Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Happy 5 Years To US!!

On May 20th, 2004 around 4:30 in the afternoon, Jason and I walked into the Rexburg, Idaho mayor's office and asked Mayor Larson to marry us. We had just decided to elope that morning. Two secretaries were our witnesses. Instead of a beautiful white wedding gown I wore boots, jeans, a t-shirt and my jacket. I think we were both shaking. But I can honestly say I knew it was right.

Exactly one year later, with our beautiful 4 month old daughter, we were sealed as a family forever in the Mount Timpanogos LDS Temple. We spent the afternoon celebrating with family and friends.

Five years later, we finally had our first getaway. Just US! No babies allowed!!

My completely awesome mom (Dad was out of town on business) let us drop the kiddos off for the weekend. We spent the day shopping and just laughing and having fun together. Later that night Jason said, "It was so nice to hold your hand all day!" Normally when we go shopping we're chasing kids or keeping them from grabbing anything and everything. :)

That evening we went to Heber to the Snake Creek Grill, which had been recommended earlier. The place looked...interesting, but we decided to go in anyway. It turned out to be pretty formal and super delicious!! In the horrible picture of the two of us we were both laughing pretty hard. That was about the hundredth attempt by Jason. Unfortunately, he deleted the others. They were hysterical!! (Or maybe you had to be there).



After a yummy dinner we grabbed some dessert and drove out to Woodland (outside of Park City, near Kamas) to the cutest little B&B ever!! It was built just before 1900 and used as the post office. Then the owner turned in into a B&B in 2003. It was so comfortable and beautiful!! The grounds were gorgeous! We checked in and then went for a walk. The river was so pretty. And it was nice to just hold hands some more.

After our walk we went back to our super comfy bed and...well, did more than hold hands, if you really must know!! ;)

The owner's dog, Anchor, was so friendly!! They said when he was a pup they took him out to the lake and he wouldn't swim. He just sank. So they named him Anchor. I thought it was cute. :)

Breakfast was French Toast Creme Brule. SO YUMMY!!








We had planned on heading out after breakfast for a canoe ride on a nearby lake, but it was rainy so we headed to Park City and hit the outlet malls. After shopping we grabbed lunch and then went to the Park City Resort. We hoped to ride the Alpine Slide, but it was closed due to weather. So we opted for the ridiculously overpriced Alpine Coaster. It turned out to be hysterically fun!!



We grabbed some Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory treats and then did a little more shopping. :) Then headed home to our babies. Grandma reported that the kids were angels...which stopped the second we walked in the door. :) But we didn't care at all!! It was an absolutely perfect weekend! We've vowed to do it every year. At least once.

Any favorite getaway locations you'd like to share??

21 comments:

Megan said...

Sounds like so much fun. So nice to get away. And you're looking HOT...I don't think I've ever seen your hair straightened. So cute.

Steffani said...

That sounds like so much fun! Every married couple needs to get away every once in awhile! Happy Anniversary!

The Larson Family said...

How fun! You crack me up! That's so great that you finally had a honeymoon of sorts. We've never had a getaway since the chilluns came along and we really need to. I really really want to now after reading this! I just think it's so sweet that you got to hold hands and giggle and be carefree. Us parents don't take time to do that together enough. Once a year sounds like a great plan to me! You should try a cruise sometime. Even just a short one. They are totally carefree vacations and can be pretty romantic too.

About that prize. . . I am totally having brain cramps about what it should say. Do you have any ideas? If not, I'll come up with something. I just need a couple more days and then I'll let you know. :)

Jobi Niu said...

McKenna! I'm SO HAPPY you guys had such a great weekend, just the two of you! You guys are so dang cute together and so perfect for each other. That was much needed huh? I MISS YOU. You're a hottie as always, loved the pics. I LOVE your sandals in that picture with "Anchor" (loved the name/story) HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I remember when you came back to hair school married... after eloping. YOu could NOT have been more happy!

Nicole said...

I love it! I am so happy for you. Ryan and I will have our 5 year anniversary in August! It is crazy how fast time goes by! We go to the Anniversary Inn every year to celebrate it is expensive but so worth it. Anniversarys are so much fun with our little tradition!

Emily said...

how fun. i'm not going to lie i'm a little jealous!

Josh and Tiff said...

happy anniversary!! what a fun weekend! i'm so glad you guys had the opportunity to do something together! what a nice treat. i'm sad when you lived out here we never really hung out. what the hecK?? anyways, your kids are adorable!! and congrats again on 5 years!

r said...

How fun for you guys! Great pictures! We had a 5 day trip to Texas last spring (when we still lived in Utah). I don't think it really counts, I was 7 months pregnant (so I cried a lot when we left Hazel) and we were there for Grant to present a paper at a conference (I got to listen to a lot of boring [boring because I didn't know enough about the subject] old professors talk about why they were right). We didn't do much sight-seeing. I'm hoping that since we'll be in Utah for our anniversary this year, we'll be able to take a quick getaway :)

The Lewis Family said...

Love B&B's, we stayed in two on our honeymoon :)
~C

Jason & Kelli West said...

Happy 5 to you!! That is so exciting McKenna. I think you two are so cute together, and cal tell how much you love each other. I enjoyed all the pictures you posted. Hope all is going well for you and family!!

Mandi said...

Happy Anniversary!!! I am glad you got to go away for the weekend and have fun!

Justin Nixon said...

You're funny you little eloper.. I like the story though. The kids and grand kids will love it.. oh and, i like the straight hair to.

Paityn and Mark said...

Happy Anniversary! That's a lot of fun stuff to do nearby! Jealous.

Paityn and Mark said...

Happy Anniversary! That's a lot of fun stuff to do nearby! Jealous.

Sue said...

Happy Anniversary!

Jason and Bri said...

Thats so fun!!!! HAPPY 5YRS!!!!

Linda G said...

Congrats on 5 years!! yay!

Kristin said...

Good for you! Don't ever stop doing things like that! You two are an awesome couple! Congratulations! :)

Dusti said...

I remember your sealing...It was beautiful!!! Congrats on 5 years. can you believe it's been 5 YEARS. I still remember taking you country dancing and you stayed in the car talking to JASON the whole time...leaving me to fend for myself. I miss you, we really need to get together next time you are in town. email me your phone# tailey@yahoo.com

Nathan and Kate McMurtrey said...

McKenna! You are lookin' HOT! I love the hair..looks darker! I just spent the last...umm...2 hours reading your blog. Yep..my bad? That's how behind I am. I just love what you have to say..the best blog ever! And I'm too sad that I didn't get a chance to enter your contest. I'm glad things are going strong for you and Jason. You guys are too cute and it's obvious you guys are still hopelessly in love. Miss you guys and hope to get together soon.

Addicted Fisherman, SlingShotGirl, and Ms. Drool-bug said...

That's so great! I love it when couples get to go and have fun by themselves without any kids...it's so nice to have that bonding time!

Jared and I will have to try the "Snake Creek Grill" some time. We go by Heber a lot so we should try it!

So how much is the ridiculously overpriced Alpine Coaster? It sounds like fun and I love roller coasters!