Some anniversaries are celebrated with a trip to a new place and a new adventure. Other anniversaries are celebrated with a little nightie and a hotel room you never leave. Sometimes, anniversaries are celebrated with a babysitter and dinner at a nice restaurant. When it's your ninth anniversary and you're pregnant with your third child, you celebrate your anniversary by EATING and SLEEPING.
Joe and I had planned to celebrate our anniversary by participating in an Engaged Encounter weekend. It's a ministry we enjoyed in our pre-kid life and we have loved getting to spend time with the EE group now that we're back in Lewiston. Life has changed a lot since we last presented at EE, so the leaders invited us to watch a weekend before we updated our own talks. However, there weren't enough couples signed up to attend our particular weekend, so the retreat was cancelled.
I was disappointed. We'd had childcare lined up for months and now we had no place to go. I did some online searching and found the Hearthstone Lodge in Kamiah was one of the few local places that had any vacancies, so we booked a room. We dropped Sam off with Grandma K for his much-anticipated first-overnight at Grandma's and dropped ND off to spend the night with Ellea and the rest of the Poxleitner gang.
Then, Joe and I enjoyed a leisurely drive from Keuterville to Kamiah, listening to the radio and having grown-up conversation. On the way into town, we spotted a yard sale and stopped to pick up some treasures. We checked into the lodge and discovered that the owners also owned the local bakery, where they'd be serving a fabulous prime rib dinner that evening. The restaurant opened at 4p. We were there at 3;59pm.
|A delicious curry soup. I told the server that I planned to "eat like a pregnant woman", a phrase I think she initially found amusing, but then found slightly alarming as I really shoveled the food away.|
|My handsome husband DID come on this eating extravaganza with me. :)|
|We packed up and then spent a few minutes in the B&B's living room. I tinkered on the piano for a little while and Joe leafed through a few books.|