Celebrating September

September is my favorite month of the year. It marks back to school, football, fall activities and decorations, and the return of my TV shows. But more notably, it’s also the month of my birthday, the month we found out about our little “bean” (aka Bridget as we know her today), and our anniversary. This September 27, Brian and I hit the milestone five-year anniversary.

We had originally planned to get away for a weekend in August, but life happened. So we took this past Thursday and Friday off of work instead. Thursday, we ran errands, took Bridget to the doctor (she is “off the charts” in height!), and shopped for our annual fall outdoor decor.

Friday, our actual anniversary, was our day to celebrate with each other and it was perfect. We dropped Bridget off at daycare at the normal time. We shopped with our allotted budget for our anniversary gift (we’d both been wanting to spruce up the old wardrobes), and had lunch at Red Lobster. I realize lunch at Red Lobster doesn’t sound like the proper way to commemorate five years of marriage, but we like their food and hadn’t eaten seafood since before I got pregnant, so it was the obvious choice. And boy was it good. We then went to see the movie We’re the Millers. We don’t get out much, so I don’t have much to compare it to lately, but this movie was hilarious. It ranks up there with The Hangover and Bridesmaids in my book. We topped off our day with ice cream.

Although I felt guilty at first about taking Bridget to daycare on our day off, it allowed us an entire day together, with no worry about babysitter check-ins or costs. And having our date during the weekday, allowed us to spend the rest of the weekend as a family. It was a win-win for all.

We finished our September celebration at the Memphis Kiddie Park. This was our first time there, so we weren’t sure what to expect. As a born and raised Northeast Ohioan, my “amusement park” bar is high, and this kiddie park is approximately .01/100 size of Cedar Point. It’s straight out of the 50s, has no more than 6 rides, and is smack dab in the middle of the ghetto. But, it’s designed for small kids (up to 50″), inexpensive, has short lines, and after her initial hesitation, Bridget had an absolute blast; and so did we watching her.

Here are a few pictures from the park, including one with Bridget and her friend, Jake (the son of our friends’, Joe and Kelly).

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