Frank had just one request for his 23rd birthday: he wanted to go see Anna Karenina in theaters.
So that's what we did... but he got some other presents first.
When we first started dating, Frank told me that he takes gift-giving very seriously. He takes pride in picking out "the perfect gift" and he even competes with his little brother Ethan to give their sister Jenna her favorite present every Christmas. (Don't you think she must be the luckiest sister in the world?). When he first started dating me, he would even search through my old blog posts and Facebook photos to find ideas for presents, surprising me with my beloved Kindle and other awesome gifts.
Knowing how Frank is about presents, I knew I had to get him something good. I started planning months in advance.
My first idea came easily. Frank's very favorite movies are Anne of Avonlea and Anne of Green Gables, but he didn't have DVD copies of them.
But after I ordered them, he went and put the DVDs on his Christmas list (darn holiday-season birthdays!). I had to think of something else to surprise him. It was our first time celebrating his birthday as a couple and I wanted to go all-out.
No ideas were coming, however, and I was about to give up on finding a second present when I saw that he posted this Whiskey Advent calendar on his best friend Bart's Facebook wall.
Frank is a bit of a scotch/whiskey connoisseur, and I'd been brainstorming ways to make this, his first Advent, extra-special. Especially with Advent starting just days after his birthday, the timing seemed too perfect. So I counted up my savings, decided to go a little wild, and bought it.
Did he like it? You be the judge. (I couldn't resist taking a video of him opening it.)
That's how I chose the (hopefully) perfect birthday presents for perhaps the only man in the world who loves Anne Shirley as much as he loves whiskey.
And after dinner and presents, yes, we went to see Anna Karenina. We both loved it and we finished the evening off with delicious drinks and discussion about the movie at a local coffee shop.
Frank said it was the perfect way to celebrate his birthday -- no fuss and fanfare but just the two of us.
Here's to many more happy birthdays together.