The Sixth Year

August 4, 2008

It's official. I'm twenty-seven years old, and Jared and I have now been married for six years. My goodness...how Mormon is that?

This past weekend our friends generously offered to babysit for James so we could have a night on the town to ourselves. We started the evening at a funky little Thai place that sits right on the edge of the water, and ended our night at our very favorite coffee house/bar.

You're right. Mormons don't drink coffee or alcohol, so it probably seems a little bit strange that we frequent a coffee house/bar, but rest assured, we only go for the live music. Well, the live music and the view of male bar tender--he works out and shops at Banana Republic, a very rare combination in Maine. Even Jared admits that he'll be happy for me if the guy's shirt ever happens to fall off while he's mopping down the counter someday.

Anywho, we had an excellent time together on Saturday night.

Usually on our anniversary, we recap our last year of marriage--you know, talk about the hi-lites and the low moments, what we did well and what we should try to improve on for the upcoming year. But this year, we skipped right over that conversation and spent hours reminiscing about years gone by.

I was like, "Oh man. Do you remember what we got married and I weighed 135 and wore a size six? I used to be so hot."

And Jared was all, "Oh I know. And do you remember when we used to do fun things together like road trips and skiing? You were so awesome back then."

And I was like, "You're so right--I used to be so much fun. I remember when you used to mountain bike every day. You were all in-shape and bruised up and muddy. Gosh I loved that. I thought that was so sexy."

And Jared was all, "You know what I used to think was sexy? The way you never used to make me to-do lists. And they way you never bossed me around or micromanaged my career. You used to be so laid back. That was great."

And I was like, "Yeah that's true. And I used to think it was really sexy when your student loans weren't in repayment yet. I loved it when you didn't have that big-ass payment attached to your soul. So carefree!"

Then Jared gave me a gift certificate for a manicure, pedicure and facial. He handed me the envelope and said, "Here, this is for you. I think you could really use this. I don't mind if you treat yourself to a haircut, too."

The thoughtfulness of that gift made me tear up because seriously, I've been looking a little bit rugged these days. I leaned over the tiny little bar table, gave Jared and hug and said, "I couldn't afford a gift for you, I had to pay the electric bill. So happy anniversary, I hope you enjoy our household illumination!"

All in all, it was a fabulous anniversary. I think we've clearly exited the honeymoon phase of our marriage--but that's okay. There's no one else in the universe who I'd rather clip coupons for.

14 comments:

Katy said...

Happy 6 years guys! Remember your wedding day? It was SOOOOO HOT! I remember thinking all of the guests were going to pass out and die.

VerWaynia said...

Happy Anniversary! No coffee? Really? Ouch!

jkrunning said...

Happy Anniversary.

theloosemoose said...

Can I be an honorary Mormon? I'm 39-years-old, married 20 years. While I do require the occassional mojito (Hello - I've been married over half of my life!)I NEVER drink coffee. Let me know where to fill out the paperwork or whatever - maybe you could win some sort of Mormon prize for recruiting a new one to the fold.

Happy anniversary!!

Lindsey said...

You are funny... Yeah, honeymood over foshizzel!

Mindy said...

I'm 33 with 13 1/2 years of marriage under my belt. I was REALLY close to 20, okay? ;) Happy Anniversary! Oh, and I have cousins who got family to babysit their kids on their anniversary, and they stayed home and CLEANED and ORGANIZED their house. That's when you really know the honeymoon's over!

Lisa said...

I was married at 21 also. 17 1/2 years and four kids later, I'm happy to say I'd do it all over again. If you think your boy interesting at four, wait until he's sixteen!

Vanilla said...

Happy Anniversary!

Maraiya said...

lol. Loved this. My husband and I went out for a date Saturday night. We discussed an impending big event and then....crickets. Man, we had nothing. I even suggested to him that we needed to talk. He said he just liked relaxing and sitting in silence. I tell you, after so many years, it's just time to go back to double dating.

Bahston Beans said...

Happy anniversary Amy and Jared! I will go to CT and put on the bridesmaid dress to celebrate!

The Roberts' Report said...

Ahhh, that was so sweet. I love student loan payments that equal as much as my mortgage! EW!!! Serenity NOW!!

Grandma said...

Happy 6th!!!! seems like yesterday! xoxo

Topher said...

Happy Anniversary! Today (8/6) is our 9th anniversary - coffee-free and three kids later. Tonight's anniversary date was a blast. We went to Costco and a book store (after a decent dinner and ice cream). Hubba hubba.

joolee said...

Enjoy the household illumination! tee hee. Still laughing from the ass crack post. Sounds like a conversation my hubby and I have frequently. He goes on and on about his old 6 pack and what a soccer stud he was, and I remind him of all the guys that wanted me I was so totally smokin hot. I think it's healthy to remind each other of how incredibly awesome you used to be. Before the receding hairlines and total annihilation of anything resembling an abdominal muscle.