Do you all know the story of how we met? Most of our friends would, but I think I will tell the cliff-notes version for those who may not, and just so we have a family record we can always refer to. Here goes:
So, was that cliffs-notes enough? I think I did pretty well considering I could have gone into a lot more depth! Needless to say, I finally found "The Juan" (haha, love it) and to our friends we quickly became "Juani". Thank heavens those nick-names end after marriage...
Anyway, THIS anniversary we were excited as it was one of the few times in the year we make the effort and time to get a baby-sitter and venture off for a fun-filled night together. You certainly know you are out of the newly-wed stage when your night goes like our's did... This was our night...
We had a plan to get our favorite take out (a great Malaysian place we know), and head to the drive-in to eat and relax through a couple of movies. (Hey, when you go to the movies as little as we do, every chance you get you try to fit in as much as you can!) Being the parents of two toddlers we ended up running late, and arrived 15 minutes after the movie began. Rather than go to the movie late, we opted to watch another movie playing on another screen. So we set up our little picnic in the front seats (not easy to serve out take-away in a small sedan) and settled in. Within five minutes we were sick of the swearing and knew this was not our type of movie, so we decided to drive over to the other movie, the original one we had intended to see. Five minutes into watching that, we were disappointed to find out that that movie also was completely inappropriate and neither of us wanted to stay. So we decided to get our money back. Unfortunately they wouldn't give us back our money because we had been at the drive-in for "almost 30 minutes", so we sighed and took the free vouchers to come back another night. It was 7.45pm.
What were we going to do now? How about bowling? No, Juan was too nervous because I was too clumsy and I agreed it wasn't really an 8-month pregnant woman activity. A walk through the city? I didn't think my legs and butt could handle the pressure of walking that late at night... parking at the 'local mountain'? Na, too many punk kids... Cafe and Latino dancing? Not as fun with a baby between us, and besides, we had just eaten and were both full... a ride on the river-cat along the Brisbane river? Yeah right, after our last river-cat adventure getting off at the wrong pier and having to walk 4km back to the car? No way! What WAS there for an 8 month pregnant married couple who had already eaten dinner, to do around here? A different movie? We would give it a try. So we drove to the local cinema and stood infront of the list. The time was 8 o'clock and the next movie didn't start until after 9.15pm. Did we really want to hang around? We sat outside the cinema and contemplated the idea. After a short while of sitting in eachother's arms talking we remembered there was a movie on TV that night that we actually liked. Sure, we had it in our collection already, but at least it was something we actually wanted to see. So by now it was about 8.30pm and we decided to just leave and head home and have a night in.
My sister Alisha, the baby sitter for the night, was very surprised but after she left we had the idea to bring our queen size mattress downstairs so we were more comfortable while we watched the movie. Lying there we laughed about what a disastrous night it had turned out to be, but also relished in the fact that were were comfortable and relieved to be in our own house, just being with eachother spending the night together infront of our little 51cm TV watching a movie we had seen many times. Needless to say, before we knew it we were both asleep and when I awoke at 11.30pm and turned off the TV, I was content to settle back in bed with my husband and call it a night.
So, that was our big romantic anniversary evening! At different times it seemed like such a sad and disappointing night, but as we layed there in eachother's arms laughing and just being together, we realised we didn't need to go and do something that cost money or go somewhere 'special' in order for us to enjoy being together. It was also nice to see that we both have helped eachother maintain a good standard of what kinds of movies and entertainment we allow in our lives, to the point where we both still want to walk (in this case drive) out of places we find offensive. And I think, all in all, for a fifth wedding anniversary all these things were really great to notice.
Juan, just in case telling you every day is not enough, I want you to know again that I love you! Thank you for being the wonderful, sweet, selfless man you are, as well as being a wise, kind and fun father to our babies. In the past five years I have smiled and laughed more than any time in my life, and the reason is because of you. You know me better than I even know myself and I know that you always strive to make me happy. It has been a joyful and exciting five years together, and I look forward to what the next five years will bring!
Happy Anniversary Sweetheart!