Friday, June 7, 2013

My, How Things Have Changed

Do you remember when you were newly in love and all fluttery and dramatic and longing?

Yeah, me too.

It was good.

And now is good too. Today is our anniversary. Mountain Man and I have been married for sixteen years. Like a fine wine, we just get better with age. However, there are some draw backs to being married and getting along so well with one's significant other.

On our first anniversary we went on a backpacking trip to Arches and Canyon Lands National Parks in Utah. We spent a week camping and hiking and (*insert romantic fluttery music here) frolicking through the red rocks, stealing kisses underneath the arches, and getting chased by wanted criminals. (But that's another blog post.)

Anyway, things were all sepia toned and beautiful and not unlike a Jane Austen novel--except completely different--because Janey never wrote about the wild west or married couples that weren't totally annoying (aka Mr. & Mrs. Bennet), unless you think that Mountain Man is annoying, then he will probably stare you down with the same gaze he uses to lure unsuspecting deer to out front yard so he can feed us for the winter. On the other hand, if you think I'm the annoying one, then you're right because you're as crazy as I am if you read this blog or can even follow what the hell's going on with this post.

Annnnnnnnyway, all was ethereal and lovely year one. And now, while things are still good, there is a marked difference in our celebration. It used to be, we'd plan out the big day and make a hullabaloo about it and send each others cards and blah blah blah--but now, we're sixteen years in. If we even remember the day, it's a small miracle. If we plan something, we're freakin' geniuses.

Gift giving has changed too. Our first year of marriage, Mountain Man saved his quarters and bought me a brilliant turquoise necklace that he placed in a copper box he made himself. Yep, he made the box out of copper--because he's super handy like that and not unlike MacGyver in many ways--except he doesn't sport a mullet.

To make it short: It was thoughtful and touching, and I still treasure it.

Tonight was a little different story.
After a long and hectic week for both of us, we decided to steal away to our favorite Thai restaurant. After dinner we went for a walk in a nearby park (which was gorgeous) and then we took the long road home. As we passed a drug store we both yelled, "STOP!"

We ran in, grabbed what we needed and met at the counter.
We both put our items down at the same time--our gifts (you could say) to one another, on this, our sixteenth wedding anniversary: A bottle of Tums and a box of Gas-X.

Happy anniversary, Mountain Man, you are the butter to my bread and the breath to my life, here's to the next sixteen years!

Mountain Man & SquareToothed Girl, happy, married and apparently gas free.


What about you? How have your anniversaries changed over time?

26 comments:

  1. Congratulations, you two!


    ALOHA from Honolulu
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  2. Congratulations. Actually, my anniversary usually passes with a mention around 4pm of 'Oh happy anniversary'. We celebrate 15 years later this year, and I'm hoping to at least go out for a meal or something... Whether that happens or not is a different matter. Anyhow, you're doing a lot better than us on commemorating the day!!

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    1. Oh we've definitely had some of THOSE too, Annalisa!!

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  3. Happy Anniversary! We are coming upon 18 here. My husband goes with the anniversary gift list. I have several things laying around like a copper pot, tin spoons, aluminum bowls, large wooden quilt stand (you get the gist). Last year I actually had him return the piece of furniture he bought because we didn't need it...I wonder if that was the day I killed romance in the name of frugal practicality.

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    1. I hear ya. It's a balancing act for sure...:)

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    1. Wow!! AND congratulations!!! :)

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  5. Happy for the two of you. Sixteen years ain't nothin' to sneeze at! xoxo

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  6. "...because he's super handy like that and not unlike MacGyver in many ways--except he doesn't sport a mullet."

    Don't worry, I'm sure you could convince him to grow a mullet if you really tried. Happy anniversary!

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    1. I think I could. I really do. :)

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  7. Your relationship is inspirational. Thanks for sharing! : )

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    1. Hahahaha!!! We are role models of romanticism, with our Gas-X and Tums. :) xo!

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  8. Happy Anniversary! I think I've got a while yet until I discover the wonders of marriage! Congratulations on what I can only imagine to be 16 wonderful years together :) x

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  9. Happy Anniversary! Also, WOW you are pretty.

    I'm not married and I don't want to be for a while, but my boyfriend and I will have been together for an entire year next month. He's also my first boyfriend so that makes it even more special to me. (Whoo! I'm the baby out of all the comments. haha)

    I can't believe you've been married 16 years though!

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    1. Congratulations on almost a year!! That's wonderful, Rachel!! Xoxo

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  10. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! I hope to someday celebrate 16 years (at least) with my J. :)

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    1. Thanks, Mary!! Much love to you!!

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  11. happy belated anniversary. may you stay happy together forever. time goes really fast when you're having fun, right?

    hope you have a great day.

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    1. That's right, it does go fast!! Thank you, Lissa!! xoxo

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  12. Oh, how I've missed you! Not that you haven't written, but I have been ridiculously kept away from my blog-reading time. And so today I finally stumbled on to this post, and realized with a shock that it's no WONDER my heart is connected to yours, because we also share the same anniversary!!!!! Yes, ma'am! We celebrated our 33rd last Friday. We HAVE to do something, no matter how small, to mark the day, because the one year we decided to "just stay home" was so horrible I vowed never to do that again. So this year my husband suggested we go out to eat and then shopping...not for romantic stuff as we have in years gone by, but for stuff we need to repair and uphold the house...which, if you think about it, is pretty much what an anniversary celebration is in effect anyway! When he listed our list of options I told him that yes, I wouldn't mind shopping for even a new shower door...as long as I was doing something with him...outside the home!!!!! We had a lovely time. Ended up in a furniture store, which is infinitely more fun than a hardware store! Had a great time. I hope you did, too, beloved friend. Happy Belated Anniversary!!!

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    1. I KNEW there was a connection!!! :) Happy happy anniversary!!!! xoxoxoxoox

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  13. LOVE. :) August will be our 25th wedding anniversary. And yes, it's different than the early years, but much much sweeter. A lot has happened in that time, and we've experienced it together.

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