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11.21.2009

Our Anniversary + Random Tidbits

The card that McArthur MADE for me for our anniversary


Flowers McArthur sent to my job
Water spilled out on car ride home...going to refill!


Our kitchen before the surprise (taken with an iPhone camera)


Our kitchen after the surprise


Larger photo after the surprise...
Yes, I 'jam' listening to my iHome while cooking...
Yes, I keep my counters this clean (USUALLY)...
now for the story...

Hey there, Bleeps! I thought I'd do a Saturday leisure post for you all to share our anniversary tidbits since you all gave us so many well wishes, this was the least I could do! As a side note, McArthur was out of town (in Dallas) for work for the past few days. He did not return home until late on Thursday (our anniversary). He made sure he made it back, even if it was to see my face! I picked him up from the airport and we had a glorious Chick-fil-A meal in "CC" (my car)! We were very excited to see one another, having been a part for the past 6 days or so.

The Card

When we got home, he couldn't wait to share his card with me. If you've been a "Bleep" for a while, you'll know that last year he got Dawn McVey to make me an anniversary card, so I was really excited to see what he was going to do this year. Well...he made that card pictured above! When I pulled it out, I screamed, "YOU MADE THIS?" Don't get me wrong, McArthur is a great painter and artist, but card maker, never thought about it! While away, he went to Target and bought all of the paper crafting supplies he could find. I call the card a 'hybrid' card because he used some pre-made cards (the butterfly portion) and combined it with other papers. He wanted a focal point, so he cut out "TODAY" from USA TODAY newspaper that the hotel so graciously provided. This is one of the cutest cards! What do you think?!

The Flowers

So, the story goes a bit like this: Thursday, McArthur calls me around lunch time to ask if I was at work. I told him no, but was on my way back because I met my high school cheerleading friend for Pho! So as the day went on, he started texting me about a 'delivery.' I told him no delivery. At that point, I knew he was getting anxious. Long story short, the florist never made the delivery. He was so upset. Fast forward to Friday, and the florist finally delivered the flowers pictured above mid-afternoon. I took a photo and sent to McArthur to express my gratitude, but only to find out that is NOT what he ordered. I felt so bad for him because ordering flowers can be a daunting task. Regardless, I thought they were pretty and it was a thoughtful gesture!

The Surprise

As I was on my way home from work on Friday, I told McArthur I was making a few stops (to the mall) to pick up some items for my Thanksgiving dinner plans. Did I mention I really like Williams Sonoma? Okay, back on track! He said it was okay and I told him I would be home shortly. Well, after an hour passed, he called again. I had to make a U-Turn from my second stop to rush home per his request. When I drove towards the house there was a what I like to call a "random" van parked in the driveway. I drove past and parked. Walking up to the door, I peered into the windows trying to figure out SOMETHING! He never gets anything past me! So, I figured he was getting our ice maker fixed (which is broken). He heard me at the door and opened it swiftly. He ushered me upstairs and VOILA into our updated kitchen. I think I was speechless; not because I did not like it, but because he REALLY SURPRISED me this time! It is so beautiful and the fact that he took a photo of the tiles I picked out at the store over a year ago, remembered that he had them, and came up with the design himself was really, really thoughtful. Since moving into this house, I wanted my backsplash tiled and now it is!

Live in the Washington DC area? Tile work was completed by Global Remodeling, Inc. - Jalal Tosi. If you're interested, I have additional contact information.

Random Tidbits

At the crack of dawn, I'll be on a bus heading up to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on a shopping trip with my mom. Let's hope we find some good deals!

My brother-in-law just 'opened' his website, which features his music. Please note, if you do not like hip hop or rap you may not want to listen! I really like it and is proud of his talent. One of his singles is also on iTunes under his artist name, Hendrix Law. Check it out here.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading about our anniversary and extra tidbits. I hope it was somewhat entertaining!

Enjoy your weekend, Bleeps!

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you Ashley! Your hubby really knows how to make a card and plan a big surprise. Kudos to him! Have a great time in Rehoboth..it's my fav the best shopping...maybe you will find something for your counters...lol
Have a happy week long B.D.
Hugs,Kathy
http://thedailymarker.blogspot.com/

Austin Lovelys said...

Wooooow! That card is beautiful!! I love all the colors. That alone was great, but he sent you flowers and backsplashed your kitchen!OMG what a wonderful husband you have. Isn't it nice to be appreciated and loved??

So happy for you!

Laura O'Donnell said...

happy anniversary!

I love the card, and how he made it. And your kitchen looks great!

Rae said...

Sound like you celebrated your anniversary in a unique way. Congratulations, and may you celebrate many, many more together!
B.T.W. Love the new backsplash,and MacArthur is a definite keeper. Love his card! I read the initial story of how you first met, and it sounds like
you two were made for each other.

Catherine Doucette said...

What a sweet anniversary you guys celebrated!! Congratulations!

Sharli said...

Happy Anniversary! You've certainly got a "keeper" there!!! He's a real charmer! The backsplash just took my breath away!!! WOW. Who doesn't love flowers, huh? And the card is just wonderful - I laughed out loud about the "today" part! Thanks for sharing - I've got a huge smile that will last for hours!

Janelle said...

Happy anniversary to the two of you! Sweet stories yesterday and today. Thanks for sharing bits of your life with us. Hope you have a GREAT day of shopping with your Mom!

Laurel said...

Happy anniversary, what a fantastic card he made! He is a sweetie!

Cheryl Nelson said...

What a fantabulous anniversary! Add my wishes for many more!! I LOVE the card MacArthur made! That butterfly is to die for!! He's definitely a keeper!

McArthur Newell said...

Thank you all for not "bashing" my attempt at doing anything remotely related to paper crafting! :) You are all very kind!! I wish I could say I did the tile work instead; maybe that way my design skills (or lack there of) with the card would be excused! :) LOL!

So... anyone wanna put me on there design team now?!

Elena said...

Ashley,

Amazing! What a sweet husband and anniversary. MacArthur's card is better than the ones I spend hours worrying over--he has such an eye for design. (You both do!) The tile? Beautiful, and so impressive that he could get it done as a surprise. I am also jealous of those clean counters. Mine are only that clear & clean about 15 minutes of each month, when I get enough motivation to put everything away and use the elbow grease to buff them. Then my kids come along...

sarahmartina said...

LOL @ Mac wanting to be on somebody's DT now. You can do it Mac!

Ash, I think you know how blessed you are! So happy that you two have each other to cherish!

Enjoy the shopping! Ahem... Just let me know and I'll send you what size I wear! LOL!

HAVE FUN!

GREAT CARD & GIFT MAC!

Cookie said...

WOW!!! I LOVE the card he made you! I thought you made it when I first saw it...Its so different I LOVE how he did the different folded papers inside the butterfly! Amazing! He should submit this! Have a great Thanksgiving! You both are blessed to have each other!

khunter47 said...

Girl,

Your Mac is definitely a keeper. That is so sweet what all he did for you. I bet you are just as good to him as well. You guys are so cute. Hope you both had a wonderful aniversary. The card and backsplash are both beautiful. Ask Mac if he can train a few of the other guys out here in the world:).

Kathy

Heather P. said...

I *LOVE* that butterfly that Mac made, it's fabulous! I can totally relate to the flowers fiasco, too... I sent my mom flowers for Mother's Day last year, and they were horrible. Absolutely horrible. I paid for a gorgeous hot pink and green bouquet w/roses, and instead, she got dyed carnations! Say what?! LOLe

Kim L. said...

That is such as AWESOME card that Mac made!! That's so great he did that plus all the ohter surprises - what a lucky girl you are! Love that backsplash too!

Deb said...

Happy Anniversary! Love your new tile! That Mac! He's a keeper! ;)

justyolie said...

Wow, I'm showing this to my husband. Our anniversary is in mid-February. He is welcome to my craft room and make me a card! {smiles} Happy Anniversary! BTW the flowers are beautiful!

travelingmama said...

What a sweetie! The card, the flowers, the KITCHEN? All for a very deserving lady! Hope you have a great time with your mom! Hugs!

Winter said...

Great job on the card Mac, your wife has taught you some skills! :) Beautiful flowers, even if they weren't the right ones and love the new kitchen! So glad your Anniversary was great! :)

Jessica said...

As I was reading I couldn't help but smile. Your husband and mine are so much alike as far as creativity in surprising and making it grand. I think his card is superb and all the details of your guys anniversary is just too sweet for words. All I can say is God Bless you guys with many more years. It is a joy to hear of couples who are so in love with each other way after the honeymoon days... TFS!!

Serendipity said...

SWEET!!! Love the tiles and the fact that it was a total surprise to you is a bonus! Nice job McArthur!!

Barbara said...

Beautiful card MacArthur! What a thoughtful and loving husband. Hope to find me one of those someday! LOL

All the best to you both. Have a great weekend!

Barbara

Jarie said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. Thanks so much for sharing your story, MacArthur's wonderful card and your beautiful kitchen.

Janet

Tiff said...

OH MY!!!! I am completely floored! He has definitely outdone himself! That card is so pretty! And the backsplash on your wall-WOW! You are one lucky gal!

marianagrigsby said...

Ashley, you definitely have a romantic husband!!! The flowers were great, the card awesome, and the backsplash.... fantastic!!!!! I am sure you enjoyed everything!!!! Congratulations on your anniversary Ashley!!!!!

chelemom said...

Happy birthday!!!What a great hubby you have! He definitely sounds like a keeper!!! : )

Courtney Baker said...

My mouth dropped when I saw he made that! Huge props to the hubby! I'm so impressed - you have a winner girl.

whoistracy said...

What an amazing guy you have there!!! I just adore your new backsplash. And the card he made?!?! Gorgeous!

tipsygirl said...

wow - I completely thought he tea folded the butterfly! What a wonderful man!
congrats!

Savitri said...

Girl, everything's just perfect! Lucky you!!!! You got it good. What a sweet man you got there!!! Hope things will always be great for you two!

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