In the weeks before our 5th wedding anniversary, Gabe and I talked a lot about how we were going to celebrate. I thought a lot about what gift I was going to get him. He stressed a lot over what to get me. (Because that’s what Gabe does. Freaks out and stresses every time he has to buy me something. It causes him serious heartburn. I'm not sure why, because I'd be happy with whatever he got me!)
Then one evening we were driving home from the mountains with both kids screaming in the back and I pulled out my phone to look something up. I stared at the date displayed there for a minute. August 22nd. August 22nd … Why did that date sound so familiar?
HOLY CRAP! It was our anniversary. Our 5th anniversary. The anniversary we had talked about. The anniversary I had wanted to buy a special gift for. The anniversary Gabe had been stressing over. And here we were, on a miserable 4-hour drive with two screaming kids. Oops.
I had totally forgotten. And I only hoped Gabe had too. Because I didn’t want to be “that spouse.”
I looked over at him and studied his face. Did he remember? Was I the mommy-brain idiot who forgot? Did he have some big dinner planned when we arrived home? Was there a gift waiting for me somewhere?
“Er, Gabe?” I said sheepishly. “Do you know what day it is?”
“Yes,” I said. “It’s Saturday. But do you know the date?”
“Yes …” I said.
“…” he said.
“…” I said.
“HOLY CRAP!” he yelled.
“Don’t worry,” I said. “I forgot too.”
“Phew,” Gabe said. “Well, happy anniversary.”
“MOMMY I HAVE TO POOP!” On cue from the three-year-old.
I wish I could say this was an unusual occurrence in my marriage, but the truth is, Gabe and I suck at celebrating anniversaries. We’re so busy and overwhelmed we often forget them. Add to that the fact that we never know what to get for each other, and we just end up giving up. We haven’t bought one another an anniversary gift in nine years. NINE people! And not because we don’t want to. Just because it’s too hard to remember/shop/figure out what to buy.
So when the folks at Wistry.com told me about their awesome gift registry website I was like, “Hells yeah!” You can input all of your important occasions and the site will send you reminders so you won’t forget your anniversary and end up trapped in a car with psycho kids for hours on end. WIN!
You can also create a wish list and load it up with stuff you like so your spouse doesn’t have to stand in the aisles of Target with sweat beading on his forehead wondering if you’d like the purple nightgown, the fuzzy slippers or the black yoga pants better. (Black yoga pants for me, please!) And if you don’t know what you want (like me most of the time) Wistry has a very cool selection of suggestions to stock up your wish list with AND they're giving away a free gift from one user’s wish list (up to $100). Here’s how to enter:
- Go to Wistry and set up an account.
- Add gifts from any website on the web between November 5th and December 18th.
- The prize will be selected at random from one user’s wish list.
- Winner will be announced on Wistry on December 19th.
Have fun! And check them out on Facebook!
I was compensated to write this post, but if I didn't think it was awesome, I wouldn't write about it. I'm picky like that.