Second Year Anniversary

The second year of marriage was sweet bliss. I’ve heard a lot of people say that the first year is the best because couples are still in the “newlywed honeymoon” phase, but in my opinion, the second year has been the best. By the second year, you’ve gone through an adjustment period of living together and have a better idea on how to work together, such as schedules, finances, chores, goals, etc.

We went into our second year of marriage outlining some of our joint goals for the year. These goals included saving up “x” amount of money, going on more dates, and working on communication, among some other things. Growth, individually and together, is so important in a relationship and I truly believe it’s important to keep setting goals (individually and as a couple).

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On June 10th, we checked into the same hotel where we stayed the weekend of our wedding. After dropping our belongings off in our room, we walked around the property. We found the cutest gazebo out by the pool area. We had planned on ordering carry-out, but decided to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, Copper Mill. No regrets here! Mike was super proud of me for the way I took charge and ordered the food. If you’ve ever gone out to eat with me, you know that for some reason I get a little anxious when ordering. Then, I end up either ordering whatever the last person got or something totally random that I probably wasn’t even thinking of getting. I ordered the following for us, which we highly recommend:

-Tater-tots with sauce

-Angus Burgers with fries

-Big Chocolate Chip cookies

-A flight of beers (Mike ordered this one, I just know they were non-IPA’s)

The service was great! We got checked on a several times, water was refilled several times, a bug actually flew into one of Mike’s beer flight cups and our server ended up bringing back a full size glass to replace it, so Mike was happy.

After stuffing our faces with so much food, we spent the rest of the evening watching Hawaii 5-O (one of the shows we like to binge watch together). We also did a cold face mask by OleHenriksen. You know what they say, “couples who do face mask together stay together, right?! “ Haha. It was my first time using this face mask and I loved it! It made my face feel nice and cool while it was on me, which felt amazing, considering how hot the weekend had been. When Mike tried it, he mentioned that the facemask felt minty and left his face feeling fresh (agreed).

On June 11th, our anniversary, we slept in and then made our way back to the hotel restaurant, Copper Mill, to get breakfast from the buffet. Eggs, waffles, chicken sausage, and a little bacon…. It was all good! I think sometimes hotel restaurants don’t have the best reviews, but Copper Mill is definitely top notch.

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Mike is so thoughtful! He got this “Two Years Married” cotton print that has how much time we have been married detailed. I can’t wait to frame it 😊 He also got me a shirt that has the “Mawaige” quote from the Princess Bride. Mike always quotes and his impression makes me laugh so hard!

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After checking out, we went to drop stuff off at our house and planned a trip to Linganore Winery for wine tasting and small picnic. We LOVE Linganore Winery! We haven’t done a tasting in a while, so we were delighted to know that there were a bunch of new wines added. We bought two bottles, one to drink there and another to take home. We sat outside, ate our sandwiches and finished each other’s sentences (see what I did there? haha), and goofed around with my polaroid camera.

We finished our evening celebrating our cotton year WITH cotton candy ❤

 

One Year Anniversary

We recently celebrated our one year anniversary of being married! I can’t believe how quickly this first year went and how much we have accomplished during it. Our wedding day was super hectic, but I’ll save those details for later. We did a little traveling throughout the year; we spent a long weekend in NYC, went to Jamaica for our honeymoon, and visited Orlando, again. Our love for traveling and exploring is something we enjoy doing and we already have a few trips booked for the near future. We spent a lot of our year in the kitchen learning new recipes and trying to focus on healthier “clean eating options.” We spent every afternoon taking our dog, Diggy, on walks around the neighborhood. We have changed the setup of our place several times. We have spent countless hours binge watching Netflix or meeting up with new and old friends for happy hour. Mike went through his first year of teaching, we’ve started a few side jobs and we’ve picked up a lot of hobbies throughout the year. I am forever grateful for the adventures, memories, and accomplishments we have gone through in just one year, but I am most thankful for the growth that we have gone through as individuals and as a couple. We are on each other’s teams, always and no matter what – whether its cheering each other on or guiding each other in the right direction. We’ve set goals for our future and are working together to attain them. We made it a point to love each other in one another’s love language, and it has made us better and stronger. Mike, you survived the first year of marriage and there is no one else I’d rather eat year-old cake with, than you!

 

Traditionally the first year is paper. I framed the music sheet to our songs which are The Way you Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra and Classic by MTKO. I continued being crafty by making Mike a shirt that read “I survived my 1st year of Marriage,” and also gifted him a roll of toilet paper mainly because I thought it would be funny but also because the I can easily go through a whole roll in one day which really annoys Mike.

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Mike was equally crafty, I was super surprised! He got me the Beauty and the Beast coloring book that I had been eyeing, a handwritten love letter to accompany the card he got me, and two diy frames. One frame pin points where he lived, where I lived, and Disney (where our love story truly started), all into a heart shaped map. The other frame has our special dates!

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Side note** If you plan on freezing your top tier wedding cake, make sure to follow the directions given by your bakery or research methods to ensure that your cake will taste fresh a whole year later. The top picture is our cake a year later and on the bottom is what it was the day of our wedding. It held up decently for it being in the freezer for a year!

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