our 2nd anniversary

It’s really hard to believe that our second anniversary has come and gone.  You know how you always hear that the first year of marriage is the hardest?  Well, I had heard that, but I also had all kinds of people tell me that their first year was a breeze and they didn’t know what the big deal was.  Meanwhile, I was listening and thinking, “What is wrong with me?  This first year has kind of been a struggle.”  We moved to another town the day after we got married, we both started new jobs, we searched for a church and friends and community and it was just tough.  Not all the time, but many times during that first year I think we both looked at each other and thought, “What have we done?!

This past year, our second year of marriage, was definitely different.  No doubt, it had it’s fair share of struggles as well, but overall, things were just a bit easier.  We got used to living together, we fought better, we were more intentional.  We made friends, we were in jobs we were happy with, we made a budget and learned to stick to it (sounds silly, but it was probably the best choice we made in 2014), we travelled, we went back to Greeley more often, we found community.  Year two was pretty good.

So we celebrated with a weekend in Boulder.  It started snowing not long after we got to Boulder, but, as it so often does, the snow brought peace and quiet and beauty.  We had a great weekend seeing some of Boulder and doing some fun things.  We played games and read books and watched HGTV (okay, that was just me).  We ate delicious food and dreamed about the future and even slept in a little bit.

We started at Celestial Seasonings and took a tour of their tea factory.  We found it very interesting, and next time we’ll definitely remember to take a couple of pictures and taste some tea.  Next, we drove across the street to the Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art, which I had visited with my family many years ago.  We thoroughly enjoyed all of the beautiful paintings and the fact that we had the gallery to ourselves.  We even posed next to our favorites… :)

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Boulder has no shortage of vegan-friendly restaurants, and we had lunch at the Sun Deli.  I believe what we had was called a pizza roll, but don’t quote me on that.  Whatever it was, it tasted amazing, and nothing like the frozen pizza rolls I had in my lunch as kid.  After lunch, we walked up and down the Pearl Street Mall, braving the cold and snow.  We could have spent all day in the bookstores, kitchen stores, and boutiques that line Pearl Street.  Plus, there’s nothing like a little snow and cold to empty places out and make browsing much more pleasant.

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When we were sufficiently cold, we stopped by Sprouts to pick up some muffins for breakfast and checked in to our hotel.  We stayed at the Courtyard Hotel – great pool and hot tub, nice rooms, and a decent price for being in the heart of Boulder.  I chose Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant for dinner, and I think we were both pretty pleased with it.  It was one of the nicer meals we’ve had, since our anniversary comes around once a year and our generous parents and grandparents were really sweet to bless us with some money to put towards our getaway.  It really felt like a celebration.  I had the sweet potato-lentil kofta and Danny had the spaghetti squash pad Thai and I think we’d both order them again without hesitation.

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The next morning, we played Ticket to Ride while eating our muffins, worked out at the hotel gym, soaked in the hot tub, and packed up in time for lunch at Native Foods.  If you’ve read this blog before, you know we love Native Foods, and we were certainly not disappointed this time around.  We stopped by Chautauqua for a hike afterwards, but kept it at around an hour as it was still quite chilly outside.  The sun made it look a lot warmer than it was. :)

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We had such a fun, relaxing getaway spending time together and celebrating marriage.  Boulder was beautiful and so fun.  We can’t wait to go back sometime when it’s a bit warmer and long underwear isn’t necessary just for venturing outside :)

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2 thoughts on “our 2nd anniversary

  1. YAY!! I loved reading this! Funny we must have just missed each other, Oliver and I were in Boulder this weekend for a church retreat but we left Saturday night in the Blizzard.
    Love you blogs Shannon!!

    • So sweet of you to read, friend! Our anniversary was actually a couple of weeks ago (January 3rd), so we definitely missed each other, but I hope y’all had fun! Boulder is so great. Love you, Manders!

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