For any married male readers out there (I probably have 2 or 3 and they're all my brothers) here is the recipe for a really great anniversary:
- arrange child care ahead of time....get everything prepared, don't let her know exactly what you're doing.
- Plan a trip to the temple for the first part of the date. We went and did some sealings which was such a nice reminder of our wedding day.
- Have her think that might be all you've planned.
- Drive into the closest city (in our case it just happens to be very romantic Boston...on a perfect summer night.
- Make reservations at one of the nicest restaurants in town, with REALLY REALLY good food and a romantic ambiance (this is key....especially for jeff as he'd prefer to eat at a greasy dive). Everything we tasted at Radius was delectable, amazing, perfect.
- Don't show her the bill so that she doesn't worry all night that you've just spent your child's college fund for some food that might be worth it.
- Walk around that amazing city and realize how cool it is that you live there.
- stop for dessert at some fancy hotel.
- excuse yourself to "use the bathroom"
- check into the hotel....ask for an upgrade....we were upgraded to a Jr. Suite....ahhh...luxury.
- run to the car and get the things that you so thoughtfully packed for her (since she had no idea she'd be away for the night).
- go back to the dessert and make nice conversation about how she just deserves to be really pampered once in a while for all that she is doing as a wife and mother.
- tell her that you want to see the view up on the 10th floor.
- lead her to your room and hand her the key.
- let her hold the remote control.
- arrange for your dear good generous friends who are watching your kids to bring them to church in the morning so that you can sleep in and have a nice breakfast before meeting up with them for the third hour.
Here's to three years of magic.