Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Anniversary and Birthday!

We celebrated our 12th anniversary on Sunday July 10th (so did my wonderful in laws...number 42!). My parents took our kids camping (thank you!) and we spent the weekend at their house in Livonia. Tom surprised me with tickets to the Mitch Album play, "Ernie". If you know me (and my dog) you know I love Ernie Harwell. I have many childhood memories of his voice, the voice of the Tigers. The play was incredible, simply amazing. If you are a Tigers fan, you MUST make the trip to Detroit to see it. We also had an amazing dinner at 'The RattleSnake Club' on the Detroit River. It was delicious and beautiful. When we arrived to our table, a wedding was just starting in front of the restaurant. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary, remembering our beautiful wedding 12 years before.

Monday was my birthday! I woke up to a crazy thunderstorm and the kids and I started the day by candle light. It was quiet, and actually quite wonderful. Our plans for cherry picking with our friends the Bolt's were cancelled due to another crazy storm that blew in when we arrived at their house. We weathered the storm (and the chaos of fallen trees and closed roads that followed) with joy and adventure with our friends. The kids played, made crafts with glitter and glue, ate an amazing blueberry, lemon, thyme cake and enjoyed lunch (with a candle in my risotto!). It wasn't the morning we planned, but just goes to show you that sometimes the most fun is unexpected! The kids and I spent the bulk of the afternoon playing at home (we had power) and were even able to have a late 'ice cream for lunch' once Captain Sundae regained power about 4:00! We ended the day with an amazing dinner prepared by Tom (with zucchini and basil from our garden) and watching Noah play a great baseball game.

It was a wonderful celebration weekend! We are thankful that the storm damage passed by our home and trees! We are thankful for 12 amazing years of marriage. We are thankful!

My birthday flowers (white from Tom, red from the kids!)

Ice Cream on my birthday!

A birthday lunch at the Bolt's!

The best gifts ever, promises of hugs, kisses and snuggles by candlelight!

A beautiful anniversary dinner (with a 'happy anniversary' painted plate of dessert!) See the wedding ending behind us!

Beautiful dinner!!