We celebrated with a fancy dinner...
...and Adam planned a little game (surprise, surprise) for us to play during dinner. No, it wasn't a shady game. It was a reminiscing game. We each wrote down five things to remember--best date, funniest memory, favorite anniversary--and then we drew one and talked about it. It was fun to stop and remember our marriage so far. There were things we had both forgotten about. Here are a few special memories:
Favorite Anniversary--Although we have fun memories from all our anniversaries so far, the first was by far the best. Adam had planned a surprise trip to NYC. Seriously, how do you top that? On the day of our anniversary we did a massive self-guided walking tour of the city. After our hours of walking and exploring, we got dressed up and headed to see Chicago on Broadway. When the show was over (this is where it gets really romantic), we stepped out of the theater into Times Square and big, fluffy snowflakes were falling. It was like a movie. We finished the night with dessert at Serendipity (with zero wait, probably because it was 11:00pm on a Sunday night). I can't describe how magical the whole experience was.
Best Date--This was a tough one for me. We've had some fun dates. So I picked two. There were no rules to this game; I could do whatever I wanted. My first pick was a fun date that Adam planned a couple summers ago. We went geocaching. If you've never done it before, it's actually pretty fun. Basically you use a GPS to find hidden "treasures." We only found one, almost got poison ivy on another, and opted out of walking through the tick-ridden wooded area on the third, but the adventure was what it was all about anyway.
The next favorite date was the night before G was born. We had no idea how our lives were about to change in just a few hours. OK, we obviously knew it was coming, but we didn't know it was coming right then. We went out for a laid back summer dinner. I ate a delicious burger with jalapeno cream cheese (you know, trying to entice G to make his move). Then we went for a long walk (again, trying to get G going). It was just super relaxed and fun and a great last date as a family of two. I wish we had a picture of that night. I guess we do have some pictures from that night, but I'm not posting any labor pics.
Most Fun Memory--How do you really choose the most fun memory in five years? I don't know. But we finally did both agree on one. Spontaneously on night, Adam and I decided to learn the whole Thriller dance. We found a multi-video tutorial on youtube, moved our furniture out of the way, and settled in for a major dance session. It was so much fun. And we took it really seriously, which makes the whole memory even better. By the end of the night, or at least when we decided to quit, we knew the whole Thriller dance from start to finish. To make the whole experience even more bizarre, a couple hours into it there was some sort of police bust on the highway by our house. We noticed flashing lights in our neighbor's driveway and upon further investigation, we discovered a few more police cars parked just around the corner. Adam sneaked out to hide behind the bush in our yard to get a better view while I cowered nervously on the front porch. When we saw the police chase a guy into the trees by the ditch, we scurried back into the house, locked the door, and resumed our dance-fest. Sadly, no pictures of this either. But here is one of us dancing at a wedding several years ago. Dancing with Adam is an adventure!