A couple of other milestones to mention - 8 months since Jasper died. It still feels like yesterday.
That also makes it 8 months since our 25th anniversary. I don't expect anybody to understand my feelings on this and in the scope of all that was happening 8 months ago this is a very unimportant thing but it still hurts that life conspired against my anniversary celebration. I had been looking forward to July 2011 for years, I had been planning the perfect celebration for at least 3 years. Of course the definition of "the perfect celebration" changed over the years, partly because of my changing ideas and partly because resources changed. At first I wanted to take a few people on a cruise, then it was just going to be the 2 of us on a cruise on the Queen Mary 2 (we had that one booked and it was going to be fabulous), then we were going to have a party at a favorite inn in California where Jasper would have been able to join us...guess it's good that one didn't work out. Then I thought we were going to be living in Florida so we finally settled on a very small dinner party at a favorite restaurant at Disney World. It was hard to select just a few guests (very small private dining room,) there were so many more I would love to have invited, but we got it done and had a wonderful meeting with the chef and the pastry chef. We got to custom design an amazing cake and I was so excited about it. The pastry chef was inspired by my ideas and promised that it would be a masterpiece.
Since all of our guests were traveling to Florida for the party, the theme was travel and here was one of the inspiration pictures for the cake
|I love vintage luggage|
|A great place for afternoon tea or to try a Singapore Sling|
I also put all of my (non-existent) crafting skills to work and came up with a couple of favor ideas that I was really proud of. Here was the monogram I created to go on all the various favors.
The thing I really didn't want was for our 25th anniversary to slip by with no particular celebration because once it's gone, that moment can never be recreated. Guess you could call that rather ironic, wouldn't you say?
I'm sure there will be other parties so don't be surprised if that suitcase cake makes an appearance. The favors I created are sitting in a box in Florida in a corner somewhere so they might be used again. Hey, it's only 4 more years till our 30th.