Anniversary Celebration(s)

You should know by now that when Jared and I celebrate, we celebrate big. And often. Shouldn't life just be one continuous celebration of SOMETHING?! I sure think so. Birthdays, anniversaries, new jobs, new cars, new babies, new friends.... why not?!

So our anniversary celebration really was three-days long. Sunday we kicked the afternoon off by visiting our local aquarium. Jared took me there on Valentine's Day many years ago, so we were excited to go back and spend a few hours there. The penguins are always a favorite of mine with sharks coming in at a close second. I even got to pet a shark while we were there.... or should I say, Jared had to talk me into petting a shark. They feel rubbery, in case you were wondering!

Then we wandered around and attempted a few pictures by the skyline. Some woman saw us struggling with the holding-out-our-own-camera and offered to snap one for us. I'm half blinking, but this is the best we got ;)


Soon it was time for our much-awaited dinner reservations at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. We just got one downtown over the winter and had been dying to try it. Best steak and best service I've ever had at any restaurant!!!

Melt-in-your-mouth steaks, fresh asparagus with hollandaise sauce and sweet potato casserole. Plus they brought us a complimentary little dessert sampler for our anniversary. Every last bite at that restaurant was DELICIOUS.

We continued our celebrating on Monday but visiting the covered bridge where we did our first look on our wedding day. I have a personalized photo album that I plan to add an anniversary picture to each year. I think it'll be so fun to have them all in one place years from now. Here are a few of my favorites from this year.



I mean, is he handsome or what?! Whew!!!

And as if we hadn't eaten enough the night before, we finally got to eat at the Mellow Mushroom in town! Prepare to drool. Buffalo chicken ranch pizza on one half. 'Mellow'terranean style on the other.


Are you guys still with me?! I haven't even gotten to our actual anniversary yet! This might end up being the longest post in the history of blogging ;) Tuesday was our actual anniversary so after a crappy, long hard day back at the office- I came home to the cutest of surprises.

Jared had cooked up a yummy taco bar for us because 1. Mexican food is our fave and 2. We are missing our favorite restaurant at our honeymoon resort in Mexico right about now!


After stuffing our faces, we exchanged gifts. We wanted to stay with the traditional 2-year anniversary theme of "cotton" and also didn't want to spend much since our gifts had really been an awesome vacation last month and a fancy dinner out already.

So I was boring and renewed Jared's Sports Illustrated subscription that he had planned on letting expire to save some extra money; and for the cotton gift I got him one of the brand new Bengals tee's for the upcoming season... 100% cotton, right there! ;)


And you guys... Jared was SO creative! (Oh and sidenote- I had not showered in these pictures... I apologize to all of blogland for what you're about to witness)

My very first job was working a tiny, local amusement park in the concession stand. We served all your typical junky fair-type food, but I've always bragged to Jared about my cotton candy swirling expertise. We only live about an hour from the amusement park and I talk about taking Jared there all the time. It's cheap, a little run down and only open to the public a handful of days each summer but I've always wanted Jared and I to have a date there. Well......
Jared MADE "admission tickets" to the amusement park for us, attached money for snacks and rides and of course included some extras with the cotton candy and the CandyLand board game! I mean seriously, how did I marry the sweetest, most creative guy on the planet?!

I've obviously got to step-up my anniversary gifts for next year. Leather, it is!

40 comments

  1. Sounds perfect!!! You guys are too cute

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  2. Stop it with your cuteness right now. I can only hope that we'll be as cute as the two of you someday. Now off to go tell Paul he better do something cute today or else.. Just kidding. Kinda.

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  3. I just love your surprised look in your gift opening pictures. Priceless. And waaaay too cute!

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  4. That is the cutest gift ever! He did good! Great pictures and happy anniversary!

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  5. All of this sounds like so much fun! What a way to celebrate!!!

    I've been wanting to try both Ruth's Chris and Mushroom, you've made them sound even more appealing!

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  6. i was trying to think of what amusement park you were talking about and then i saw the tickets! my grade school used to have a "picnic" there every year, but i haven't been in sooo long! what cute creative gifts!! happy anniversary!

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  7. What an awesome gift!! So sweet!! I'm glad y'all had such a good anniversary!!

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  8. Aww! I wish we had penguins at our aquarium.. lucky! ha. & Jared wins the sweetest, cutest, most creative gift ever award!! He did an amazing job! I'm so glad y'all had a great anniversary, y'all couldn't be any cuter I swear! :)

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  9. Ohmygoodness! Adorable! And LOVE Ruth Chris! We have only gone once, but everything you said is accurate. Melt in your mouth steaks, amazing service, WOW! We had an amazing story to go with our experience too! Enjoy your cotton candy :)

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  10. WOW he did awesome! Very impressive! Sounds like a wonderful anniversary. And I love the idea of returning to where you had your first look every year!

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  11. Holy moly your guy truly does think! I wish my hubby would think of something creative like that - and I'm totally sticking to tradition with cotton for our 2nd :) Happy anni again!

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  12. You guys are so cute!! Your anniversary pictures just look so happy :) And what sweet gifts!! Can't wait to hear about your trip there after you go!!

    Also I love the penguins too! But oh boy sharks, one time in high school, I went to one with a friend and her parents. Well for the shark exhibit you walked down long spiral stairs and they were in tanks all around you. I was totally freaked out and the mom walked me through it holding my hand while I closed my eyes...yes in high school :P

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  13. How adorable!? Andrew needs a new suit, and because of needs/wants, we're making that part of his "cotton" gift! Not the most fun, but hey..it works! We went to dinner on our actual anniversary (May 21st), and are staying overnight in Atlanta tomorrow night, too. Yay!

    Happy Anniversary! Looks like y'all had a great time...and both gifts are so fun!

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  14. Aww how sweet!!! Jared done good!!! :)

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  15. Jared is the best! You two are the cutest couple! I love Mellow Mushroom. And yes Ruth's Chris is too die for!

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  16. this is ADORABLE!!!!

    And now I want some RC steak. The covered in butter part is what does me in. SO GOOD.

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  17. What an amazing anniversary! I am all about celebrating BIG and OFTEN, so I love this! We have a Ruth's Chris and I love it! SO flippin' good. And J really knocked it out of the park with that gift!

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  18. Shut the front door. Way to go, Jared! Your gifts to him were OK, too, but I'm still traumatized by you not having showered. (Complete sarcasm there, in case you couldn't tell.)

    Awesome anniversary celebration!

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  19. OMG! His gift! SO ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!! I love how much you two celebrate. :)

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  20. What a wonderful anniversary! I love how much love and thought went into it. Where do you find the list of gifts you are supposed to get for each anniversary and do they have one for people that are just engaged? hehe! I love how playful you both are-- it makes me look forward to my marriage with Rob just a little bit more. I look forward to sharing this next year with you (through the blog) and I hope that it is ten times as blessed as your first and second year. XOXO

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  21. This is the cutest thing ever, I am melting. You are one lucky lady miss Erin!

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  22. What a perfect anniversary!! Celebrating love is so fun :-) I absolutely love the silhouette picture you guys took.

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  23. It looks like you had a great anniversary! I can't wait to get to have a special occasion for Ruth Chris'! Looks so yummy!

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  24. Love, love, love the photos! You two are adorable! Wow! I had no idea Ruth's Chris did such a great job on anniversary celebrations! The tickets he made are so sweet!! Congrats again! :)

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  25. You guys are the cutest :) I love the idea of taking a picture at the same place each year.

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  26. Y'all are the cutest things ever, creeper.

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  27. Happy 2 year anniversaryyyyy again!! :) I love all of this! He really is so creative and that is such a cute gift! I love it!

    xo

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  28. Hush this is adorable! Boy did good :) And awe I love it! I can't wait to celebrate our 1 year anniversary!! You should blog a list of anniversary years or just shoot it to me since I don't know it AND I guess need to now :) ha!

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  29. Love how you celebrated and your creative gifts!!! I felt a little shark in key west last week and it was rubbery, weird.

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  30. Life should be a long drawn out celebration of many things, yes, I agree!!

    Love everything about this! From the aquarium, to the date night, to the pictures, to the gifts! EVERYTHING!
    I know I said this the other day, but I just love that silhouette picture!
    And that pizza looks scrumptious, I have never been to Mellow Mushroom, shame shame. I need to change that, SOON!
    Seriously, Candy Land? I WANNA PLAYYYY!!!

    You two are too damn cute!

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  31. Such a cute gift!!! Happy anniversary. Looks like it was great days celebrating!

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  32. He was so thoughtful! Love all the celebrating y'all did! I agree, everything should be celebrated!

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  33. i love all this. BUT my favorite part may be the bengal tshirt haha. Here's to a good season that gets them past the first round of playoffs!

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  34. Love it! This is adorable! Also, we had Wyatt's 1st birthday pictures done at a covered bridge, I'm curious where this one is. It's not the one we went to.

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  35. holy crap. that. is.... ADORABLE! for real... a tee-shirt!? hahaha kidding, you two are the best! i cant wait to read about this date and this park!

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  36. I love Ruth Chris! Its amazing! I still remember the first time I ever went to it was for Valentines several years ago :) Since then I have been back for a few occasions & enjoyed it just as much now as I did back then :)

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  37. I love this recap! So fun! And wow! Hats off to your husband on a super thoughtful and cool gift :) Yay!!

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