On January 8th, Josh and I celebrated 3 years together! Its a little bit crazy its been that many years. Sometimes it feels like its only been a year because time has just gone by so quickly! I hear everyone say this that when you first get married you think you cannot love someone anymore, but then you're married for a few years and realize you can.
The greatest love I've experienced in our marriage is being able to still be overwhelming in love despite the trials of life. While my love for Josh isn't the same as it was when we first got married I can whole-heartedly say that is is more deeper and truer than I've ever known. Our love together has honestly given me such a greater picture of how God loves us. Of how He will never abandon nor forsake us after He's called us to Him. It's shown me that true love never ends. I know this verse is WAY over used but it is just SO true for us and so powerful to me.
"Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends." 1 Corinthians 13:7 & 8a
I am so thankful to God that He has given me Josh and our marriage. I love you Joshua Gaines!
We didn't actually get to celebrate until the weekend since the 8th landed in the middle of the week, but man did we party it up! haha. I must mention that Josh surprised me on the 8th with flowers and my favorite liquor. Which, let me tell you I'm not a big "give me flowers" kinda girl, but what girl doesn't like flowers!? And since Josh has only done this once before (the first year we were dating) it was such a treat and so sweet of him.
So, back to our weekend celebrations. We began the day with donuts at Lamar's Donuts. (We're both fat kids at heart, haha.) Starting the day nutritionally, of course, haha. ;)
After donuts we headed up to Boulder where we took the Celestial Seasonings free tea tour. It was really neat to see how all the tea is made. Our personal favorite was the peppermint room that instantly cleared out our sinuses and smelt AMAZING! (I couldn't take pictures during the actual tour but we did get free tea samples in the tea store.)
During the day we...mhm, I mean...I took a nap haha, which I won't ever document, mostly because I droll like a little baby when I sleep. haha. But we did finally do something I've been wanting to do EVERY anniversary but have yet to do because its always been so cold. But we finally did it, and well just to keep you coming back, I'm going to be sharing those tomorrow. :)
For the evening we headed down to Baker and checked out The Humble Pie Store. It was kinda strange, we drove through this neighborhood then at the end corner was the store. But that seems to be how all of Denver is, house, house, random business, house house, random business. Its kinda neat, I think. Anyway, It was pretty quite in there but decorated so adorably, a very hip/trendy place. I have to be straight up that the pies weren't to die for but were pretty good. (Josh and I recently hit up Devil's Food Bakery & Cafe when my family was in town and we got spoiled with their Chicken Pot Pie, one of the best I've ever had.) I do have to say though that The Humble Pie had very friendly serve and felt very comfortable to be there.
Josh got the shepherd's pie (left) while I got the chicken pot pie (right). The crust on mine was AMAZING! The inside was pretty good. Josh let me try a bit of his, it was a little bland, not my fave.
My pie was very good! I got the apple crandberry lace pie (left). It was just the right mix of sweet and sour. The crust was spot on! Josh got the peanut butter chocolate pie (right) or at least that is what I think it was called. I didn't get to try it since I cannot eat chocolate, but he said it was DELICIOUS! So, our verdict for others with The Humble Pie Store is their sweet pies are a must try while you could skip the savory ones.
We ended the night at my new favorite place in Denver: Williams and Graham. This place is the coolest place I've been to so far in Denver, and just so unique. I'm such a sucker for "old-timey" places and this is one of those places. It is a speak-easy style bar. When you walk into the bar you actually walk into a bookstore, the hostest takes your name, checks your id and slides your name through a wall while a waitress escortes you behind a hidden bookshelf/door to the bar area. The actual bar area is a pretty small intimate place with cute romantically lit booths and old school lightbulbs slightly illuminating the space. We sat down at the bar and highly recommend that if you're one who wants to socialize, but if you want an intimate setting the booth would be better.
The bartenders were great. Both Jason and James served us. Jason made our first drinks the ones pictured below. I got a strawberry daiquiri made with 5 thousand island rum. Jason explained to me that it came from the 5 different island all with their best rum combined together to make a delicious rum. Well, it was delicious and nothing like anything I've had before. Josh got a old fashion, which I wasn't a fan of but he claimed that it was one of the best he'd ever had. It was so neat to see them make the ice that went inside the old fashions. The bartenders actually shaved down the ice right in front of you to make it fit perfectly in the glass. I loved how we came at a slow time (around 7pm) and were able to chat a little with the bartenders. They both were super friendly and had great personalities.
After leaving both Josh and I were raving about Williams and Graham. We both so greatly appreciate a unique place that has great genuine service. It seems that is is really hard to find both. We are definitely going to hit Williams and Graham again. Although, it'll be a special treat for us since $10+ cocktails aren't a regular thing for us, but it will always be completely worth it!
Here is what the store front looks like. Don't be fooled! ;)
Finally our yummy drinks:
I'm so thankful that Josh and I were able to have such a fun day together, and thankful for the gift my parents gave us to help us be able to do the fun things we did.
I cannot wait to blog more in the future and for the day when it'll be 5 years, then 10 years, 15 years, 20 years and more!
More photos coming tomorrow!!