Sunday, October 20, 2013

Fourteen Years of Bliss (But who's counting?)

Anyone remember when we said we were going to move our anniversary to October? Well, we did. It was great. (Especially if you don't count the part where I was sick.) On October 12th, fourteen years ago, Tyler asked me if I would spend my forever with him. It sounded like a pretty good idea and we haven't looked back. (Well, this whole blog is about looking back, but you know what I mean.)

It was my year to plan the festivities. I had some great ideas that basically all fell through when I couldn't kick my cold. So instead I chatted with Tyler to see what we should do instead. (Tyler doesn't like surprises anyway, so he was happy to have a say in the matter.)

We chose book shopping, a couple's massage, dinner and a stay at a bed and breakfast. (I already had the bed and breakfast booked. The good news is that you can sleep anywhere, even with a cold.)

Kami and Doug were so nice to watch the kids. June is quite a good babysitter, but I'm not sure I would have slept well if they were alone at the house. And as luck should have it, Pearl came down with croup the night before we left. She had a terrible time breathing and was up all night with Tyler taking her outside each time so she could breathe the cool air. Friday saw me in the doctor's picking up some medicine for her. (That medicine is so great though. She slept through the night while we were gone and didn't have any problems.)

Kami took a picture of us on the way out for our anniversary evening. Still looking good.

First we went to Barnes and Noble. We both enjoy a good book store and we browsed for almost an hour. Naturally we left with a few purchases, my favorite of which is a cookbook, but the most interesting of which is a couples book where you insert information about your relationship. It is like a journal, but not quite. But some of the questions are very thought provoking.

Next up...a massage. I am not a huge fan of massages. Just not. I know I hold tension in my muscles. But this one was really nice.  Tyler was a few feet away getting a hot rock massage. (I will definitely try that next time.) It was so relaxing and we both felt fabulous after.

We went to Macaroni Grill for dinner. Oddly, we went there a dozen years ago. I didn't like it. At the time I thought dipping bread in oil was strange and kind of yucky. My tastes have certainly changed over the last decade and a gift card lured us back. It was delicious. Can't think why I ever disliked it. We drew little pictures on our table.

And took a picture of ourselves. Happy us.

Tyler ordered a salad. An entree salad. I have never seen a salad so HUGE. It came out in what could have been a mixing bowl. I don't know why I didn't take a picture of it? I think we could have shared it and still had leftovers. Good to know for the future.

After dinner we went to our B&B. I found a nice place in Provo called the Hines Mansion. I thought it was wonderful. We stayed in the Library. The room was very fun. It had a spiral staircase that led up to a jacuzzi tub.

We also loved the secret wall that led into the bathroom.

Other great things: Lots of fun old movies in the parlor to chose from. We grabbed The Saint and ejoyed sparkling Pear cider.

The breakfast was really tasty. Everyone eats in the dining room, so we met some fun people traveling through the area.

Strange things: We never got a key to our room. They mixed up keys and didn't put ours out. Also, someone opened our door at one point looking for someone else. (Maybe I should have asked him for a key...clearly he had one.)

By the tub there was a skylight with a perfect view of the moon. Tyler and I made up code names (Tennison and Natasha) to give to strangers. Our code phrase was, "Can you see the moon?" "Yes, just out the window." Man...we should have used it on the guy who opened our door. He clearly would have failed the test.

It might be all too clear that Tyler and I still have a lot of fun together. He is my best friend and I love spending time with him. I think the feeling is still very mutual.

Fourteen years have gone by in a blink. They aren't nearly enough. Good thing I have him for eternity.


meganmushrat said...

It is such a comfort to me to know that you have a happy marriage and take pleasure in each other's company. Moments of passion are all very well, but friendship is for every day and is something that will last forever. Of course, in your case, the passion might last forever too! In another year and a half we will be celebrating our 40th anniversary - if we both live that long!

Chelle! said...

WOW!!! 14 years...that is awesome!! Congratulations!

Emma Jo said...

You set it up to sound like you didn't go all out - what a fun time!! Maybe I will just shoot you a message next June when it's time to celebrate our own anniversary and let you do the planning :)
Happy [belated] anniversary!

Sharona said...

Love the first photo! That is soooo long, lol. Congrats you two. I'm so going to have stay current on this blog thing.