Our First Anniversary

Time flies when you’re having fun, right?! I cannot believe it has been one year since our perfect celebration… it seems like yesterday!

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W and I wanted to celebrate our first anniversary with an enjoyable dinner out on the town and the traditional first anniversary gift of paper. Many of the nice restaurants in Birmingham are closed on Monday evenings so we actually started our celebration Saturday evening, where we had a reservation at Hot & Hot Fish Club. Unfortunately I did not take any pictures of my food or drinks (due to a new self-imposed rule of no phone at meals) but I can assure you everything was spectacular! I don’t know who tends the bar at Hot & Hot but oh.my.goodness my cocktails were good. The cocktail menu had so many appealing choices that I ended up trying three different varieties over the course of our evening. 😉

We also thoroughly enjoyed the food. W ordered one of their classics: Loin of Rabbit Stuffed with Fennel Sausage on Sweet Corn Puree with Field Peas, Heirloom Tomatoes and Baby Okra. I ordered the simple grilled fish, red snapper, because the Gulf red snapper season started on Friday. How’s that for a fresh catch? The Gulf Red Snapper was served with Tomato, Avocado, Grilled Vidalia Onions and Basil-Lime Vinaigrette. Following our entrees, we ordered an after-dinner libation to compliment our dessert, Elton’s Chocolate Soufflé with Crème Anglaise and Whipped Cream.

We had a wonderful evening and I highly recommend Hot & Hot!

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Last night was our actual anniversary and we decided to celebrate at home with W’s famous spaghetti, a bottle of wine and gifts. W’s famous spaghetti is an adaptation of this spaghetti all’amatriciana from foodnetwork.com. We like it spicy so he basically follows the directions, but puts in a tbsp of red pepper.

After dinner we swapped our paper gifts. I am a stationery fiend and love to have personalized notepads in practically every room. W noticed that all of them either have my first name only or they include my maiden name and I still use them. No more though! He gave me four notepads with my new name on them.

First Anniversary Gift Ideas: Paper

I tried thinking of something besides stationery for W. I fatefully found a watercolor print on etsy that I knew he would treasure!

Etsy Seller DogArtStudio Watercolor Print of Labrador Retriever

Etsy Seller: DogArtStudio

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Weekend Wanderings

Since this blog is intended to document our life as newlyweds, I plan on using Mondays to post about our weekend happenings. I know that some weekends will be more interesting than others, but I figure it is the best way to keep a record of what the heck W and I are up to.

This weekend we returned to the big city. We stayed with W’s family, ate at some of our favorite spots, and celebrated the wedding of a close family friend. W and I realized that there are indeed things we miss about the city, but at the same time we really are happy and thankful to live where we are now (the Palmetto state). We had some of the good food that we both enjoy and miss, which included stops at Goldberg’s on West Paces and Houston’s. Deliciousness. We also took a quick trip to IKEA to get some white Ribba frames. I have plans for them in the dressing room that I’m hoping I can reveal later this week!

I have to say that so many things at the wedding triggered our favorite memories. After all, our wedding was only two months ago so the memories are fresh. Certain songs that the band played, the taste of champagne, and a beautiful cake that was strikingly similar to mine spurred conversations between W and I. All I can say now is a big thank you to both of our parents because our wedding weekend was absolutely perfect! I knew this already but it was reconfirmed this weekend so THANK YOU!!!

Also W brought these home on Thursday last week for our two month anniversary. They make me happy 🙂 And yes I know the iPhone quality isn’t ideal