August 24th. The day we were wed. 10 years ago. (The BIG 10!!)
We weren't able to go on a date on our actual anniversary thanks to Matt's work schedule, but you know me- I couldn't let the day just PASS. So we celebrated twice this year. (lucky girl!) Once spending not-a-dime and going no-place, once doing something extraordinary (and spending quite a few!)
On our actual anniversary we had a FREE date.... in the backyard.
The big project of the summer was building a treehouse/fort for the children. We finished it a month or so ago (and no, I haven't shown you any pictures of the finished project. Whoops.) and it came in very handy; on our anniversary. I stole it for the night!
The idea, of course, was to do something extraordinary to set the night apart.
SO while Matt was at work, the children helped me gather every single candle in the house and every single pillow and take them out to the treehouse. We used lawn furniture cushions, couch pillows, bed pillows, chair pillows, an old featherbed. I laid white tableclothes over all (so it didn't look insane) and it was marvelously cloud-like (both in appearance and comfortableness). We draped a bunch of sheer curtains around the walls and set up a few pictures and strategically located some matches and my camera. The children were as excited as I was...almost. Then we waited and waited.
It was Friday night, so a pizza and a movie later, the children tucked into beds, Matt taking a shower... I taped a note to the bathroom mirror "Find me in the treehouse and I'll rock your world" or something along those lines (hehehe)~ I stole away to light all the candles and get drinks and cheesecake ready.
Stars. Peepers. Owls. Fresh, summer air. Flickering Candles dancing upon sheer, ethereal walls. Two slices of cheesecake. Happy reminiscing. Quiet reflections. Hopes spoken. Laughter. Love. It was a beautiful night.