Celebrating an Anniversary Peterson Style

We don’t just celebrate our anniversary for one day around here. No siree. We like to do it up and take advantage of the excuse to spend some extra special time together. We typically like to go out of town for our anniversary (hello Bahamas and Hawaii, good anniversaries indeed) but a big trip just wasn’t in the cards this year and since we’ve been out of town so much lately, a little trip up north wasn’t sounding too appealing. So we decided to go the staycation route. We kicked things off with dinner at a restaurant in St. Paul that I have been wanting to try for a year now called Caribe. It’s a tiny little Caribbean restaurant (I was hoping to recreate our Bahamas trip the best I could without a plane ride) and the food was nothing short of spectacular. Red snapper with coconut curry bananas… Delightful in every way. We will most definitely be back.The next day we headed to the zoo, because the zoo makes us happy. It was a beautiful fall day and the animals were all out and about which made it extra fun. The highlight for the zoo trip was definitely the otters who were playing like crazy. They were so fun to watch and I finally got some pictures of them.More from the zoo gallery later though. Moving on, we headed to the Mall of America after the zoo for happy hour at Crave (our favorite MOA spot to eat) followed by some time just walking around and hanging out. It was a great date day, very us. Today we stayed home, took the kiddo for a long walk and I made J banana foster french toast. (At this time I feel I should mention that our dog has severe allergies and therefore has hardly any coat of her own so she needs lots of puppy clothes to keep warm. I swear I am not a Paris Hilton wannabe!) It was a perfect little staycation to celebrate 9 amazing years together. We are looking forward to celebrating our 10 year anniversary in Puerta Vallarta. We’ll be celebrating a little early since we’ll be down there for my sisters wedding on October 11 but that works just fine for us. Romantic anniversary on the ocean is just as effective if it’s a month early 🙂

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