It’s our anniversary! We’ve faced many difficulties our first year such as a long-distance relationship, my big move to Chicago, business growth, blending our families, and the usual hiccups in a new relationship. I am proud to say through everything we are not afraid to TALK IT OUT! No matter how difficult the topic is, we discuss it openly. Here we are a year later still in love, today more than yesterday.
As much as we travel, I decided to make this anniversary a staycation. He didn’t have any idea of what was going on; he just knew to be ready by 3 pm. Throughout the morning, I ran around town, making sure everything would be in order. I checked in at the hotel I chose to arrange a welcome token and shopped around town for his gifts. I was afraid to do so before because I didn’t want anyone to discover them. After shopping, I stopped by the hotel to have his gifts displayed when we showed up.
Before we left home, I made sure to keep the location a secret by telling the driver to silence the GPS. Once we made a right at our street, he knew we weren’t going to the airport, his first guess since I had him pack a bag. We pulled up to the Viceroy, and he smiled. Choosing a hotel for us was difficult because he has been everywhere! He tried to check us in, and I showed him the room key. He giggled and said, “when you make plans, you carry it out.” His eyes widened when we open the door because the views from the living room and bedroom were both gorgeous. I couldn’t wait to see it at night with Chicago lit up.
He opened one of his gifts then we sipped the welcome champagne. We indulged in conversation about our relationship. He made sure to tell me how nice it was for him to be taken care of since that is typically the job he takes on. Then he took my hand and told me to put on my jacket because we needed to take a walk. We held hands and walked towards Oak St (if you know, you know). A little further, and he opened the door to YSL. The lights beamed brilliantly on top of my gift. I, of course, thanked him, and we headed back towards the hotel.
A night to remember…
We headed up to the rooftop for a drink and small bite before going back to the room to shower. Dinner reservations were at the BLVD, so we needed to get cleaned up and ready. The next surprise was this little red dress. Our first trip away as a couple was on Valentine’s Day. I showed up at the airport in a red dress, and it blew him away. He thought it was so sweet that I wore red, and I was afraid it would be too cheesy. So even it was a frigid Chicago night, I wore bare legs and a red mini dress for the love of my life.
Dinner was beautiful; I always enjoy personal time with him. After appetizers, I gave him his final gift, a beautiful crystal frame to go bedside. When I first moved to Chicago, he asked if I would get photos of us printed to put up in his home. So I wanted the one next to his bed to be significant, one that he could place his favorite photo of me in it.
We finished up and headed home. The view was just as beautiful as I could imagine. When we woke up the next morning, we felt so at peace. Not too far from home but no responsibilities to get to so early in the day. So we buzzed down to the front desk to extend our check out. The staff so graciously did as they were ever so complementary the whole time I needed their assistance. We eventually got up and went to have breakfast at the restaurant on site. Somerset was the final taste of our anniversary treat, and they did not drop the ball. The service was terrific, and they ended our meal with a yummy surprise.
I look forward to making the Viceroy our selected hotel for romantic staycations. Cheers to love, effort, and communication. Cheers to us.