All About a Paper Anniversary

This past Sunday (Friday, August 19, 2012) Matt and I celebrated our first anniversary together! Just as any newly wedded couple would be, we had been looking forward to this special date all year long. To have been married for 365 days is no easy feat, and to be happily married is an even more difficult one. So naturally, we felt that a celebration was well deserved. The only issue was life. Life is demanding. Life is time constraining. Life is financially restricted, just to name a few. These (and much much more) all apply to our life right now since we are so young, married and ,simply put, just starting life together.
Honestly, up until a few days before our anniversary we had no clue what we were going to do to commemorate it. All we truly knew was that Matt had been able to request time off work so that we could be together the entire weekend. Which, in our eyes, is all you really need to remember and make an anniversary special. That being said, this was a big deal for us since he has essential just begun his career at UPS as well as just received his first promotion only a couple weeks prior. On top of that he has been working a second job since UPS is only giving him part time right now, and so that I can focus on school full time for the next year as my program will be very intense. Therefore, to be able to just spend some quality time together, even if that meant just staying home, was what we were both really looking forward to.
We had essentially decided that we were just going to hang around Lexington and do all the fun things that the tourist’s do, when we received an email from Livingsocial about a 2 night stay in a secluded cabin in the Smokey Mountains that included all the meals and a cooking class for two at a near by bed and breakfast, which owned the cabin rental company. The price was right (we actually ended up spending less going there then we would have if we stayed in town!!) and the distance was only a four hour drive from our home. So we called and booked the deal, packed up our bags, and headed for the mountain tops!
Everything from the time spent on the road together (side note: we love road trips!), to the lone cabin and mountain ridge we had all to ourselves, to the wonderful inn keeper, named Janice, who made us feel right at home each and every morning was straight out of a dream. We had such a peaceful and relaxing stay while we were there that we promised to come back next year, or whenever we needed a quick get away from the hustle and bustle of life. In our opinion, it was most definitely a God thing. It was not something that we could have seen coming on our own, but rather a situation where everything seemed to line up and therefore was huge blessing from our heavenly father.
Much Love

P.S. Here are a few pics from our trip:

Kicked off the trip with the traditional Kracker Barrel stop for lunch.
Matt playing the “Jump All but One” game. Probably his favorite thing to do when we go there.
Matt building a fire.
 He did it!!!
Cheesy heart shaped Jacuzzi tub lol
Playing a game we invented called “Taffy Roulette”
 Making S’mores!.. Yes, I eat my marshmallows burnt.
 Morning Coffee
 Smokey Mountain View
 The mountain stream that we followed on our trail
 We hiked Big Creek Trail
Found our own trail to a pretty part of a near by river
Taking a break by the stream
 Just finished cliff jumping at Midnight Hole!!
 Mouse Creek Falls
Toes dangling over the edge!
On the Gatlinburg Sky Lift
Gatlinburg view from the top
 We found our puppy Kirby!
 Bought more Taffy for our game!
 The Pepper Palace, a store dedicated to all things hot!
 Found some hot sauce named after me in the store!
 Miniature school house
 The journals that are left in each cabin for the couples who stay there to write a little departing note in. We had such a fun time reading all of the entries!
Our Cabin
 Mountain Berry
 Learning how to make apple pie from scratch
 Our apple pie!
 With Paul and Patricia, the other couple that we got to take the cooking class with. They were so much fun to meet and hang out with.
 Traditional Pomeroy D.Q stop! No family vacation is truly complete without it 🙂
 At our favorite restaurant back in Lexington called “El Rancho Tapatio” for our anniversary dinner
 Following in traditions footsteps, about to eat the top of our wedding cake!
 It was just as yummy (if not more so) as it was a whole year ago!

2 thoughts on “All About a Paper Anniversary

  1. Congratulations!I'm so happy you both make each other as well as God a priority in your life. This will give you the strength to always meet life's challenges. I look forward to enjoying many anniversary pics for years to come. All my love & prayers to you both,Laura

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