My Anniversary is in two days and we are celebrating six years! Whew that flew by kind of fast. But at the same time I can hardly remember a time when the Mr. wasn’t a part of my life. The past six years have had lots of up’s, many downs, a lot of laughing, crying, and a whole bunch of silly dance moves.
I’ve been looking forward to our anniversary for a few months now because it is something that I love to celebrate and I think it is really important to celebrate. I don’t want the years to just keep passing by or for our marriage to fall into a rut. Each year is a chance to remind ourselves about the time we fell in love, planned our future life together, and ultimately became Husband and Wife.
This year we’ll be taking a little ‘staycation’ up the canyon to Midway and enjoying a few nights as just Mr. and Mrs. There will be no kids, no social media, no other friends or family. Just us. I’m so excited for the time to reconnect as a couple and to rekindle that newlywed spark.
If you can’t already tell, I’m a little bit passionate about marriage, keeping the romance, and of course celebrating your life together. I LOVE anniversaries and so I have come up with a list of 10 fun ways to celebrate your anniversary.
1. A night away: This is my favorite way to celebrate. It can be hard to plan a big trip when you have kids and need to find someone to watch them, but you also need a date a little better than the usual dinner and a movie. We are staying only about 45 minutes away and found a great deal online for a really nice hotel. It doesn’t take a lot of time or money, but the benefits of a night alone are totally awesome.
2. Write a love note: I am a total sucker for love notes. During our dating/engagement phase we worked together at the same company. We would slip each other little love notes during the day and it was so much fun! An anniversary is the perfect opportunity to really get romantic and tell your spouse just how much you love them. And there’s nothing quite like a hand written note when it comes to romance.
3. Create a video: For our first anniversary our plans kind of all fell apart after my husband got laid off the week before. So instead of going all out for a big huge celebration we used a gift card to eat at a suuuu-per nice restaurant (Ruth’s Chris) and then we just celebrated at home eating our year old wedding cake. However the gift that my husband gave me will go down as my all time favorite present ever.
Since he was home all week searching for a new job, he had a lot of time on his hands and he made me a crazy cute video. It was filled with pictures of us from dating, our wedding, and our past year together. Totally made me cry and was so so sweet. Well done, darling.
4. Do something new together: What a perfect time to get out and try something new. It could be going on a painting date, taking a ski lift trip during a full moon, going to a shooting range…..really the sky is the limit here. Marriage is all about creating a life together and experiencing new things together. One of my favorite places to go to find new ideas and deal is on Groupon. So get out there, have fun, and be adventurous this anniversary.
5. A BIG trip: I have to mention this one, but everyone needs to take a big trip just the two of you. Two years ago we were able to leave our little one behind and take a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas. This was soooooo good for us. Especially since becoming parents it was such a relief to travel and to find out that we were still fun! We had 5 full days of uninterrupted fun. Obviously we can’t take a big trip every year, but it’s something we hope to do for the ‘BIG’ anniversaries.
6. Surprise each other: Take turns each year planning your anniversary and try to keep the details a secret. You can keep the whole thing a secret, or if you are like my husband and can’t keep quiet, then you can just keep little surprises coming. Last year I knew where we were going, but when we got to the room it was completely decked out with candles, rose petals, and chocolates. I was completely surprised and I loved that he added so many details.
7. Pretend you’re on your honeymoon: How fun would it be to act like lovey dovey newlywed’s again. Go out and celebrate like you just got married. Write it on your car windows, tell people you see that you just got married, ask for a celebratory dessert with dinner. And how about you pull out some of that lingerie that probably hasn’t been seen since your honeymoon. I bet your hubby wouldn’t object to that!
8. Relive your first date: Falling in love was so exciting, why not try to do it again! Head on out and relive your first date. For us, it would be dinner on Main Street, a late night improv comedy show, and walking around downtown just chatting. It was my best first date ever.
9. Get a couples massage: We’ve done this for two of our anniversaries and I think it’s time we make it a tradition and do it for all of them! What better way to celebrate than to go out and get completely pampered. Make a day out of it and head out for an afternoon movie afterward and enjoy all the time together.
10. Get “Anniversary Pictures” taken: I’m betting the last time the two of you had pictures done as just a couple were your engagements and wedding day pictures. Sure, you get family pictures done all the time. But let’s face it, those are crazy stressful and you are usually chasing kids, yelling at someone to smile, and just plain exhausted afterward. Go ahead and schedule you and your hubby a quick little photo session and relive those giddy feelings you had when you were taking your engagements and just couldn’t wait to finally be married. I can promise you these pictures will become a treasured possession.
There are so many ways to celebrate your marriage and love for each other and these are just a few ideas to get you thinking. Marriage is something that is so awesome and you work so hard at it that it deserves a day to be recognized and to look back and see how far you’ve come. No matter how you celebrate, just be sure to take time to express your love and to have some alone time together.