Year of Bliss

There it is. The big O-N-E year anniversary!

After the busyness of the trip to Dallas, it was so nice to spend three wonderful days with REB celebrating our first anniversary.

I can’t believe it’s already been a year! Where did the time go? It feels like it just whooshed on by us without a second look. So much has happened since then, and I’m so grateful for all of it!

We decided earlier in the year, after we bought our house, that the deed/title to our house was going to be our “paper” gift to each other. So we didn’t exchange gifts and instead, spent the entire weekend together, not taking calls from anyone or using our phones (except to upload some pics to share with you ;)) so he and I could really just focus on each other.

I was welcomed home from Dallas by the four-legged fur kid and then immediately had to do some work for a few hours. REB was nice enough to get us some Indian take out so I could work and not think about anything else. Delicious! I was also glad to be home in the land of 70-degree weather. The 104 crap I was having in Dallas was getting old.

On Saturday we just chilled at home, did some work around the house, ran a few errands, and enjoyed time on our deck drinking wine and reading.

We also did some photo-related projects for me, but I’ll write it up in another post. I will say that it might have something to do with how I made that sign you see there in the first picture ;)

On Sunday I booked REB and I couples massages at the same place I got my hurr did for the wedding (and where I go to get my hurr did all the time) and it was a-ma-zing. Our girls were so good at what they did and got all these knots out I didn’t even know I had! Note to self: book more massages!

After we were thoroughly relaxed and light headed, we chilled a bit at the spa and then headed downtown for brunch.

I had a LivingSocial coupon for brunch for two (plus two cocktails) at Grange Kitchen and Bar. We’ve never been here before but their brunch menu, and menu in general, is all about free range food, organically grown and then made for you!

I started my meal with a Michigan Mary (our version of a Bloody Mary) and we got some spicy fried chickpeas for the table. REB ordered the bourbon and bubbles (not pictured) for his cocktail…and my oh my…it was bourbon-y! I ordered the goat cheese omelet which comes with veggies and potatoes and sausage. Since we don’t eat meat, they gave me more veggies – delish! REB got a vegetarian hash that was so good! I ended the meal with a mimosa. By then, I was feeling pretty good, so we walked down to get some fro yo and walked around downtown taking in the beautiful day!

We had to get home though, because my friend Nick of Round Town Cupcakes (who did our wedding cupcakes),  was delivering our anniversary cake that afternoon! He had given us some cupcakes on our wedding day for us to freeze, but we kind of ate them during the week – whoops. So he agreed to make us a new cake: a giant cupcake, with a flavor not on their menu (but now is) and he even made it Indian-themed for us! It was PERFECT.

He and his mother always amaze me with their creations and designs. The cake was delicious by the way, but I think it’s easy to tell that it was ;) The rest of Sunday was spent relaxing, going on a long bike ride (hooray!) and me doing some much-needed laundry!

On our actual anniversary, Monday the 20th, we slept in (also much needed), cleaned a bit, and relaxed at home. We played with Gryff in the backyard, got ready for the work day. We got ready at night though to head downtown for our dinner reservation at The Earle. It’s this French/Italian restaurant in town that changes their menu every season and it’s just delicious. We ordered a bottle of wine, got some appetizers, ordered some dinner, had some dessert and even got a gift certificate for them for our anniversary – so sweet!

All in all, it was the perfect end to an all-too perfect weekend with my love. I can’t believe it’s been a year already, but it’s been a wonderful year!

From the wedding <3

I fell in love with a guy from my high school, who became my best friend, who understands me better than anyone and loves me for who I am. I feel like the luckiest girl and can’t wait to celebrate more anniversaries with him.

Married or not, how long have you been w/ your significant other?

7 thoughts on “Year of Bliss

  1. Diana @ VeggieNextDoor

    What an awesome way to celebrate your anniversary! I can’t think of a better ‘gift’ than a HOUSE, nor can I think of a better way to celebrate than a couples massage!

    What makes a “Michigan Mary” different than a regular Bloody? It looked like it might have berries in it.

    Mike and I have been together for almost 3 years now, and living together for 2 :-)

    1. Aparna B. Post author

      It was very relaxing that’s for sure! I’m not sure what makes it a Michigan Mary LOL. They used a lot of fresh, locally grown veggies… maybe that was it? Ha. And you and Mike are adorable :) I hope one day the four of us can hang out! I’m due to visit you in your new neighborhood!

  2. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb

    Hey you 2, Congratulations!!!

    You look adorable together. Aparna looks like you enjoyed a lovely weekend. =)

    Wedding anniversary… hmm.. a bit confusing in our case. We kind of got married 4 years ago on two different dates and our wedding was 2 years ago. we never know when to celebrate. Guess we have to celebrate every day then. ^.^

  3. sarah @ sarah learns

    yaaaayyy, i love this! brad & my 1-year anniversary is next monday – the 27th! :) we dated for 3 years before our wedding, so we’re going on 4 years since we started dating.

    were you and r.e.b. high school sweethearts? i knew brad from high school – we were friends, but we didn’t date until we were both in grad school!

    1. Aparna B. Post author

      YAY! Happy early one-year to you and Brad!! Your anniversary is my sister’s birthday. Funny enough, we had considered that date for our wedding but thought having it on my sister’s birthday would be weird LOL. REB and I went to high school together, and had classes together, but we met up after we both moved home from college. He and I have/had the same friends in high school, but we weren’t really friends – we just knew of each other. I just saw him as this nice, studious kid haha. Funny how things work out!

    2. Aparna B. Post author

      P.S. do you guys have big plans for the big o-n-e? Can’t wait to read you post about it <3
      OH! And to answer your questions, we’ve known each other since freshman year of high school, so… 13 years. But we started hanging out 6 years ago, started dating 5 years ago, engaged for 1 1/2 years and now married one year. lolz.


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