Monday, July 25, 2011

A Newlywed Weekend

We've been married for almost three months now and just this past weekend was the first time we really slowed down and enjoyed being newlyweds. We've been rushing around, working late nights and traveling on the weekends so I was really excited we finally had an opportunity to spend the whole weekend alone together. It's not that we don't have enough time together—we have plenty—but I was looking forward to having the whole weekend to just focus on us. You see, once we have kids these routines will change. Everything will change! While I'm excited to think about growing our family, I also want to take advantage of the time we have together right now. I wanted to make this weekend special—one that we'll look back on fondly when we start spending our weekends rushing from baseball practice to dance lessons and then back. I also wanted to savor some of the stuff we started to enjoy as a couple. A few years ago an ideal Friday night would be changing into "club" clothes and headed out to the bar for (several) rounds of drinks and dancing...

Libby and Keith circa 2008

...Now our ideal Friday night is changing into comfy clothes, ordering dinner and drinking wine on the couch while we catch up on our DVR. So we ended this work week with a very appropriate comedy, Horrible Bosses. Here's my review: We're both huge fans of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and were drawn to the movie to see Charlie Day. He was great, but Jennifer Aniston stole the show! Go see it.

On Saturday morning I woke up really early to make a special breakfast for my new husband. Red velvet pancakes with fresh whip cream and a mimosa! It was such a treat to eat cake for breakfast, and the fizzy cocktail made the meal seem that much more special. Since becoming a wife, I've been really enjoying cooking more elaborate meals and have had so much fun using all the new kitchen tools I received at my shower. Before Keith, breakfast was never that big of a production—a bagel and coffee at the most. Now, I love having someone to cook for. I'm also a big fan of making small matter big occasions. I think it's important to always have something to look forward to and I was looking forward to that breakfast all week.

We spent the rest of the day taking care of things around the house—Keith worked on a side project, while I slipped out for a manicure. Then we hit the road for an early dinner at the Copper Beech Inn in Ivoryton, CT. They have this lovely french brasserie that was decorated with vintage french posters that I love and almost everything on the menu was sourced locally. I savored every sip of my fancy pink cocktail and devoured every bite of the peach salad with home made ricotta and pork belly appitizers we shared.

After dinner we ooh-ed and ahh-ed over all the houses in the neighborhood. Now that buying a home is in our near future, it's exciting to drive through town and imagine ourselves living there. Then we made our way to the Ivoryton Playhouse to see The Producers. It was a cozy little theater and I laughed at myself when I realized I was more used to seeing shows on Broadway. That's what the big city will do to you: spoil you with fancy productions and skew your perspective on real estate! I'm so glad to have lived in New York City and been exposed to all that amazing culture, but now I'm ready to spread out in a larger, quieter home.

I loved these elephant planters!

As newlyweds, we're in this in-between state of life. We're past out mid-twenties where we partied all the time and our family of two hasn't started growing yet. It felt great to take advantage of the time we had and I didn't feel guilty about it for one second. In fact, I'm looking forward to the next weekend we share together and am fully intent to enjoy this period while it lasts!

Tell me, newlyweds. How do you enjoy this "between" time? What did you do last weekend with your significant other?

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