Friday, July 22, 2011

Weekend away

It was that time of year again, the time of year for Matthew and I to farm out our kids and take a weekend for ourselves!! We shipped Aidan and Emma off to my in-laws and my mom watched Parker and Olivia at our house. We left Friday the 15th, and after dropping Aidan and Emma off at Grammy Ann and Grandpa's, we stopped for lunch at Jason's Deli before heading out of town. We first went to Mesa to go to the LDS temple. It was a wonderful experience and a very special one as we took family names with us. We then went to visit Matthew's grandmother GranMarie, before heading to my favorite of all favorite restaurants, Cafe Rio! We stayed in Scottsdale at the Doubletree Resort, the very same place we stayed the night we were married. We have been back a few times, and like staying there for it's nostalgic value. It is expensive, however, so instead of staying there in October when our actual anniversary is, we go in the summer months when it is 50% cheaper. Saturday morning we woke up early (the result of having kids, we can't sleep in anymore) and went swimming, had breakfast on our balcony, and then headed out to see Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows: Part 2. It was really good and like a chump, I cried at the end. That afternoon was filled with naps, more movie and TV watching, and burger, fries, and pizza for dinner. We stayed another night and reluctantly checked out Sunday morning. It was SO wonderful to get away for a few days and reconnect with my husband. We have been doing this every year since we got married, and the more children we've had, the more we've needed the time away every year. I like the tradition, and Matthew has warmed up to the idea, too. He thought it was a waste of money in the beginning, but with the added stress of work, his business, church callings and our four energetic children, he looks forward to it now as much as I do. And, staying in hotels on the off season is a lot cheaper.

We snapped this picture right before we checked out--Matthew is getting the hang of the timer on his camera. I am already counting down the days until next year :)

1 comment:

Aaron Tunell said...

I love the picture, and I'm so glad you guys have your time together. One of these days we'll need to do a playdate with our little ones!