February 29, 2012

Where There's a Will, There's a Way

T and I are about to celebrate 20 years of happy marriage together.  It's a good thing I didn't kill him after he didn't come back for 5 and a half hours on his bike the other day, or we wouldn't have made it to this milestone.  That, and I would have probably had to clean up a big mess.  I hate messes.

We had talked about the possibility of going on a cruise somewhere.  When you consider some of the deals out there a cruise seems pretty cost friendly.  However I do get carsick and I'd hate to spend our trip puking off the side of the ship.  Doesn't sound that sexy to me, and again -messy.  When the news hit of the recent cruise ship sinking, that settled it for us.  We wouldn't be doing a cruise.

Then there was the tiny issue of what to do with our kids while we were away.  Just a small hurdle really.  Our first thought was to call in T's parents.  But they are awaiting a mission call for our church right now and their availability was uncertain.  My parents are too old and tired.  I tried a sister, but no luck there either.  Her work schedule wouldn't allow it.  It was looking as if our 20 yr celebration may look like any other Friday night date.  Dinner and a movie.

Then I was hit with another idea of who to ask.  My niece!  She's perfect.  She's finished with school, between jobs, and home from and LDS mission.  She has a degree in elementary ed even!  You know, just in case my elementary school kid needs some help while she is here.  SO I asked and she agreed and she's coming here for ten days in April. Yeah!  And she knows how to use a GPS.  It's all you really need to know when watching my kids.  Because driving them around is all I do practically.

Now we needed to decided where to go.  T and I looked at several options and here is what we came up with. . .  Behold the Omni Resort in Bedford Springs, PA.  Rated as a top 10 resort spa by Travel and Leisure magazine.  Hot spring mineral water pools, messages, facials, outdoor fire pits with s'more kits, and deluxe cupcakes delivered to your room with cold milk!  I couldn't resist.

Then we plan on touring a couple of Frank Lloyd Wright homes.
Kentucky Knob House

Falling Water House
Next we head to Pittsburgh.  There's a bike tour that we plan on taking where I hope they rent a bicycle built for two since it's 22 miles.  You bike one way, turn in your bike and canoe back to your starting point.  I'm hoping for some great views and ice cream stops along the way!  What better way to say I love you and thanks for hanging in there with me for 20 years than a double bike, a canoe and ice cream stops?  And since I've recently lost 15 lbs I think I deserve a treat don't you?

We also plan to see the Andy Warhol museum.  His work fascinates me.  

And because T loves me he will pretend to enjoy the art museum I'm sure.  Much like he has compromised and put me first for our entire 20 years of married life together.  One of our mottos is "I'm first after you."

So it just goes to show that you should never give up on your dreams of spending your anniversary away from your kids doing stuff you enjoy together.  I'm sure we won't regret it.


Cherie said...

That sounds like a wonderful Anniversary trip you have planned. Literally everything is right up my alley.
I love the bike trip and canoeing back - I mean seriously cool!

Congrats on your weight loss too - that is wonderful :-D

Eileen said...

That sounds awesome! We're also coming up on the big 20 in July and we've decided to go to the San Juan Islands and stay at a B&B for a few days. We're even going to let the kids go solo. We figure we'll have an 18 year old, right? Besides, we'll be close enough that we could get home in a few hours if need be. But I don't know maybe that's crazy. The kids seem to think they'd be just fine.

Kelly said...

I would do that Eileen but I'm afraid I have one trouble maker who likes to tease everyone too much. I'd come home to find him in a body cast I'm afraid.

Erica said...

WOW Kelly! That sounds SOOOO GREAT! I am excited for you two! Way to persevere and plan a fabulous getaway. You guys are creative. I love it!

Teachinfourth said...

Congrats on another year together...

Connie said...

Congratulations on 20 years of wedded bliss! It should be a fun trip and sounds like you have the perfect baby sitter!

mCat said...

That's gonna be a great vacation!!

Don't give up on the cruise just yet. With the mishaps they have had lately, it's the safest time to cruise (you like, right after an airplane crash?) they are hyper vigilant and since you are closer to FLA - you could take one out of there and stay on the Caribbean side which is warmer, prettier and safer. And the patch? SOLID. LEGIT.

For now though, happy 20th and can't wait to hear about it when you're back!