9 Year Anniversary Recap

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Celebrating 9 years of marriage with Mal was a lot of fun!

I was up and at ’em taking the 5:15 AM class at CrossFit, so I swung by Coffee Shack on the way home to get Mal and me a couple of iced coffees to kick off our special day!

I went with French toast iced coffee and got Mal a “plain” (not “regular”) iced coffee with a shot of espresso. Fun side note: Around here, if you ask for a “regular iced coffee” you get it made with cream and sugar. Mal and I must have ordered a half dozen coffees like this before we realized “regular” is not just plain iced coffee. Ha!

After that, I drove home and arrived to a quiet house. I put Mal’s iced coffee in the fridge and did a little work before he and Qman woke up. Once they were up, we all got ready for the day. Mal and I dropped Quinn off at daycare and then headed to a meeting with our financial adviser and accountant – fun times and, oooh, so romantic! 🙂

After our meetings, we headed to lunch at Scarlet Oak Tavern – one of our favorite restaurants.

While we waited for our entrees, we opened presents. Remember how we said “no presents”? Well, two days before our anniversary, Mal told me that he bought me a present- something leather – keeping with modern gifts for 9 years of marriage. Obviously, it was very sweet of him, but it left me scrambling (aka running around Derby Street) trying to find something awesome and leather for him. I love giving gifts and usually have them picked out well ahead of time, often weeks in advance, so shopping last-minute was super stressful, especially for such a special occasion. Oh, husbands! 🙂 Anyway, Mal gave me, not one, but two amazing leather bracelets that I immediately fell in love with.

The wrap bracelet is absolutely gorgeous, and I love that you can dress it up and down. I know I’m going to wear it a ton! It’s handmade – leather with mother of pearl beads. Mal actually wanted to get me a bracelet with regular pearls (my birth stone), but he liked the way the smaller pearls looked better. I’m obsessed. The other leather bracelet is one that Mal thought I could wear together with the wrap or “to the beach.” Good work, Mal!

Thankfully, my last-minute shopping trip paid off, and Mal loved his gift. He’s obsessed with a pair of OluKai Mesh Slip-Ons that he already owns and wears them all the time, but now that’s it’s summer, I figured his feet would get hot, so I bought him a pair OluKai Flip Flops. He was so happy when he saw what was inside the box! 🙂

After opening presents, we dug into lunch – oysters to start!

I ordered the salmon, which, of course, was excellent. I love everything on the menu at Scarlet Oak! 🙂

We forgot to snap an anniversary photo inside, so below is our attempt at a selfie outside the restaurant. Derp.

After lunch, we swung by Hornstra Farm to grab ice cream for later – we figured it would be fun to celebrate with Qman too!

We picked “Cow Tracks,” which is vanilla ice cream with mini peanut butter cups. Mmm!

After that, we picked up Qman from school, went for a family walk, ate dinner…

And our 9th anniversary concluded with an ice cream party!

It was a great day for sure! 🙂



  1. Too cute! I think going to a financial planner is actually kind of romantic, you’re planning your future together. Happy anniversary!

  2. I love the bracelets Mal picked for you….but I LOVE the flip-flops you picked for him. I know they are guy shoes but I would seriously wear them myself…love the color and details. Happy Anniversary! Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. I totally understand the “regular” versus “plain” fiasco! I’ve made that mistake so many times. Since when does “regular coffee” mean cream AND sugar!?!

  4. Happy anniversary! My husband and I just celebrated our first wedding anniversary last week. July is a good month for weddings!

    I want to try that french toast iced coffee. Sounds right up my alley. Iced coffee was included in our celebrations as well. 🙂

  5. Our wedding anniversary is this week and we also have a meeting that day with our financial advisor! Hahahaha pure romance…. I’m hoping our day ends with ice cream too!

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