Christopher and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary a couple weeks ago. It was fabulous. Not only because we’ve had 5 lovely years of marriage but also because I convinced him that 5 years was so significant that we needed to go on a trip to celebrate. My compelling argument included the fact that soon we’ll have a newborn and two children which will make traveling a tad difficult. I may have also convinced him of this while he was only half listening (and also playing a computer game).
Naturally on the list of my top dream vacation spots, Maryland doesn’t actually make the cut but we decided to go there for four main reasons.
- We could stay with my aunt so we’d save money on hotel and eating out expenses.
- She and her two daughters would be fabulous babysitters in the event that Chris and I want a day to ourselves.
- She lives relatively close to DC and New York City so we could still do some fun touristy things without having to pay to stay in the city.
- Also I really like my family a lot and was excited for an excuse to visit them.
I have to admit, this vacation turned out to be so much more wonderful than I ever expected. It was such a glorious mix of relaxing/doing nothing and sight seeing. I got to chill and there were always people around who wanted to play with Evelyn so I got a little mom break. Plus Chris took off work for an entire week. So even if no on else was around to watch her, he was. And that was fabulous.
I may have even left him home a few times with her so that I could have some girl time and I didn’t feel bad about it at all.
One of the highlights of my trip was getting my hair done. I’ve been wanting something fresh and new for a while now and I am thrilled with the outcome!
Chris was not okay with the pink, so I compromised and just got them as extensions. That way I don’t have to worry about them fading either. Win-win.
^^My aunt tried to get Evelyn to call Uncle Darryl ‘Duncle’
but it didn’t catch on…he was just Uncle.
Evelyn loved getting to know her great aunt and uncle and her (second?) cousins too! She especially loved Jack who taught her how to fist bump. Should I be worried that she is so keen on boys? I was honestly surprised at how quickly she took to my Uncle. She just did what he said from the get go. And danced and played ball.
The weather was pretty crappy the whole time we were there but on one of the nice days we went to the park (where Chris kicked a soccer ball into my face..) and then walked on this adorable promenade down to a lighthouse.
^^It was a hoodie and yoga pants kind of day
We spent our anniversary at a place called kiddie krusoe. I’m guessing it was the highlight of Evelyn’s trip. It was one big imagination land.
^^Chris had fun too…
^^At the “doctor’s office”
^^The cute little “cafe”
Then Chris and I had dinner at a cute seafood place right on the water. We spent the evening playing my favorite anniversary game: “I love you because..” And making guesses as to where we’ll be in another 5 years.
^^The view from our table. We watched the fog roll in as the sun set.
We never did make it to NYC, much to my dismay, but we did have fun in DC and Philadelphia! Stay tuned for the rest of our anniversary trip adventures.