T Rex Family

T Rex Family

Sunday, November 13, 2011

11th on 11-11-11

This week, on 11-11-2011 T Rex Dad and I celebrated our 11th engagement anniversary. We were engaged on 11-11-2001 at a wonderful fondu restaurant named Mona Lisa.

Yesterday our wonderful neighbors D&M watched the kids and we went to the same restaurant and sat at the same table where the event took place. We even had the same server we had 11 years ago.

There we celebrated with our favorite fondu dinner for two - garden salad, Old World cheese and bread,  meat/shrimp, and dark chocolate dessert. 

Three and a half years ago we wrote messages to each other, placed them in a bottle and the restaurant kept the bottle for us. At dinner we opened our bottle.

Here are some photos of us getting ready to leave and then at the restaurant. The middle photo was me wanting to take a little different photo utilizing the mirror in the Board Room where we had our private dinner.

As always we left feeling like we at far too much. The food is so delicious one cannot help oneself. Sadly, though, the restaurant is closing at the end of the year so this will be our last anniversary celebration there. We knew the day would eventually come when we could not celebrate there. However, we do have so many wonderful memories and photos. The food, though, I am not sure it is replicatable.

All the 11's was completely unintentional but we will certainly remember all the number alignments. Maybe it will bring us just enough luck to get the washing machine fixed tomorrow. If not, then luck to purchase another that will not break after 5 years. 

The luck did hold with soap making, though. I made a really huge batch and initially it did not set up. Then I chatted with a chemist friend who suggested adding a bit more lye - with T Rex Dad watching the kids, I did the lye add-in and mixed everything together. Thus far the batch seems to be wonderful. I was concerned the combo of lavender and frankincense would be weird but I had to combine the batches when adding back the lye. Actually, the combo is wonderful. 

Thank you to my sweetheart - for the beautiful engagement 11 years ago, the years since, and the wonderful anniversary celebration.


Crunchy Beach Mama said...

That is soooo sweet! All the 11s is awesome! You guys look wonderful and I want to say Happy Engagement! :)

I've never been to a fondue restaurant but always wanted to. Sounds super yummy!

Jenners said...

I love that you were able to go back and celebrate again .. and have so many of the same elements. It is bittersweet that the restaurant will be closing though.

Charis's Mum said...

Happy engagement anniversary!!

Nina said...

Wow your kids have grow. It has been ages since I have been on here. Looks like everyone is doing well, except the washing machine of course. Mine did the same thing back in October but mine is 17 years old and lucky for me my husband always manages to fix it (third or fourth breakdown).
Anyway wanted to let you know I got a weird email from you. It had a link and it looked like spam where someone has hacked your account. Thought ypu would want to know. Take care.... Nina

Kim said...

What a lovely and auspicious day. You are a beautiful couple inside and out. That restaurant sounds delicious, how sad that it will be closing!

Caitlin said...

You guys are such a handsome couple! Love the dress Jenn! And cool picture with you in the mirror!

Sorry that the place is closing. Maybe a new tradition will pop up?

Happy Belated Engagement anniversary!

Missus Wookie said...

you are both so happy looking - congratulations. Wookie & I celebrated the same day - but our weather was foggy. Glad you have memories and photographs to remind you of the restaurant.

Tat @ Mum in search said...

happy anniversary! It's good you got a nice night out without the kids, it doesn't happen very often at our place.

septembermom said...

You are a perfect couple in so many ways! God bless you both and your cute kids :)

JKMommy said...

I have wanted to go to a fondue restaurant! :) Sounds fun! So sad it's closing but you have amazing memories! You look just BEAUTIFUL!
And I am soooo sorry that my congrats on 11 years of marriage is so belated... :( Trying to do better about my blog commenting!! But I read them all the minute they come into my inbox! :)