a new restaurant for drinks and an appetizer. We sat by the outdoor firepit and relaxed while talking for the first time in forever without distraction. It felt so good to kick back and be present with Phil.
After we headed to dinner and spent the rest of the night eating fro-yo, going on adventures and ending the night on our porch under the stars. It was a far cry from our wedding night, but oddly perfect all the same.
After dinner, Phil pulled out a rather large bag. I had no clue what was in it or what to expect. But to my surprise and delight, Phil kept with the sixth wedding anniversary tradition of iron and gave me a cast iron skillet, something I’ve been eyeing for quite some time. And yes, it was blue.
He also included a bag of candy that was the same kind we had at our wedding at the candy bar. It was so thoughtful and spurred a long conversation of reminiscing about our perfect-to-us wedding day. But more so, how grateful we are for one another and this amazing life we are blessed with.
Do you give gifts based on tradition?
Fancy dinner date or casual night out?
What is something old,new, borrowed or blue that is on you right now?