Which brings me to my next post - as a coach’s wife, forget about celebrating momentous occasions day-of (for the most part). For example, I took my birthday off work to travel 2 hours south to the Air Force Academy for the last baseball tournament of our summer season…just so I could spend my day with both my boys.
Case study two - we took our anniversary trip to Chicago to cross Wrigley Field and Miller Park off our list two weeks before our actual anniversary to avoid the start of football season.
It still happens, busy or not, there’s still that moment when games or practice or meetings are over and you come home to your anniversary at 8:30 p.m. And then the awkward guilt sets in that something should be done…even though you totally outdid yourself two weeks ago during your “designated” celebration. All your money, ideas, and time are spent and you’re left with a happy anniversary good night kiss.
We picked our wedding date smack dab in between our birthdays for a reason. I had grand plans of taking a trip each year and that would cover our birthdays and anniversary. We stayed the course for two years, then we had a baby who consumed most of our travel funds for the next two years. This most recent 5th anniversary was our best attempt to get back on track…even if it was two weeks early.
Traveling is important to our family, and regardless of how busy life gets, we’ll always make finding that time a priority - though we may end up celebrating all good things once a year…in December…when we’re in the calm of coaching.
When it happens to you, what do you do? Do you scrap any bigger plans if you can’t do it in the right time frame? Do you pretend and celebrate another time? And if so, what are you left with day of? A sweet meal and quiet conversation? Maybe a love note to be found morning-of? Movie night in the basement? I’d love to hear your advice and ideas!