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!