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12 October, 2010

Our One Year Anniversary

This past weekend Eric and I celebrated our first anniversary.  I cannot believe how fast time has gone!  To celebrate the weekend Eric planned a series of events for us to enjoy and celebrate some of the milestones in our relationship.

Thursday night we at dinner at home and hung around the apartment.  Nothing special, but as always it's nice to just be in each other's company.

Friday we both took the day off from work to go camping.  The day took a turn for the never-ending when Eric realized he had to go TO the airport to book a flight using a gift card we had received for our wedding.  Turns out we only had the receipt and the gift giver is in the coast guard on a boat far far away from Blackberry service.  We're disappointed things didn't work out in time, but alas the weekend went on...  Once Eric came home we hit the road to go backpacking in North Georgia.

Hiking has a special place in our hearts, as it was our first hike together that we realized we had a strong connection.  The place we went back packing held no milestone other than we enjoy this particular location because of the waterfalls.

Of course, I couldn't get a picture of the waterfalls where we camped because it was either too dark, or too cold for the camera to work well.  Onward.

On the drive home Saturday we stopped at Summits, one of our favorite beer bars, for post camping lunch and a little football (and beer, duh).  After lunch we went home to get ready for a date night out.

Saturday evening began with Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King, followed by dinner at La Grotta in Buckhead. 
We'd heard great things about the fabulous food and romantic atmosphere, so a few months ago when Groupon had a $50 for $25 deal, we bought it with intentions of applying it towards our anniversary dinner.  Well,  Eric's co-worker surprised us by calling La Grotta and had a gift card put on hold for us for a very generous amount.  Let's just say we were able to afford a great bottle of wine, appetizers, dinner, dessert and after dinner drinks.  It's so great to be pampered, and we're so blessed by being gifted our dinner date.

Following dinner we went to the same hotel were we stayed on our wedding night.  Let's just say Eric was glad he didn't have to unbutton 45 microscopic buttons, or remove 100+ bobby pins from my hair.  We'll leave the rest alone.

Sunday morning came way too quickly, and the cooked to order breakfast hit the spot.  And like that, the weekend came to a halt as it was time to get ready for Confirmation class and The EDGE.  Nothing like teaching 200+ kids to break the mood.  Though, really, I was still on cloud nine the whole night!
The evening brought one last savory moment as Eric picked up our wedding cake top from my parents and we opened a bottle of wine we kept from our honeymoon in California just for this very night.  We sat on the couch, ate freezer burned cake, drank dessert wine, and laughed over memories from our first year of marriage.  We toasted to years to come.  And made a list of our hopes and dreams for the next 365 days.

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