Congrats on your anniversary! I remember the elaborate concert surprise celebration you shared - and now you're married! Wonderful news, keep it up.
Why thank you!
Yes, I do think the unexpected times away from the daily routine help keep the relationship foundation strong. It's probably also helps us that we both are non-custodial parents and fixed, so our daily lives aren't all-consumed by children. Sad in a way, but a reflection of how parenting competes with being a partner.
Since you mentioned the concert post (elaborate surprise birthday trip to see her favorite band) , I want to share a second concert road trip story:
Same band. One year later (week of new wife's birthday). Recording a live DVD in state where my ex-w lives, but not same city. Said band is also the "favorite" band of my ex-w.
Another Road trip to see them in concert, though this time not a "surprise" trip (we also visited my wife's parents in a different state).
I don't mention this trip to my ex-w, for three reasons: 1-none of her d**m business. 2-no time to try and visit kids - we're in the state for barely 24 hours. 3-because she would try and disrupt it* (ex-w has history of this as attempted control mechanism, as well as hatred of new w).
We fly into town. Check into hotel. We do dinner, then meet & greet w/ band, etc.
Concert starts, standing second row center stage. Camera boom is moving around above us, filming of the show.
During the middle of the concert, my phone goes off(!) It's my ex-w sending short video clips of this very concert taken moments earlier with text like "remind you of anything?" (song was about betrayal, etc) - just jabs because she knows current wife loves band, and wants to gloat that she's seeing them... Judging by the video, she's somewhere waaaay behind us near the back of the venue.
I text her back, saying things like "Oh, aren't they filming a DVD?" and lead on discussion of the event.
She sends more video clips and texts, gloating. I don't tip my hand as to the fact I am there.
Finally, near the end of the show, I give in and send back near-live video clips of my own, showing the band about 7-10 feet away, and a text expressing bafflement at why she didn't want a better vantage point for the show.
Her stunned reaction, and attempt to save face, was priceless.