Monday, July 7, 2008

Better than average....

I haven't checked the recent facts, but we heard at one point that the average marriage in the US lasts 7 years. Well....starting tomorrow we are better than average!

Today marked 7 years of wedded bliss for Corey and me!

We got back tonight from a little surprise overnighter I had planned for us! I got Corey's mom to watch the children and Corey's boss (dad) approved for him to have the day off.

So yesterday after church I had created a very corny but cute scavenger hunt and the kids helped him follow the clues to find a gift certificate for Regal Cinemas, a "coupon" I made for dinner at P.F. Chang's and finally, a suitcase packed and ready to go!

Where did we go?
Beautiful Suwanee, GA! Ha ha!

Actually, I didn't want to go far since we only had one night, plus Suwanee is centrally located to the Mall of Georgia and Discover Mills, and great food. And, they both had great movie theaters! ALSO...if you go to a town that isn't really "anywhere" you can get great deals on hotel rooms with a jacuzzi! So....we really enjoyed the impromptu little trip and didn't have to face a long drive home.

Last night we had dinner at P.F Chang's. I had never eaten there, but it was SO good. I especially love that this is a Chinese restaurant that finally has it together with dessert! It is usually a compromise to get Chinese out because you know they won't have any good dessert, but they had these little "mini" desserts that were only $2 each and it was just enough to satisfy a sweet tooth. I chose carrot cake and Corey had S'mores. Corey had to run our leftovers back to the hotel room bc it was so good we just couldn't waste it just because we were out of town!

Then we walked around and did a little shopping!

Some of you probably don't know, but I have recently lost 30 pounds! YAY! So..I was in need of some jeans...badly! I was able to get SIZE 10! WOO HOO! I haven't seen size 10 in years! I was so HAPPY!

After we shopped a little we went to see Get Smart. HILARIOUS and way better than expected. Steve Carell is perfect as Maxwell Smart (they do some of the old lines from teh tv show but he doesn't try to impersonate Don Adams) and Anne Hathaway makes a great 99. It really was funny and anyone who was a fan of the old tv show will be impressed with what a great job they do of referencing the old without overdoing it. Anyone who hasn't seen the old show would like it too I think.

Well....I got a big surprise today!

We made our way over to Discover Mills to check out what they had going on (lots of summer clearance going on right now ESP at the Disney store...tees were $2.99!).

We are walking around and Corey VOLUNTARILY walks into the Zales outlet! Guess what we walked out with?!

Apparenly my husband of 7 years had been doing some online shopping and window shopping the past few months and finally decided to just let me pick it out myself!
My original ring had lost a baguette several months ago but the cost to replace it just wasn't practical when we thought we would just get an updated set in the next couple of years anyway. Also, my original engagement ring is platinum which does NOT age gracefully! White gold is so much shinier and from seeing other sets I know it won't look dull and dirty in just a few years. I had a sapphire and diamond band as my original wedding band, so now it goes back to my right hand where it was before we decided to use it for our wedding. I am too tired tonight, but sometime I will have to blog about our wedding and posts pictures, but I am too tired tonight.

I just LOVE the new set, especially now that my shock has passed!
This is a ring with an enhancer. The "engagement" ring part is the middle solid band with the princess cut diamond and round cut diamonds around it making the big square center. The enhancer includes the two bands that come out from the sides of the top and bottom. It was really difficult to get a good picture, but the setting is beautiful from the side with some tiny "peek-a-boo" stones and vintage looking scroll work. It is the exact kind of set I wanted...HUGE thanks to my husband...thank you so much Corey for the beautiful new gift! And, we didn't have to break the bank to do it either thanks to jewelry outlets!
Corey also picked out a new band. He had wanted a Titanium band when we got married but it was more expensive then or something I can't exactly remember why he didn't get it or what, but he got that today for our 7 year celebration. Apparently Titanium bands are indestructable. I think that makes him feel sort of like a super-hero or It is a very nice band I think it suits him better than his old one did. It was pretty perfect because they had the one he wanted in his size and apparently since Titanium is so hard to work with because of its durability you have to custom order them. It is a dark gray color. He took a picture of his but you can't really tell anything about his from the picture. Overall, a very nice, manly aka: not fancy, band.

I told him we should have found a chapel or something and renewed our vows to present our new rings, but oh well.
On the way home today we stopped in Kennesaw and tried a place I have wanted to try for years but just never have: Bahama Breeze. It was DELICIOUS!
I am VERY tired right now...we had tired and spoiled children to get to bed tonight (ha ha jk Nanna) and now I have spent too long sitting here and I am about to fall asleep!
Seven years down....forever to go! Can't wait!


Sullins' Spot said...

Congrats on your 7 years! I loved passing over that hump, too! The ring is beautiful! Why is it our old ones start falling apart at 7 years...mine did the same! Due to our move we decided to have the diamond inserted into a new setting until our 10 year! :O)

Ok, and post some pics already! I am so happy for you! 30 lbs is a lot of weight to lose! How did you do it? You must spill the beans already! :O)

Well, this has turned into a post of it's own! Congrats and I am so happy for you!

Anonymous said...

Oh WOW! I LOVE your rings! They are beautiful. ly Mama

Marcy said...

I am so happy for the two of you! It is so nice that you had both planned special surprises for each other. I think that your new ring set is gorgeous!! I am pretty excited that you lost 30 pounds too! Way to go! How did you do it? I would love to see some before and after pictures. I need to lose about 25 pounds, so maybe your pictures will be motivation for me. You go girl!

Happy Anniversary! Here's to forever!

patrick said...

Get Smart looks pretty good over all though it seems like Steve Carell is veering toward an excess of slapstick humor

Southern Wife said...

Happy Anniversary and congrats!! And..yummy yummy to PF Chang's and Bahama Breeze!:)

andysbethy said...

I am so glad you posted pics of the ring. I had been trying to imagine it from what you told me, and I love getting to see it instead! I also love that you posted a link to the desserts! Now I really want to go to PF Changs, and I don't even really like Chinese food! Andy will be thrilled about that!