Fall Bucket List

I’ve been remiss in reading blogs lately, but I was catching up a bit this weekend during my weekly manicure and stumbled across an idea for a post that I thought was fantastic (and timely).  I love the idea of a fall bucket list.  So here’s mine…


Get back to the Gym

Kitten-proof the Office

Take some Fall photos

Make Chili and Cornbread

Visit the State Fair

Have our Annual Photos taken

Buy new chairs and Enjoy the patio

What’s on your list?



Our anniversary fell on the same day as Easter this year, which is always kind of fun.  It makes me think of spending Easter in Rome on our honeymoon.  Eric bought me a beautiful bouquet of roses.  Even though he does it every year, it still surprises me and makes me feel so special.  And I love the white roses especially, since he works so hard to get them.

Each year I try to follow the list of traditional anniversary gifts as a guide for what to do for my sweet husband.  For the six anniversary, the tradition is sugar or iron.  I came up with the perfect idea.  I called up the bakery that made our wedding cake and ordered a small anniversary cake.

We had an Italian Cream cake with buttercream frosting.  It was exactly what I wanted!  I asked them to make it look like a wedding cake top and they did a fantastic job!  It turned out so pretty!

I was excited when I picked it up and brought it home to give my gift to Eric.  So much fun.  And he loved the surprise (of course it’s cake, so what’s not to love?!).  We decided to save cutting into it until after our special dinner.  We planned to go to dinner on Saturday night, and he took me to Ziziki’s (also where we went for my birthday), and it was fabulous as usual.

After dinner we came home and cut into our cake.  Eric decided that it warranted a cup of espresso too.  So, out came the espresso maker.

The cake was just as delicious as I remember it and I’m so glad that we were able to enjoy it for our anniversary.  On Easter Sunday, we exchanged cards and had a lovely, relaxing day.

It’s hard to believe it’s been six years!  I’m looking forward to the next six and seeing what new adventures unfold for us.  Plus, I’m hoping so see our wedding vase filled with a single white rose for many years to come.





Five Years

On Friday morning I came downstairs to find not one, but two vases of roses from Eric.  We were celebrating our five year wedding anniversary, and I couldn’t believe all the roses!  They were stunning!  He also had a sweet sweet card for me as well.

We decided to celebrate our day by going out to dinner on Saturday night.  He took me to Texas de Brazil, which was fantastic.  We had excellent service and a wonderful meal.  And we indulged in Caipirinhas and the best flan we’ve had in a long time. 

And actually we’d gone out to dinner the Saturday before to an amazing Greek restaurant, Zizikis.  So it was kind of like we had double the celebration!! 

Along with my two vases of roses, he also gave me a single white rose.  Before our anniversary each year, I put out the vase that we used for our rose ceremony during our wedding.  And each year, he places a single white rose in it, as a continued promise of our vows.  That, to me, is the best part of our anniversary.

Since the traditional gift for a fifth anniversary is wood, I decided to gift Eric with some frames.  We always print out one or two photos from our trips and hang them.  I knew we had at least two trips we’d never printed photos from, and I figured I’d give us a promise for more travel too. 

Once the photos are printed, they’ll hang on our gallery wall in the entry of our home.  I love love love having all the photos from our travels hanging here together.  And it greets you as you come in the front door, so they are always a conversation piece.  I can’t wait to get the opportunity to travel again.  It’s something we really love to do together, and I always love exploring new places with Eric.

We had a lovely anniversary, and I can’t believe another year has come along.  (Eric even let me use his nice macro lens to take some photos of my roses – roses and a photography lesson – you can’t beat that!)

And to think that five years ago, we were here…


Bishop Arts District

On Sunday, we went out to the Bishop Arts District to take our anniversary photos.  Last year we did them at the State Fair, which was fun.  It would be nice though, if we could arrange our schedules to have our anniversary photos done in April, when our anniversary is! 

The Bishop Arts District is made up of a bunch of fun little boutique shops and restaurants, including the soda shop you see above.  We took a good portion of our photos in this great little restaurant that featured this sweet little birds on wooden tables.  I can’t wait to see how the photos turn out!

After all the photos were taken, we decided to duck into Eno’s Pizza for a quick snack.  I loved the atmosphere in here. 

Everything felt so autumnal.  Even the customers…I fell in love with her red hair against her blazer. 

And the pizza was fantastic.  It was super thin crust, just like in Rome, with fresh basil on top.  Very few places make pizzas like the Romans do!  And the root beer was on tap and fantastic.  Just what I needed to top off a great afternoon.