Posts Tagged ‘Anniversary’
Self Portraits with a baby are hard!
Yesterday was our third anniversary. It amazes me how quickly it has gone by, and how much life has changed in what felt like a blink of an eye. We celebrated our -1 (the year before we got married), 1 and 2nd anniversary with a four course fondue dinner. This year we had Olive Garden take out after Nicki went to bed and watched some TV together while snuggling on the couch. You know what? I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
At the risk of sounding cheesy, I have to admit that while packing Nicki’s bottles for day care this morning I couldn’t help but think how lucky I am. I have an amazing husband who also happens to be the best dad ever. He can always make me laugh, no matter how bad my day has been. He supported my crazy idea to go back to school, even on days when I’m ready to throw in the towel. He puts up with my momtographer crazy tendencies, and has gotten quite good himself. He even drove an hour round trip to pick up Olive Garden the night before. It’s been 5 years and I still feel incredibly lucky and blessed that he wanted to marry me.
I also lucked out in the daughter department. Nicki is such a happy baby, even when sick! She’s a (mostly) excellent sleeper. Last night? She slept from 7:15 pm to 7:50 am – 12 hours and 35 minutes! That’s the most sleep she’s gotten since I’ve been keeping track. We’ve had some rough patches for sure, but a typical night is eleven plus hours. I can tell she’s incredibly bright. Maybe even too bright. We tried to teach her to roll over with the toy just out of reach trick. What did she do? She grabbed the floor mat and pulled the toy closer to her! Silly girl.
I am so ridiculously happy with the life we’ve built, and the family we’ve started. I feel so blessed.
Note: I’m a few weeks late in publishing this. I wrote this before, but apparently never hit ‘publish’.
This year went by amazingly fast. Last year at this time I had finished an anniversary craft project, and an anniversary video slideshow highlighting our first year. This year? I still have no idea what I will do for an anniversary craft project. At least I know what photos I want to use for the slideshow, but I haven’t even resized them! It should be easier to make the slide show this year, since I already have a flash template to work with, I just need to get on the ball. At least I have a good excuse for being so busy, right?
I just have to start off by saying what a difference a year makes. Compare my Anniversary photo to the photo of me in the “About Sarah” section of the side menu. The bathroom scale might not report much of a change, but I see a world of difference. Okay, back to our regularly scheduled programming.
I have been wanting to do a family travel map for a while, so when our anniversary was coming up I thought it would be a fun project to do together. I loved the idea of working on a project together, that’s also practical in the sense that we’ll hang it up and love to look at it rather than something that gets stored away. (Like our wedding album. Sad, but true.) We wanted to combine the traditional first anniversary wedding gift, paper, with the modern anniversary gift, clocks, so we added a series of world clocks to the map.
I’m very happy with how this turned out. I ended up using just traditional rubber cement to mount the map onto a foam core backing. Most people recommend spray adhesive for an even spread, but I had so much rubber cement left over from a wedding project that I wanted to use up. Rubber cement worked fine for this project because the map was on thick matte photo paper: no wrinkling or bulging. It’s not perfect, but it works well enough.
The frame came from Walmart (about $18 + tax). I could have gone a little cheaper, but I liked the look of the frame, and the dark mahogany brown color. It matched the map perfectly. The frame had a plastic shield over (ie fake glass) but it was fairly easy to rip out and make room for the pins. Once I pulled out the plastic, I realized how flimsy the frame was. The foam board backing is necessary to help it keep it’s shape, as well as provide a place for the pins to go.
We used medium black tacks (purchased on amazon since they were cheaper when you factored in shipping – $9). The tacks have a tendency to disappear when you stand a few feet back because the map is so dark. We decided to pin places we had been to together, including before we were married or even engaged. Other options include having pins of different colors for each family member, or pins for with kids and sans kids.
The wall clocks are of important locations to us. We met, married and honeymooned in three different time zones which happen to move West to East. The progression works very well with the concept of world clocks. The time is set to the time of our ceremony, 5 o’clock Eastern Standard Time. I suppose, if we hadn’t, I probably would have had one large clock for where we were married, and several smaller ones indicating either places we had been, or wanted to go. I printed the clocks on photo paper which gives them a bit of a glossy shine, kind of like the glass on a real clock.
I want to keep up the tradition of an anniversary craft project, but next year will prove to be a challenge. The traditional gift is cotton, and the modern gift is china. I have no idea what I will do.