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My husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary a few days ago. Wow! Times has flown right before our eyes.

It was a low-key celebration: We went to Olive Garden, and the following day we went to CineBistro for dinner and a movie. We like to keep things simple.

When it comes to traditional gift giving, gifts that one is supposed to give their spouse on anniversaries, until recently we had no idea what the correct items are supposed to be. We give each other what we want throughout the year for the most part, so on holidays and anniversaries we can just share a card and spend time with each other. This year my husband really wanted  a nice travel cup with a straw included. I got him a nice large size cup for him to take to work. He got me chocolates from our local Hallmark store…Which I love!  He also got a new T.V. set in January and new sneakers a month ago. That is not including his GameStop games and other items he gets throughout the year. I got some natural and organic beauty items I really wanted and soon will be going on a shopping spree for clothes. Very simple…No fuzz 🙂

I thought it would be nice to share some traditional gifts couples SHOULD give their spouses each year of marriage.

Note: I am only including years 1-10. These are some of the traditional items here in the U.S.A. Information extracted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_anniversary

So here are the traditional items for each anniversary, and what my husband gave to me for our special day; but may or may not have been on the exact day of our anniversary:

Year            Traditional(USA)       Us (Michael to Arlene)

1rst              Paper                          Dave Matthews Band concert tickets…That can count as paper!

2nd              China                          Jewelry  (Earrings)

3rd               Leather                       Coach Bag ….Definitely counts as leather!

4th              Appliances                   Jewelry (Claddagh Ring)

5th           Wood/Silverware            Chocolates/Clothes

6th              Iron/Wood

7th              Desk Sets

8th             Bronze/Linens

9th             Pottery/Leather

10th          Diamond Jewelry

Happy Reading and St. Patty’s Day!!!

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Anniversary #2…Alone Again!


Today is my anniversary again! If you are scratching your head in confusion, I will be re-posting an earlier post about why this is.

In any case, how lucky am I? I get to have not one but two wedding anniversaries!!! Everyone should do this! Besides, if you forget one anniversary date you can always make it up on the second anniversary date. We normally do not exchange gifts or spend money in either of our anniversaries, and we officially only acknowledge one of them. But we do try to spend some time together on each anniversary date and that is something all couples need. Unfortunately, my husband is away for this one and was also away for the previous one. So there is no guarantee that your spouse will be present for one, both, or neither; especially if they are military 😦

***From Previous Post***

Today is our anniversary!!!

My husband and I are officially married for four years. So in hollywood terms we are married a lifetime LOL.

By officially married, I mean that a justice of the priest peace married us. Oh, and have I ever mentioned that we got married twice!!! Yes, Indeed.

Like many military households, my husband and I had a civil wedding and then opted for the traditional wedding in a church with our families. So we have two anniversaries.

Why do many military men and women have two weddings, you may ask?

Well for many military men and women is a security thing. If the sailor, marine, soldier, etc…. is away, then it gives them the security that their family and significant other is protected while they are serving our country. Most of our military men and women are stationed in other states, and at times other countries, than their extended families. Therefore, knowing that the person they are coming home to, significant other, partner, etc…has access to services and benefits is a big plus. Also, once they come home they can then celebrate with their extended families and maybe even get married again!

So which anniversary do we celebrate?

We tend to celebrate March 14th, our civil ceremony, since it really was the most romantic wedding of the two. I remember getting up that morning and picking up our rings from the mall. We got nicely dressed and went to the justice of the peace. Afterwards, I believe we went to Applebees, but we may have gone to Romano’s Macaroni Grill or Cheesecake Factory? Don’t shoot me, but I don’t remember. All I remember is how happy and complete we both felt. I know it sounds terribly cheesy, but it is the truth. We are still very much in that “completeness” honeymoon phase. We cannot wait to be with each other. But, the best thing about our first wedding was that it was a very relaxing, peaceful day, with no drama, no dress fittings, and no constant picture posing that happens in traditional weddings. The only thing I regret is not having at least one picture of that day. We did not want to spoil the other big wedding that was coming up. But at least we have the great memory of what this day meant to each other.

Why do I think my husband is so special?

I feel very blessed to have met my husband. I waited quite while to be this happy. It really was love at first sight. I knew I was going to marry him when I first met him. Something just told me. Within six months of meeting my husband not only were we living together, we were also engaged. Eight months after we met, we were married. We could no longer wait to finally “officially” be together.

What advice can I give to single people out there?

If I can mention a moral or lesson to this story to any woman/man out there searching for the right partner, I would say do not despair he/she will come when it is time. Once they come, get ready for an awesome roller coaster ride. Also, when the right person comes along you definitely know that they are the right person. I could not understand this either when I was single. I did not get how you just know, but trust me you do. There is a feeling and a hunch like you never experienced before. Not even when you first thought you were in love. So in the meantime think as if you are just not ready yet and try to have as much fun as you can.

Happy Reading!!!

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The Honeymoon Phase


Today is our anniversary!!!

My husband and I are officially married for four years. So in hollywood terms we are married a lifetime LOL.

By officially married, I mean that a justice of the priest peace married us. Oh, and have I ever mentioned that we got married twice!!! Yes, Indeed.

Like many military households, my husband and I had a civil wedding and then opted for the traditional wedding in a church with our families. So we have two anniversaries.

Why do many military men and women have two weddings, you may ask?

Well for many military men and women is a security thing. If the sailor, marine, soldier, etc…. is away, then it gives them the security that their family and significant other is protected while they are serving our country. Most of our military men and women are stationed in other states, and at times other countries, than their extended families. Therefore, knowing that the person they are coming home to, significant other, partner, etc…has access to services and benefits is a big plus. Also, once they come home they can then celebrate with their extended families and maybe even get married again!

So which anniversary do we celebrate?

We tend to celebrate March 14th, our civil ceremony, since it really was the most romantic wedding of the two. I remember getting up that morning and picking up our rings from the mall. We got nicely dressed and went to the justice of the peace. Afterwards, I believe we went to Applebees but we may have gone to Romano’s Macaroni Grill or Cheesecake Factory? Don’t shoot me, but I don’t remember. All I remember is how happy and complete we both felt. I know it sounds terribly cheesy, but it is the truth. We are still very much in that “completeness” honeymoon phase. We cannot wait to be with each other. But, the best thing about our first wedding was that it was a very relaxing, peaceful day, with no drama, no dress fittings, and no constant picture posing that happens in traditional weddings. The only thing I regret is not having at least one picture of that day. We did not want to spoil the other big wedding that was coming up. But at least we have the great memory of what this day meant to each other.

Why do I think my husband is so special?

I feel very blessed to have met my husband. I waited quite while to be this happy. It really was love at first sight. I knew I was going to marry him when I first met him. Something just told me. Within six months of meeting my husband not only were we living together, we were also engaged. Eight months after we met, we were married. We could no longer wait to finally “officially” be together.

What advice can I give to single people out there?

If I can mention a moral or lesson to this story to any woman/man out there searching for the right partner, I would say do not despair he/she will come when it is time. Once they come, get ready for an awesome roller coaster ride. Also, when the right person comes along you definitely know that they are the right person. I could not understand this either when I was single. I did not get how you just know, but trust me you do. There is a feeling and a hunch like you never experienced before. Not even when you first thought you were in love. So in the meantime think as if you are just not ready yet and try to have as much fun as you can.

Happy Reading!!!

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