It Was An Anniversary Sort of Day

Today was our wedding anniversary. No, I didn't forget and accidentally post something else. It's just that life seems to go on whether you need to celebrate something or not.

What's that? How long have we been living in marital bliss? That would be debatable depending on what day you asked, or what time of day even. But the bliss part aside, we've been happily married for the past 16 years. Can you believe it?! I have a hard time with it myself.

If you want the mushy-mushy you can refer back to yesteryear's anniversary post. This year I'm gonna call it as it happened.

When you've been married this long you don't exactly wake up and start celebrating. Mostly because 4 kids are living here, and they all have lives that need tended to. I got the kids ready for school and Sam got ready for work. Just like always.

After work this morning I had to shuffle vehicles around and stopped in at the hospital to exchange car keys. That made the day a little extra special because we don't normally get to see each other at noon. That doesn't make it a nooner though.

He was late getting home for various reasons that had nothing to do with our anniversary, me, or gift giving. But when he did get here we packed Micah and a sippy cup into the car and went out for the evening.

Yes, we took the car. She's part of the whole anniversary celebration, after all. We were married exactly 4 days when we bought her brand new with 36 miles on her odometer. She smelled so new, and her paint job sparkled in the sunlight. Ah, there's nothing like that Malibu Blue. Sadly, we all 3 have deteriorated over the last 16 years and none of us even slightly resemble what we were in that honeymoon period.

But I digress. We went to an incredibly romantic restaurant (cough*cough*Chili's*cough*cough) and watched Micah light his tongue on fire eating a jalapeno. The waitress failed to bring milk until the flames nearly extinguished themselves. We spent the meal discussing the wonderful news I received today. (No, I'm not pregnant. I said it's wonderful.) The Children's Institute called and actually scheduled Micah this month. This sums up many steps in one and I feel as though my summer has not been in vain. That is the most wonderful anniversary gift ever. He'll be evaluated to see if there are any neurological reasons he's not talking besides Downs, and tested for a speaking device. The thought brings tears to my eyes. It's like a long awaited dream at this point. I'll keep you posted on how wonderful it actually is (or isn't) when it happens.

From the restaurant we headed to PetCo because we have 9 dogs that need to eat. Micah loves this store and pushes his own mini cart complete with very large flag so that parents can locate their kids easily when they run off. He had a blast. I got to spend money. It was a good day.

See how incredibly romantic a couple can be after being married so long? It gives you all something to look forward to.

25 comments:

Jenn said...

Happy Anniversary ! We didn't even do that much on ours, and it was only number 2 for us !

Melissa said...

Happy Anniversary!

I'm so glad to hear the news about Micah's evaluation. I can imagine that made you breathe a deep sigh of relief.

I'll be keeping my fingers crossed!

Michelle said...

Happy Anniversary, Karen! Yay yay yay on getting Micah in, too! That means you will have him in in less than 26 days. Way cool and definitely a great anniversary present!

Fishsticks and Fireflies said...

Your anniversary sounds remarkably similar to the 5 that hubby and I have celebrate, and I don't think I would have it any other way! Doing our normal thing reminds me of how far we have come and how well we work together.

And WOOHOO on The Children's Institute! What a wonderful anniversary gift! I hope that it all goes smoothly and that you finally get some long awaited answers!

Flea said...

*sigh* I remember the 16th anniversary almost like it was this year. Wait, it WAS this year. Happy Sweet Sixteen!

It is SO GOOD to hear about the Children's Institute! YAY! And here's hoping you and Sam get a day by yourselves sometime soon.

utmomof5 said...

Happy Anniversary you party animals!!! Nothing like Chilis and Petco to get the romantic juices flowing!!

My fav was our 10th anniversay. We had play practice (we were in a musical together) until like 2 am. Yup we really know how to party!!!

LaskiGal said...

Happy Anniversary!!! And what good news about Micah.

Chili's and PetCo. Simply awesome.

Karen said...

Happy Anniversary!!! Glad to hear Micah is getting his evaluation soon.
We have 10 more years until 16 and the years do fly by fast!

mommaof4wife2r said...

well sometimes the best anniversaries are the real ones.

congrats on Micah getting into the institute for eval. i am sooooo excited for you guys. i also laughed my booty off at the jalapeno thing...all of our kiddos so far have done that!

ok...i'm also very jealous that you have a petco. ours just shut down and has created many a tear for #3. tell the pets there hello for brooke, would you?

Karen said...

Mommaof4wife2r: We don't have a PetCo either. That one (and the Chilis) is an hour away. That is actually what made the anniversary special. The fact that Sam didn't whine about driving an hour for dinner for us and the dogs.

Colleen said...

Happy Anniversary! Glad you at least got to go out and eat. :)

And the news about Micah is about the best thing I've heard all week!

Caution Flag said...

Your post is good news all around!! And I do think the way you spent it is quite romantic :)

Burgh Baby said...

Happy (belated) anniversary! I think you spent it in perfect fashion.

Tranny Head said...

I think it sounds like a little slice of heaven! The truth is, things I NEVER thought I'd enjoy doing? I now love. For example - runing around the living room chasing after a baby. I think the definition of what makes you happy changes as time passes.

Anyway, glad you had a great anniversary - and GREAT news for Micah!

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

LOL Happy Anniversary!!! Praying you get to find SOME romantic time soon! :)

Debbie in CA : ) said...

I love the natural joy that flows through your prose. Jalepenos and dog food and malibu blue -- GIRLFRIEND YOU ARE BLESSED! ; )

Congrats on the anniversary and the stunningly wonderful news about Micah's upcoming eval.

Prayers go up and the
blessings come down. I'm so excited! : )

Debbie in CA : ) said...

I love the natural joy that flows through your prose. Jalepenos and dog food and malibu blue -- GIRLFRIEND YOU ARE BLESSED! ; )

Congrats on the anniversary and the stunningly wonderful news about Micah's upcoming eval.

Prayers go up and the
blessings come down. I'm so excited! : )

Leanne said...

It all sounds good to me, but maybe that's because I'm only six months behind you...

Happy Anniversary.

I think it's good we can find happiness in the little things now. Right?

Oh, I'm saying a prayer that everything with Micah works out well too. GREAT news.

Poltzie said...

It sounds dreamy! Happy Anniversary!

the planet of janet said...

sounds like an excellent way to celebrate to me!

and yay for micah!

HalfAsstic.com said...

Congratulations! And I can't tell you how excited I am about Micah being evaluated.
Am awaiting that post with great anticipation...

Aimee said...

Happy Anniversary and yay for the news about Micah!

I used to want all kinds of gifts and wining and dining for our anniversary. Now I just want Rob to take out the trash and pick up the clothes off the floor.

And if he loads the dishwasher and gets the kids in bed, than he might have something to look forward to. :)

Michelle said...

Happy belated anniversary!!

What great news you received with the phone call from the Children's Institute and being able to schedule his appt this month! I really hope this gives you some answers!

Bia said...

I loved this post because it's so true. Anniversaries do change over time, but they are still good. I love that you heard the good news about Micah on this day, and I love how you found joy in the simple things (I like Chili's, too). I would wish you a Happy Anniversary...but it looks as if you already had one!

caramama said...

Happy (belated) anniversary!!! It sounds like a nice day, all in all. Could be worse! And great news about Micah getting evaluated!