As anniversaries can just be another day to some people, I can honestly say this day was extremely thoughtful and it made my heart more grateful for the decision I made three years ago to marry Ryan. I told Ryan he could plan the festivities, well, alright, I’ll be honest, I told Ryan TO plan the festivities. I wanted to put my planning skills on hold and see what Ryan would prepare in celebration.
I think there are some no brainer ways to make for an awesome anniversary:
- Make a memory (whether your plans turn out great or you get rained out, make a story for the kids)
- Find adventure (even if it’s local)
- Try something new (new restaurant, new recipe, new city)
- Be intentional about making great conversation wherever you are or whatever you’re doing (this is the time where you can reflect on life and even dream together of what’s ahead or what goal you want to accomplish.) -- put away the phone as MUCH as possible, unless you’re trying to document the experience of course. :)
Anyway, Ryan did a phenomenal job by planning pretty much a whole day for us together. He sent me away the day before because he needed some time to ‘prepare’ for the next day. We woke up that morning after sleeping in and managed to wipe all the eye boogies from our eyes to pretty ourselves up to go to a surprise location. I was contemplating closing my eyes all the way from our house to the wherever we arrived so I would be truly surprised as to where we were going, but for fear of falling back asleep in the car, I just tried to stay bright eyed the whole way. First familiar direction we took was headed east, so the common option would be Covington or Mandeville…. As we approached the Mandeville area we arrived closer to the lakefront, and then come to find out we pulled up to a delicious breakfast spot of what was previously ‘Another Broken Egg Cafe’ to what is now called LaLou. Pretty much the same menu and everything they had before, they just changed their name. If someone wants to explain why, I’d love to know, but either way, the food was DELICIOUS! And I could not get enough of the coffee, I think I had three cups before we left. So first surprise, success!