Nic and I celebrated our fifth anniversary on Saturday, May 21st, and it was one of the best days we've ever spent together! Every other year we take turns planning our day and this year happened to be my turn. With it being a milestone year I really wanted to plan something special we could remember it by so I started coming up with ideas back in January and have been counting down the days ever since. haha It was hard to keep this secret from him but I happen to think surprise trips are the some of the best secrets of all so it was worth it. :) I woke Nic up bright and early Saturday morning with a gift in hand. He found his favorite treats (chocolate covered cinnamon bears) and road trip mix Cd's inside. I followed up his look of complete surprise with "Oh by the way, we are also leaving overnight and his face went from surprise to totally shocked and freaked out." haha I completely expected that reaction considering it would be the first time we've left Liam overnight before. I'd had months to process, plan, and prepare for it. haha We left him in the very good and capable hands of my mother-in-law and we ONLY contacted her 4 times in 24 hours. That's good right?! haha
If there were three words that I wanted our weekend together to encompass it was fun, romantic, and relaxing. It turned out to be absolutely all of those things and just what the two of us needed! We wanted to leave the car seat behind in case of an emergency and decided to just leave the RAV behind as well since it was already installed in there which left us with taking the Subaru instead. I'm pretty sure this was probably Nic's favorite part of the trip! HA I felt like we were seriously driving in a go-cart through Utah traffic! It was only slightly terrifying! haha Which had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that my daredevil husband watched the speedometer creep up to 90+ a few times. Nope, not at all. Liam, I am so glad we made it back to you alive. ;)
Our first stop was the Homestead Crater in Midway, UT. The scenery along our drove was UNREAL! I've always loved the mountains that surround Utah but part of our drive we drove through this rock wall canyon/cliffs that were covered in beautiful greenery.
Neither of us had ever been to Midway before and we couldn't believe the wealth in that getaway town. SO many gigantic beautiful cabins and houses. The whole town felt like it was straight out of a magazine. This crater at the Homestead Resort is a natural mineral hot springs that is 65 feet deep. It's actually a famous spot to learn scuba diving but we stuck to floating instead. haha It was definitely the more relaxing option, it is slightly unnerving when you look down. haha I panicked a bit when we first walked in because hello claustrophobia! Only a few feet in though and it completely opens up to this big dome shape were you can see up to the sky. We spent an hour and a half relaxing in the water and enjoying each other's company.
After checking into our hotel we decided to exchange gifts. Nic gave me the most gorgeous bouquet of blush colored roses before we left town, a hand written letter that brought me to tears (I cherish things like that), and the most perfect and fitting wood sign for our home that says, "You are my bucket list." If you didn't already know, every year of marriage there is a certain material that goes along with that year that you are supposed to gift. For example, 50 years of marriage, the material of your gift is gold. For five years, it is wood. Nic didn't know this and his wooden sign just happened to fit. :) I was grateful it was wood because guys can be really hard to choose something for and it helped give me directions when deciding on his gift. I gave him a wooden box to keep his wedding ring, wallet, keys, etc. inside that he often loses because he doesn't have one specific place to put them every day. I had the box engraved with "Five years & forever, I love you" on the front and added his favorite picture of the two of us (me smashing our wedding cake in his face haha) on the inside.
We got all dressed up and had a romantic fondue dinner at The Melting Pot. When we walked inside the restaurant this message popped up on their screen ...
It was a four course dinner that started with cheddar cheese fondue. We got to dip veggies, a few different types of bread, and green apple in it. SO good! The second course was a caesar salad that was topped with these caramelized nuts. It was so yummy! The third course was meat. Nic had a Cajun breaded chicken and shrimp and I tried the same but added chicken potstickers. They bring the meat completely raw to you and let me tell you, it is pretty intimidating having someone hand you a plate of raw meat and say, "It should take about 3 minutes to cook, go for it!" We definitely pulled out our cell phone timers just to be sure. haha There were also different dipping sauce you could try your meat in after it was done cooking including sweet and sour, honey mustard, teriyaki, cocktail sauce, etc. The final course and our favorite was the chocolate fondue! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!! We tried the chocolate caramel toffee fondue and they give you pretty much a bite of everything you can possibly think of to try inside of it ... toasted marshmallows, strawberries, bananas, pineapple, chocolate chip cookie, brownie, pound cake,etc. With rose pedals and a candle adorning the table, it was the perfect romantic dinner for two.
After dinner we were stuffed as you can imagine and decided to take a walk around Temple Square and the City Creek Mall. We drooled over everything in Restoration Hardware. I thought for sure I was walking out of there with a medieval style mirror and set of silverware after I took Nic in there. haha We talked about all that we've accomplished together in the last five years of marriage (3 degrees, our first home, and Liam) as well as where we see our lives five more years from now when we celebrate 10 years of marriage. Hopefully with a couple more littles in tow and a trip that we get to share just the two of us for longer than one night.
We stayed the night at the Grand America Hotel and it was absolutely gorgeous. The marble bathroom was my favorite part! We had forgotten what it was like to sleep in and not have to jump out of bed to a jabbering alarm in the form of a one and a half year old in the morning.
We took our time traveling home in the morning listening to Drunk on Your Love and Just Another Day in Paradise on repeat. A big big thank you to Nic's mom for taking such good care of Liam while we were away and giving us this opportunity! I don't even think he missed us that much because he had so much fun with her! ;)
Happy Anniversary my love. There is no one in this world who makes me feel more like myself, more beautiful, and happier than you do. Cheers to five years and here's to the next 60!