Year One

On Saturday, Mr. Cardigan and I celebrated our one year anniversary. We both felt like it was a bit surreal as neither of us feel like there’s any way it’s been an entire year since we got married. It feels more like one month.

(Photo by She-N-He Photography)

It’s been an incredibly wonderful year full of all sorts of exciting events (like buying our first home, moving back to Austin, and both starting new jobs!) and we feel so blessed to be doing all of this together. I have to admit, though, I think we’re both hoping that year two has a little less excitement and a little more settling in and relaxing.

We started off our anniversary celebration by busting out the top tier of our wedding cake in the middle of the week. We decided not to wait until our actual anniversary because we were going out to dinner on our anniversary and would probably be too full for cake. We also ate it in the middle of the week because that was the day we picked it up from my mom’s house and I dare you to have a cake that amazing sitting in your kitchen and not touch it for four days. I don’t have that kind of willpower.


Yum. Also, we both look a bit silly in that photo because that was attempt number seven or something ridiculous at taking a photo of ourselves with the cake. We just wanted to eat the damn thing and we were getting a bit antsy.

On our actual anniversary we got all gussied up and headed out to our favorite restaurant in the world, one that we’ve been regularly visiting for all of our big events over the last 6 years.


And we, of course, traded gifts! We decided to go the traditional route and stick to a “paper” theme. Our budget was pretty tight this year so we also declared that the gifts must be homemade.

I had grand plans of making several different amazing paper-related crafts, but thanks to a job that has me out of the house for almost 12 hours every day, most of my elaborate plans fell through the cracks. In the end, I decided to keep it simple.

I just printed out two papers that had a few snippets from our vows and attached them to pretty paper ”“ they’re now living on our gallery wall and I smile every time I see them (and hopefully Mr. Cardigan does too!)

Mr. Cardy, as usual, completely blew me out of the water in the gift department. I’d like to blame it on the fact that the real estate business is slow right now and he had way more time than I did, but if we’re being honest he’s just way better at this than I am.

Mr. Cardigan gave me a Kindle for Christmas and I’ve been more of less completely obsessed with it ever since. It goes almost everywhere with me and I’ve already read three books on it since I got it.

So Mr. C decided to put a bit of a spin on the “paper” theme and made me a Kindle carrying case out of a Stephen King book (who is my favorite author of all time).


Ah-mazing. He also gave me fabric to sew myself a smaller pouch for carrying it around in my purse, as one of my favorite books in the whole world (I now officially own three different copies of this book!).

He was going to use this book to make my case but was terrified to actually cut into it ”“ it would be tragic to destroy a book this beautiful. Maybe someday we’ll feel adventurous and try it out—but not yet.

I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say we had a perfect one year anniversary. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful husband, and I can’t wait to see what year two has in store for us!


Mrs. Cardigan

Wedding Date:
January 2011
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  1. coyote Bee
    coyote 2051 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:32 am

    Happy anniversary! What great gifts!

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    happyface 5777 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:50 am

    Interesting. Paper is the first wedding anniversary gift and he gives you a “kindle” a paperless gift…. I’ll go for that!

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    rebecca, Guest @ 1:13 pm

    Happy Anniversary Cardy! I sure do miss you around the ‘Bee 🙂

    You are still one of my favorites bloggers! I’m so glad to hear you and Mr. Cardy are doing well.

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    msdoe 639 posts, Busy bee @ 4:34 pm

    Whoa! That Kindle cover is so cool! Love it!

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    MrsWrangler 2551 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:58 pm

    Awesome! The Kindle cover is so cool! Do you remember where you picked up that 3-window frame??

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 3:33 am

    @phoenixandstars: I believe he picked this one up at Anthropologie. If you Google “Penguin Clothbound Classics” you’ll find this one plus a whole line of other classics! They sell them on Amazon and whatnot. 🙂 Hope that helps!
    @rebecca: Aw, thanks! We are doing well! You can also keep up with me on Twitter (@loverenovations) and my personal blog, which there’s a link to on my farewell post from this summer. 🙂
    @gatorhailey: You know, I don’t remember! Most of our frames were gifts, and most of them were black originally (I spray painted them). You can probably find something similar at Target, Kohls, or Ross! 🙂

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 5:06 pm

    Happy Anniversary!! Love what Mr. Cardy made for your Kindle!

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    Snowflake343 112 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:35 am

    The Melting Pot is the best restaurant ever! 😀 So wonderfully delicious. That’s where we went the night my fiance proposed. 🙂

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    7mom 565 posts, Busy bee @ 9:56 am

    Happy Anniversary! I love Stephen King.

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