Thursday was our fourth wedding anniversary and marked five years since Zach and I met. :)
We had to work, but I did let my students go a bit early, and Zach surprised me by taking me out to Orange Leaf when he picked me up. I enjoyed the brownie and raspberry yogurt with raspberries and white chocolate chips--heaven. :)
Friday night, we went to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse to celebrate. They sure do know how to make you feel special! When we arrived, they kept greeting us with "Happy anniversary!" and our table was sprinkled with red rose petals (which is why I took a picture of the bread on the bed of roses *lol*).
Our food was so yummy--although Zach said the steak wasn't quite as good as what he had at Morton's that time in Boston--and I am planning on making the copycat sweet potato casserole very soon because it is CRACK.
At the end of dinner, our server Cornelius brought us a complimentary slice of flourless chocolate cake with a candle and took our picture. (We're not really sure what they do with those pictures. Zach thinks there's a creeper in the back with them...) We had him take one on Zach's phone as well.
I told Zach this should become our annual tradition! And we laughed and laughed when the valet opened Zach's door when we were leaving because he didn't realize I was the one driving... (Zach's been on meds for his back, which makes him too loopy to get behind the wheel.)
We had kind of a weird year presents-wise: I put together a brew-your-own-root-beer basket, and Zach got me some new silverware and a creation called bed-bands that helps your sheets stay on because we've been battling it out over getting some new sheets. (The ones I love have shrank a little, so now we can use them a bit longer.) We liked each other's presents a lot, but they were just...weird. *lol* I have to say the bed bands work great! I've got to wash up the new silverwear, so they can go into rotation. And I can't wait to brew the root beer and some ginger ale. Apparently, homemade is where it's at... :)
We’ve been through a lot over the last five years: lots of dates, lots of fun, lots of love; and grad school and graduation, unemployment and job searching, moving across the state to new jobs, and getting more responsibilities that comes with the multitude of blessings and burdens of working to help others make their lives better; and enjoying more Netflix and Hulu than I can measure, far too many yummy meals, and not very many yucky ones, too much candy, not enough travels, so many LEGO bricks, and two fluffy cats who make our home complete; and immeasurable laughter, some tears now and then, a near-death experience, and a hope for a future together, bounded by an increasing love, forever and ever, in all times, in all places, in all ways. Forever.
Or, if you would like something a tad less mushy, here we (The Royal We) are BY THE NUMBERS;
5 years since we met
4 wedding anniversaries
3 homes (Baridon, Hot Springs, and Bentonville)
1 life together