A Family Affair

by Stefani on 2-August-2007

We thought about celebrating our 10th anniversary with new diamonds, old wine, spa treatements and a private yacht, but really, that would be so cliche. So, we opted for a quiet family celebration instead.

We’ll go out, just the two of us, for sushi tomorrow, but today was for all of us. Because really, this mile stone belongs to us all. (“Just think guys, if you’d married other people, you’d have whole different kids!”)

I felt it necessary to mark the occassion with a frolic through Goodwill. (I didn’t actually frolic, people. I’m not that weird. At least not in public. Okay, not before dark.)

Goodwill was oh SO full of good will today!


I’ve been wanting some little divided plates for the boys, and low and behold there were SIX of them for a dollar! And some Glassbake. And some Fire King. AND a lovely little enamel coated pan. Honey, hush!

While I was gone, my fellas went out for roses. Eric says it took them half an hour to decide on the best ones. “They had to smell every single bouquet in the joint to find the one with the best nose.” Sommeliers in the making.


Don’t they look nice in the little pitcher that also made it home from the thrift store with me today? Mmm hmm. They do.

We all made dinner together, singing dopey 50s love songs from XM radio and making endless toasts with our wine and milk. (“To smooching!” “Ewwww, no, stop!”)

At dinner, E and I stared, bewildered, across the table wondering how in the blue blazes we got here. For ambiance, spilt milk, one boy falling off the chair, the other two showing each other mouthfuls of chewed food.


They are so romantic. (Red tablecloth also courtesy of Goodwill.)

And just to make the night complete, we opened up our trusty, “Things To Make and Do” vintage book and made some paper puppets, which we used to recreate a wedding ceremony. “I promise to smell your stinky feet, give you at least one bite of every dessert and eat you, head first, if you make me mad.”

Make some of your own! Delight your children. Annoy your friends and neighbors! Just click on the picture to make the instructions larger.


Here’s hoping that your homes are also filled with laughter this weekend, and the thrift stores are as kind to you!

Stacy August 2, 2007 at 8:12 pm

Sounds like it was a great day all around!

Molly August 2, 2007 at 8:27 pm

What a wonderful way to spend a special day. My parents always made their anniversary a family occasion. We would eat fondue and drink bubbly around the coffee table. I wrote a little piece today and used the word smooched. Seriously. Weird.

Sarah Jackson August 2, 2007 at 8:38 pm

The showing of food sounds especially romantic! Looks like a wonderful family dinner – that’s how we celebrate our anniversary too. I’m glad you had such a delightful day.

Leigh-Ann August 2, 2007 at 8:55 pm

there’s nothing wrong with frolicing…or singing while frolicing…;)

Amber August 2, 2007 at 10:24 pm

I loved this post…I can picture it all too (must be because it sounds like us at dinner). Hope you guys have a fun time tomorrow alone. I know it always feels like we are somehow doing something wrong when we go off alone 🙂 even though it’s lots of fun! We’ll celebrate our 12th next month…man, how time flies!

Eren August 3, 2007 at 3:05 am

He, he…my oldest two are asking lots of questions about marriage these days. Things like “mom, can I marry zane?” Ahem! Maybe I need a head squisher like yours to drill in some thoughts on marriage. Have a great anniversary!!!

Holly C. August 3, 2007 at 4:02 am

It sounds like you all had a wonderful day.

Isn’t Goodwill the best???

kirsten August 3, 2007 at 6:34 am

beautiful finds – and i love celebrating anniversaries as a family, because that’s when our family started. we try to celebrate alone, too, though.

things to make and do – a childcraft book, right? that’s a good one.

Heather August 3, 2007 at 7:01 am

what wonderful fun!

Rachelle August 3, 2007 at 8:04 am

Oh your pyrex is SO, SO lovely! Congradulations on the milestone! And here’s to many more! It looks like it was a fabulous day!

estea August 3, 2007 at 9:15 am

sounds positively divine, as far as celebrations go (and familiar…)

such wondrous goodies from goodwill! love it all.

Make and Do books (i have so, so many) are some of my very very favorite things. Always an idea.

mountain mama August 3, 2007 at 11:06 am

Dang!! I’m gonna have to come and shop at YOUR Goodwill store!!

You all look like you had a great day and that’s what we do.. celebrate at home. I DO love the idea of recreating the wedding ceremony and I think I’ll borrow that idea when our 10th rolls around next Spring.

We went yard sale-ing this morning and I found a whole box of baby blue fireking in the charm pattern for $1!!! Joy!! I haven’t gone thru it yet, I snatched it up and carried it around with me until I paid for it.

Enjoy your “date” tonight with Hubby!

erin August 3, 2007 at 12:36 pm

sushi, yum! love all your new old things. glad you had a good family celebration. it’s amazing how time flies!

Steph August 4, 2007 at 1:00 am

What a wonderful way to celebrate as a family!
I’m sure you’ve been tagged a zillion times before but I’m tagging you to share 8 random facts about yourself.

cristina - string*THEORY August 4, 2007 at 9:05 am

happy anniversary. i love how you included the kiddies…most couples dont do that, i think.
it sounds like a really cool night.

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