Sunday was our one year anniversary!  We finished up celebrating in Nashville by going to church and dropping by to give Peggy a birthday card (Happy birthday, Peggy!)  That evening, back at home, I decorated the table and kitchen counter with elegant decor and pictures of us.  Chad grilled us some yummy turkey burgers and corn on the cob, and we dined by candle light. If you were at our wedding, you might have tried the punch made with pineapple juice, ginger ale, and peach sherbet.  We did not.  In fact, I completely forgot about the punch fountain until I saw it in pictures.  This was devastating to Chad Webb.  I think he was sold on the caterer as soon as she described it.  It might have been the thing he looked forward to the most that day.  Well, because he did not get his so desired punch on our wedding day, I recreated it for us to have on our anniversary.  I don’t know how it was really supposed to be made, but I guessed and it was good.  Chad was happy.

After dinner, we opened our gifts.  The traditional first anniversary gift is paper.  I had decided to get Chad some gift certificates to the movie theater because he really likes movies and I just don’t care all that much to go to them.  Little did I know they had joined the modern world and now have gift cards.  So, it wasn’t paper, but I still gave it to him and let him know I would go see whatever he wants.  The real gift I was excited to give him was still part of the paper theme.  I purchased a picture frame and got a large matte cut for it.  I had a black and white picture of our wedding rings printed and put it in the frame, and I had someone (with better handwriting then me) write our vows on the matte.  I had been wanting to have something with our vows on it for a while, and this was the idea I came up with.  I think it will be nice to have them displayed so we can seee them and remember them.  We didn’t actually write them ourselves, but we did pick them, so they are special to us.  I also believe that we should honor our vows, and the best way to do that is to know what they are.  It will be nice to have a reminder around.  Chad really liked his gifts.

Then, it was my turn.  I opened my paper gift, which was Scrabble Slam, a new card game.  I had seen the commercials and it looked like a good time.  We played that night, and it was pretty fun.  He also got me the game Partini.  The cards in it are paper, but he really just got it because, on the way to picking up Scrabble Slam, he noticed it was on sale.  Along with the traditional, Chad also gave me the modern first anniversary gift, which is clocks.  He found a cute math clock, which I’m sure will annoy the heck out of my students at school and bring me minutes of delight.

The frame I gave Chad came in handy because after exchanging gifts, we exchanged (or renewed, I guess) our vows again.  Then, after dancing to our wedding song in our living room, we ate the top layer of our wedding cake.  Actually, it was a replica of the top layer of our wedding cake.  We didn’t save ours.  I thought there wouldn’t be enough for the guests if we did, and I was totally wrong.  Anyway, I wanted to still celebrate this tradition, so I had Walmart recreate it for us with the same design and everything as before.  It looked just like it, but it was fresher and a little bigger.  I can’t say I regret not saving the original.

I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed my wedding day, but that was only the begining of the best year of my life (so far).  I have been truly blessed to have a wonderful husband who loves me and is amazing to me everyday.  Thank you so much, Chad, and happy one year anniversary!  I hope I can spend the rest of our many years together making you as happy as you have already made me.  I love you!