Knowing we would be away for our anniversary made things a bit more difficult. We wouldn’t be home to celebrate, with everything we are used to. Instead, we would be at the beach and need to bring everything with us. This was not a bad thing, but instead a bit more challenging. We could have celebrated a different day, but really, what’s better than celebrating our anniversary at the beach?
The traditional first anniversary gift is paper. We decided we definitely wanted to do something with that, and that we would make something, but we could also get something else if we wanted. Honestly, what do you buy someone for their anniversary? It’s not like you’re going to buy your spouse clothes or something just because. That doesn’t really have the same meaning to it.
I took to Pinterest and thought about different things to come up with my gift to Aaron. He actually started getting gifts 5 days in advance as a little “countdown” to our anniversary. I sent in each gift with a little saying (written on paper) talking about what one year meant. For instance, 365 days, 125,600 minutes, etc. It was a fun little way to get him pumped up (and also me because I love giving gifts!)
His real presents began the day of our anniversary. I set my alarm for 7:00am Sunday morning because the gifts began at 7:01! I saw this somewhere, and thought it was such a cute gift. In all, Aaron opened a gift every hour from 7:01 am to 7:01 pm. Sometimes we forgot since we were at the beach, but he had no idea this was happening, and loved it!
The beginning of the gifts started off with just little things for the pool we had at the beach, he had some snacks like sunflower seeds, and also an Arnold Palmer drink (and other things from the dollar store!). My favorite gifts were two books I hacked into his “Must read” account to find out he wanted, a bow tie he had been wanting, some dress socks (he’s obsessed with them!), and a 6 pack of beer he likes. It made the day so fun, and everyone was always asking him what gift he got that hour.
We finally got ready for dinner and headed out around 6:30 to Virginia Beach. We stayed at Sandbridge which is about 25 minutes south of the boardwalk and hotels on the beach. We didn’t have somewhere we desperately wanted to eat at, but did find Waterman’s which was on the ocean and had food I actually liked. We were told we had about a 45 minute wait, which meant we had time to walk into a few stores and walk on the boardwalk. Within 15 minutes, Aaron received a text that told him our table was ready!
We sat in a booth out on the deck that looked out right to the ocean. We shared a Crab dip appetizer. Aaron ordered Flounder Fish Tacos, and I ordered Jumbo Shrimp. We both loved our meals. We were very happy with the service and the quality of food.
We walked a few more minutes after dinner to check out some shows happening on the boardwalk, but then headed back. I thought we’d exchange our real gifts and then be done. I was so wrong! When we got home, we walked to the back deck where some of our family was, and Aaron pointed to the sand and said “Hmm, what’s over there.” You guys, I married a gem.
In the sand were two chairs from the deck, a table with our champagne flutes from our wedding, our anniversary wine from our wine basket (from my shower), and white bags, filled with sand, and lit tea lights inside! It was totally romantic and I couldn’t believe it was real! Honestly, a huge thanks go out to Matt and Shelby (his girlfriend) along with my mom for putting everything together while we were gone! I was so totally impressed.
We exchanged gifts, also. I gave Aaron this.
The tree has the lyrics to our first dance song. He loves trees so I thought this would be a good gift, and I was right. He surprised me, yet again, with a project he put hours into. I knew he was working on something at home and I was right. He made a bouquet of flowers out of paper! I didn’t even know that could happen, but he pulled it off. It’s probably my favorite thing. I love looking up at our mantle and seeing the flowers and knowing he put so much time into it. He also got me a Pandora charm of a cake.
Speaking of cake, we also brought our top tier of our wedding cake down to the beach! We were unsure of how this would go, but gave it a whirl. I would love to say that it looked just as beautiful, but because I didn’t read I was supposed to take the foil off while it was frozen, it got a bit messed up. We shared this cake later that night, and were pleasantly surprised at how delicious it was! It honestly tasted just like it did on our wedding night. I was shocked! We also shared with others, and then took in the night before calling it a night!
It was such a fantastic first anniversary. From the time he put into my gift, to the amazing dinner and night after, it was all perfect. I couldn’t imagine life without Aaron!