We made it another year! Three years! In some ways I can't believe it's been that long, but at the same time we've done so much. We've moved twice, had a baby, graduated college, bought a car, started graduate school, and got out of debt. That's pretty awesome!
This year I had to get a bit creative. We didn't do much last year or our first year, so I wanted to do something a bit special. Madeleine has been teething, so while I'm usually okay with taking her to a restaurant, I figured we wouldn't see each other much. One of us would constantly be chasing her down or taking her out. So instead, I made our living room into a restaurant.
It was a bit of work. We usually have our dinning room stuff in the closet. We can't fit our couch and our table in the same room. I ended up putting the couch in the closet (yay for small couches!) along with our piano. :)
Then I got working on decorating.
I named it and made a sign.
Madeleine helped me put up lights around the window and unset the table.
We found some candles at the thrift store along with some china and glasses.
I pulled out the cards that were part of our center pieces at our wedding. Some have engagement pictures, others have random facts and stories.
I used our coffee table to display photos.
We got Outback take out for dinner. While Matt and I chowed down on that, Madeleine had olives. Lots and lots of olives. Then it was time for our family's birthday cake! 3 years old!!! Madeleine had been wanting this thing all day. Every time I opened the fridge she would stand on her tip toes and starts say "ca ca ca" and then try to pick off the chocolate swirls. She started saying "oh wow" when I brought it to the table.
We each blew out a candle.
Madeleine practiced blowing candles out all week in preparation.
Then we took some family photos and watched the sunset. While we were outside, the rain stopped and a rainbow appeared. It was pretty cool. (Madeleine: "Oh wow!!!") We had to stop family photos outside since the camera wasn't nearly as cool as the rainbow.
This was the best one with all of us in it. :)
We ended the night with watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
It was a fun family night. :) Over the last 3 years we have grown up a lot, and Matt and I are both pretty proud of what we have accomplished so far. We are happy and enjoying our lives together. Can't wait to see what the next year brings.