June 30th marked our 10th anniversary this year and earlier in the spring, Joel suggested that we plan a trip to Vegas. I was very excited at the possibility because my all-time favorite, Celine Dion, was coming back this summer to start a new show and I wanted to see it. Then, Joel called me one day to say that he’d been awarded a trip to Colorado through his company…all play, no work, all expenses paid. Do you see where I’m going with this????
SO! Joel and I were fortunate to celebrate our 10th anniversary this past week in Colorado Springs at the Broadmoor. All I can say is “WOW!” Everything about the trip was over-the-top, starting with a generous babysitting venture from Mimi and Poppa…just a couple of our favorites around here. The kids loved every minute of their time with grandparents since they don’t see them very often, and Joel and I were able to relax and enjoy the trip without worry.
Tuesday morning, Joel and I hit the Arkansas River with several other excited first-time-river-rafters. Once I was melted and poured in to my wet suit, booties, life jacket and helmet, we loaded a bus and drove up the road several miles to the “put in” spot. During the drive, the guide began talking to us about survival skills, should one of us fall out of the raft. “Grab the OS line, keep your nose and toes out of the water at all times, the red and yellow rope is your last hope, swim to the bank for safety and stay in one spot until someone comes to find you, etc.” I’ve gotta be honest, I started to get a little anxious and made Joel swear to save me at all costs! BUT, once we hit the first set of rapids and were told to “LEAN IN!” by our guide, I was sold. That was, by far, the most fun thing I’ve ever done in my life. Joel and I jumped out of the raft and swam a little bit (in 45 degree water) toward the end of the journey and we laughed about it the whole way home.
Wednesday we headed off to the Garden of the Gods and hiked through red rocks and pine trees with a picnic lunch amidst some friendly chipmunks. Once we got back to the hotel, we spent some much needed R&R time at the resort spa and then headed downtown for a fine steak and lobster dinner. It was an amazing, extravagant time that we truly loved. Several people asked if we had children and we gushed about our three little darlings at home….yes, we were those people. It didn’t take much for us to flash their photos and talk about how much we missed them.
The best thing about our trip was a renewed bond of friendship that can easily be missed with dinner, discipline, diapers and dirty clothes. It was our first time out of state together, without children, in more than 5 years! We talked and laughed and had SO MUCH FUN. I must have told Joel a hundred times, “Now I remember why I fell in love with you!”
As a matter of fact, I like him a whole lot too.
Praising God for 10 years~ Emily