Monday, November 7, 2016

Our 5th Anniversary!

November 5th marked our 5th anniversary! To celebrate, Matt and I took Friday off of work and enjoyed a day date in the mountains. We are huge fans of weekday day dates because we don't lose our precious weekend time with our kiddos and we don't have to pay a sitter -- a double win. So bright and early we dropped the minis off at daycare, grabbed some coffee and hit the road for Asheville! The drive is about two hours which we didn't mind one bit since it's a rarity to have uninterrupted time to talk.
On our way to Asheville we took a slight detour for DuPont Forest to hike Triple Falls. I have hiked this trail numerous times but Matt had never been so I was excited to hike this beautiful trail with him. Also, the traditional anniversary gift for five years is wood, so we thought it was pretty appropriate to be hiking through the woods.
We sat on the edge of this cliff for the longest time. It was so nice to fully relax in our happy place!
 
This is a super popular hike near Asheville so I was worried it would be crowded. However, we got to the falls early enough that we had it all to ourselves for awhile. And then, out of sheer luck, just as we were packing up to leave a photographer appeared and offered to take our picture...and then took the time to convert my camera to manual and adjust all the settings to capture one of my most favorite pictures of all time.
After our hike we continued to Asheville to eat lunch at my favorite place ever - Early Girl Eatery. If you've been following my blog for 5 minutes you know how obsessed with EGE I am so I won't beat a dead horse. But it was amazing. As always.
After lunch we made our way back to Charlotte with a little time to spare before picking up the kids so I took my time getting ready for our anniversary dinner. As we were running out the door for our date night we asked Ms. Jamie to take a picture of us. And Caroline was adamant about joining. Thomas declined participation as he was too busy devouring cheese pizza.
Matt's parents surprised us with the most thoughtful anniversary present -- a gift card to Capital Grille. We enjoyed the most delicious steak dinner in the very spot we had our rehearsal dinner exactly 5 years earlier. It could not have been more perfect.
On Saturday, our actual anniversary, we ran our usual errands, attended a birthday party, did some yard work, laundry, etc. However, once the minis went down for naps we popped champagne and cut our cake -- our annual tradition. Oh, and Matt presented me with not one but two gifts, which was against the no-gift agreement. He surprised me with a beautiful bracelet and earrings. And all I gave him was a letter.
Later, as we were putting our Halloween decorations up in the attic Matt grabbed my dusty wedding dress bag. I was nervous to open it in fear that spiders or something worse would come jumping out. I carefully unzipped the bag to find my dress, exactly as I had left it at midnight on November 5, 2011 -- covered in stains, dirt and even ripped in places (I guess our wedding was more wild than I remember). Oh and it was 800 shades more yellow than I remembered be but I still let Caroline play in it. And then I felt guilty that she loved it so much and I had done nothing to preserve it soooooo we promptly dropped it off at the dry cleaners for preservation...five years later. 
 
 Does this girl know how to work the camera or what? She kills me.
And that's a wrap on our fifth anniversary celebrations!

Previous anniversaries:
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15 comments:

  1. Ah! That last picture 😍 Happy anniversary!

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  2. Those photos of Caoline in your dress are amazing. Perfect for her own wedding perhaps?

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  3. Such a nice anniversary weekend!! Gorgeous pics. And those pics of Caroline in your dress...precious!

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  4. We are on our way to Asheville this morning and can't wait to see Triple Falls! Oh, and I wouldn't dare dream of leaving the area before checking out Early Girl Eatery!

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  5. What a special weekend - love your day dates! And the wedding dress pics are amazing x

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  6. Those pictures are priceless!! She is so precious. Happy 5 years! What a great idea on the 'day-date'. We need to do that more often!

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  7. Those pictures of Caroline are so so so adorable! And YES, EGE is the best!!!!

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  8. So many incredible photos in this post! The pics of you and Matt on the hiking trails are gorgeous...and the pics of Caroline in your wedding dress are just priceless. Love love love!

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  9. Happy Anniversary!! Sounds like y'all had a fantastic weekend celebrating! Caroline is just too adorable in your wedding dress!

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  10. Love it!!! Great pictures!! And this totally tempts me to let Lilly wear my dress before I send mine off to get preserved... probably at our 5-year mark (next July)!

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  11. You will be happy you preserved your dress! I wore my moms wedding dress on my wedding day! I totally altered it (removed the double poof sleeve and made it sweetheart top instead). I preserved it again just in case one of my girls would be interested! So neat!

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  12. Beautiful pics!! I just took my dress to the cleaners last week...we will celebrate 10 years in December!! LOL

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  13. Omg I love everything about this post! I love how you both always make time for each other no matter what! My 5th anniversary is coming up soon too and I never preserved my dress either. I'm curious to see how you're comes out to see if mine is worth trying to save now!!!

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  14. Love this! What a great way tto spend the day and a fun weekend! My dress is still dirty and unpreserved too. Maybe this will motivate me to do something with it!

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  15. Perfection. The entire thing. From the talking to Asheville, to Capital Grill, to Caroline playing in your dress. Love it all.

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