Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ten Years

Ten years ago (almost), I met my wonderful 'Hubs'.  Ten.  It seems like a lifetime ago.  Have I ever told the story of how we met?  It was terribly romantic (I say that with the utmost sarcasm).

Ten years ago, my friend Ron invited me to a housewarming party.  I was exhausted from a week of clinicals in nursing school and tried really hard to weasel my way out of going.  In the end, Ron won because I was his good friend and he wanted me to be there.  He also wanted me to meet his friend John.

Wonderful, I thought (again, with the sarcasm).  Ron had tried to set me up with one of his friends in the past and his idea of quality was much different that mine.  Plus, I was kind of seeing another guy.  But, I decided to go because, what else was I going to do?

Ron had presented the idea of meeting me to 'The Hubs' and he was also like, I really don't want to go.  But Ron gave him a guilt trip and he ended up going.  He was also kind of seeing another girl at the time.

Long story short, (because it was a very long night) we met at this house party (which is just a glorified bar) drank too much, made out and exchanged phone numbers.  I never thought he would call.

But he did.

The very next day.  And not a day has gone by since that we have not talked (or e-mailed like we had to when the Navy carrier he was stationed on was out to sea.)

We celebrated our very first (dating) anniversary in Las Vegas and decided to go back to celebrate our tenth.  It was the first time we had been on vacation without 'The Littles' since before 'Munchkin' was born.  Our wonderful parents shared kid duty and we had a fantastic, romantic weekend.

We left on a Thursday morning after we dropped 'The Boy' off at school.  'The Littles' were so excited to be with Mimi and Papa that they barely looked at us when we said goodbye.  We had a nice peaceful drive up and got in a bit earlier than our check in time.

So naturally, we stopped in for a little work out.

We checked in to our beautiful hotel, The Palms Place.  We had a view of the gorgeous red rock mountains.  Funny that both of us were excited about the view of the mountains when ten years ago we loved having a view of the strip.  Times have changed.

We took a nap and then went out to Summerlin for dinner and a movie at the Red Rock Casino.  Our first night in Vegas and we completely avoided the strip.  And we ate at the Yardhouse.  We could have done that at home.  It was just nice to be able to eat out without the crazy kids.

We went to the theater and saw Argo.  It was the first non-animated movie we had seen at the theater in almost a year and it was so good. 

The next morning we woke up early, and went to the gym again.  Then, we ate lunch at Fatburger, a Vegas tradition.

We did some shopping at the outlet mall in the afternoon and went to eat dinner way of the strip at Sen of Japan.  We found it on a food critics website and it was the very best sushi either of us had ever had.

That night, we saw KA at the MGM.  We have seen or fair share of shows in Vegas (some of which  'The Hubs' has gone to only because he really loves me) but we had never seen a Cirque Du Soliel show.  It was amazing!  I only almost fell asleep twice.  We should have gone to the earlier showing.

Saturday morning, we grabbed breakfast from Starbucks and headed to the Red Rock Canyon trails.  We were ready for some serious hiking.

We chose a moderate 6 mile trail.

'The Hubs' wasn't exactly dressed for the weather.  I told him it was going to be cold and rainy.  He never listens.

Wearing 'The Hubs' shades.  I left mine in the hotel and I would go blind in a storm without them.

We climbed up rocks and hiked uphill for three miles and debated turning around and going back the way we came.  But we knew there was a lot more flat terrain ahead and we wanted to run a mile or two so we trucked on.

6.9 miles (and over 2 hours) after we began, we were back at the start.  I had signed up for a 6 mile hike.  Once the GPS hit that mark and there was no end in sight, I was ready to be airlifted out of there.  I complained the last 0.9 mile. 

We did it!

And we so deserved this.  Pizza and beer...the very best way to refuel, right?

After a nap and a shower, we finally made it to the strip for some sight seeing.  We spent a whole hour there.

We just love the Bellagio at Christmastime...

This one is for 'The Boy'.  A gingerbread train station.  He would have loved it.

We left the strip and headed back out to Summerlin to eat dinner at Roy's.  We were the only people in the place and the food was so yummy!

Hawaiian martini's for both of us.  So good!

We had such a wonderful getaway and felt so recharged.  We decided that we need a weekend away a couple times a year just for us.  We'll see how that pans out.  The grandparents had quite a weekend with 'The Littles'.  Haha!

Happy Anniversary, my love!

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