Friday, February 15, 2013

Anniversary Weekend

On February 5th my husband, Tobin, and I celebrated 14 years of wedded bliss.  And by bliss I mean lots of hard work, trials, tears, fun, love, laughter, triumphs, miracles, and everything in between.  Tobin's fabulous brother and sister-in-law took our kids for TWO nights so that we could get away for the weekend.  Did I mention they are awesome?!?!

Due to several factors, including our goals to pay off debt, we decided to stay close to home--a staycation of sorts.  We made a bid of Priceline and ended up at the Pleasanton Marriott.  That's about 45 minutes from our home.  We had such a fun weekend together!  It was really nice to get away without any kids or other distractions and just enjoy each other.  We were spoiled with lots of alone-together time for the first seven years of our marriage.  (read: we had no children)  Now, with two six-year-olds and two two-year-olds, life is crazy!  I'm learning more and more how important it is to nurture my relationship with my husband.  It's far too easy to let it get swept aside by all of the other obligations in a busy family life.

We didn't plan anything specific to do during the weekend.  We saw a movie, went out to brunches and dinners, went to the Oakland temple, tried out the hotel's outdoor hot tub (which was really only warm), did a bit of walking and shopping, etc. 

We had sushi on Friday night; it was possibly the best sushi I have ever eaten.  Sooo delicious! 

California Roll and ?
Moonlight Roll
Shrimp Tempura

 I ended up packing at the last minute because I tried to get everything else done first. I figured it wouldn't be too hard to throw a few things in a bag for us; we were only going for two nights, after all. I did pretty well, but forgot a couple of essential things like a comb and brush. Don't you think our hair looks good in the picture at the temple? That was just before we headed to a store to get a brush and comb. Luckily, short, curly hair styles pretty easily without any tools.

A beautiful day at the Oakland Temple
View of Oakland and San Francisco from the temple

The weather was so clear we could see the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge from the temple.

We really enjoyed the time to ourselves! And now we are back to reality in full force, including Tobin's busy season and the older twins' baseball season. Whew!

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