Saturday, June 05, 2010
anniversary get away . . .
Last night I planned an early 1st anniversary get away for Ben and I since we will be on the Alaska Highway driving during our real anniversary (June 27th). It was SO fun, so relaxing and the perfect break in a crazy busy end of the year with work and moving. We went to Santa Barbara to a quaint B & B a little over an hour from our place in Castaic. Some ladies I asked from church recommended this place the Tiffany Country House Inn and it was wonderful!
The B & B we were in had 8 room inside and then a few cottages out in the back yard. The house was built in the late 1800s and had lots of character. It reminded me of a house from Anne of Green Gables (that's for all the ladies reading this that know exactly what I am talking about). To top off the character guess the title of the room we stayed in . . . "The Darcy Room" yes just like Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. It was one of two rooms that had a KING size bed, private patio, and huge jacuzzi tub all to ourselves!
We spent the night Friday night, toured around town a little and spent the afternoon today at the beach one last time before we leave So Cal. Sunshine, warm weather, and beaches have been some of the perks to being in California. This morning after an amazing breakfast we spent an hour or so out on our private patio in the sun journalling.
Mark and Merry Doner gave us journals last year as a wedding gift to use to document each year of marriage. Merry shared this with me years ago and I always loved the idea. Each year for 25+ years now they go away for a night or two right around their anniversary and journal to each other highlights, events, and prayers answered throughout that past year of marriage. After they finish journalling they read what they wrote to each other. And so Ben and I have started, what I hope to continue for decades to come, a tradition of getting away for our anniversary and remembering all we have learned, laughed about, loved, and grown through each year we are together. Thanks for the great idea Mark and Merry!
All in all it was a memorable and perfect weekend together reminiscing about our last year together. We've had a GREAT first year!
P.S. I added a picture of a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu sign b/c it is one of the actual training gyms that Gracie Barra coaches at. Weird I know but Gracie Barra is knows for dominating the sport (the whole family does) in MMA and all over the world. No I am not an MMA fan club member but I know a little about it.