This year is our 20th wedding anniversary. There is no way we could sneak away for week to some exotic local this summer, so we made a plan to do 20 things we wanted to do together.
Some of them included things Brian had to do for work including this week one to Sarasota, Florida for an orthopedics meeting that I was invited to attend. The two of us went for two nights to the luscious Ritz Carlton in Sarasota that boasted this fabulous view of the water front from our balcony.
Walking one morning, we said that this idea of doing 20 things is the best gift we have given to ourselves. Imagine 20 different things that you want to do all year together versus one big gift. For us, it has been perfect. We made a list at the beginning of the year when we thought about what we could realistically do and we can’t wait for each of the ideas to come to past.
As you know from the past 5 years blogging, we rarely have travelled alone…and I mean rarely.
The plans don’t all include travel either. Some are simple like tennis and beach time locally. The idea is simple 20 dates and some are overnighters or short trips, some ideas are combined with his work affairs. Sure we would have loved to go to Europe on some dream trip, but lack of domestic help prevents us from doing so.
Next year, I won’t be so lucky as my dream daughter, Hillary will be off to China and no longer able to help me with the younger kids and Chase will be more in a school schedule that will lock me down, ball and chain! Arghhhh!
In Sarasota, I ate my third steak of the year (The last one I had was in San Francisco in February). We ate at the succulent Hyde Park
with a couple of his clients. I love meeting people he works with.
It keeps me more in the loop with what he is doing and gives us plenty of conversation pieces.
I am glad I have essentially cut out most red meat except an occasional steak or roast beef on Sundays in the crock pot. I can’t go back to eating like this, although it was good, I am glad I have gone more to fish.
The best part is just spending time together. I am so thankful he switched companies, I just feel like changing jobs has made such a huge difference in our life and the quality of our relationship. Even though he travels a lot now, I feel like we are so much closer.
The daily grind of his past job of being in surgery every morning was such a killer. Now, I feel like he is so much more relaxed and motivated. He spends more time with the kids. (Although, he has always been so good at that).
Feeling so blessed in so many ways. I hope I have 20 million more years with Bri! I love this guy!