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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Anniversary Planning

Our second anniversary is coming up. We established a tradition for ourselves last year: one partner writes the other partner a letter reminiscing about the past year together, and the other partner plans something fun for us to do.

Last year was Matt's turn to write the letter, and he did a quirky newsletter thing, which was very endearing. I planned the "fun thing," which was a boat ride in the bayou + picnic.

So this year we're swapping. I write the letter and Matt plans the fun thing.

Please allow me to collect and develop a few ideas here. I have to go back to my calendar to remember what happened!
  • We went on our honeymoon to Paris and Greece.
  • I started working as a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade teacher at a public Montessori school in Houston.
  • We traveled to the KIPP School Summit in Orlando.
  • We went to pre-marital counseling (post-marriage!).
  • We went on the bayou boat tour.
  • I took a stamp-making class and make a Hoss stamp.
  • We went to Galveston for a weekend getaway.
  • We traveled to rural Texas for a friend's wedding.
  • We hosted a neighborhood "Night Out."
  • We went to a birthing fair.
  • We went to a Dia de los Muertos community celebration.
  • We had our worst Halloween ever (unrelated to our costumes: Matt was a Tetris piece, and I was a melting polar icecap).
  • Matt had an awesome birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese's.
  • We got chickens! They lived in our house for a week and a half. We started with four but we had to give the rooster away, and Little Jo got eaten by the neighbor's dog.
  • We went our separate ways for Thanksgiving; my best friend came to Houston and Matt went to visit his family.
  • I went on a hayride through our neighborhood to look at holiday lights. We rode our bikes through Lights in the Heights and then went to the KIPP karaoke party.
  • I stressed myself out with multiple consulting projects (unit planning and workshop planning).
  • We drove to Florida for winter vacation and had to have a "Car Christmas" because Matt's grandfather was sick and he had to fly back to Indiana. I gave him a scrapbook of our life together. He gave me vintage postcards from many of the places we've been, a book about growing plants in the shade, and two professional massage coupons.
  • We went to Beth's house for a New Year's party.
  • I had my worst birthday ever.
  • Matt's uncle died and we traveled to Indiana for the funeral.
  • We took an amazing spring break road trip to Big Bend.
  • We traveled to Austin for several weekend trips and stayed with our friend, Steven.
  • We traveled to South Louisiana to celebrate my 10-year Teach For America reunion.
  • We hosted lots of monthly potlucks and went to lots of silent films.
  • We had an awesome potluck + movie at the Arboretum.
  • We traveled to Indiana to run in a race, celebrate Mother's Day, and celebrate my brother-in-law's graduation.
  • We started trying to have a baby.
  • Matt started a blog.
  • We bought a fancy used camera and a fancy used lens.
  • We're traveling to L.A. --> Big Sur --> San Francisco --> Redwood National Forest --> Portland --> Seattle --> Vancouver --> and into the wild of British Columbia.
  • We started playing Snatch It.
  • We had a fence built all the way around our yard.

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Emily SW said...

Is your anniversary on August 8? That's my anniversary, and our first one is coming up this year!

Sara E. Cotner said...

Hi, Emmalinda: No, it's actually July 19. We celebrated it late last year because we were traveling home from Greece.

But congratulations on your upcoming anniversary!

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