Today Oz and I celebrated our four year anniversary. I know for some of my fantastic readers, that’s no big deal. For us it’s really a big mile marker. His last marriage barely lasted at all. My last marriage had already started to turn bad by this time. The fact that, sure, we’ve got our issues, but we’re still going strong is really something for us. We’ve both heard the first five years you live together are the worst. It’s really the make-it-or-break-it kind of phase within relationships. We’ve got one year left, and after the trials we’ve faced, I’m pretty confident we’re going to be fine.
We were lucky enough to have Oz’s aunt babysit most of the kids for us to go out to lunch. We went to this cute little Italian place that the whole family loves. It was just the two of us and Luca. He came along because we didn’t think he’d last without getting hungry. He had almost a whole dinner roll, half a fried ravioli, and a few bites of meatball. Oz got stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer and I chose fried ravioli, an incredibly good choice. Then we both got a side salad, though I didn’t have much time to eat mine before the meal arrived. He had spaghetti with meatballs and mushroom sauce, which was okay, and I had their pasta sampler, lasagna, manicotti, and canneloni. Okay, I probably butchered the spelling of the last two. What can I say? I love my stuffed pasta! The three of us were completely stuffed.
After that Luca was dropped off with Oz’s aunt so we could have some adult time. In this time we went to the library. I know! Exciting anniversary trip, huh? It was actually kind of nice though. We got to go hang out at the library and take our time without having to worry about what the kids are getting into. They can get a little wild at the library, or anywhere, really. The library is small and doesn’t have much selection, but I got to enjoy the craft books and found a couple of books that directly relate to a project I’m working on. I picked up a book on writing too. It should be a good read. It’s a thick book though, so I’m not sure I’ll have time to finish it, but that’s what book renewals are for. I found another book that might inspire some quilting projects too! It’s on fabulous fairy tale quilts. I’m probably going to take some notes and work on some ideas for myself. It’s a bit complex and probably above my skill level, but I’ve always been one to dive in to projects head first, even when they are beyond my skills. That’s the kind of quilt I’d love to make. I like patchwork quilts and traditional quilts, but they really don’t suit my sense of style. If the kids are interested, I might even see if they’d be inspired by it too! After all, quilting is kind of an art. Well, it’s a craft, but close enough.
On our way home we saw a fantastic car that Oz had found previously and it made him think of me. I can totally see why. The car was fantastic. It’s also fantastically for sale. It’s unfortunately a little two door and not big enough to fit the whole family. For $750, I’m not sure what kind of condition it’s in either, but it’s worth a look. The low price might just be due to it’s age and all of the artistic additions. Sadly, art devalues a car unless it’s a legitimate paint job, which this is clearly not. I’ve been toying with the idea of finding a way to afford it because Oz is right, this is totally the perfect looking car for me. It would make for a great A to B car, which would be great for grocery runs, visits to the library, and other errands. We may just be able to fit all the kids if Corde sits in the front, though it wouldn’t be ideal. It could be a practical solution until we can afford something bigger, which would probably end up looking much the same in the long run. If it sounds like I’m trying to get my readers to encourage me to buy it, that’s probably what I’m doing somewhere in my mind. Oz is going to call to find out what condition it’s in and how it runs. We saw someone else stop by to look at it too, so I’m not sure we’re even going to stand half a chance at getting it anyway, especially as we don’t have the money for it right now. Its just a dream, and a dream that I find particularly inspiring for my own vehicle at some point in the future.
The rest of the day was spent at his aunt’s house chatting with her. The kids all chilled with a couple of movies. Beekee told Oz’s cousin she needed Clean House to come in and organize her room, which was kind of funny. Sander managed to go the whole day through without a nap, and though he got a little cranky at the end of the day, he did pretty well. It was nice to be able to relax with other adults for a little while.
Now it’s the end of the day and the kids are all settling down for bed. We’re going to watch a movie from the library, another advantage to going there. It may not have been the perfect anniversary, but we got some snow, had a good time, and were at least able to actually go out last year.
Best of all, we learned some things about our local library. Tomorrow morning I might try and get the boys up early, weather permitting, so we can get them down to the story hour at 10. Then two Saturdays a month they have a knitting and crocheting group, and the women want to learn sock knitting! I love sock knitting, so this will be a good excuse to bust out my sock yarn, needles, and books to knit and help other people learn the fine art of making socks! I might get to learn to crochet out of the deal too. They have video game competitions. It looks like they hold them every month, which is good for Oz. They might even be looking at starting a Pokemon league, which would be awesome for Corde too! Our local library also accepts donated books, so if we’ve got books we don’t want, we might be able to get them a home that way. And the best part? Everyone in our library is so nice and there is no limit to the number of books you can take out. They don’t have a huge selection, being a tiny, country library, but they’re all really nice there and try to do what they can to acquire things you’re looking for from other libraries. If we can get there for story times and knitting days, we should never have a problem worrying about things getting back late! And Corde can be very excited to get a new library card. Beekee might even be able to get a card himself too. All he has to do is be able to write his first and last name clearly. He might want to learn just so he can get his own card.
All in all it was a great way to mark 4 years. We were able to look back at some of the great moments, share our interests, and best of all, we were able to do a couple of grown up things that we really love. It was calm and enjoyable. It wasn’t the fancy, exciting, and interesting like we hoped. It wasn’t some super special occasion, but it was what we needed. Maybe we’ll go bigger next year. For the time being, I think we got exactly what we needed.