Category: Family

1 Year Anniversary Gifts

For our anniversary Chris and I both spent a lot of time brainstorming what we wanted to give each other. As you might know, I have a thing when it comes to giving gifts and a hard time keeping a gift a secret. Every other day leading up to our anniversary I asked Chris if I could tell him what his gift was. He has much more self-control than I do and always told me no.

I wasn’t expecting Chris to give me anything else on top of the trip he had planned for us to Portland, so when I found out that he had spent time running all over town looking for the perfect something just for me I felt really special and also really guilty. I could tell that he was stressed out over trying to get everything perfect for our anniversary weekend, and by the time we were eating dinner on Friday evening the poor guy was a legitimate wreck. It was sweet.

We exchanged gifts after dinner on Friday and I was so excited to give him his gift because I knew that he would love it.

I worked with an artist I found on Etsy to create an illustrated family portrait of the two of us and Barley. It turned out better than I had hoped! We both love it so much and it is one of our few family photos.

Audrey Smith_Portrait_FA

When it was my turn to open my gift, Chris was visibly nervous, which then made me really nervous. What could possibly be in that non-threatening looking gift bag? Well I opened the bag and was completely shocked and surprised for all of the right reasons! I had to remember to put my face in order and respond so that he didn’t think I hated it – I loved it! Chris bought me a brand new, super fancy camera that is about 1000 times better than my old camera that has been on the fritz and that I’ve been complaining about.

I was completely surprised for a number of reasons. I didn’t even realize that he had noticed that my old camera wasn’t working properly. Then the fact that he did so much research finding me the best camera he could and running all over town to buy it made me feel so special. On top of that, he gave me something that we can both use and have for years to come,to capture the memories we make in the years to come.

It was truly the perfect gift.


Our Perfectly Not So Perfect Anniversary Weekend

To celebrate our one year anniversary last weekend Chris planned a super sweet weekend, the majority of which was a surprise to me.

The weekend started out with dinner Friday night at Mooo, a snazzy steakhouse here in Boston. We tend to eat in a lot, so eating out at such a fancy place in the city was a real treat.

On Saturday, we drove to Portland, Maine to spend the remainder of our weekend. We were both really excited and looking forward to spending time in a new city together and exploring.

We had a really nice drive up to Portland and saw some lovely small towns and beautiful coastline. Once we arrived, we explored for a bit and ate an amazing banana coffee cake muffin at Tandem Coffee. We finished the evening with dinner and drinks at an old gothic church turned restaurant that pre-dates the Civil War called Grace. The restaurant was amazing and might be one of my favorite places I have ever eaten at.

Portland, ME

Portland, ME

Portland, ME

However despite all of the fun and good food we had, we also hit a few bumps in the road. From our car breaking down to Chris losing his phone in an Uber, we were both a bit surprised by all of the rotten luck we managed to have in the span of 36 hours. By Sunday afternoon we were on the train back to Boston (leaving our car in Portland) and we were more than ready to get home.

Our first year of marriage has had ups and downs, so I guess it only makes sense that our anniversary weekend would include a number of hiccups too! Despite it all, Chris and I had a great time together celebrating, laughing, reflecting on the year behind us and looking forward to the many years ahead.

Portland, ME