After a brief hiatus, I return to you a woman who has officially crossed the one year mark of this wonderful marathon called marriage (which just FYI, will probably be the ONLY marathon I ever choose to run. Me + Running = bad moods and twisted ankles).
Yes, that's right. The husband and I celebrated our first anniversary this past weekend (March 12th). And for this momentous occasion we decided to create a several-day block of just getting to spend some quality uninterrupted time together - no gifts, no elaborate gimmicks - just us.
So we shipped Riley Mae off to Lolo and Pop's (my parents' grandparent names) and headed about town to surprise each other with various activities. Little did we know that we both had come up with the same theme - our honeymoon in San Diego. Jake's surprises included a couples' massage (best part of staying at the Se' hotel was their legit spa), a picnic (miss you, Seaport Village), and a movie, and mine were a trip to the zoo (the closest thing in Oklahoma to Sea World) and some random shopping in strip malls and bookstores (one of our favorite finds on our honeymoon was the Coronado bookstore). Also, we collectively decided to add-in a stay at the sweet little inn that we stayed at after our wedding (did I mention their breakfasts are divine?), and a trip to the newly discovered Old School Bagels (which I will be reviewing later this week).
All combined, this proved to be a memorable and much-needed weekend to just get-away (even though "away" was only 20-30 minutes from our apartment) and focus on the love and laughter that brought us through this past year... and will continue to help us keep on trucking through the many years to come. Because ultimately it's not about what you have, where you live, what you do, or how much you can spend on each other, but is about finding the love in the moments you do have--even if they are as simple as splitting a heavenly chocolate chip bagel with strawberry cream cheese.
Thank you, love, for making me feel so special this past weekend and for always making our time together a fun and joy-filled priority (even when our schedules fight us tooth and nail). When God told us He'd give us more than we could ever ask or imagine... I didn't realize how serious He was. You are more than I could ever ask for. I love you.
P.S. Here's to lap two!