20 years. It's gone by so quickly. Before John I never "liked" a boy for more than a few weeks. It's hard to wrap my mind around the fact sometimes that I truly love this man and have loved him for 20 years. You might think this is weird, but remember I'm not mature so it's still an awesome thing for me.
Fred created this visual display of the last 20 years.
Arnold was the master mind behind the party, she loves to plan and execute parties. I love black and white, stripes, polka-dots, and lemons (such a delicious fruit). So lemon was the theme. The meats for the kabobs were marinated in a lemon seasoning. John loves meat so the menu was centered more for him, which by the way was delicious!
It was such a lovely evening there was a gentle breeze, the children played and the food was delicious. Part of the fun for me was seeing how everything came together. The girls had been planning the part for months and unfortunately for them (but fortunately for me) a few of the details slipped and I was able to figure out the plans. I adored hearing the whispers, teasing them about the details and having them shoo me away. It was more fun than the actual surprise.
My Dad took care of the grill. I love my dad. I know I might get in trouble for talking about him, but he is the greatest. His birthday is the same day as our anniversary. He's always been so kind about sharing the day with us. He helped the girls set up, after they kicked us out of the house where we spent a lovely afternoon in the temple. He helped the boys crank the ice cream maker. Thanks Dad for all you did.
Arnold and Spencer made the most delicious lemon gelato, it was wonderful! I will have to post the recipe after we make it again. There is something magical about hand cranked ice cream on a lovely summer evening. Definitely something we will do more often this summer.
Fred and Gus made these darling party favors filled with lemon drops. It made me smile to see them cutting out the circles and then to find the end result I was touched. Stamped accents, chalked edges, and sewn together, these girls really made an effort to make this a special day for John and I. How did we get to be so lucky!
The beautiful roses were a lovely surprise from my sweetie. He knows I love this deep red color and I love seeing his expression when he brings them home. An anniversary I will not soon forget! Thank you to everyone who helped make it possible!
(PS. all my proof readers are out of town so you are stuck with just me. It's not pretty I know, but they will be back soon. We missed you Munch!)