It was exactly two years ago today on March 9th, 2013 that The Scottish and I were married.
I still look back fondly on that day as one of the best in my life. Two years later we are becoming less like newly weds and more like a seasoned married couple. Our life is finally a bit predictable and full of family, friends, downtime, and routine. We both love it.
As is our tradition, we celebrated by getting away for a night at a nearby hotel. Last year at last we attempted a staycation in downtown Minneapolis for the entire weekend, but this year we just drove to a neighboring city for less than 24 hours. It was AWESOME!
I’m pretty sure we deserve some sort of medal for everything we accomplished in one date night. We saw a movie, ate sushi, exchanged gifts, and hit up the hotel’s hot tub and pool. Impressive right? Since I’m still breastfeeding it means I’m still pumping when I’m away from The Wee One but I managed to keep it to only twice, once at night and once in the morning. I’ll be so happy when we don’t have to lug pumping supplies with us every time we leave the house for more than half a day.
We had a really nice evening connecting and flirting and being free from our parental responsibilities. Once you have a child, special date nights become even more special and you have to fit in lots of love and attention into a short span of time. It was really fun laughing and catching up with each other, even though we see each other daily. We didn’t discuss finances or house stuff but chatted away about career goals and life dreams. It’s such a privilege to have someone who you can share your deepest thoughts with, who will share theirs right back. We did smile while thinking of The Wee One every once in a while, because there was no way we were going to not talk about him the entire night! 🙂
I walked away from our date night feeling refreshed, feeling loved. To be honest I’m a bit sad it’s Monday again and our anniversary is almost over but it’s OK because I still feel cared for, desired, and special. I will hold those moments from Friday night close to me for the next few weeks or months or however long I need to until the next time we can spend all of our attention focused on each other.
I will keep those moments locked in a safe until the next big fight, the next time I feel lonely or even the next time I feel scared or depleted of all my energy. My moments-storing-safe is not of finite size and it can accommodate all the big, sappy moments and all the tiny, almost unnoticeable moments. My safe is not under lock and key so I can access it easily. My safe is blue, because my husband’s favorite color is blue. It smells like his cologne and feels like his tall but warm hugs. It’s what I tap into when I’ve had a bad day and need to recharge and it’s where I go when I feel like we haven’t had a minute of time alone together in ages.
The Scottish is the guy I’ve chosen to spend all my days with and two years later I’m still incredibly happy with that decision. Cheers to us and to all those out there celebrating anniversaries soon!
All photos by Crystal Liepa Photography.