Monday, November 18, 2013

Celebrating Eleven

This post is a week late, but I actually used my real camera for a few shots (as well as the ever-present Instagram) and I wanted to commemorate our afternoon last Monday. After all, our eleven year anniversary is just as important (if not more important!) than one year of marriage.  

While our wedding anniversary is now November 10, our actual anniversary - the one we've been celebrating for over a decade - is November 11. While I was initially disappointed that the days didn't line up perfectly (the 11th last year was a Sunday, and we wanted to have a Saturday wedding, especially since 90% of our guests were traveling) I've come to appreciate the flexibility of having two anniversaries in a row. For example, Nathan had to work on the 10th, so we saved our celebrating for Monday. And celebrate we did. 

Clockwise starting left, on the top: fish at the aquarium; beer tasting at Southport; year-old wedding cake,
awesome jellyfish with no filter. 

I had to teach in the morning, but I was done by 11AM. Once I got home and Nathan and I were reunited, we hopped in the car and headed to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. We'd never been, and admission was free since it was also Veteran's Day. This meant the aquarium was overrun with children, which actually wasn't too bad. While the kids tended to crowd the exhibits and shriek loudly, their enthusiasm was contagious. Plus, weird fish and jellies and manatees and sharks and octopus and albino alligators are definitely things to shout about. 

After exploring the Aquarium, we took the ferry from Fort Fisher to Southport. It's about a 30 minute ride, and you drive your car directly on to the ferry, which, for some reason, was really thrilling. It was a gorgeous day, sunny and unseasonably warm, and we walked around the ferry, checking out the different vantage points, taking photos, and doing handstands. The usual. 

Sadly, I didn't take any more photos after Southport, because I'm a bad blogger and/or am attempting to spend more time in the moment. Still, the memories are worth writing about. We walked around Southport, a tiny seaside town, and found a beer tasting in a tiny wine shop. The guy serving us split a whole beer into two small glasses for each "taste," and since we ended up tasting about six beers in less than an hour, we were feeling pretty happy and very much in love. We walked around a bit more, then drove back to Wilmington, then went out to dinner at Yosake, our favorite fancy restaurant in town. Two years ago, we decided to get married while having dinner there on our nine year anniversary; last year, we opened wedding cards over a celebratory we-survived-our-wedding-and-also-ten-years dinner. This year, we kept the tradition alive with curry, sushi, and pomegranate mojitos. The night ended with the top of our tiny wedding cake, which tasted pretty good after a year shoved in the back of the freezer. All in all, an excellent way to kick off another wonderful year. I can't wait to celebrate years 2 and 12!