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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sunday is my dh's birthday
but we are celebrating early by having our entire small famliy over for dinner on Friday night as #1 son, the yacht captain, is leaving town early Sun. morning.
DH and I are really looking forward to having everyone together.

Then, Monday is our FORTY-FIFTH anniversary
(we were 16 and 19 when we married!)
and I am totally stymied about how to celebrate. emoticon
We are pinching pennies right now as we just helped our dd buy her first house.
We take wonderful trips every year- recently returned from 10 days at our second home in the Caribbean.
We are both trying hard to eat healthy and eat deliciously at home 99% of the time.
Other than a mushy card with a love note and toasting each other with a bottle of nice French champagne, do any of you have any other ideas for me for how we could celebrate this momentous occasion?
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MARITIMER3 8/22/2013 5:16PM

    I'm sure you will have a wonderful week-end with your husband's birthday and the family get-together. Since that will be a busy time, how about a quiet day just for the two of you to celebrate your anniversary (and congratulations on your successful marriage - it can't have always been easy). Since you live on the coast and love beaches, how about a quiet picnic at one of your favorite spots... Although I also love someone's suggestion of making up a photo album or scrap book.

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MEXGAL1 8/22/2013 11:53AM

    congrats to you! Woo hoo...that is a long time to be married. I commend you!
It would be fun to make something with photos of all your past years together...not sure you have enough time for that. I did a poster once for my DH for father's day with photos from throughout the years of he and his boys. He loved it and framed it.
Have a terrific celebration.

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GOING-STRONG 8/22/2013 12:37AM

    Congrats on your 45th... what a wonderful milestone! My suggestions would be a
1)special home cooked dinner;
2)tickets to a musical or theater production
3)night out at the movies
4)special photo shoot of the two of you

I saw a really cute idea on another blog. It was their 15 anniversary and he gave her 15 pieces of top quality wrapped chocolates (she has one every night). Each chocolate he wrapped with paper that he had written with special memory they shared.

That all I got Elizabeth... Have a wonderful anniversary.


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THE_SHAKESHAFT 8/22/2013 12:33AM

    I'm sure whatever you do will be perfect :)

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IAMBIZI 8/21/2013 11:38PM

    I am terrible at suggestions, hubby and I have our 17th this saturday...don't have a clue what to get him.

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KATHY98665 8/21/2013 11:22PM

    Do you have any old love letters or cards you could dig out and read together? Or look at your wedding album. Find some online questions about how well you know your spouse and you can play it while your kids ask you the questions. Tell each other the thing that first attracted you to each other. What you appreciate most about each other...see, all SORTS of ideas! emoticon

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_UMAMI_ 8/21/2013 9:31PM

    Is there a "special" spot where you could surprise him? Even if it seems boring....something that triggers a pleasant, nostalgic memory? I don't think it's about how fancy it is, I think it's about getting outside of the routine and remembering why you fell in love in the first place. (Still have your first car? ;-) )

So...that's my take*: get away, just the two of you, even if it's just for a few hours at an old haunt!

*This from the woman stuck with her ENTIRE family around her ALL SUMMER. Yes, I am planning a getaway for my Anniversary in December!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


p.s. hope it is WONDERFUL, whatever you decide!

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HIPPICHICK1 8/21/2013 8:35PM

    emoticon Ask your children to cook a meal at home for you and celebrate with everyone.
emoticon Share a favorite activity together, like taking a nature walk; watching the sunrise together or the sunset. Maybe you can share some memories of the past 45 years by going through old photos and having a lovely walk down memory lane.
Have a lovely celebration!
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DOOBRIE 8/21/2013 6:45PM

    My choice would be to go to a restaurant for a lovely meal together.

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SUSANELAINE1956 8/21/2013 5:59PM

    My husband and I often celebrate by doing something like taking a hike up in the mountains or a walk by the river. It's a nice time to talk and reflect.

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EDWARDS1411 8/21/2013 5:56PM

    Not good at this. Stopped celebrating a long time ago - we're at 42 in next month.

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TRAVELGRRL 8/21/2013 4:50PM

    What about having a nice dinner that you pick up from a favorite restaurant? That way you don't have to cook. I also love having a picnic, too; again, you could pick up the food to make things easy!

Congrats on 45 years, that is AWESOME!!!

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BETHGILLIGAN 8/21/2013 4:47PM

    I'm drawing a blank on this. I'll think about it. Do you have any museums, parks, etc.
where you could have a picnic or just spend time together??? 45 years is amazing, especially getting married so young. Congratulations!! I'll be anxious to hear what you do! (well, maybe not all of it! emoticon )

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CAROL_31649731 8/21/2013 4:37PM

    Yeah, just simple quality time . . . a walk--with a little hand-holding, then cuddle-time on the couch--watching a movie or sitcom, then who knows what else-- emoticon

Have a wonderful anniversary!!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/21/2013 3:27PM

    A balloon trip?

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MRYTYLER 8/21/2013 1:29PM

    Nothing beats a nice cozy dinner at home. A nice glass of wine (or champagne), nice music, and candlelight.

Happy Anniversary!

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FRENCHSEAMS 8/21/2013 1:24PM

    roller skating?

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NEW-CAZ 8/21/2013 1:15PM

    Jesse has beaten me to the post!
Or go somewhere special to the both of you and recite your wedding vows emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/21/2013 1:08PM

    How wonderful....happy anniversary. I like simple stuff like picnics at the beach, sunset bonfires, etc. Romantic, simple, and inexpensive.

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