Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Celebrating Our 10th Wedding Anniversary

Well, it hasn't always been pretty this past few days... it's been a week since our 10th Wedding Anniversary and Eliot and I were finally able to celebrate a little bit.  But before I tell you about our celebrations, I'll fill you in more about what happened....   

Basically, our plan for our anniversary was that Eliot was going into work early so he could work from 6:00AM to noon.  Then, he'd take the afternoon off so we could spend it together.  We were going to go mini-golfing at a course in Arundel that we have been wanting to go to.  We were going down to Scoop Deck for our annual ice cream... and then we had tickets to go to the SeaDogs first playoff game in 8 years.

It seemed like a great plan.  No, it wasn't Walt Disney World.  And it also wasn't New York City... which was another back-up plan that we had which just wasn't going to work out.  (It was still really expensive to spend the weekend there.)  But I was happy with the new back-up to our back-up plan.  Plus, some of those activities were things I was trying to finish checking off my summer bucket list.

The night before our anniversary was great.  Eliot came home early and surprised me with a giant Edible Arrangements chocolate covered strawberry platter.  I have been hinting that I wanted one since my birthday last year.  I loved it.  I thought it was a great way to kick off our anniversary and I had such high hopes for the following day...

Then I woke up at 5:30AM to the sound of Eliot puking his guts out in the bathroom.

He was really sick.  We thought it might be food poisoning... but after he was in bed all day we think it was some kind of 24 hour stomach bug.  He migrated between our bed and the master bathroom and that was pretty much it.  I got him downstairs for about and hour before he crawled back upstairs.  He was so weak.  He couldn't eat anything.

Eliot spent all afternoon trying to get himself well enough to make it to the Portland SeaDogs baseball game since we had just bought our non-refundable tickets the night before.  But he just couldn't do it.  We finally conceded that it was going to be a lost day.  My big anniversary outing was to the local Hannaford to get saltine crackers, ginger ale, and Powerade to rehydrate him.  I also bought myself a pre-made rice bowl to heat up for dinner and some chocolate syrup to make chocolate milk.  

Eliot felt awful, but I told him that "it is what it is".  There really wasn't anything we could do about it.  But I guess it solidified the whole "in sickness and health" part of our vows.

After he was sick Tuesday, and home all day Wednesday recovering and regaining his strength, we decided that we'd try to make up for our anniversary over the weekend. 

On Saturday, Eliot and I planned to go down to the Scoop Deck in Wells to get ice cream, then we'd stop to play mini golf in Arundel before returning to Biddeford to get something to eat.  But by the time we left the house, I was basically starving and wasn't sure if I could wait until we got down to Wells before eating.  Thus, we took a detour and decided to go to Applebee's for dinner first.

I had my usual, but after not eating much the rest of the day, it didn't sit well.  We decided to skip the Scoop Deck, even though I really wanted to go.  However, Eliot and I still went over to the Raptor Falls Mini Golf course he's been wanting to go to since it opened a few years ago.  We had a great time there.  It was a bit before closing and we ended up being the last group there for the night.  We had a great time taking our time (there were people in front of us) and checking out all of the dinosaurs.  Some of them were animatronic and they moved around!

Sunday, Eliot and I planned to go into Old Orchard Beach.  We missed Pirates Cove the previous weekend by minutes, so we decided to go into town earlier this time.  We played a round of golf at Pirates Cove and were also the last ones admitted there so we could take our time.  We laughed quite a bit at some of our hits.  I beat Eliot by quite a bit at Raptor Falls, but at Pirates Cove we were pretty neck and neck.  It all came down to the very last hole where I literally beat him by one stroke!  

But the best part was the hole #3 was the mystery hole that day... and I got a hole in one on that hole!  That meant I won the prize and got a token for a free game!  Woo!!!

After, we went into town to get some food.  I had a few of Eliot's Pier Fries and he also got me a Fried Dough.  Town was pretty much deserted because the weather was cool and people weren't going to the beach.  All of the parking places that had been open the previous weekend when we had nice weather were empty or closed.  But we enjoyed ourselves and the quiet peacefulness of Old Orchard Beach in the fall.

Before heading home, we ran over to Walmart to pick up a few things that we had forgotten to get the night before.  While we were checking out the Christmas stuff in the garden center area, Eliot came across a box that said "CMAS Greeter Stitch" on it.  He couldn't contain himself and he ripped the box open to find an adorable Santa Stitch door greeter.  Needless to say, Stitch came home with us.

It wasn't a super glamorous celebration, but Eliot and I had fun.  Plus, I came to a realization the other day when I called my Mom on our anniversary to tell her that Eliot was sick... if Walt Disney World can celebrate their 50th Anniversary for 18 months, why can't we celebrate our 10 year anniversary for the entire year too?

Eliot and I are already planning to celebrate our anniversary while we're at Walt Disney World on our epic vacation in January.  (More on that tomorrow!)  We still could make it to New York City... maybe sometime this spring?  And there are a few shows that we thought about going to this upcoming fall and in the early spring.  Plus we're planning to go to a few Sharks hockey games... some Maine Mariners hockey games... 

We're blessed that even though our actual anniversary day was pretty much a disaster, there are plenty of fun things for us to look forward to.  And we can celebrate 10 years of being married all year... so I'm officially kicking off our year long party!!!  °o°

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