Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Celebrating 18 Years of Marriage





At the end of August, we hit 18 years of marriage.  I love anniversaries, not because I get  a gift or we do anything very fancy, because we don't, but because I love the feeling of pride that I feel.  Logan and I got married young, at 21 and not everyone was on board or honestly I think probably many thought it would never last.  We've had a great 18 years of marriage.  Two beautiful babies that are not tweens and teens.  One house to bring Halie to, and another one to bring Anya to.  Many trips to western Canada, to Seattle, Disneyland and World, Bosnia 2x and many to Mexico.  Camping adventures and finally settling at Candle Lake and buying a piece of haven.  We've moved jobs, gone to school, and supported one another.  We built a great life.  But as with anything great in life, it comes with it's own dark days, weeks and months.  We've had those.  We've fought through them, and to be honest there were times I didn't think we would find the light again, but we did.  We have an amazing support system in my family and our closest friends.  They've rallied around us and encouraged us right from the beginning, and we are grateful to still have them at our sides all these years later.

If you've been around for a few years, you might remember that Logan and I take turns planning our anniversary date/weekend.  It's always local and nothing too fancy.  This year it was my year and I'll be 100% honest, I totally didn't plan anything to the very last minute.  Time just got away from me, but you know what?!?  It doesn't matter, because we had a great weekend doing things together and making new memories.  Keeping things simple and just carving out time to spend together, talk, laugh, try new things, that's really what got us to this point.  Wanting to and returning to being together in this marriage.  So here is a quick look at what our celebrations looked like.

Fireworks Festival on Friday Night

Something about walking around on a warm evening  and having Logan's arms around me while we watch the sky being lit up, is magic that never goes out of style.





Saturday


After a lazy morning of drinking coffee and reading our books, we biked 39km to a local cidery and spent the afternoon riding bikes under the sun and enjoying their beautiful location.  If you are local to Saskatoon, or come to visit, you must go out to Crossmount Cider Company, I'll even go with you 😄.  The grounds are wonderful anytime of the year, yes even in the winter, and we love it there.  We often even take the kids along with us.  They have great seating areas, cider for the adults and the little bakery has goodies and drinks for the kids and adults who aren't interested in the cider.  It's a beautiful location to walk around, play some of their indoor or outdoor games, and just spend a couple of hours at.







After we biked back into the city, we decided to get dressed up and head to Las Palapas for dinner.  It's an authentic Mexican restaurant and every time we go we love the food and the atmosphere.  Because of the beautiful mild summer weather, we decided to stay out on the patio and share some nachos, have a bevvie and honestly by the time we got our main meals we were already pretty full.  Thankfully the burritos are just as good the next day.






 

Nothing fancy but it was so nice just to claim a chunk of time just for the two of us.  To go out and hold hands.  To reminisce about our wedding day.  Our journey along the years.  To acknowledge and celebrate each other.  

                             What do you tend to do for your anniversary?

15 comments:

  1. happy anniversary! your weekend sounds like a nice way to celebrate! We don't do anything big for our anniversaries - although our 10th one we did a big trip to Europe like we did when we celebrated our engagement, and had a little weekend away when we returned. Then there was the virus and we were in lockdown for it in 2020 so it was date night at home haha! This year no lockdown but it was still a quiet at home celebration again :)

    Hope your week is going well :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. I would love to go on a little getaway, just the two of us maybe for our 20th anniversary and hopefully it will be safe by then. A celebration at home sounds lovely. Do you have family nearby to help out with the kids?

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  2. Happy Anniversary! I’m sure you’ve been told many times, but you don’t look old enough to have been married that long! We celebrated our 45th in June and did nothing. When you’ve been together that long (though we’ve actually been together for 48 years), you probably don’t do big things. We did celebrate our 25th (geez…20 years already) with a big trip to London. We try to have date night once a week although we’re together 24/7!

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    1. Wow! 45 years of marriage. Congratulations. That's a wonderful mark of not only love but partnership, commitment, and dedication.

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  3. Cute anniversary date day! I love how you did several different things! And, wow!! 18 years! My husband and I will be celebrating 9 years next month and we're going to have a date day, too! I am not sure what we'll be doing yet. I like that you take turns deciding what you do each year.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Taking turns saved us!!!! Honestly, we had a few years where we were so tired and the kids were little and we didn't plan ahead and so it never happened. Although, sometimes those things happen, especially when you are in the weeds. But then I heard about taking turns and I thought that's brilliant. There is no back and forth, what do you wanna do, and one person is in charge of the ideas, the kids, etc. It's perfect for just showing up and recongnizing the day. I can't wait to see what you guys decide to do!

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  4. Congratulations on 18 years wow!! Love seeing your wedding photos and your trip looked amazing.Here is to another 18 years!!

    Allie of
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  5. Your celebration weekend sounds amazing. Happy Anniversary! Wishing you guys many more years of togetherness!
    xoxo
    Lovely
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  6. Happy Anniversary!Look forward to your next 18 years!

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  7. Happy Anniversary! You and your husband are so cute together! You planned the perfect weekend! The bike ride to the cider company sounds like so much fun!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  8. Happy anniversary!! Y'all are a couple of cuties, then and now. We really don't make a fuss about our anniversary and last year both of us forgot it until it was upon us. I don't need a big hoopla either but I do like for us to do something to rekindle the spark. Next week we really need to better.

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  9. Looks like you had such a lovely time - and I can see how much you still love eachother - how wonderful!

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