Sunday, October 4, 2015

Ten Years...TEN!

On September 24, Scott and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary...ten years, WOW!  It was a rainy day, just like it was ten years ago...and it brought me back to all of the fun that we had on that day in 2005, as well as the milestones that we've achieved together over the last ten years.

A few years ago, I had hoped that we could have celebrated this tin/aluminum anniversary in Hawaii, but...two kids later, a bigger house, and well, life...we decided to keep it somewhat local, and headed to a B&B in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin.  Ava and Garrett spent the weekend with Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey, and Scott and I had two whole days, all to ourselves!  It was a gorgeous weekend, and we had fun spending time together.  We're both so busy with life that we don't often get the chance to spend 48 solid hours with just the two of us.  It was a much needed time away!

This was the third B&B that we've gone to over the years, and was definitely the most intimate of the locations.  We had the chance to spend some time with the owners (and their puppy), explore the location (it used to be the schoolhouse in Maiden Rock), get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery, and even have two great breakfasts with the other guests. The food was amazing...makes me wish we could go there for dinner sometime!
Lovely flowers for me!

Ava drew this card for the two of us...I'm so much bigger than Scott here!

The Sun Shower room at the Maiden Rock Inn

The crazy staircase to the roof - handmade by the Inn's owner!

Such a cute puppy...full of energy, so she kept us entertained!

Driving south along Lake Pepin

These geese made me giggle

Making a stop in Lake City to do some shopping and walking

We finally arrived at Vino in the Valley...what a perfect day to sit outside and enjoy some local wine and food!

Taking a walk after our meal...Vino in the Valley is located next to the Rush River, so we headed down to check out the view.

We had a blast skipping rocks here...or, Scott did.  I tried really, really hard, and only succeeded a few times!

Back at the Inn, we took in the view of Lake Pepin from the roof

And then enjoyed a night out at a local bar!  There was a great band, and the locals even pulled me in to dance with them.

Once we got back in to town on Sunday, Ava and I headed to Stages Theater to see the Junie B. Jones musical.  Junie B. Jones is one of Ava's favorite book series to read (she has read all 28 books and is desperately hoping that the author will write some more!)  On our last trip to the library, she picked up the first books in four other series, and is working on expanding her exposure to other series (she is really liking the Ramona books...I remember reading those when I was her age!)

The musical was awesome, and the perfect length to keep the attention of all of the kids in the theater.  I'm so glad I saw the deal on Living Social!  After the musical let out, we stopped at a very cool toy/book store and picked up a few new books for both Ava and G.  G's enjoying nightly stories, so I'm hoping that he becomes an avid reader like Ava and me.

Ava was also helping Scott clean the grill the other day...such a good helper!

Then, last week was back to work and busy days.  My work had an Octoberfest party on Thursday, so there was a bright spot in my week!  Scott and Ava headed up north to spend the weekend with his best friend and family, so G and I have been having a good weekend together.  And I've managed to get a TON of stuff done around the house...things that I've been wanting to do for a while, but haven't had the span of time needed to do them.  No complaints here...I'm lovin' life!

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