Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Our ninth anniversary

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.

Tiger prawns with a spicy orange sauce. We also had prime rib and ordered pie to take on the road. After dinner, Joe wanted to listen to the end of the UI game on the radio, which was in overtime, so we decided to drive toward Orofino and visit my Lola and Uncle Noy. We had a nice relaxing visit, although Lola was disappointed that we didn't bring the kids.

Since we were in Orofino after all, I thought we'd better stop at The Ponderosa, a restaurant with the BEST milkshakes in Idaho. We had a peppermint milkshake. Amazing!
Then, it was back to our B&B, where I attempted to soak in the jacuzzi. It was a bit of a let down. We quickly decided that a 2 person jacuzzi really means it can accomodate a pregnant woman and her fetus, so Joe enjoyed the rare treat of channel surfing through cable while I soaked. The water has to be not-too-hot when you're pregnant, which makes baths not as awesome as they could be. I dried off and watched Pawn Stars with Joe while we ate our pie. We were both asleep by 8:30pm! Sleeping through the night..amazing!

We got up and went to Mass early that morning. We didn't have any children so we got to listen to the homily and actually participate in Mass instead of constantly sshhing and wrangling kids. Then, off to the bakery for our free breakfast. I had delicious French toast and bacon while Joe had an omelet and hashbrowns. The pastries looked so delicious that I had to buy several and ate a sticky bun on the way back to our B&B.

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.
Then, it was off to collect our children, whom we were missing by that point. ND, we learned, had been a well behaved little girl during her visit with the Poxleitners and had slept through most of the night. Ellea was a trooper and let ND sleep in her room. Nicole and Loretta treated ND to a horse ride the next day before we left.

Sam had a great time at Grandma and Papa's. They let him fall asleep in their bed (which he thought was amazing!) and after church he played in the dirt pile. Life doesn't get much better than that.

Thank you to Grandma & Papa K and the Poxleitners for making this weekend possible. We had a wonderful anniversary!

2 comments:

Deanna said...

Dani's newest favorite outdoor activity is digging, so we may just have to take a trip out to the farm on our visit!

Glad you got to enjoy a night away. What a blessing.

Laura said...

50Looks like a fabulous way to celebrate :) Happy anniversary you too!