Friday, June 10, 2011

Surprise 8 Year Anniversary Weekend: Day 2

If you missed Day 1, click here! :)

We leisurely woke up to a quiet room, with nothing to tend to, except for my hair ;), missing the babies but also glad to have this special time together, and at a blissful 9am, breakfast in bed arrived! Hubby is go-oood! He booked us in a bed and breakfast and knew this time we wouldn't want to eat with other guests or have to go downstairs and chat it up with everyone while getting our, anniversary focus on our time together, breakfast on. It was so relaxing and yummy. :)

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The beautiful B&B (and outfits of the day :))

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Theeeennnn, it was off to a vineyard and winery! It was such a fun day! We did wine tasting, a tour, strolled around, and had an amazing four course lunch prepared by several big chefs that flew in just to cook for this event. Hubby knows I love food. Especially yummy food. ;-) He had called ahead about a food restriction we had on the menu and they said, no problem at all, others had restrictions too, the chefs will prepare something else comparable and yummy (so nice!). When we got there, we realized that we couldn't have anything on the menu, haha, but they were so great and nice, and prepared the most delicious food!!!

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It was a relaxing, refreshing, special special weekend.

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8 years married. 12 years as a couple. Newlyweds Forever!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Surprise 8 Year Anniversary Weekend: Day 1

June 8th will be our 8 year wedding anniversary. 8 years! We remember our wedding like it was yesterday. It was an amazing day and night! We had so much fun. We were on the dance floor all night. I would love to do it all over again! We've been talking about a potential vow renewal and partay for our 10 or 15 year, probably more likely 15, we'll see! :)

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My Hubby planned the most thoughtful and fun surprise anniversary weekend for us. He did so good! He even packed trip snacks, coolers of fruit and drinks, and even chilled a bottle of wine along the way if we had to time crack it open at our hotel that night. I found out he planned it months ago, had my mom lined up to stay with the babies - all of them! And she did great. She always does great with them, but this was her first overnight with all three, and she did so good. We love her SO much!

We had so many goodbye hugs and kisses with the babies my mom said it was as if we were going to Europe. ;) We love our little people!

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Saturday

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1. We walked around a little market downtown. 2. We walked around all of the downtown shops. 3. Hubby had our lunch spot already picked out, one of THE places to eat called Revolutionary Soup. They make all of their soups homemade and they use as many local ingredients as possible. It was so yummy! 4. After walking the shops a little more we went to a must do dessert spot that Hubby had already scoped out called Splendoras Gelato Cafe. They make their own gelato everyday and from local ingredients.

I love that Hubby had everything planned out. He even scheduled some time in for me to pump. ;) And by planned it all out, I mean he PA-LAnned it. :) He even researched which shops were highly rated must sees. We didn't make it to all of them, but we had a great time walking around.

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{THE itinerary - of which I was not privy to see at the time ;)}

Next, he revealed it was time for a couples massage! Ahhh, it was so much fun! It has been so long since we've done a couples massage and we just had so much fun together. We brought our clothes to change into for dinner and a movie (X-Men Origins). :)

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Our couples massage room.

Then we headed to our dinner spot. Hubby had reservations at one of THE dinner spots, L'etoile. They also use local ingredients and are set in a old house with a lot of character. Hubby got the duck and I got the beef tenderloin, oh my goodness it was delicious. And we got the creme brulee for dessert which was a'ight. :)

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At a point during dinner he said he had something to read to me, which immediately brought my mind back to the night he proposed (fabulous night!), he had written me a poem. He used to write for me a lot, and the tears formed immediately ;).

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It reads:

My Love, My Queen

Beauty that rivals the rising sun,
Always up for adventuring fun,
Fully supportive of all I do,
These are but some of the reasons I love you.

A soft kiss in the morn and before bed,
Sometimes on your lips and others you forehead,
Your skin is soft and your lips divine,
I'm so thankful that you are mine.

As we embark on adventures yet in store,
Together we will stand as we have before,
We'll love our children and on the the Lord lean,
And you will forever be my love, my queen.

Annd, I'm all teary just typing it. :)

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Love

Day 2 next!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Boys' Birthday Sneak Peak and Ideas

This year it's all about cars! The boys just love playing with their cars and trucks, driving them around, lining them up next to each other, behind each other, parking them, cute boys. :) Somehow BabyBoy has picked up some of my OCD and will not only perfectly line them up next or behind each other but also by color. ;-) hehe. It is so funny (and sometimes scary) what they pick up from us at such young ages! :)

Here is a peak of their invitation :) My mom, Hubby, and I were saying that it looks like they're just popping out of the card welcoming everyone to come have some party fun! :)

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Activities:

  • I'm going to make cardboard box cars for the kids to race around some little cones that I got. One will be a BabyBoy car and one a Little car with their names on the back and new ages on the sides. :)
  • We're thinking about having a cardboard box car ready for each little one who comes to color, decorate with stickers, car accessories - that I'll have already cut out, and their names, to take home with them, if I can pull that off.
  • I was thinking maybe pin the something (driver? :)) on the car game, but not sure... leaning towards no... I think we'll have plenty to do with the race and making their own cars, eating, and caking (ie eating lots of cake ;)) of course!

  • Decorations: Colors of the party: Orange, Light Blue, Yellow, Light Green, Red

  • Pom Poms
  • Toy cars
  • Trying to figure out how to make a tablecloth with a road on it to have cars and trucks driving on it around the food, etc., and maybe some standing little street signs.
  • I got a few other odds and ends I'll see if will fit in :)
  • Cupcake toppers and favor tags
  • Name banners
  • If I can get my act together a slideshow to play on the tv and some framed pics of the boys with a car cut out on frame :)

  • I'm going to make the cake, we'll have lots of food, my Mom is going to make her watermelon fruit bowl in the shape of a car this time!, I have party color candy, party color polka dot ribbon but contemplating dots vs. no dots, 2 bins in party colors for drinks, drink dispenser and pitchers for punch and water (with ribbon to decorate them with of course ;)), party favor bag with goodies...

    I'm open to any other ideas or inspiration for a cute car party! :)

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