Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Anniversary, Birthdays, Dinner and Two Weddings

This weekend was certainly a busy one.  We started by celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary, followed that with a wedding on my birthday and then another wedding on Joe's birthday.  
Know how to feel every year of your age? Plan 3 big events, 3 days in a row.  I'm STILL exhausted.  But it really was a ton of fun and so glad we got to be a part of our lovely friends' big days. 

Several months ago, I crowdsourced on facebook on a good restaurant for an important dinner.  I got several responses, but I went with Restaurant Iris.  I had to make our reservation 6 weeks in advance, but it was definitely worth it.  Located in an old house in midtown and ran by the amazing Chef Kelly English, everything about the night was amazing.  

We started with drinks, including a peartini-- just strong enough to have a kick, but not so strong you couldn't enjoy it. 

Starting course was a lobster knuckle sandwich and Tennessee foie gras.  If you don't know what foie gras is, google.  It is super rich and delicious.  You should try it at least once in your life. 

We decided to split the main course and went with the surf and turf.  A 17oz New York strip stuffed with Gouda and Fried Oysters.   If I had to choose a last meal, this would probably be it. 

Dessert was their signature homemade bread pudding smothered in ice cream, pecans and caramel.  I THINK it was good, but I only got to enjoy 2 or 3 bites because my dinner partner devoured it. 

And apparently, my dinner date was actually Batman.  When he showed me this, I couldn't help but laugh and then post it on Instagram. 

The next set of pictures are from the second wedding, Joe's birthday.  I forgot to snap any at the first wedding, but trust me when I say it was a blast.  There was a sweet potato bar as part of the buffet.

We were at an art museum.  The ceremony was outside and we ended up dancing for hours at the reception.  

Why is it when I try to take a picture with Joe, I get a goofball dear in head lights.  But when he photobombs our friends, he looks happy and great?  

Another favorite from that night..  I'm not sure what drink I was on at this point, but when you have several pregnant friends to be your Designated Driver, you take advantage of the opportunity.  Plus?  We look super cute here.   

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Decade of Love

Ten years. A whole decade dedicated to being your wife.  

When you proposed, you told me that you wanted to have me in all of your memories for the rest of our lives.   Thank you for helping me make some great ones.  Thank you for inspiring me to be a better person, for loving me in spits of my flaws.   

Thank you for the life we've built, the home we made and the three beautiful children we share.  

There is no one else I would rather sit in rocking chairs on a front porch with.   When I catch a glimpse of you from across the room and you wink at me, I still get butterflies.

Our wedding was one of the best days of my entire life- which is saying a lot because I've had some pretty amazing days.  But that day pales in comparison to how wonderful our marriage has been.
And isn't that the dream?  To create a life greater than the greatest day.  

I know our future is going to be amazing but the right now? Is pretty damn spectacular too.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Checking one off the Concert Bucket List

There are several musical acts that I've loved for pretty much my entire life and would LOVE to see them in concert.  Without a doubt, I know I can thank my parents for the early musical education I received.   So when I got an email notification that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers would be releasing a new album AND touring, I was pumped.  

The day the presale tickets went live, I was sitting at my laptop waiting.  I was able to get tickets on the floor for more money than I should have spent, but I figured it was one of the once in a lifetime concerts that I knew I would regret NOT seeing.  

The concert was on a Tuesday night.  Joe took off work for the next day and we headed to Nashville around lunch time and had dinner downtown.  

Honestly, I was hesitant about how good the show was going to be.  Yes, I love Tom Petty but I was more interested in hearing his classic stuff than the new songs.  I wanted to hear the music I grew up singing in the shower or belting out in my car with the windows down.   He did not disappoint.   
There were new songs, but they were few and far between.  The majority of the show was all of the classics that I loved.  In fact, the only song I did not get to hear was "Wildflowers."   He opened with Mary Jane's Last Dance and closed with American Girl.  

I sang and danced-- it was an amazing night.  And the hubs?  His take away-- "I never knew Lucky from King of the Hill sang all of those songs."  

It's a good thing he's pretty.