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…

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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!

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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.

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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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18 Responses

  1. Every anniversary these days is an amazing achievement. Congrats on getting this far.. keep up the good work guys.
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  2. I fear we may have done everything backwards having kids first… I’ll never have a long romantic dinner damit. Mind you we have to get to the getting married part first.
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  3. Denyse says:

    Happy Anniversary. I remember some of ours… 45 years next January!! One of my memories is the first one when we gave each other paper (although I cant remember what) and went to the movies while Mum and Dad minded our baby daughter. Our anniversary (like soooo many teachers) is in the school holidays too. But here’s the thing about late January, there is never any money left to splurge after the big Christmas event spending and our son (and grandson as well) have mid January birthdays. Our daughter put on a 25th Wedding Anniversary party for us and we got some special silver pressies and it was good to gather with those who cared about us. I suspect our golden wedding anniversary may see a very small celebration but heck, I will be 71 then and I cannot contemplate that fact. Love Denyse x
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    • Kirsty says:

      45 years – that’s wonderful Denyse! I hope we’ll reach that milestone too – a while to go yet but we’ve already outlasted many others so fingers crossed we do. I hope you get to enjoy something special in January – you definitely deserve it x

  4. I have very special memories of our 20th wedding anniversary, we spent 5 days down the Coast without kids. We jokingly call it our 2nd honeymoon!
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    • Kirsty says:

      We are planning on a year long holiday in 2020 when it will be our 20th anniversary. The kids will be with us but they’ll be old enough by then to be alone for a few hours – I hope!

  5. Natalie says:

    I enjoyed reading about your anniversaries, and it’s a great topic that I enjoyed writing about! Something that I have to confess to is every anniversary, I promise Mark that we would get our wedding rings repaired. About 10 years ago, we both had to cut our wedding rings off our fingers! He cut his finger while working and had to cut the ring off as his finger was swelling up and it was cutting the circulation off, and I had to cut my wedding and engagement rings when I was pregnant with my first daughter and my fingers got so swollen! Such a funny story. I was going to get them repaired in time for our 10th anniversary but ah well…lol
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    • Kirsty says:

      Funny you mention that as the main diamond in both my engagement rings (yes I have two identical rings, there is a story somewhere here on the blog about that!) have fallen out. I now have two rings that need to be repaired. My plan is to take them somewhere and get a single awesome ring out of them but that requires effort and money, things that are in short supply around here right now! I hope you do get your rings repaired x

  6. cate says:

    we celebrated 9 last month, but we couldn’t even go out to lunch cause hubby was working! ah well, next year we’re planning a kid-free cruise, so we’ll make up for it then. The only other thing I make sure we do is get a photo together (although we missed the last couple of years it seems)
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    • Kirsty says:

      Happy anniversary for last month x
      We should get a photo together to celebrate each year but we always forget – that would make an awesome montage, particularly if you took the same photo each successive year.
      Enjoy your kid-free cruise next year – that sounds awesome!

  7. Such a cute couple. I suppose the ‘photos or it didn’t happen’ approach has some merit, especially when you are like me and getting old and forgetful. At least looking back at photos is a great way to record all those anniversary moments. I can barely remember last year. It is 20 years for us this year, in November.

    Now, I’m late to the linkup party and off topic and almost verging on a rant. I probably should have put myself in blogging time out. lol
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    • Kirsty says:

      I wish we had been more proactive in taking photos over the years but it’s never been my priority. Taking photos of the kids, yes. But us? Not so much. Off to read your “rant” now!

  8. Happy Anniversary!!! Whats a better present that to tell the world how much you love your hubby 🙂 we almost let ours go by this year, it was hard to coordinate with a 6 month old bub at the time, but we had a quiet little takeaway dinner at home.
    lu @looking for mama me recently posted..10 great things to do with a toddler in Sydney!

    • Kirsty says:

      It does get harder to remember and to celebrate anniversaries when little ones come along but even taking time out to have a takeaway dinner together is something special. Hold onto those special moments x

  9. Zita says:

    Happy Anniversary! Albeit a little late on my part. I am having a terrible time with blogging motivation at the moment and having my laptop fail on me (power button no longer working makes things a little difficult) isn’t helping.
    Anyway, lovely for you to be able to look back over all the wonderful times you and Nathan have shared together over the years!
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    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Zita. Fingers crossed the laptop is fixed and back with you soon. In the meantime just enjoy the freedom of not blogging for a while!

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