May 10, 2013

Cloud Nine

Ah, so we escaped - got away for the day to celebrate nine years of marriage.  My mother-in-law watched the kiddos and with nary a plan we headed to a near by city.  We had some good tunes, an open sunroof and gorgeous weather! 

The day was wonderful!  Simple, sweet, just the two of us enjoying each other's company.  We took in some shops and a tasty lunch and it really just felt that God was smiling down on us.  Our day was filled with sweet small blessings.

Like how, after taking forever to find a nice place to eat we ended up at one of those chain restaurants.  I ordered the steak and hubby got the ribs - just about the only two gluten free choices on the menu....starting to not like this gluten free thing so much...but we'll talk about that another day.  Anyways our meals came and his was super tasty!! Mine looked great except the steak was just a bit to...fresh, for my liking.  I politely asked our server to just have it cooked a tad longer.  She took it away...and when they returned, with a whole new plate for me a few minutes later, it was perfect!  But not only was it very good it was....FREE!!!  Yup, our server told us that when they get something wrong, you don't pay for it!  How great is that!?!?  So our total anniversary meal cost us $30.10!



Then we went to a home store and I found these!


I have been looking for these since we moved here.  They are screens to keep bugs and things off of your food when you are outside.  Aren't they darling?  Okay - so here's the great story about these.  When hubby spotted them, I was overjoyed but then slightly disappointed that they were $19.99 each.  A bit more then I wanted to spend for one because, well of course I wanted both! ;)  The store had another set but they were not as pretty and they were also $19.99.  So my sweet hubby says to me, "Well, you know; your meal was free. We can get both."  Isn't he a keeper! ;) lol!!  So we snatched them up, meandered around the store and finding nothing else to pique our interest we headed to the cash.  I chat it up with the cashier and she's telling me all about how she wanted to get these for her daughter's wedding...yadda, yadda, yadda, (it's a slight problem, me talking to cashiers and such...) anyways as she's ringing these in, my eye falls on the price tag again....I glare at it....hubby sees my concerned look and asks, "What's wrong?"  I point to the price tags...and I kid you not - this is what they said....

KID. YOU. NOT!  I cannot explain it.  Hubby cannot explain it.  But, yup we paid $9.99 each for our two picnic screens. Think what you will about it all, but we're just smiling!

The rest of the day was filled with simple little blessings.  Easy traveling, friendly people, not to hot weather, stumbling upon sale after sale, store closings, rain holding off until we had to leave and even hitting up 'Frappuccino happy hour' at Starbucks for the ride home!  And the fact that we got to return home to the house that my husband put the sold sign on exactly one year ago - well that was pretty special too!


We wrapped up the day, once the kids were in bed, by sitting out on the front porch, listening to the rain on the metal roof and firing a few shots from my hubby's birthday gift. ;)  How country is that? Hahaha! 

It was a lovely day, a nice pause in our busy lives to soak in the years.  I found us to both be a bit more quiet then usual.   So much has happened and we know much more lays before us - I think we were both just very reflective.  It was a sweet day and I felt blessed to spend it with such a sweet man!


Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.
If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house,
    he would be utterly despised.
Song of Solomon 8:7


  1. Love, love, LOVE this....

    ((sweet sigh))

    I am glad you had a good day together... and cheap!!! ;) That is always so fun...

  2. You are quite the queen of deals. :) Happy Anniversary to you & Dave!

  3. Happy Anniversary, friend. Nine years is a very wonderful celebration. I'm glad you're having fun.

  4. It's nice to hear some details about your day even though I didn't get to see you today :)
    Love those food covers, and the surprise deal! I have too much fun in that store!

  5. Happy anniversary Kaitlin!! Woohoo!!! It IS amazing what can happen all because of a cup of coffee, eh?? Shawn and I had our first date six-and-some years ago over coffee too. :-D Coffee led to a museum stroll.. A museum stroll led to "going steady".. And going steady turned into three apartments, two cats and an engagement, ha! I love how every "big" thing always ALWAYS has a "small" beginning!!!

  6. Sounds like the perfect God filled day! Happy Anniversary again! I love simple "dates" like that! Just to take life slow & treasure all the little things that are always so rushed! Blessings!!!

  7. Awww. Kaitlin,..Happy Anniversary to you both! Special days away together like that are sooooo important! ...and those food screens are lovely...something to write about on your grateful list. I think that price tag was changed by a hand coming down from Heaven and changing it just for Y♥U.

    I do hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day tomorrow.

    ♥Lee Ann


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