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10 year anniversary trip!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

This is a VERY long blog so forgive me but I am just so excited! I think love should be celebrated! As I look back on our 10 years of marriage I cannot express enough the joy these years have brought me. Fairy tales do come true!

Our anniversary celebration started a few days before the actual date. My husband told me we were going on a trip to celebrate. He said it was close, about a 3 1/2 our drive and it was a romantic place with Christmas lights somewhere in Texas. I had no idea where we were going and my mind was going crazy with ideas. By telling me about the trip ahead of time I was thinking this would be my 10 year anniversary present, well he is sneaky and had another plan! He surprised me with a new diamond anniversary band!!! It is so beautiful, I just love it! The best part is there are 10 princess cut diamonds across the top to represent 10 years of marriage! I was crying so hard when he was putting it on my hand, it felt like 10 years ago when we first said "I do". It was a very special and intimate moment that I will treasure always.

The morning we were supposed to leave, I woke up thinking I was getting ready to go somewhere close, in Texas about 3 1/2 hours away. We sat by the fireplace and he handed me a black book and he simply said to me,"Life is short". When I opened the book there were 10 envelopes numbered 1 - 10 representing our 10 years together. I was only allowed to open one at a time because each envelop would revel what he had planned for each day and night of our trip. As I opened the first envelop and read the card I was in shock! It was a photo of the White House and it said Washington, District of Columbia, December 19 -22, 2009. Below this he wrote, " On this journey that is life, I can think of no better companion to accompany me than you. The wonderment that I see in your eyes as we travel the world together is one of the many things that set you apart from everyone else - and draws me closer to you."

He then told me that our flight was leaving in a few hours and we were heading to Washington DC for our anniversary which is somewhere I have always wanted to visit at Christmas! He thought of anything for this trip from afternoon tea at the Oriental to seeing Handel's Messiah at the Kennedy Center. We headed off to the airport, our luggage packed with snow boots and jackets ready for the snow that was awaiting us! Our flight was pushed back by a few hours but that was ok, we were on our way to D.C. and I was just so excited!

When we arrived at the airport we were told the flight was leaving the next day because of the snow storms hitting the East Coast. They looked for another option such as flying into New Jersey or even New York but all flights were canceled. We had a choice to try and fly in somewhere close or wait and have the trip postponed. I was crushed seeing the look on my husband's face who planned everything so beautifully. We had to make a choice and so we did. The airlines could get us on a flight to Boston and that was as close as we could get. So we went to get on the plane headed for Boston and once again, it was delayed, then delayed again....and again. Now we were loosing time and concerned about arriving in such a storm especially with me being pregnant. We were watching CNN and the reports from the roads were a disaster, the train service shut down and so were many of the attractions in D.C that we were heading to see.

We once again had to make a choice. So my husband called the airlines and said we wanted to change due to the weather then looked at me and said "Where would you like to go?" I said somewhere warm, and next thing I knew we were heading to California!!! They quickly pulled out our luggage and we were re-checked in for a flight to L.A. Our suitcase was filled with cold weather clothes so we drove back home from the airport, took out the boots and replaced them with a pair of sandals and we were on our way!

We arrived in LA and went straight to the rental car place hoping there was a car for us. We were able to get a car, a bright green convertible VW Bug! We were laughing SO hard! It was PERFECT! We wanted to drive up the cost of California in a convertible and what better way to do that in the middle of December than a bright green VW Bug! The first night we stayed in the Hollywood Hills and drove through West Hollywood with the top down taking in the sites. The next morning we started early driving up the Pacific Cost Hwy towards our next destination.

The night before, my husband had called The Four Seasons Biltmore resort in Santa Barbara and told them about our anniversary and the airport adventure, and then surprised me that we were on our way to Santa Barbara! A women on the plane to California told us about this resort and how romantic it was and now we were on our way!! The drive to Santa Barbara was beautiful. With the top down we listened to a mixed CD I made him of all our special love songs throughout the years. It was funny how something so completely unplanned turned out to be SO VERY romantic.

We arrived at the resort and it was a stunning! It was right off of the ocean in a small area, called Montecito that proved to be our favorite part of Santa Barbara. There were so many little shops and restaurants all decorated with lights and it had a very small town feel which we loved. For our stay, the resort provided us with a beautiful room in one of the villas, sparkling cider and chocolate covered strawberries along with a card wishing us a great stay and happy anniversary. During our stay at the resort we were able to see Kevin Costner, and Jeff Bridges was doing a 10 at 10 spot from the resort for the Jay Leno show on our anniversary so that was kind of cool, but hey, it is California right!

The stay in Santa Barbabra was perfect! It was relaxing and VERY romantic! We strolled around town, relaxed along the beach, mostly staying around the resort. We also took a drive up into the mountains behind the resort the morning of our anniversary that again proved to be one of those spontaneous adventures that ended up being priceless memory.

After the most amazing stay in Santa Barbara we headed south to Santa Monica where we stayed for a couple of nights in an old historic hotel right down from the Santa Monica pier overlooking the ocean. We where only staying in Santa Monica at night as during the day was spent driving out to other locations. Rodeo drive was definitely a highlight as it looked so lovely decorated for Christmas. We shopped and had a dessert at The Beverly Wilshire which overlooks the big Christmas tree off of Rodeo. It was nice sitting outside watching everyone pass by while at the same time, we were lost in each other in our own little world. I treated myself to a Brioche Bread pudding and oh my mercy me it was good! But hey, it was my anniversary trip after all!

While in Southern California visited Newport and Laguna Beach along with an amazing day trip to Palm Springs and Big Bear. This was a day to remember for sure. We arrived in the morning to the Palm Springs tram and much to our surprise there was snow at the top of all the mountains. That morning there was a windy advisory for the area and once we arrived I could see why. I have NEVER been in wind like this in my life, it was crazy! So one moment we were in a sand storm in the dessert of Palm Springs, then a few minutes later we were high above the mountains in the snow, then back down in the sand. It was incredible....only in California!

After a lunch in Palm Springs we headed to Big Bear. Once we had passed the wind and sand storms we put the top down and traveled up to Big Bear where it was COLD! There was snow all around and we started noticing cars pulling off to the side to put on snow chains. As I said before, we were in a convertible VW Bug so needless to say we did not have any chains. We kept going up and up but finally stopped as we were seeing too many people turning around. The California Highway Patrol was up ahead turning everyone away who did not have snow chains on because the ice was so bad further ahead. So we took some photos of us in the snow and headed back down. We then proceeded south and made it back to Laguna Beach for a beautiful sunset and what proved to be one of the most romantic nights of our trip.

While in the LA area we did see the standard sites of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, but we were mostly focused on slow walks, romantic drives up the coast with the top down at night and most of all, being with one another. I will forever hold in my heart the memories of this trip!

I cannot think of a better way to end this special blog than by sharing the tenth and final card my husband gave me. Inside the card was a photo of us from our wedding day and below were a few words he wrote from his heart and I will treasure always...."Time moves too fast, and before we knew it 10 years have somehow gone by. But when I look back at how we spent that time, I truly feel that we have seized the life God blessed us with and embraced it head on. We did it together, with you by my side, in my arms, and in my heart."

A few memories from our stay in Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Palm Springs and Big Bear

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    4034 days ago
    AWWW Jen! He is so sweet to have gone to all that for you! He Loves you so much! Congrats to 10 years and Here is to 10 more Beautiful Years!!!!

    emoticon Notice it is water, for us preggo peeps... LOL!

    BTW... Who was Always there that took both of your Pics! Especially on the beach! AWWW so cute! I cannot believe that was CA. It looked like you were all alone, when I went to CA it was crowded.. but I wasn't in Rodeo drive either... LOL........that is so very cool! So happy for you!
    4036 days ago
    Holy Cow!! In today's world?! In today's busy, demanding, life?! "Amazing" is what I say! My husband and I are on our 1oth year too, and I'm just feeling totally blessed that he continues to be employed, and is so darned hard-working and loyal. Anything beyond that is bonus! You are blessed! Thank God!!
    4037 days ago
    This definitely brought a tear to my eye! Sounds like an amazing trip! Congratulations on 10 years of marriage and so many more to come! I agree with NATF! Where is he teaching romantic 101?! I'm sending my fiance straight away! haha

    4037 days ago
    That's so sweet, I think I'm gonna cry! I'm so glad you had a great trip and so many surprises :-) We are sort of discussing a "babymoon" and I have no idea where we might go but I hope it's as much fun as your trip sounds like it was!
    4037 days ago
    Jen you look absolute stunning! Thanks for sharing the pics. You and hubby put a smile on my face, what a great love you two share - what a romantic guy you have! Your daughter is very lucky to have two such wonderful parents.
    4038 days ago
    Absolutely beautiful & touching! What a great guy!

    Happy Anniversary!
    4038 days ago
    4038 days ago
    Wow, what an incredible surprise all the way to the end! You guys are adorable, especially you with your baby bump! How cute are you! Congratulations on 10yrs! Great blog!
    4038 days ago
    Just beautiful!
    4038 days ago
    Jeez, I'm bawling like an idiot! How crazy romantic and is your hubby willing to teach Romance 101!?! LOL
    How lucky your baby will be to have a healthy relationship to model into their adult life.
    4038 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2911189
    This brought a tear to my eye! What a wonderful and caring man you have. Your relationship is beautiful! Congrats on 10 years of marriage.
    4038 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2911189
    This brought a tear to my eye! What a wonderful and caring man you have. Your relationship is beautiful! Congrats on 10 years of marriage.
    4038 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2911189
    This brought a tear to my eye! What a wonderful and caring man you have. Your relationship is beautiful! Congrats on 10 years of marriage.
    4038 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2911189
    This brought a tear to my eye! What a wonderful and caring man you have. Your relationship is beautiful! Congrats on 10 years of marriage.
    4038 days ago
    Happy Anniversary!! Love that you could be flexible and still have a wonderful time.
    Also, LOVE LOVE the pictures...and of course, the green convertible! emoticon
    4038 days ago
    Happy Anniversary, and thanks for sharing your memorable adventures with all of us. Your hubby sounds like a jewel and I can tell you are counting your blessings. Congratulations!
    4038 days ago
    Lovely! Just absolutely lovely and thoughtful of the hubs. Congrats too on expecting a little one :)
    4038 days ago
    wow...reading that brought tears to my eyes. Your husband is such a sweetheart! Thank you so much for sharing and happy ten year anniversary!

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    4038 days ago
    Amazing!!! Happy 10 years!
    4038 days ago
    What a wonderful anniversary!! You two are so blessed to have eachother!!
    4038 days ago
    That is totally awesome Jen!!! You two are truly an inspiration of how marriage is supposed to be like. Thanks for sharing!!!
    4038 days ago
    I can't say that I'll ever be able to stay at some fancy resort, but I have been fortunate to drive up the Pacific Coast-- the next time, I'm biking-LOL!
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful vacation with us! You are right, the decorations and all look so fabulous!

    I spend my 10 yr anniversary mainly in the January windtunnel of Manhatten-LOL- but I'll always my trip and wouldn't trade it!

    Your husband's not only romantic, but super smart to realize that life is short, fleeting and precious and to credit you for being his daily reminder!

    Last, but not least, I had to giggle at the thought of you wearing flip flops with your winter coat-LOL- embracing all seasons, right?!

    I have a feeling that D.C. is in your near future!
    4038 days ago
    Wow! I thought my husband was the most romantic man in the world, but yours wins hands down! What an amazing trip!
    4038 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    What an amazing celebration of your love. You two are truly blessed to have each other.
    Here's to the next ten years and a lifetime of adventures and blessings!
    4038 days ago
    Amazing detail! Congrats and blessings on your marriage and family! Love the pictures.
    4038 days ago
    I really, really hope my wife doesn't see this.
    4038 days ago
    OMG your hubby is soooo romantic. What an amazing and memorable gift! Congrats on 10 years :)
    4038 days ago
    awwww this made me cry.... my 4th yr anniversary is comin up in July. You guys are so perfect for each other. Thank you for sharing!
    4038 days ago
  • SYLVIA2010
    Thank u so much for sharing. Your blog brought tears to my eyes. So sweet!
    4038 days ago
    What a great blog! I loved all of your details! Thanks so much for sharing! You are blessed to have such a wonderful life partner! What a great way to wrap up 2009!
    4038 days ago
    How sweet! That awesome!! Marriage is a wonderful thing.
    4038 days ago
    How Sa-Weet! Your hubby is so thoughtful! I'm jealous! LOL! Could I pay him to give some lessons!?! You two love birds look like you were having a fantastic time together. I've always wanted to go drive up the pacific coast! Maybe when I reach 10 yrs that's what I'll ask for ;)

    PS. You my fav pic was where he was kissing your belly on the beach! That is beautiful!!
    4038 days ago
    I love looking at all your pics! I try to close my eyes and imagine the places that I haven't been, and then think back to the sights and smells of the places that I have been. What a wonderful anniversary! WTG with 10 years! You have been truly blessed and I promise, your little one will make it so much better! Congrats again :)
    4038 days ago
    What an amazing adventure. So sweet. Sorry the weather ruined your DC trip. I live 45 mins from DC and we got 2 feet of snow good thing you were able to change flights and didn't fly in sooner. You would have been stuck in the hotel for a couple days.
    4038 days ago
  • BELG64
    You are such a lucky girl with such an amazing husband. He will make such a great father!!!
    4038 days ago
    AWWW, Jen, this blog brought TEARS to my eyes! You guys are TOO CUTE!! I love, love, love that your hubby did this for you! What a special anniversary weekend! I'm so glad you did not let the weather ruin your wonderful celebration! Wishing you many, many more happy years together!
    4038 days ago
  • FREDDY1232
    Congratulations on ten years of marriage. I really enjoyed your great blog! emoticon
    4038 days ago
    Thanks Jen for sharing such an intimately special part of your life. It's incredibly touching & wonderful & so positive.
    Your baby is one lucky little person to be coming into a world to such loving & happy parents!
    4038 days ago
  • RHALES199
    Oh my goodness how exciting & fun and all that stuff!
    You are very lucky.... some of us can only dream of things like that :)
    4038 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/29/2009 11:57:22 AM
    How beautiful!!
    4038 days ago
  • CARED88
    This made me tear up! So, so beautiful. Congratulations :)
    4038 days ago
    Ain't love grand! I do love my beautiful state and cannot think of two other people who I want to enjoy its splendor. Happy New Year, Happy Baby, Happy Anniversary.


    4038 days ago
  • JWENZEL723
    there really are no words adequate enough to comment on this blog! simply amazing.
    4038 days ago
    What a wonderful way to spend your anniversary!!


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    4038 days ago
    I just loved this blog! What you two have with each other is very rare. Cherish each day. Just when you thought it could not get any better, the two of you are about to be blessed with the most precious gift ever! Life is fantastic!
    4038 days ago
    Oh my goodness how romantic!!!!!
    Thanks for telling us all about it!!!!!
    I love seeing your joy in life :)
    4038 days ago
    OMG, you are so blessed to have such a wonderful prince charming!! You all are such a beautiful couple.

    You're blog made me feel like I was reading a fairy tale!! Your pictures are beautiful! Thank you for sharing this special moments with us. May God Bless you and DH on many many many more years!!
    4038 days ago
    How romantic!! Congrats on 10 years of marriage!!! Heres to 10 more and then 10 more and then 10 more :) and then 10 more.... emoticon Have a great day!
    4038 days ago
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