Saturday, January 26, 2013

Our Fourth Wedding Anniversary

Yesterday, Jan. 25, we celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary! I cannot believe that those 4 years already went by.

Most of them were spent apart due to Matt being gone on 3 deployment (all 7 months long in length), and trainings in between deployments. Through it all, we managed to stick together and enjoy the time that we did have. Soon, we won't have to worry about long months apart because he has decided to retire from the military lifestyle and start our new life back in Florida so we can start our family.
Anyways, Matt had to work that day, so when he came home I was already ready to go out on our dinner date to the Cheesecake Factory (Thanks Mom & Dad for the gift card!!) and I had decorated the house a bit for him.

The 4th traditional anniversary gift is flowers and I didn't want to buy him a bouquet of flowers or anything floral print because I knew he wouldn't wear it, so I opt to getting a hyacinth flower plant.. that way it is not too feminine and we can take care of it inside.
Oh yea, and this awesome chalkboard is from a family member - Thanks Danielle!!! You can check out her blog by clicking THIS LINK.

Upstairs on our bed, I placed 4 balloons with a special memory or highlight of our marriage attached to the string in reference to 1 ballon for every year.

Despite the horrible weather that San Diego thought it should bring on this particular weekend, dinner was great! We even had our traditional anniversary shot

Then, while at dinner, I gave him his gift (unfortunately I couldn't take a picture of his reaction or record it because it was too dark in the restaurant… our server actually used her phone to take the photo of us above since my phone doesn't have flash! Lol) But his reaction was just what I'd hoped it would be.
This is what I had in his card:

Eight years ago when we first met,
I didn’t think that I would find my true love yet.
Time went by and I felt it was more than a crush,
due to the insane amount of adrenaline rush!

One year became two, then two became four,
next thing I know, you proposed with your knee on the floor.
My heart was soaring as high as a jet,
without a doubt, I said, “Yes!”
I know our true love can withstand any test.

Only two months passed and we could hardly wait,
so we took that leap of faith and made a quick wedding date.
That next weekend, we said our “I do’s” and read our vows,
we officially became the next newlyweds in town.

Our first year flew by fast, and now at last, we were to be married
in front of family and friends from present and past!
We danced, we ate, and the pictures turned out great. 
I know we will never forget that special date!

Since that day, four years ago,
we’ve both experienced some highs and some lows.
Now here we are, celebrating our marriage, of all that we have done
and all that is yet to come!
So c’mon, get ready......set.....and jump!

Did you figure it out? A clue would be look at the italicized words and the last sentence…. I purchased us skydiving tickets for today! But, due to the weather, it may actually be postponed until next weekend.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Beautiful Glass Photo Block

For Christmas, I decided to make a personalized gift to my brother-in-law and soon to be sister-in-law from Matt and I.

It really didn't take that long to put it all together. The hardest part about this project was finding everything for it! But at the end, I was very very pleased with how it turned out.. I actually wanted it for myself, haha! So, I will be making another one here in the soon future for Matt and I to have around our house.

2012 Recap + New Years Celebration

Wow, I apologize for the lack of writing the past month. With Matt and I being gone for a week in Florida, to us getting sick, and then NewYears right around the corner from all of that, it became a whirlwind. So, now that I have some down time in between working and doing every day stuff, I thought I would update you all on our trip to Florida, New Years,  our overall year of 2012 and our outlook for 2013.

On the 20th we flew to Florida to spend Christmas with all of our family. Our week went by fast! The 21st we went up to visit Matt's cousin, Michael, and his wife Jessica and their cute two boys! Matt and I met their littlest, Lucas (who is almost 2!) for our first time… and fell in love.

One of those days we went out shopping for Christmas gifts,

another day I went up to visit my grandparents while Matt went golfing with his dad and grandpa.

Then Christmas Eve, I got sick. Yay! It was horrible.. but I managed to just suck it up and take as much medicine I could throughout the rest of our stay(and even back home!) Matt and I attended church and went straight over to his grandparents house for Antipasto and opened gifts. It was such a GREAT time! All the gifts this year seemed to be very creative (Thanks to Pinterest Lol)

On Christmas Day, Matt and I spent the entire day with my family, opening gifts, playing cornhole, xbox, and monopoly (curse that game!). That too was another GREAT day.

 Dad, this picture of you cracks me up! LOL

 His first time ever baking and decorating a cake.. it was so delicious and awesome!

 Matt dancing to my nieces new xbox

 My lovely Molly

 Monopoly late into the morning
My grown up niece!!

The last full day, we hung out with his family during the day and then at night we went over to my parents house to spend time with them. My dad took us to the airport on his way to work bright and early! The flight was horrible due to me feeling like completely and utter crap. I couldn't wait to just be home in bed and fall asleep.

Once we got home, it was still early, so we took it easy and opened up our gifts and went grocery shopping. Then two days later, it was back to the grind and I went to work.

Few days passed, New Years came along. We hung out with our good friends and a lot of other people and had a big celebration! It is sad to think that all of us that were in that same room, are all moving to different states and some are getting out of the military.

So that is a very quick story and pictures of the past events.

2012 was a good year for us:
  • Celebrated our 3rd year anniversary
  • I got a wonderful job
  • Matt came back from his deployment and turned 25
  • We went on our belated honeymoon to St. Lucia
  • We bought a kayak and took up snorkeling/spearfishing more
  • I turned 24
  • Celebrated Thanksgiving with close friends
  • Went to see a Ravens football game
  • Went home to Florida to be with family during Christmas
  • Had a big New Years party
  • Crossed many items off our baby bucket list: 14 things in total

Our predicted 2013 year for us:
  • Celebrate our 4th year anniversary
  • House hunting and buying a home in Florida
  • Matt turning 26
  • Matt getting out of the military and us moving to Florida
  • I'm turning 25
  • Matt starting college and getting a new job
  • I'm returning back to college and hopefully getting an awesome job at the hospital
  • Cross more items off our baby bucket list
  • Planning the right time to have a baby

I think 2013 will be great!!