Happy (Royal) Anniversary

30 Apr

I have a confession. I am a sucker for the British Royal family. I love the history, the palaces, the accents, what they symbolize for Great Britain, the princes and princesses – all of it. When William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in late 2010, I was elated. Their wedding in April 2011 was like my Superbowl. I recorded all NINE hours of coverage on BBC America – and still haven’t let Pat erase it from the DVR. This past weekend, on the one year anniversary of William and Kate’s marriage, while the rest of the world was focusing on the NFL Draft, I was enamored with the highlights of their wedding coverage. I still claim I’m not the lame one.

Pat (my husband, for those who haven’t grasped that yet) and I were married on August 27, 2011; it was a beautiful summer day that happened in a whirlwind. So much planning goes into a wedding day and its over before you know it! We had a blast and it was everything we had hoped it would be. This past Friday, we too celebrated our eight month wedding anniversary together, by going to dinner on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. While some may call it excessive to celebrate monthly milestones of a marriage, the first few months were a less than ideal start to our marriage. Life’s other circumstances prevented us from fully enjoying our first few months as a married couple. That being said, we ‘grew up’ fast and learned so much about the importance of being each other’s support during tough times.

We are by no means a “fancy” couple – we rarely go to a high-end restaurant for dinner (unless it is a memorable milestone or moment) and being the hillbilly country music lovin’ couple that we are, jeans, boots, and a flannel shirt are often choice of concert attire. We branched out on our six-month wedding anniversary to try a new fancy place for dinner; we went to Oceanaire for a snazzy seafood dinner. While the food was delicious – and it was the first time I had ever tried bluefin tuna – the portion sizes were comparable to what you would give a seven-year old for lunch at the school cafeteria. By the end of our meal, we felt extremely awkward in the midst of all the businessmen and vowed to stick to ‘normal’ people places to be able to enjoy our dinner.

I am horrible with surprises – making them and being the victim of them. Pat, on the other hand, is wonderful with surprises. Our engagement weekend: case and point. I had NO idea! He is so thoughtful, thorough and always spot on with something that I like. Anyway, I wanted to surprise Pat this time by picking a restaurant spot for dinner. His dad’s side of the family is from the south, so Pat has always had a soft spot for southern/BBQ food. I opted to take to him to Dixie’s on Grand in St. Paul for southern home cooking. The restaurant was a tad fancier than what you would picture for a southern restaurant, but the food was delicious nonetheless.

Happy anniversary to William and Kate. And to my husband. May we all continue to make each other laugh and smile – here’s to having half the sorrows and twice the joy.

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