I have been a TOTAL SLACKER when it comes to writing this blog. It has been over a week and two major things have happened, one of which was mine and Tom’s ninth wedding anniversary. Our anniversary falls right in between two birthdays so it typically gets a bit overlooked. This year we actually went out together on the 15th. Amazing! We were planning
to go out to dinner but I didn’t want to take the chance that we would start talking about sensitive subjects and end up arguing on our special night out (yes, that happens sometimes). I decided that the best way to avoid that situation was to go to the Comedy Zone uptown. We always have fun there. We needed an enjoyable night out together doing something fun and different ….and laughing. As usual, I had a Groupon that needed to be used at the Comedy Zone so I made reservations, got Sidney to babysit, and off we went.
It was a lot of fun. Refreshing actually! Before the show, we belly-ed up to the bar and ate dinner at the Mexican restaurant upstairs from the club. Then walked down to hear the comedians. There were four comedians total and two of them were quite funny. Oddly enough, we had seen the headliner last year when we went to the Comedy Zone with some friends. It was a great way to spend our anniversary – no kids, no serious conversation, and lots of laughter.
I should also add that Tom did a fabulous job picking out a present for me. He went to three jewelry stores before our anniversary and picked out a necklace and a ring to match…..and he kept it within budget! I was so surprised and loved what he picked out. Here is the ring…
We left the beach one day early to travel up to Willamsburg, VA because Tom’s sister Kim was getting married. Faith was also going to be the flower girl in the ceremony. Faith has been practicing for months and couldn’t wait to play this special role.
We drove up Friday with Faith and left the boys at the beach with my parents. She was absolutely giddy the entire weekend. I guess having all of the attention from mom and dad with no brothers around is very exciting for her. She was literally bouncing around and laughing constantly. She swam in the hotel pool with Tom, jumped on the hotel beds, and got all the attention from her aunts and cousins. She loved it!
Since we were in Williamburg already, we decided to go to Colonial Williamsburg, walk around and check it out. It was a complete bust. It was very expensive to get a day pass and Faith was way to young for any of it to interst her. Honestly, after about an hour there I was ready to leave as well. It seemed to me that everything was about the money…and lots of it. I am way to thrifty to spend hundreds of dollars to take my kids to something that I would have to force them to take interest in. Maybe in ten years I will feel differently.
The rest of the day was spent shopping at the outlet stores, swimming in the pool and getting manicures and pedicures. Faith and I went to get mani-pedis together. We both got to sit in a chair while soaking our feet and getting a leg massage. It was novel for her and much needed for me. Once again, she felt like a princess.
The wedding was that night at Saude Creek Vineyards. The ceremony was beautiful. Kim and Dallas were so excited to finally be getting married and it showed. Faith walked up the aisle throwing out her flowers just as she had practiced. Bravely, she stood up front with the others throughout the ceremony. I was very proud of her, and I think that she was too. Here are some pictures of the wedding in no particular order….
Kim and Dallas as the Pastor pronounces them “married”…..
Faith and I before the ceremony…
Cousin Alexis and Faith…..
Faith standing up front during the wedding….
The Wedding Party…
Tom and I had a great one night getaway to the Lake Lure Inn. We were there to see my friend Kristee Bruch get married to Joshua Boswick. Kristee and I went to graduate school together at Queens University here in Charlotte. I was so happy to learn that she found such a kind, Christian man to marry. They both looked so happy and Kristee looked beautiful.
The wedding took place outside by the pool at 5:00pm. About ten minutes into the wedding service the wind picked up and a storm started to roll in. Kristees veil began to blow up and sideways. We all kind of chuckled and hoped that the weather would hold up for another ten minutes. It did, sort of. It began to drizzle but they were able to finish the ceremony. It was a sweet service and I loved their vows. The vows were longer than most, but very specific….which is good when you are committing to be married for the rest of your life.
We had a great time. We drank, danced and laughed all night. It benefits our relationship greatly when we can get away together for the night.