A year on from vowing to love Andrew no matter what for the rest of my days, and I feel an overwhelming sense of calm. I don’t know if it’s an acceptance that the “honeymoon period” and “post-wedding blues” are behind us, or whether we’ve gone through the cycle of newly-wed firsts: “first married Valentines day”, “first married holiday after the honeymoon…”, but on the morning of our anniversary, I awoke feeling notably at ease. I look back at the unprecedented calm that washed over me on that same morning a year before. The calm of knowing completely and absolutely that my life was about to change for the better.
So I know it’s been a while but the whole Christmas period seems to have swept me away in a bit of a blur of travel, food and festivities! But now I’m back, giddy for the New Year and excited to see what treats lie in store for us this year.
To ring in the New Year, Andrew and I started a new tradition. On New Years Day, after a beautiful 3 course meal prepared by that man of mine, we went through 50 photos from 2015 that conjured great memories from the year. We had each chosen 25 photographs that meant something to us, and over dessert, we took a good look through, reminiscing on what had actually turned out to be a pretty good year.
Spending Christmas in New York for our honeymoon last year sounds like a dream – and for the most part it was. But for a brief moment on Christmas Day, the only place in the world I wanted to be was at home enjoying our own Christmas traditions.
Spending Christmas away from home, especially in another country altogether, starts to just feel like another day. Not being surrounded by your familiar things and doing your familiar traditions can kind of throw the atmosphere. In the US for example, the traditional turkey dinner that we know and love in the UK isn’t really the done thing on Christmas Day (at least it wasn’t in New York) so already one of the biggest traditions that Andrew and I both grew up with, was difficult to recreate.
Heading into our third Christmas together, Andrew and I have already started to establish a number of holiday traditions. I was interested to find out what other couples got up to during the festive season, so I spoke to two of my favourite marriage bloggers.
With Christmas on the horizon and every penny going toward the festivities, date nights can become few and far between this time of year; but remember that you don’t need to spend a fortune to spend quality time with your spouse. This week, Andrew and I enjoyed a thrifty date night of our own, using up spare craft materials to create beautiful bespoke Christmas cards for our family.
It’s been a while since my last ‘Blogs I’m lovin’ post, and in that time I have been catching up on a whole host of great blogs out there. There just never seem to be enough hours in the day to fully appreciate all of the great work that’s floating around the blogosphere, which I think is how I find it so miraculous that anyone finds their way to my little corner of the web, so thank you for being here!
The two blogs that I want to focus on this month are from two ordinary women, madly in love with their husbands and committed to putting the effort into their marriage every single day. Here’s what I love most about them and why you should check them out if you haven’t already…
Recently I was interviewed by Terrys Fabrics about my home style. As some of you may know I love nothing more than finding unique pieces and giving them a fresh new modern look.
You may remember back in September that I put together a handy guide to autumn dates, including romantic dates, outdoor dates, dates that involved a seasonal kitchen, and that could be achieved on a range of budgets.
Well now that the weather has turned icily cold in the last few days, I’m starting to think ahead to all the cosy winter dates we could have together (so keep your eyes peeled for our seasonal winter date guide!)
In the meantime, we wanted to take a look back at how many of our autumn dates we actually managed to fit in. Here’s what we got up to this season…
I’ve given a lot of time to the idea of love. Unable to fully explain how my own epic love story began with Andrew, I’m somewhat persuaded on the magical and mystical quality that surrounds the concept of love. The kind you hear about in fairytales…
For Andrew and I, we went from polite colleagues to fervent lovers seemingly at the flick of a switch. I cannot explain how it happened, nor can I remember the moment that our passing conversations became the foundations of our marriage. But somewhere between ‘did you have a good weekend’, and ‘do you want a brew’ an epic love bloomed.
Today I’m bringing you free printables to make the perfect personal gift for newlyweds…
A couple of weeks ago I came home after a long day at work, and stumbled over the post on my way in the front door. Amongst take-away deals and utility bills was a postcard. Strange, I thought, I didn’t think I knew anyone was going on holiday. I flipped the card over to see a picture of one of my closest friends and her partner, with the words:
“With love from Mauritius…”
“….from the newlyweds.”
Typically when my husband and I think of planning a date day out we tend to stay local. We seem to have a thought that if we’re heading out of town, we need to make a full weekend of it – expensive hotel bills and all.
Well, this weekend I decided to challenge that idea, by planning a surprise day trip out to the beautiful city of York, just over 2 hours across country from where we live.