Wednesday, September 9, 2015

First Anniversary Red, Red Wine

As I mentioned here, we celebrated our first anniversary on September 6th and it was incredbly invigorating to be in a new city on Labor Day weekend to do so. While I still am going to post what we actually did that day, I wanted to document what we did that night

Jay comes from a very cultured, artistic, creative, happy family who take the time -outside of work- to do things that they really enjoy. I love that about them and how that has manifested itself into my husband. I've said it before and I'll say it again: My husband loves experiences over things. Always. Jay doesn't want to spend a ton of money on a fancy car yet he believes in traveling first class on exciting trips. Jay has basically zero interest in having the "OMG latest fashion designs" yet he will spend above and beyond to take a really cool cooking class. Jay loves throwing (reasonable) money at time and memories and I love that about him. And I think he got it from his diverse, amazing family.
In the spirit of that, both his Mom/Stepdad & his Dad/Stepmom make their own wine- which (to me) speaks to cultivating an experience. His mom lives on a small vineyard (which we got married on) and his Dad has a plot of land in which he derives his grapes. In fact, his Dad single-handedly provided all of the red wine for our wedding from his very own, handmade collection. Pretty amazing. At the end of our wedding weekend, he gave us the last remaining case of labeled wine and told us to use it to celebrate milestones. We agreed to drink a bottle at each anniversary, which we happily did for our very first one:
^Our wedding wine, one year letter. I find our two initials together difficult: "JC" quite clearly makes people think of someone else more important by that name and I grew up with a "CJ" who I was close with so that doesn't even seem like a viable way to present us.
^Celebrate good times (and make that a life rule)
^Wine is its own breed of art.
^Jay quite literally enjoying the fruits of his dad's labor.
^It's not a family celebration without Chandler, that's for sure.
^I have a feeling here that I'm telling Jay to get off his phone.
^Honestly, the image on the right is just so the both of them and it makes my heart swell. Jay mid smile & that's Chandler's "I'm not comfy yet-help me" face as he squirmed around trying to find a lounging sweet spot. Makes my heart happy and my pet ovaries ache: I want a menagerie! Jay has no idea what he's in for as soon as we have our own house, there's gonna be like bunnies hopping around his feet as he pours his morning coffee and bats constantly catapulting into his head as he steps over the goat at the front door to leave for work.

Life is sweet. Or in this case: Oaky, dry & earthy- just as I like it!

17 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

That is the way to be, experiences beat things most any day. lol bats? Really? I'd draw the line at bats haha

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

As he steps over the goat at the front door to get to work. HAHAHAHA

I love that his dad made the red wine for your wedding and that you have a case to take you forward through future celebrations.

Jax said...

That might be one of the coolest things I ever heard! !! His family sounds as amazing as he does. I also believe in spending money on experiences and it's a great outlook for life. Ok, well, maybe I also like "things". Vince Camino "things" in particular... hahaha

Happy anniversary. Here's to many more happy and healthy years!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

LOVE that they make their own wine, what an amazing way to celebrate your first anniversary *cheers* <3

Panty Buns said...

Three days belatedly, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

that is so awesome! my husband also prefers experiences over things, but he's the opposite in actually want to throw money at them haha. he wants free or cheap experiences lol. i'm slowly making him branch out more!
i love bats :) i'm sure they won't catapult into anyone's head ;)
happy (belated) anniversary!

BLovedBoston said...

How special that you guys were able to share that on your first anniversary! Fun fact...my parents celebrated their 41st anniversary on the 6th as well! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Kati Rose @ Constantly Seeking Wonder said...

This was so beautiful to read! I think it's so neat about both his parents being involved in wine-making. What a unique and special experience for you two to share on your first wedding anniversary!

Elle Sees said...

i cannot believe it's been a year since your beautiful wedding! happy anniversary!! that is so awesome about the wine, too!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Pat- haha, no bats in your house??! Now you're just talking crazy ... ;)

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Steph- lolol, goats are ridiculously cute in my opinion. I wish you could potty train them.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Jax- lol, I like 'things' too, don't get it twisted! But I can appreciate the idea that experiences are better, ha.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@kate & @PB- Thank you both!!!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Kristen- hahah, that's funny. Your husband would get along well with mine! On the day to day, he's a super saver as well. I love that you love bats!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@BLoved- aww! Happy Anni to them!!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

@Kati- thanks, I think it's pretty cool :)

@Elle- thanks, Elle!

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Happy late anniversary!!! How awesome that his mom lives on a vineyard and makes her own wine!