Earlier this month Brady and I celebrated 6 years of marriage.
It makes me happy to know that after 6 years our marriage has grown in love, honesty, trust, and mutual respect, and continues to go in that direction. Sometimes I look back and am amazed at how much better we know each other now, how much more we have in common than we knew we had on our wedding day, and how lucky we are because of it. We've been through ups and downs, but I'm proud of how awesome our marriage is.
To celebrate we spent a night up in Park City a few weeks before our actual anniversary. The weekend of our anniversary was packed, but the night before we managed to make some time to spend together. Brady tapped into his romantic side and spent the afternoon driving all over northern Utah to arrange he perfect evening. He drove me to one of our favorite spots up American Fork canyon where he had set out a sweet spread.
He then produced a feast of Greek hummus and pita bread, my favorite Indian foods, and a lemon bar from a bakery downtown -- 3 foods I had been craving, all from a different restaurant. We then roasted marshmallows and ate s'mores as the sky got dark and sat next to the glowing fire to chat and reminisce.
As we sat there in the dark, watching the fire and talking, I heard a little rustling behind me. Nothing major, but I remember thinking in the back of my mind that's odd, it isn't windy... But then quickly dismissed the thought and went back to focusing on our conversation. That is, until I heard the rustling again and realized it was our plastic bags on our table right behind me that were making the noise...and yet, no wind.
I turned around, and not 2 feet from me I saw this thing in the dark. At first I thought it was a person standing right there, but then I saw it's little paws reaching into the bag...and saw the black "mask" across its eyes...and realized that a giant RACCOON was sitting on our table, just mere feet away, trying to get a taste of the goodies we had left over.
Like any calm, collected, and perfectly rational person in a shocking situation, I frantically leaped out of my chair and let out a strange scream/gasp which scared it away. Brady jumped up and shone a flashlight on it to see it scampering down the trail to turn around and stare at us with its beady little eyes.
Needless to say, we pretty much packed all our stuff as fast as humanly possibly and booked it out of there, thankful it was only a curious raccoon and not a ravenous bear that had decided to crash our party.
Ultimately the evening seemed like a good analogy for our marriage- comfortable and cozy, with good food and a little bit of adventure. :)