As Sora had a championship coming up, he had to return to Mt. Komorebi the next day. Luckily, the rain showers passed by the time Jade had prepared dinner, so they could enjoy their grilled feast on her front deck again. But this time, Jade hoped Sora would not be distracted by the view of the laguna… Needless to say, he couldn’t keep his eyes off her.
Sora couldn’t wait to light the bonfire again (I totally relate, I love a nice campfire or bonfire) and tonight, the weren’t sitting miles away from each other. The cosied up with each other, talking softly about the day, Jade’s work tasks and Sora’s upcoming championship, softly caressing each others back.
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Mine was act of service. I never been vocal and expressive about love for someone or even with my family. I believe my dad has the same love language that I have. I asked him for a Bangus Steak yesterday. He don’t even nod or say anything about my request. Today, when I wake up. There’s a Bangus Steak freshly cooked in our stove. And I love that.
I’ve been thinking of love languages recently. More specifically, mine. And the weird thing is, they’re different for giving and receiving.
On the receiving end, I love physical touch and quality time. Physical touch like hugging, holding hands, etc. But I can’t quite get that these days, so I’ll talk about quality time. I’m all about inside jokes and laughing until I can’t breathe. It’s strange to me. In groups of 3-4 I feel the most happy. Both IRL and online. If it gets over that, I feel overstimulated and stressed, with one exception. Games. Board games or video games. Where large groups can primarily focus on one thing. Even with goofing off, I feel just happy? I don’t know how to describe it.
Yet, my giving love language is something different. Gift giving. I was looking through old art and realized something. These past months/year, I’ve given gifts less often. And for some reason it stressed me out? I’ve been focusing on many things, so I haven’t been able to draw for specific people as much. So maybe I’ll put aside one day a week to just draw for others asdfghjkl. (Not like requests, but randomly selecting people from my list I still kinda haven’t started lol.)
Don’t get me wrong, I love receiving gifts as well (every single fanart makes me squeeeeeee), but I also need time together. So when I open my Discord server, I may try to set up a weekly Among Us game or something. XD
I don’t know where Iwas going with this, but I just needed to get it out.
Sharing our tradition of taking wedding anniversary vacations
Austin: Honeymoon on a Budget
Solomon and I spent our first married life vacation in my home state of Texas. We took a South Texas wine country tour, tried a German town eatery, found an authentic French bakery and had a banh mi picnic in a state park. The biggest expense was staying at a lake resort. It was such a memorable experience and didn’t cost us more than $1,000.
San Francisco: Seeing the West Coast through New Eyes
We hustled to save for a year after our wedding, and then we decided to take a grand vacation to California. It was my second time visiting the Golden Gate Bridge and Solomon’s first time seeing this wonderful city. We took a few tours and saw the wax museum to take photos with celebrities. We probably ate at the harbor almost every day. And our biggest expenses were the hotel and Uber rides. We also learned that we could never share an Uber to save money!
New York City: Big City Trekking
We lived in Texas for two years after getting married, and then I ended up changing my job and moving closer to my in laws in Kansas. As part of my initial training, I was asked to spend about 3 weeks in Newark, New Jersey. Since my flight was already covered, we figured we could save money and take a weekend to explore New York City. We took the train to travel from Newark into the Big Apple and stayed in a swanky hotel near Central Park. We took Uber on the first day and then learned to take the subway to get around. We accidentally learned the World Trade Center is a humongous international shopping mall because I needed to use the restroom after seeing the fountain memorial. We only vacationed for 1.5 days in New York City and ended up spending close to $1,000 to see and do everything our hearts desired.
Cancun, Mexico: International Love
My sweet cousin happened to be getting married in Cancun on this year, so we postponed our wedding anniversary vacation and dedicated our trip to Cancun to both her nuptials and our first international anniversary trip. In high school and college, I had studied Spanish for four years and was so excited to practice with the locals. We took an ocean fishing tour, ate a fresh Bonita (tuna) prepared by a chef in our favorite resort restaurant, enjoyed fish tacos by the ocean and drank as much free Tequila as we could. The total cost amounted closer to $4,000 including air travel and the all-inclusive resort stay.
St. Louis: Local Midwest Gems
After spending so much money on travels in years prior, we decided to minimize our expenses and took a local vacation to the biggest city in Missouri. We stayed in a historic hotel that also had a movie theater for guests, took a brewery tour and tried a few new restaurants.
Branson: Cabin Away From Home
Solomon’s friend had just purchased a cabin near the Lake of Ozarks so we decided to pack our bags for an anniversary cabin getaway. I’ll be honest, by this time in our marriage, we were losing the magical romance and just needed to force ourselves into spending quality time together without distractions. Luckily, the cabin didn’t have cellphone service so we were forced to talk to each other for entertainment! It was a much needed vacation away from the daily errands and work obligations. And despite the cold weather, it was comforting to be at the lake.
What do you think of our anniversary tradition? Do you have any of your own? What are your favorite cities to travel to? Comment below so I can get some new ideas too!