We decided that with something as big as a 10 year anniversary the best way to celebrate is to spread it out . . . .
part 1: the "at home" date, january 15th
Well it actually started on the 14th when these beautiful flowers arrived on my doorstep.
Scott thought it would be fun for me to enjoy these flowers for an extra day. Perfect idea -- I definitely needed them that day.
On the 15th we put the kids to bed and served up our own dinner of steak, twice-baked potatoes, italian sodas, and cream puffs for dessert. Everything to make my man happy. Nothing green or good for you. :)
I put together these little gifts for him. The traditional gift for your 10th anniversary is tin or aluminum.
I made banana bread earlier in the day (one of his favorites) and wrapped it in foil. Check! Box number 1 contained a mix CD with 10 hit songs from 1999 (the year we were married). We listened to it over dinner and talked about memories associated with each song, sang along, and even danced! Very fun.
- Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer
- Save Tonight - Eagle Eye Cherry
- Smooth - Santana
- Last Kiss - Pearl Jam
- Every Morning - Sugar Ray
- Lullaby - Shawn Mullins
- Torn - Natalie Imbruglia
- All-Star - Smash Mouth
- I want it That Way - Back Street Boys
- Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls
Box #2 was a little dice game that came in a tin box. And in box #3 I put a little handmade accordion album/card.
On one side you see little pictures of us from each year of marriage. And on the reverse side there are more little photos - things that we did together in the past year. You can see more details here.
part 2: the "something different" date, january 24th
We left at 2pm and drove up the Columbia Gorge to Multnomah Falls - it was our first time ever stopping there, although we've driven by many times. There were snowflakes blowing through the air, the cliff face was covered in ice, but the falls were still running. It was gorgeous!
I had hoped to take more (and better) pictures, but I was nervous having my camera out in the semi-snowy conditions. (Although I saw plenty of other people with dSLR's walking the trail.) Maybe another time.
Then we wound down the scenic Columbia River Highway past more waterfalls, spectacular (foggy) views of the gorge, a very windy Crown Point and finally to our dining destination . . . The View Point Inn. If this place sounds at all familiar I'll give you a hint . . .
The prom scene happened here (on the grounds, and inside). I thought it would be so fun to get a picture in the gazebo where Edward & Bella danced, but . . . there is no gazebo. Guess they just brought that one in for the movie.
The restaurant was very cozy, romantic, lots of candlelight . . . When we sat down for our 5pm reservation we were the only people there. Kinda fun to have the place to ourselves.
appetizers: sweet onion & saffron soup and prawn cocktail
I could not get over these adorable little butter dishes! Just look at that tiny domed lid. (I'm thinking of you, Becca). And the itty bitty detailing. Just so precious. They sold these at the restaurant and I was pretty tempted.
dinner: new york strip and bacon wrapped pork tenderloin
The creme brulee for dessert sounded fantastic, but we were stuffed. And it had snowed through the entire meal so we were a little anxious to get on the road and make it safely down the mountain.
Just a wonderful date. I can see myself doing this again someday, and maybe trying out another season of the year to sample the views in new colors.
part 3: the extended weekend getaway date, coming soon
This is going to be a good one. We're very excited!