Saturday, April 30, 2011

Celebrating our 15th Anniversary

Wednesday, April 27th, was mine and Dave's 15th wedding anniversary.  Wow!  I can't believe we have been married for 15 years.  When I look back at pictures from 15 years ago, we look so young compared to how we look now.  We've both gained a few pounds, I'm finding more and more gray hair every day, not to mention the wrinkles and lines on our faces (more me than Dave).  But would I go back to that young couple in those pictures?  No, I would not.  Life was great then, and we loved each other!  But 15 years later, we have come so far.  We've had good times and bad times, fun and easy times and some of the hardest of times, but it has made us who we are today (wrinkles and all) and because of all of that, our love for each other is stronger than ever before.  We have two gorgeous children that we didn't have 15 years ago and now we also have a love and friendship built on strength, adversity and faith.  I love you David Williams!  I love you more today than I did 15 years ago and here's to celebrating 30 years of marriage in 15 more years, then 45 and even 60!

How did we celebrate?  Well, first of all I have been saying for awhile now that I wanted a new wedding band or a wrap or something to go with my diamond ring.  Afterall, 15 years is a pretty big anniversary!  We stopped in Bradleys Jewelers one day and had a look and found the perfect setting for my diamond.  It's a beautiful milgrain edged bridal set.  The wedding band consists of twelve round cut diamonds, and the engagement ring has ten round diamonds, 5 on each side of my original diamond.  I tried on several different sets, narrowing it down to three and then choosing this one which Grace had originally picked out.  She's got good taste.  We figured that it would take some time to have mine reset but it would actually be ready in 3 days!  Dave didn't want to pick it up that soon because our anniversary wasn't for another month.  Then one day he decided for us to go ahead and pick it up, but unbeknownst to me at the time, he wasn't going to give it to me then.  He was still going to make me wait for our anniversary!  So for about three weeks I had this small, beautifully wrapped black and silver box sitting on top of my jewelry box just waiting for me to open it and slip on my finger.  

And now, finally the time had arrived.  He actually gave it to me two days early, when we got back from our trip to VA.  My parents were arriving late that night for Spring break and he wanted me to be able to show it to my mom.  Isn't it gorgeous?  I absolutely adore it!!!!!

Since my parents were here aand it was our 15th Anniverary, we had to take advantage so I booked a room at a Bed and Breakfast in Wilmington and made reservations at the Riverboat Landing Restaurant.  We were hoping to leave early yesterday afternoon but Dave wasn't able to get off work as early as he wanted.  We drove down to Wilmington late yesterday afternoon and went directly to the C.W. Worth House which was gorgeous!  I had booked us in the Azalea Suite which was a room on the 2nd floor in the turet!  We had a gorgeous room with a private sitting room and private bath with claw foot tub!

After freshening up and relaxing for a few minutes, we walked down to the riverfront where we had dinner reservations at the Riverboat Landing Restaurant.  

A taste for every palate can be found on a menu that can best be described as Southern regional with French, Mediterranean and Asian influences. Add to this professional service from a friendly and knowledgeable staff, a comfortable and intimate dining atmosphere and a comprehensive, international wine list, and you have the recipe for the complete dining experience.  

The neat thing about this restaruant are the 8 private balconies they have and of course, we wanted one of those!  We had to wait for a few minutes before our balcony was ready so we enjoyed a glass of wine at the bar along with some fabulous crab dip.  For dinner, we had an awesome waiter that had just recently moved up from the kitchen.  He was funny, honest and he aimed to please!  Dave had Cioppino, San Francisco style, a tomato based stew with white wine, garlic,herbs & a medley of fresh seafood - mussels, clams, shrimp & salmon –served over linguine pasta.  I had the Arroz con Mariscos “Portuguese paella” - seafood & rice with aromatic vegetables, fresh tomato,roasted corn, shrimp, clams, salmon, scallops & flounder.  Both were absolutely delicious!!!  For desert we enjoyed an Espresso Creme Brulee on the house because it was our anniversary.  What a great night!  After dinner we walked around downtown a little and enjoyed the sites on our walk back to our B & B.

This morning we woke up to a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit, muffins, strawberry juice, coffee, baked strawberry french toast and bacon. Mmmmmm......

Here are some shots of the downstairs of the Worth House.  Love all these old cameras on display!

The backyard was filled with beautiful lush green gardens with a foutain, chairs and hammock.  Too bad we didn't have time to enjoy it!

Once we checked out, we decided to just walk around and enjoy the day together, afterall there was no rush to get home.  The kids were in good hands with their Nana and Paw!  We loved looking at all the historic homes.

This was one of the most beautiful homes that I've ever seen, the Captain John Harper House!
Where we ate dinner last night.

We took this picture for Zachary becuase of his love for cars!

While walking around, we came across a print of the Riverboat Landing Restaurant and we thought what a great keepsake it would be.  When we purchased it, we were told the artist was down the street at the Farmer's Market and he would sign it for us.  We made our way to where he was just closing up shop and we chatted with him for a few minutes and he signed and dated the print for us.  After walking and shopping a little more, we stopped in at The George and had another delicious relaxing meal of crabcake sandwiches out back on their veranda.  We had some great food this weekend!  By this time we were tired and full and decided it was time to head back to the car for the drive back to Jacksonville and reality.  What a wonderful night/day it was though.  Thank you Dave for a very special anniversary. Thank you Mom and Dad for keeping the kids for us so we could go and enjoy ourselves for a night away!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Our tenth anniversary was yesterday! It looks like you had a great time! And your rings are beautiful!

Stacy said...

I absolutely love your ring and the B&B is lovely! I think we'll have to try and book that one the next time Jon and I decide to do something like that again!

Congrats on 10 years Jilly and Dave!!!

Stacy said...

Errr....I mean 15! ;)