Well hooooo boy, I've sure been neglecting the ol' blog lately, huh? It's been for a lot of good reasons, though - among them pre-CHA creating, kid's activities, and a jam-packed work schedule - but the best reason has to be the four-day weekend Mike & took to celebrate our thirteenth anniversary.
After leaving the kids with Nana, we stole away to Avon (just outside of Vail) to the absolutely amazing Ritz-Carlton in Bachelor Gulch. We first stayed here two years ago for our aniversary and loved it so much we decided to come back for Lucky Number Thirteen. This place is just stunning with its log-cabin inspired architectured nestled into the ski slopes at Beaver Creek (I should note that I am in no way affiliated with this resort. And they are not paying me to say nice things. However, should they wish to throw a free vacation my way, I would probably take it. Make that definitely take it. Oh yeah baby!)
Upon our arrival, there were delicious chocolate strawberries waiting in our room (and they later brought another plate of Happy Birthday chocolates. Mike and I declined to tell them that neither of us has a birthday in July. Because we kind of like chocolate. Even when it's not our birthday.)
And this little guy, Bachelor, the hotel mascot (a 16-week old St. Bernard) greeted us in the lobby:
We spent most of our time lounging at the pool:
and staring at the scenery through the giant windows in the beautiful lodge area:
And consuming lots of adult beverages:
Sunday night we drove over to Vail and had dinner at Russell's, a local steakhouse that sits right on the gorgeous Eagle river:
And we took cheesy phone photos while waiting for our meal:
And afterwards, back at the lodge, I had to pose with my fabulous new belt buckle (because even though the traditional 13th anniversary gift is lace, I wanted sterling silver instead):
And Mike posed a bit more provacatively, ala the Britney Spears Crotch Shot:
Which made me laugh. A lot. (It's the key to a successful marriage, I think.)
It was a fabulous weekend of celebration, laughter, and love. And I can't wait for the next 13 years with this guy. Happy Thirteen, baby!
Hope your Wednesday is wonderful!