Celebrating Love

**I took some unintentional time away from writing.  The hubs asked me the other day why I hadn’t blogged for a while and my knee jerk response was, “I don’t have anything nice to say”.  Grief is a weird thing…feelings go in cycles…some days are hopeful and others are just downright huge bummers!  And, in an effort to not sound like a grumpy, complainer…I just didn’t write.  I wouldn’t say that everything is currently sunshine and rainbows, but I did just come down from a really great weekend…so here I am…writing 🙂

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My current boss and former boss (who happen to be husband and wife) had a daughter getting married this past weekend.  We had the lovely privilege to attend and join in the celebration.  It worked out pretty perfectly, because Chad and I are coming up on our 4 year anniversary (April 17th) and it was a great opportunity for us to spend some quality time together!

Friday afternoon, I met my dad and dropped K off with him for the weekend.  My parents were over the moon excited to keep K.  My little brother even decided to come home from college to spend time with K.  I’d say that little guy is pretty loved!  My dad told me that we need to leave more often.  Nothing like getting shoved down in the priority list!  But, I guess I understand.  That grandparents gig is a pretty neat thing!  We were flooded with pictures throughout the weekend, so we knew K was having the time of his life and it kept us smiling too!

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So, Friday night after Chad got off work, date night was officially on!  We did a quick stop at Chipotle (believe it or not we hadn’t been there in a while!) and shared a burrito bowl and some chips and guac!  Then, on to the movie theater!  Seeing a movie in the theater almost NEVER happens anymore, so this was one of my requests for the weekend.  One of the doctors that Chad works for gave a gift card to the theater as a Christmas gift…so we (I) was patiently waiting for a time when we could use the gift!  I was also hoping for some sort of crazy, sappy, chick flick that Chad would just be overjoyed to attend with me…but alas, no such luck.  Our choices were down to Liam Neeson or Jason Bateman….and we went with Liam, because, well, he rarely disappoints!  And WOW.  I don’t know if it is getting older, or married, or being a mother, but this movie played into my emotions.  There was some serious suspense, and a few moments that involved a small child and I lost it in that movie theater.  Who have I become????  I blame it on the fact that I had just left my baby for the weekend.  Anyway, it was a good movie, so good that I was having trouble separating the movie from real life after it was over.  Sheesh.

Saturday morning we packed up and headed out of town, but not without first picking up Chick-fil-a breakfast!

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We arrived in KC, and Chad’s only request was a stop at Oklahoma Joe’s.  You know the food has to be good when the line is almost out the door…all. the. time.  The line moves pretty fast, and by the time you get your food, you melt into bliss and completely forget that you even waited for a bit.  We met up with Whitney and Tyler, and chatted and caught up a bit.

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We checked into our hotel, had a little down time, and then got ready for the wedding.

After the wedding we went to the reception.  Gorgeous venue, delicious food, and even better company.  Chad enjoyed connecting with lots of people that he knew amongst the guests (imagine that!) while I hung out with my friends (the kitty kat gang…don’t ask) and we even made our way on the dance floor 🙂

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Sunday morning we did our best to sleep in.  But, unfortunately, it just doesn’t happen so well anymore.  Breakfast at a neat cafe, and then somehow we ended up at the book store.  At this point I looked over at my husband sitting on the bench next to me, reading, and I said, “is this what happens on your 4 year anniversary trip? we end up at the book store, reading?”  we had a fun laugh.  Chad was researching the paleo diet, while I was checking out one of Jen Hatmaker’s books written about excess.  We, then, popped over to the Apple store to drool and ask the people (smarter than us) a few questions.

After that we felt like we had maxed out our time away from K, and we were super ready to get back to our little guy!

It wasn’t anything too special, or too crazy.  I think most of our events were planned around where we would eat!  BUT, it was a nice little break from taking care of sweet toddler K.  And taking time to celebrate new love, and remember back to 4 years ago when we made our covenant with God and one another.  At times it feels like we’ve known each other for so much longer, and at the same time how much we’ve been through in 4 short years!  Looking forward to many, many more!

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