Year 2 memory: One of the big events of our second year of marriage was road-tripping across the country to Concord, NH for Dave’s first year of Law School. His mom helped fill the car with last-minute snacks, including a loaf of fresh bread, some peanut butter and a honey bear. Little did she know we’d eat that the WHOLE trip. It was shoestring living at it’s finest:)
Year 2 activity: The boys and I met Dave for lunch on Thursday and we drove down to the waterfront park. I pulled out our picnic of PB&H on a loaf of fresh, homemade bread (his mom’s recipe), tortilla chips, milk, string cheese, and carrot sticks. It was fun to remember our adventures on the road, and in New Hampshire. When we celebrated 2 years, I was about 10 weeks pregnant with Milo. In the picnic bag, Dave found invite 3.
Year 3 memory: Our third year of marriage, we spent the summer in Utah, then got the news that Dave had been accepted for transfer to The George Washington University. So, we packed up and moved once again. This time to (just outside) the Nation’s Capitol.
Year 3 activity: After the boys had gone to bed, we left them sleeping with our neighbors, and headed into the city. We wandered over to the Lincoln Memorial and climbed the steps. When we took a seat, I pulled out a treat to share: a quart of Rita’s Italian Ice gelati. I know Rita’s isn’t just a DC/NoVA thing, but we learned to love it here! We chatted, shivered and downed the whole quart. It was hilarious and felt so fun. In the Rita’s bag, Dave got invite 4.
Year 4 memory: Our fourth year, we were settling in in the DC area. Dave worked hard in school, I worked, hung with milo, got pregnant, lost the pregnancy, then ran a half-marathon. It was a whirlwind year that we finished by celebrating our 4th anniversary at 1789 restaurant. It was a very special night for us, and we found out a few days later that Eliot was on his way!
Year 4 activity: I made late night reservations, we dressed back up, and I took Dave back to 1789 for a long, lingering dessert date. It was wonderful, romantic and sweet (both the company and the food:) After dessert, I gave Dave the final invitation.
Year 5 memory: Year five was incredible. With Dave’s graduation, the expectation and delivery of little Eliot, Dave finishing the BAR, starting a real job and settling into our new normal, we have had lots of time to enjoy each other, and to think about what else we want to do with ourselves. One of Dave’s ideas is that he’d like to learn to sail.
Year 5 activity: On Saturday afternoon, I packed a picnic lunch/dinner, we left the boys with our dear neighbors (again!) and headed out to Holiday Hill Marina on the Chesapeake Bay to spend a few hours sailing. Just us and Captain Bill on the 42′ “Dream Catcher” that I chartered for a sunset cruise;) It was a wonderful day and a crowning celebration of our first five years together. I can’t wait to share all the fun details…later this week.
It was a special week and so fun to go back and remember some of the fun times we’ve shared together. And I can’t wait for many, many more.