I must confess…I don’t remember all my anniversaries!
I had a grand plan for this prompt. Nathan and I celebrated 15 years of marriage last week and I planned to rate all our anniversaries over the years and even rank them in order of best to worst. Or vice versa because counting down is always fun too.
Great plan. So I set out to remember all our respective anniversaries. Which is the point where I came unstuck.
I can’t remember them all. And when I do I can’t always place them in order of year, let alone rank or rate them.
So, Nathan if you are reading this I do love you – I’ll just blame my poor memory on entering my 40th year and having 3 kids who have sucked most of my brain power away…
Despite not remembering them all, there are some stand outs from the years:
Our first anniversary was memorable for more than the fact we actually bothered to give each other a present and we ate year old cake (why is that a thing???). We went to our then favourite special occasion restaurant on NRL grand final night 2001. Our local team, the Newcastle Knights, were underdogs in the grand final against Parramatta.
Even though it was a romantic evening (and a very quiet one – ours is a passionate football town so most people were home glued to their screens) we couldn’t ignore the chatter of fellow diners and bar staff who came in and gave us updates on the game.
Which is why, for a reason still beyond us, we left early from our romantic first anniversary dinner and raced home to see the second half as the Knights were ahead. They ended up winning despite a late Parramatta surge too. I can say that’s the last time we ever let football come between us and our wedding anniversary…
I think the next few anniversaries were spent in a similar way (except for the watching footy part) so they blend into each other. Once the kids came along our outings morphed into daytime lunches and the occasional night-time dinner. I do remember one dinner we had at a then new local haunt which, on balance, ranks as our worst anniversary of all time.
It was an unseasonally cold long weekend in October – gale force winds, driving rain and winter temperatures. I recall we were originally supposed to sit outside but, given the conditions, we were moved inside. Except we were seated next to the front door.
Every time someone came through that door (and someone came in all the damn time) we were hit by a blast of ice. Apart from the icy ambience, the meal was substandard too – we were not at all impressed. Funny enough we never went back there again and the restaurant closed a few months later – not because of us – we’re not that influential 😉
We spent another few years alternating between lunches and dinners until we received the ultimate gift in 2012 – an anniversary weekend away! This was the best anniversary ever. Two nights away from the kids. In an amazing hotel in the heart of Sydney. We went to the movies. We dined out. We walked all over the city. Shopped at the market. And went on a dinner cruise!
Our portrait taken on the dinner cruise
The dinner cruise was actually a lot of fun. The food was good, the cocktails yummy and the vista of Sydney Harbour at night was stunning. It was freezing out on deck but it was worth the cold to take in the beauty of the shimmering city lights at night.
The chance to get away and reconnect and treat ourselves for a weekend was priceless – it really was an amazing anniversary that year.
The last few years we have feasted at our new favourite restaurant, a Brazilian churrasco grill (mouth wateringly divine!) to celebrate our anniversaries and special birthdays. Not quite the same as a weekend away but as we’ve been able to get away for ProBlogger instead each August, we really can’t complain at not getting a second bite at the weekend away cherry.
This year was time for a daytime outing. So our 15th wedding anniversary was spent enjoying lunch by Newcastle Harbour, relishing in the warmth of a sunny spring day.
Our view last week…
Who knows what we’ll get up to next year? It could very well be our new favourite anniversary!
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