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Life Through The Lens: Celebrating 25 years!

On Tuesday, August 20th, my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary!

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We didn’t have any big plans, like those we’ve dreamed about, as money is still very tight. (Thankfully, hubby is working now!). But God put it on someone’s heart to bless us financially so that we could go out and have a nice dinner.  A really nice dinner!  So that is what we did on Sunday night.

We went to the Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola.

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You can take a garden path down many stairs to the restaurant or opt for the cable car, which is what we do when we visit.

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It’s a place we visited while we were dating, and the food is very good!  I took advantage and indulged, just a little!

Calamari appetizer

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Filet Mignon with au gratin potatoes (also had steamed veggies on the side)

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And in honor of our anniversary, two small but powerful chocolate truffles for dessert.

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After dinner we drove into downtown Capitola to visit the coffee house we liked to hang out at while we were dating.  Matter of fact, just shortly after we got engaged, we came here, and a violinist serenaded us.  We found out last night that this same violinist still plays on Friday nights, and has been there for 26 years!

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I opted for the iced coconut mocha, and my hubby the caramel milkshake

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On the way home, we drove to Kohls to look at a temporary replacement wedding ring for myself, but they were closed.  Perhaps I’ll share the story of why I am looking for something temporary one of these days.

These last 25 years have seen much joy and some heartache, but I wouldn’t trade it.  God has brought us through some difficult times and we are fully committed to allowing Him to see us through the next 25, and beyond!

Thanks for allowing me to share our date night with you!

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Life through the lens…Gilroy Gardens

I have been excited for the Life Through The Lens link up since Lisa announced it.  I have been wanting to take more photos, and my smart phone takes great pictures.  Over the last week, my life has been a little boring as most of my pictures have been taken of homeschool books (many of them) which I am trying to sell.  But then I remembered that last week, I went with a friend to the Gilroy Gardens. I have never been there before.  Although it is definately a place for families, especially those with younger children, we had a lot of fun! So I hope you don’t mind if I show you pictures from a week ago during my trip to the Gilroy Gardens.

This is a sign that I found at the park, and I loved what it said.

This next picture is of a car that I actually rode on at the park.  You should have heard the kids telling their moms, “mommy she’s too old to ride that car”!

And this is my best friend. Laura.  I just love her to pieces.  We are both artists, love coffee (well, I haven’t had coffee in almost a month) and just enjoy each other’s company.  Aren’t we cute?

What’s been happening in your life lately?  Link up and show me your life in pictures.