Are you a simple celebrator? Do you ever combine celebrations?
As we drove back from Portland on Saturday, I asked Scott a few things. All of his answers were, “no” or “not so much,” but then he asked me something. Something that got me thinking and lead to this post. (Note, I’m still thinking about it…)
He noted that we have a series of anniversaries and milestones upcoming in the next few months, and he wondered if I wanted to do anything about them or for them. (Me… the introvert? Hmm… still thinking…)
In September we’ll celebrate one year of living in our house in our awesome ocean town, my half birthday (which is a mini big deal, thanks to having two people with December birthdays who celebrate half birthdays big time), and very likely we’ll have met a huge financial goal.
In November we’ll celebrate our anniversary and the birth of our second daughter. Then there’s also that Thanksgiving thing.
In December, we have Susanna’s birthday and Scott’s birthday, plus Christmas.
The more I thought about it, the more I came up with categories to help me select how to celebrate.
Go Big Celebration! ($500 or more)
- A few nights away at one of our favorite places (with Susanna).
- A three day trip to British Columbia.
- Investing in a few needed (or wanted?) items for our house.
- Sticking a lump sum of money into savings.
Middle Celebration! ($100-200)
- One or two nights away at one of our favorite state parks.
- A larger Trader Joe’s shopping trip.
- Something art-and-literature based.
- Donating to one of the non profits in our town.
Low Key Celebration! (Under $100)
- A picnic or breakfast date at the beach.
- Sticking to our budget and new financial goals.
- $20-25/person shopping trip to a thrift store to hunt for treasures.
- Hiking and/or fishing at some of our favorite spots while allowing time for photographing and writing.
We have yet to finalize anything, as we’re still inching toward the milestones and anniversaries; however, if you have any thoughts, I’m all ears and eyes.
What have been the most meaningful celebrations to you? Do you prefer to celebrate with memories or “stuff?”