Monday, July 5, 2010

Weekend Update

I had a great weekend! I can't tell you what I did all weekend, I don't really remember....but yesterday was our ONE YEAR anniversary! Wooo! It was just a magical day, I don't know how to describe it felt a bit like Christmas when I first woke up. The house was FREEZING cold as we had a "cold snap" yesterday and it was 6 degrees Celsius when I woke up (about 43 degrees F) which is officially my coldest cold experience since I've been in Queensland. It just doesn't get very cold in Moranbah! lol But it was so nice...I think it felt like Christmas because I felt excited and the whole house smelled of coffee and bacon and we had the heater going so it was nice and was just nice! We had butter croissants stuffed with bacon for breakfast and then we listened to some music from our wedding day: Vitamin Quartet performing "I don't want to miss a thing" which was our processional, A. R. Rahman and the Pussycat Dolls performing "Jai Ho" which was our recessional and then Explosions in the Sky "Your Hand in Mine" which was our first dance song. It was pretty emotional actually, listening to the music, and we exchanged gifts then as well. Chris gave me 20 paper roses (1st anniversary gift is traditionally paper) on each of which he'd written one thing he loves about me (teary!) And then he'd also ordered a hand-made leather-bound journal from Italy that has yet to arrive (he printed a picture of it for me) on which I'm meant to catalog the next year of our life together since I love to journal. I gave Chris a 435 x 315mm rosewood photo album with 17 pages. I thought that we could have the first page be our wedding and the next 16 will be scrap-book pages summarizing our life together that year. So that's 16 years of marriage. :) I'd like to make a tradition of it. For example, this years would have a picture of our house, our kittens and our garden which catalogs what we've spent most of this year doing. Some pictures from Christmas in Texas too. :)

Just about everything in Moranbah is CLOSED Sunday evening, so we just went out for Chinese. It was yummy! We came back here and compiled a fruit and cheese platter for dessert and also cut into the top tier of our wedding cake. It was surprisingly delicious for being a year old in an ancient freezer down at the beach house! The frosting tasted a little freezer-ish but the cake itself was delicious. Yum yum yum! Chris's parent put together a gift bag full of paper gifts for us and came up with witty little sayings for each thing. For example baking paper so the bad things in life might roll off and a few scratch-off lottery tickets so we might keep dreaming. It was really sweet! Overall a really perfect day. :)

We're going down to Brisbane as our big thing to celebrate our anniversary. I'd wanted to go to the Whitsundays and chill at one of the resorts, but we decided that a more anniversary-ish thing to do would be to fly out and go into the studio to finally choose our wedding pictures so we can have our album and video put together. Finally. lol Should be nice! And I always love an excuse to stay at the Hilton besides. hehehe

On a completely different note, I lost 6 lbs last week. Woo! Probably just water weight for the most part, but I'm back in the 230's now so I'll take that. ;)


  1. I forgot you were so close in wedding anniversary to me! I'm July 3rd! Glad you guys had a great anniversary! :)

    Congrats on the weight loss! That's awesome!

  2. How sweet and romantic for your anniversary. I have never heard of the paperroses thing. Wonderful!
    I'm off today and it has been a lazy day for me. love it!

  3. Congratulations to you both on your anniversary! Sounds like a pretty awesome one! And what a sweet gift from his parents!

    High five on the weight loss Mel!! Just keep swimming!

  4. Oh my goodness. That sounds so sweet! :-)


    and omgosh - what an adorable idea for the anniversary gift from the in-laws!!

    Glad you had a great weekend :) and I hope you post some of those fave wedding pics :)

  6. I don't think my "reply" comments work ... so I'll just reply here :)

    I put on that particular list "What am I passionate about? What do I really believe about religion? Where do I stand politically?" I'd always just kind of gone with the family on these things - I wanted to find out how I felt for MYSELF! Also I wanted to know - "What would I do with zero pressure - what types of things would bring me peace and where would I find myself?"

    I found myself taking a lot of walks - alone - discovering a passion for nature - becoming an animal rights activist and moving across the world!!! :)

    I really admire people like you who have a strong voice. I'm finding mine - and finding I have quite a few quirks too! lol. But mostly I'm finding that I enjoy despite some natural tendencies - I can really CHOOSE who I want to be - and change as often as I like. :) So mostly I'm doing self discovery in the hopes that after I have a little foundation of ME that I understand I can build and grow from it. :)


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