Twelve years ago this week, we were 11 days into our parenting journey.
Our baby, not yet two weeks old, was recovering from her second major operation. Not surprisingly, I don't recall that we had much of a first wedding anniversary celebration.
Maybe that set the tone for succeeding anniversaries. October is always a thankful time - full of thankfulness for a family life that so easily might not have been - but we've never made much of the wedding anniversary. No flamboyant romantic gestures, no flowers, no cards, no gifts and no surprises.
Perhaps it's because in the context of October 2000's events those things seem unimportant or maybe it's because we prefer the everyday romantic gestures.
This week that includes:
- The gift of a new £1 washing line to replace my broken rotary washing line.
- A crazy paving refurbishment project (still crazy after all these years!)
- Taking the time to drink a cup of tea together after work, instead of rushing headlong into the chores.
- Date nights every night - candle-lit evening meals. OK, I am cheating a little on this one - the kids are there too!
As if my washing line wasn't enough, we received a couple of cards, one of which included a great example of re-use/upcycling - spot how that card has been cut and given a new back!
A wedding anniversary that includes a washing line, crazy paving and Fry's Peppermint Cream! What more could a girl ask for?