Better late than never. Here’s a report on our Christmas date, now that the pictures are finally out of the camera and edited. :)
December 19, 2012
Erick wanted to take Lindsey out on a date before we separated for the holidays. She thought they were just going out to dinner somewhere and exchange gifts… However, when they got in the car, Erick headed…NORTH! They were on their way to Knoxville, where Erick took Lindsey to an authentic Italian restaurant called Altruda’s. Hey, look, it’s our Disney movie! :)
The food was… absolutely amazing. We had a mouthwatering Italian salad with chick peas, beets, fresh mushrooms and mozzarella cheese, fried artichokes, and these absolutely amazing garlic rolls. And that was before our actual dinner!
Here are our entrees. So delicious.
Then we got in the car, and Erick took Lindsey to another surprise location. An ice skating rink! :)
We had so much fun! (See the year in review video for clips!). But even that wasn’t all. Erick also took Lindsey to a park full of Christmas lights.
It was such an amazing date! Finally back at home, they exchanged gifts. Erick handpainted a mug for Lindsey, and Lindsey gave Erick a toy that he absolutely loves—an RC helicopter!
Merry Christmas from us!
- Erick: I want to eat at curry pot.
- Lindsey: I want to eat at Dragon.
- Erick: But I want to eat at curry pot so you're happy.
- Lindsey: But I want to eat at Dragon so you're happy.
- Erick: But I want you to be happy.
- Lindsey: But I want you to be happy.
- : Hahaha. Sorry if I nauseated anyone. But I'm glad these are the kind of arguments we have.
Its been over a month since we celebrated one year together, but we still want to share a few pictures and memories on this blog.
Erick surprised me with something special in the garage a little bit after midnight.
And then, a midnight snack. :) Hehe. Egg and rice are kind of a tradition.
The next morning, I was surprised with a delicious breakfast with lavendar citrus tea (teacups thanks to Sid!). On the tray was another rose and a little note with a special memory Erick had of our relationship.
After a rainy church service, Erick surprised me with another gift—a mini black and white polka dot umbrella (I am always losing and breaking umbrellas, haha). He also gave me a little box with more memory notes. I didn’t take a picture! :/
We spent the afternoon with friends at a big potluck, and then went back to my place for a glorious Sabbath nap. Then it was time to get ready for our evening date at a surprise location. Erick bought me a GORGEOUS dress from White House | Black Market. I’m spoiled!
Haha, self portrait.
(Pictures are cell phone shots from here out—sorry!)
Dinner was at Alleia! Here’s a few shots of what we ate. First off, one of two appetizers… we were brought the first one by mistake so it was free! Homemade ricotta bruschetta drizzled with honey. Amazing!
The actual appetizer we ordered was an amazing flatbread with truffle oil, garlic and spices and a soft taleggio cheese.
My dish was a wonderful ravioli with zucchini and mushrooms in a garlic butter/cream sauce. I don’t want to know how many calories it was! :)
Erick ordered pomodoro spinach gnocchi. Also amazing! Yes, we shared.
A great dinner! After we got home, Erick surprised me with a HUGE stuffed puppy, who was named Floppy, and later given the surname Disk. We still need a picture of Floppy!
I also had a surprise for Erick. I made him… a room. <3 Hanging around the room were all the reasons that I love him, and then in the center of the room were things he has given me throughout the year and, of course, my gifts to him… a picture frame with pictures from every week we’ve been together, a wallet, and a book.
We looked through our “scrapbook box” together, and watched a slideshow of pictures set to our favorite songs I’d made for him (the computer was on the empty chair below) and reminisced. <3 Happy Anniversary to us!
So… if you’ve been keeping up with us IRL, you might know that we’ve had some pretty stressful things going on lately. One of Lindsey’s friends heard about our troubles at work, and out of the goodness of his heart, Matt gave us a gift card to Therapeutic Touch for two 30-minute massages. Talk about a stress reliever! The massages were wonderful and completely relaxing—exactly what we needed. We want to go again sometime! Thank you so much, Matt!
After our wonderful massages, we headed over to Chili’s, since Erick had a coupon for FREE Molten Lava Cake. We had a delicious dessert and then devoured… THIS!
Erick looks longingly at the cake.
The last part of our date was going to Lowe’s (a perfect date place, according to Erick) and wandering around the store. Okay, we were looking for wood for a new project in Erick’s room, and insulation for the ceiling pipes in the house. Haha. But we had so much fun!