On Wednesday, Neal and I celebrated being together for two years. I gave Neal a cake from bakerdays, he got me some gorgeous roses and we spent the day together watching rubbish TV. It was wonderful.
The original plan was to go on holiday together. Sadly, Neal had to go away for work, and this was no longer an option. I’m hoping we will be able to do it at a later date. For now, it has been taken off the table.
But, I couldn’t let it pass by unnoticed. So, I ordered the Nuts About You cake because it’s ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE! Plus, one of the things I say to Neal is “I love you more than Nutella” (because that’s one of the highest compliments I can give.)
I was assured it would arrive on the Tuesday and, sure enough, it did! As it was made to fit through the letterbox, I didn’t even have to worry about being home. Plus, at 5 inches, it was the ideal size for the two of us.
Although, I was a little apprehensive about cake coming through the post. I was quite scared to open it in case it was a mash of crumbs and icing.
It turned up in perfect condition. The cake was in a gorgeous tin with a cute little card. I was particularly happy about this because it meant I didn’t have to do anything with it. I could just hand it over to Neal. Then help to eat it, of course.
It’s always about the details with me, so I loved the fact there was a tab to lift the cake out of the tin. The likely scenario otherwise would have been Neal and I staring at it, wondering how to get it out without ruining it.
Neal let out a little laugh when he opened it, so I knew it was a hit.
There were several flavours to choose from: traditional sponge, rich chocolate chip, lovely lemon drizzle, gluten wheat free sponge, dairy free and fabulous fruit.
Now, let’s be honest: the real reason I bought a cake was so I could have some, so I chose rich chocolate chip. But, the problem with cute cakes? You don’t want to eat them!
Neal did manage to persuade me to have a slice with a cup of tea, though.
The cake was very soft and very tasty. The icing was smooth, and not too sweet, which just made the whole thing perfect. Icing is my favourite part of a cake but I think there’s a thin line between tasty and sickly.
They nailed it.
The cake costs £14.99 and there are larger sizes available for other prices. I had such a positive experience with bakerdays that I would absolutely order from them in the future. It was the perfect, personal way to recognise our anniversary, without spending a fortune. With so many designs to choose from, you can get one for pretty much any occasion. There is also next day delivery available if you order before 2pm!
Now for some sentimental, mushy stuff.
In the above picture is the roses from Neal – aren’t they absolutely beautiful?! Also, if you haven’t read about mine and Neal’s beginnings, it’s all in this post.
As you all presumably know by now, the past 9 months have been some of the hardest of my life, riddled with anxiety and plagued by depression. Neal has been wonderful throughout.
Neal has understood when I’ve said I couldn’t face going out, but always gave me little nudges to try. He’s been patient with me when I’ve taken 5 steps forward, then 10 back. He’s been there after every counselling appointment. There have been times when he has had to remind me to take my medication.
It was Neal who encouraged me to leave a job which was making me miserable. He assured me he’d take care of things while I got back on my feet, and allow me some time to discover something I enjoy. Since I started blogging, he has motivated me, provided tech support and made countless cups of tea.
Neal has said, ever since day one, that he would do anything to make me happy. At the time, I thought he was just saying it because it was early days and he wanted to impress me (which worked, by the way). But he has always made good on that.
And the thing is, is that I know it must have been hard on him, too. I felt like a completely different person than when we met, and I felt guilty that this wasn’t what he signed up for.
He’s had to listen to me tear myself apart because I thought I was worthless, cry over not knowing what outfit to wear because I thought I looked horrible in all of them, and stress about the simplest situations because they seemed so overwhelming. I am regularly troubled by the fact he is covering the bills. Yet, he very rarely complains. Because of the incredible, wonderful, amazing man that he is, he has done nothing but love and adore me regardless.
My taste in men has been notoriously bad until 2 years ago but I finally got it right. When he asked me to be his girlfriend, I had no idea how things were going to turn out. I can honestly say, I am more in love with him than I have ever been, and more than I ever could have imagined. Every single day, he manages to make my heart a little bit fuller, my head a bit stronger and my life a little brighter.
Whatever the future holds, I know I’m going to have the best man by my side. There isn’t a day goes by when I don’t think about how incredibly lucky I am.