Sunday, June 28, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Scott and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary this year! This is a picture of my bouquet of flowers he brought home for me, they were so beautiful and had such a wonderful fragrance. We decided to not stress our budget this year, so instead we had the kids stay the night at my mom's house. We made reservations for PF Chang's, (we had a gift card that was WAY too old to our own embarrassment) and after dropping the kids we headed out to Lynnwood. We got to the restaurant, and realized it was not a very intimate setting, wide open, tables all together in the center of the dining room. After they had seated us, Scott went up and asked the hostess if we could possibly wait for a table on the side of the room, explaining it was our anniversary. She was eager to help us make our night more special and asked us to come back to the waiting area so she could see what she could do for us. A few minutes later she shows us a private table that was just off the bar, it was a HUGE round table surrounded by a rounded glass wall open to the front, kind of looking over the restaurant. We were delighted, they seated us there and our waitress came up and immediately wished us a happy anniversary, (we were so pleased, the hostesses had told the other staff about our special day and they were going out of their way to make it memorable.) She asked us if we had been before, which we had not, so she proceeded to explain some menu items and teach us about the dipping sauces. We knew (because so many friends had already told us) that we wanted to order the chicken lettuce wraps (OH YUM!!) which we did and as well as a couple of drinks. We needed more time to make a decision about dinner. She brought our drinks, wraps and took our order. It was wonderful having this table all to ourselves, able to sit and talk, enjoy the amazing food and drinks. Our dinner came, which was equally wonderful and we splurged some figuring we had a gift card, so we ordered the salmon, garlic noodles (I think I could become addicted to those and need rehab) and sweet and sour chicken. We were finishing up when the waitress came by and told us they wanted to treat us to dessert! Scott explained that he cannot eat dairy and so he wanted them to just get something for me. Which I chose a chocolate raspberry cake that comes in a large shot glass, it was incredible. A few minutes later the waitress comes back with deep fried banana egg rolls with a berry sauce, she explained Scotts issue to the chef and he created this for us and assured us it was dairy free. Now, I would never have ordered something like this off the menu, but like they say, anything deep fried is fabulous! And this was FABULOUS! We were very touched by the thoughtfulness of the staff. The waitress proceeded to tell us the head chef may be coming out to talk with us. As it turns out the restaurant manager came out and wished us a happy anniversary, asked us about our experience at PF Chang's, thanked us for making this our choice for our anniversary and told us he would like to comp some things on our bill to help make our night more special. Well, let's just say, he was not kidding. After all that food, two drinks, dessert our total bill as $13.84. We tipped more than our bill and we still have lots of money left on our gift card! We were SO incredbily blessed and the Yah for always providing such amazing blessings to our family! After our incredible dinner experience, we headed home and we popped open a bottle of champagne, toasted to 20 amazing, incredible and memorable years and then sat on the couch together going over our wedding photos. It was such fun. I cannot imagine how our anniversary could have been more special if we had spent hundreds of dollars. The time together, the special blessings and the memories made for a truly unforgettable time.

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