II Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Fairytales DO come true!

Last week my hubby tipped me off that he had been making secret plans for us for the weekend to celebrate our 11th anniversary! For those of you who've known me for sometime you know...this is a DREAM COME TRUE! I have always wanted him to take the reins and be in charge of the plans. Never, not once, in our 11 years of marriage and all the countless celebrations (anniversaries, birthdays, valentines days, etc.) has he ever done something like this so I was in for a REAL treat! The best gift of all was that I didn't have a single moment of stress or anxiety about what we were going to do, how much it was going to cost or what the kids needed. He took care of EVERYTHING!
First of all he told me to dress nice for dinner and to pack an overnight bag. When he said dress nice for dinner...I didn't know exactly what "nice" meant. He said I didn't need to wear a dress, so this is what I came up with. If I had known what kind of place we were going for dinner I think I would have nixed the hat and the holey jeans...but oh well.

As we loaded into the car, he told me that he had arranged for my parents to keep the kids for us for the night. Then we headed off to our dinner destination--a fancy schmancy place that I had never even heard of in a real uppity part of town. We had reservations for 5:30 but ended up getting there at just a little after 5. It was by far the fanciest place we have EVER been and I didn't know quite how to act. Certain forks for certain foods....wine glasses....white linens....a menu that didn't even list the prices!!!!!!! When the waiter came out and told us the Chef's recommendations for the night...we both just ordered that. I got the sea bass with spinach and mashed potatoes and Matt got the T-bone with asparagus and mashed pototoes. We said no to soup or salad or dessert. So...you wanna know how much our bill was? $116.00!!!!!!! I think we both almost lost our dinner when we saw the bill. And what is WORSE???? We ended up leaving and going to another resturant to eat again because we didn't even get CLOSE to full from our $116 meal!! It was the kind of place where your entree is GORGEOUS and very intersting looking---but there is really only enough there to feed a hungry toddler. We went to one of our favorite Italian resturants afterwards and shared an order of Italian nachos and an Oreo Mountain for dessert! (YUM but SHAME SHAME on me!!) It cost a whopping $13 and was sooooooo good!! Ha Ha
Afterwards we walked around a little shopping center and went into American Eagle. They had their shorts Buy One Get One 50% Off so we both got a pair of shorts. I can't help but tell you what sizes we bought---as this is a HUGE testimony to our hard work with P90X. Matt's were a size 30 waist and mine were a size 4! YAHOO!! Those are both our "goal" sizes! Hooray!

When we pulled up to the hotel, I was so excited. He had booked us a room at the nicest place in the area--a place I never DREAMED I'd EVER get to stay at! It was SO beautiful! Then when we walked into the room...this is what I saw:

He had been there earlier in the day and had dropped off a vase of a dozen pink tulips (My ULTIMATE FAVORITE flower) and a bottle of wine and wine glasses! What a GUY!
We talked about trying to book a couples massage the next morning but decided to run across the street to Target and just buy some massage oil or lotion or something and just give each other massages. We found some great smelling organic botanical body butter stuff and I think we gave each other much better massages than we could have gotten at the spa! ;o)
We also exchanged gifts back at our room. He got me these Puma shoes I have been really wanting and I got him a new bible (Spirit Filled Life Bible--the BEST!) and a shirt from AE that he'd been wanting.

When we woke up the next morning and went out on our balcony...this is what we were greated with! SNOW!!!

Here is a GOOFY pic Matt making a silly face at me while I'm out on the balcony taking these pictures! I just had to show you his goof-ball side!

It was fuuuuhhh-reeeeeeee-zeeeng! We went out to Panera Bread for a delicious breakfast consisting of a spinach bacon souflee, a cinnamon crunch bagel with honey walnut spread and a caffe mocha! DELISH! After breakfast we went back to the hotel and got showered and then spent the remainder of our time going from cell phone provider to cell phone provider looking at new phones and plans. Our contract with T-Mobile is up and we can't WAIT to switch providers. We didn't know when we signed up...but T-Mobile doesn't have good coverage in our little town so we have horrible receiption! Anyway, we looked them all over but decided to wait a couple of days to make a decision...and think it through. The phone I want is expensive as it has internet and navigation (which I desperately need (the navigation)) and we just wanted to make positive of what we want before we make a choice. Anyway, after that we picked up a movie (FlyWheel which we HIGHLY recommend) and came home, popped popcorn and watched. It was a great weekend and I am SO BLESSED to have such a wonderful man to share my life with!

I love you babe~forever, for always, no matter what!


Unknown said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I love that your husband did all this on his own, it looks like you both had such a great time!! I love hearing about couples anniverseries, especially Christ based marriages, what a testimony on marriage you can share!!

Ps-you look AMAZING!! why in the world have you not posted like bikini shots or something??! Tisk..tisk...;)

Unknown said...

Awe...I'm so happy that you had a great time away and that your man planned it...he did a great job!!

Happy Anniversary!!

Tammy said...

What a BLISSFUL weekend!! And how wonderful that he planned it all. So with all that romance we should expect baby news in about nine months, right? Tee hee. I kid, I kid ...

KC said...

WOWSERS! Jenni girl, you look so TINY in those pictures! Where have you been hiding that amazing figure?! WOW!!!! I'm very impressed. (to see how far we have come, from when we met and started working out together...we are definitely looking hotter in our 30's than our 20's. Yea!!!)

Matt is such a sweetie. I'm very impressed that he put all that thought and energy into planning all of that, just because he loves you. What a guy!

Love that movie!!!! Wasn't' it great?!

Congratulations Jen. It's so refreshing to see other christian couples sticking it out too, and relying on God to be the glue that holds them together.
I'm so happy for you!

Amy said...

Wow, Way to Go Matt! It looked amazing. I'm glad that you had an awesome time.

So I have one question, did you go to Dalesandro's for dinner? You said sea bass and they had that dish when we were there a few weeks back.

Happy Anniversary!

Kate said...

sounds wonderful! Happy Anniversary!

Christy said...

Wow, I don't know what makes me more jealous. The night out or the size 4.

amanda said...

how exciting. i loved reading the post. i also loved flywheel. SO good. :0) btw- you look fab!!

Sheri said...

Congratulations Jen! I'm so glad you got your fairytale anniversary. Maybe he'll realize how much fun it was to take the initiative to plan such a great date that he'll do it again and again and again.....

Happy Anniversary!