Today is mine and Martin’s first wedding anniversary!
We had said we weren’t going to exchange gifts, because we don’t generally give gifts anyway (we’re one of those couples – we don’t even exchange birthday or Christmas gifts!). But he surprised me this morning by gifting me with the sweetest gift ever – a picture of myself. :)
Just kidding, sort of!
Martin is an avid hobby photographer so has tons of pictures of us and everything we do. He sorted through his picture-stash, selected 1 for every month, and made a calendar out of it for me! Every picture is a selfie of the 2 of us from the previous years’ month. We had started taking these couples-selfies in the first summer we met (before ‘selfie’ was even a term, and before we were even a ‘couple’!), and have continued on with this silly habit of ours, much to our delight. :mrgreen:
I’m impressed that Martin could fit this calendar-making into his busy schedule. He had to first match up the pictures with the correct month, create a calendar template, and manually insert all the pictures. Then adjust for margins, colours, and get it all printed. All while I was practically next to him.
Yesterday when I was clothes-shopping, he said he would duck out to go to the electronics shop, and said he would come find me later. Little did I know he was actually getting each calendar month printed as a photo! Then later when we were at home, he made the base stand out of garbage!
Literally garbage! There was some stiffer cardboard packaging that he retrieved from our paper-recycling bin, and got to work making the calendar stand by hand. It looks amazing! Fantastic crafts[person]ship. Something that you would buy from Etsy.
Martin wanted to stick with the theme of first wedding anniversary gifts, which is paper.
It is soooooo sweet. He is soooooooooo sweet!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you Sweetie!!!!!!!!!! <3<3<3
Looking at this calendar, we’re a pretty active couple. We’ve travelled to 8 countries and easily 20+ cities together in our first year of marriage alone. Holy cow!
Mostly we are homebodies though, which is shown in some of the pictures too.
I’m often marvelling to Martin about how we are so fortunate to be able to live the lives we live. There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not over the top grateful for everything.
It’s also pretty surreal being married.
I’m very grateful to be married to my love and best friend.
Martin and I are actually very different. We come from different countries, different cultures, and we have very different ways of dealing with life. It can definitely be challenging at times, but we work through it together. For someone who grew up so differently than I did, he certainly can understand what I mean and where I’m coming from. And if he doesn’t, he hugs me. It feels so nice to have a partner who is equally as committed to keeping our relationship healthy and strong.
Also, Martin is extremely intelligent, kind, funny, tall, and HOT. Really the whole package. Basically, he exceeds my definition of dream guy, really. :)