1.19.2011

Love Notes~

Today the Hubby and I are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary.

We went in together on an anniversary gift a couple of weeks back, but I wanted to do something to surprise him anyway.

Can I just tell you how hard it is to surprise your husband when he is still home recuperating from his accident?

So a couple of days ago, I called and ordered 15 helium balloons. (1 for each year we've been married.) Luckily, he had a physical therapy appointment this morning. So I dropped him off and while he was there, the little boys and I went and picked up the balloons.




A little side note here: when you are carrying around 15 helium balloons everyone you see smiles. I mean really, everyone. Balloons are just magic like that.

Last night I stayed up late after the hubby went to bed and printed out 15 photos from our wedding and engagement. Then I wrote one reason why I love him on the back of each photo. When I got the balloons home today, I tied one note on each balloon and left them in our bedroom for him to find when he got back from his appointment.


I pulled it off...he was really surprised. And he loved it, that old softy.



Then the hubby and I headed off for a lunch date to the Cheesecake Factory (mmmmm good! I highly recommend the avocado egg rolls...oh yeah!) where we ran into one of my fabulous readers who stopped to introduce herself - hi Emily! That was fun. And a lunch date was quite the luxury. We enjoyed some kiddo-free conversation and alone time which made the whole day special, mainly because it doesn't happen very often.


Happy Anniversary Babe! Here's to many more!!

79 comments:

KristieJane said...

Happy Anniversary Wendy.

WOW what a fantastic idea. Loved reading this post.

Hope the rest of your day was special.

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Those balloons even cheered me up today. What a beautiful and meaningful idea. Happy anniversary. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

Awww - that is so sweet! What a great idea Wendy! Happy anniversary to you and your hubby....and wishing you many more happy years together!

Carly said...

i love love love this idea! hmmm may have to get some red and pink balloons for vday!

Stacy said...

So sweet! I love those avacado egg rolls too. Their vanilla bean cheesecake is going to be the reason I will never make it back to pre baby weight!!! Happy anniversary :)

WobiSobi said...

How wonderful this looks. So So Sweet.. Happy Anniversary !

Ali Rockwell said...

What a sweet idea!! I love it. Balloons are great. I always like to buy my husband balloons for special occassions, and he always loves it. This is just great.

nateandkatesmom said...

What a sweet idea! Happy anniversary!

Laura said...

Sounds like a wonderful day together! Happy Anniversary!

Kayli said...

Happy Anniversary! and may you have many, many more :)

The Yellow Cape Cod said...

This is one of the most romantic things I have ever seen. Happy Anniversary.

Our Treasured Home said...

Congratulations! What a sweet memory you made!

claudia b said...

Happy Anniversary! What a great idea! I love Cheesecake Factory, too!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is sooo sweet! i love the idea! what a nice surprise for your husband.

melody-mae said...

what a great idea! Although our anniverary is next month...31 years, not sure I could drive home with 31 balloons in my car without getting in a wreck! LOL

Irene Robertson said...

That's such a terrific idea. So creative.

jessica said...

LOVE this, it's such a great idea!! happy anniversary!! :-)

Missy said...

I TOTALLY teared up. Such a sweet thing to do for your love. :)

RedHead said...

What a great idea! I LOVE IT. Happy Anniversary!

Pragya said...

Awwww... Sweet idea! Happy Anniversary :)

Junk Girl said...

Great idea! Happy Anniversary and many, many more years together!

-Andrea

Peggy Lee said...

I MUST write this idea down somewhere. PERFECT!

Happy Anniversary!

Tara @ Tara Being Tara said...

This just made me cry!!!! I love it!

Felicity said...

Congratulations upon your anniversary.
Your celebration is so touching and I'm sure the photos will bring a smile to your hubby's face for a long time to come.

Thank you for sharing,

x Felicity

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

This is so special - thanks for sharing this. Great idea- made me think of the movie UP :)

Alicia said...

That is so utterly sweet, it kind of took my breath away. I'm not gonna lie, I teared up a hair.

And I totally second the avocado rolls! soo yummy! that and their beet platter. om nom nom nom!

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

This is so sweet, really. After that many years and four kids, you go girl, keeping it alive :) I love to see people appreciating each other. He must have loved it.

DanielleisNesting said...

Amazing idea! I love it!

Life with my sweeties said...

Happy Anniversary Wendy! I love the balloon idea!!

Kara said...

So sweet :) Happy Anniversary!

Chandra Chinnis said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!!! That was such a great idea. I am celebrating my 10th anniversary this year and may just use this for my hubby.

Anne Marie... said...

I love how you are celebrating in such a fun way...with those balloons...
Happy Anniversary!!!
xo+blessings,
Anne Marie

Shaunna said...

Happy Anniversary!!! And what a beautiful thing you did for him! SO sweet of you. You going to blissdom? Did we already talk about this? If you are, I'm dying to say hello! -shaunna :-)

Nicole said...

SUCH a great idea!!! Love it!
Happy Anniversary!

Lauren said...

Congratulations! I know this anniversary is particularly meaningful after the past few months you've had! And great idea with the balloons and pix... clever and personal!

Rebecca@This Present Life said...

I love that idea! It's simple, but romantic and with so much sentiment. This would be a great Valentine's surprise, too!

Andrea said...

that is an amazing idea! I'm certainly going to have to remember this one!

Amber said...

LOVE this idea! Fun, sweet & meaningful. Thanks for sharing. Happy Anniversary!

Restoration House said...

This is so sweet! Love the pics hanging from those balloons!
Happy Anniversary!
Kim:)

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

Happy anniversary! I have always wanted a million balloons all up at the ceiling. Sigh.

Allison said...

Happy Anniversary!
I did something similar for my husband when we were dating and we hit our 1 yr together mark. I tied little notes on 12 roses and had them lead him about the house.

Hood Canal Gal said...

What an amazingly sweet gesture, lucky guy. Happy anniversary!

Megan

Suzanne said...

Happy, happy anniversary. Loved your idea -- so sweet, sentimental and romantic!

Mom in High Heels said...

Happy 15th! What a wonderful idea.

Vintage Gal said...

What a sweet idea ~ Happy Anniversary ;-)

Pamma said...

Wow, you are one sweet, thoughtful wife. How precious your idea! And love that everyone smiled at you!
~Pam

Wani said...

What a great idea!

Sandy's Fancy Pants Antiques and Collectibles said...

Congratulations. We celebrated our 35th. last year.
Can you imagine 35 balloons or 50 or 75 even.
So sweet blog.

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

A big congratulations! Nice surprise for the hubby...and how funny a reader came up to you! Janell

Debby said...

What a wonderful idea; it brought a tear to my eye. I would love to try it, but don't think I could get 39 balloons in my car. Maybe I will try it for V-day, though with less balloons. Hope you have many more wonderful anniversaries.

Richella said...

What a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing this--I'm tucking this into my "worth remembering" files.

And congratulations on 15 years together! We celebrated our 25th last summer, and it seems like our 15th was such a short time ago! Anniversaries are worth celebrating, that's for sure!

Melissa said...

What fun! I am going to do this for my daughter who is turning 11 soon. I have been trying to think of something different to do. This has inspired me to have an
"11" party! Happy Anniversary!

Katie said...

Congrats!! Such a lovely idea!

Just a quirky kinda girl♥ said...

This is the cutest idea I have ever seen!!! I loveee it! Happy Anniversary!

The DG Family said...

Happy 15th Anniversary! Can I just say this is one of the sweetest gestures I have ever heard and two, thanks so much for sharing! You are right, there is something completely magical about balloons. Love it!

Denise Jonas aka Aunt2Jaymz said...

Beautiful!!!!! Congrats on 15 years!

Arlene (CO Kid) said...

Happy Anniversary! What a fabulous idea! I want to do it in our guest bedroom (in a part of the house we never go in, so it might just work!) for Valentine's. Thanks for the idea! Love your blog, btw!

Jenn said...

How wonderful! Thank you for sharing your ideas. My husband and I will celebrate 15 years this coming June and I would LOVE to surprise him like this.

Happy anniversary!

LUCKY 7 DESIGN said...

Oh my God...that is such an awesome post. I love the balloons, the pics its all so romantic. Not to mention I (heart) your bedroom color scheme! Im in the middle of transition from blue/white to grey/white myself. I definately want to do this for our anniversary this month (we met in January and we celebrate our 1st date every year). So awesome...congrats to you and your hubby and many years of wonderful times.

Martha Carolyn said...

What a sweet anniversary surprise! I love your bedroom too, by the way. I love those curtains - they're exactly what I want!

Becky said...

Oh, Oh, Oh, can I please steal this idea?!?!?! My 15th anniversary is in May and this sounds like a perfect idea, if I'm someplace that I can get the balloons. Hmmm... the only problem living in the middle of nowhere sometimes!

awal.ny said...

Happy Anniversary! I love your idea and I hope it is borrowable.

Dana {Southern Inspired} said...

Happy Anniversary! Our 1st Anniversary was the 16th :) Can't wait to see what our life is like in another 14 :)

Sally said...

What an amazing idea. Happy Anniversary!

Courtney said...

This is definitely being saved in the Decor folder of my favorites for Wedding Ideas!

Rebecca@This Present Life said...

Hi Wendy! I loved your idea so much, I shared it on my blog :)

http://happybabydesigns.blogspot.com/2011/01/valentines-day-activities.html

Maggie @ Black and White {Side by Side} said...

Happy Anniversary! What an adorable idea! My 1st anniversary is coming up... any ideas??
PS I love the avacado egg rolls too!

Ashley said...

Love this! Thanks for sharing! Happy Anniversary!

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Happy Anniversary! I a so impressed with this romantic idea for a anniversary gift. Thanks for sharing :)

Modern Country Lady said...

Made me well up- such a loving gesture.He sure is lucky to have somone who lves him that much.And what a cute idea with the balloons!!

Mama Wright said...

That is so adorable and thoughtful! Happy anniversary!

Robyn's Nest said...

What a sweet wife you are. I am so stealing your idea.

And I agree...the avocado rolls are amazing!

~ Robyn

Emily and Jaime at Everyday Art said...

Just found my Valentine's Day surprise for my hubby. Thanks! He'll love it--he's a real softie too. :)

Stephanie said...

I love this idea! I will be borrowing it for our anniversary! So creative!

http://www.eyeballgirl.com

Wendy said...

What a fun idea!

Nikki said...

Love, Love, LOVE the balloon idea. Now I just wish our anniversary wasn't so far away (July). I might have to steal your idea for a 'just because' for my husband. Thanks for sharing - and Happy Anniversary!

Alex and Ashley said...

Oh, I adore your bedroom. I just found your blog today. I am following for sure :) I think I am going to use this idea for Valentine's Day.

Rachel said...

Loved this idea so much I used it for this past Valentine's day as a gift to my husband! I embedded a link to your site in my post http://theaubreytribune.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/a-very-aubrey-valentines-day/
Thanks for the idea!!

Rachel said...

Loved this idea so much I used it for this past Valentine's day as a gift to my husband! I embedded a link to your site in my post: http://theaubreytribune.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/a-very-aubrey-valentines-day/

Thanks for the idea!!