Thursday, August 28, 2008

7 years

Nothing draws out the sympathy like a "woe-is-me" post. Thanks so much for the nice things y'all said in response to my rantings and ravings from yesterday. Thankfully, I've calmed down quite a bit - and NO! I never did cry. I went home from work and had a wonderful one-on-one with my 4-year-old (her date night with mommy - I was very disappointed that she did not request an activity centered around chocolate). The girls went to bed easily, and then I pounded out 4 quick miles on the dreadmill while watching an especially creepy episode of ghost hunter. After my run, I even had time to water some of the new plants I recently added to my garden (a local nursery is going out of business and had all their stock at 1/2 price) and then I planted some seeds that I took from some plants (in a public area) that had gone to seed. (its actually something I do often - take seeds from random plants and then sew them into my garden hoping they'll grow. It embarrasses my husband, but I actually carry a baggie with me at all times for that very reason. It also embarrasses him that I garden in the dark - he's worried the neighbors might think that I'm burying a body). Anyway . . . (now that I'm just rambling) . . . I am feeling 100 times better. So thanks.

And now onto today's intended post: I'm finally getting around to posting about my weekend away with the hubby. We recently celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary, and like we do every year, we went away for 2 whole days without the kids. This year, we took advantage of some extra timeshare credits, and headed up to Eden (not kidding).

Here's a terribly grainy picture of the units (borrowed from the website). Eden is located in the valley above Ogden, and is just far enough away to feel like we're actually "away". It's great, except that there aren't a lot of things to do there nor are there very many restaurants. Luckily, we were able to keep ourselves busy, and to even fit in some sleeping in and napping. It was perfect.
Can you see my on my mountain bike? I'm the tiny image coming down the trail. We were able to get out and take a ride on a fairly difficult trail. Actually, it was deceivingly difficult - just steep enough and the rocks just lose enough, to make for lots of back-tire slipping.
But it sure was beautiful. We also made time for tennis, racquetball, and lap swimming - lots of physical activity to burn up all the extra calories I consumed.
I allowed myself to eat without abandon - one of my favorite pass-times. I even ate a decadent apple/walnut cobbler one night. It was to. die. for. My life is now complete. Seriously though, there are a couple of fun places - The Oaks being my favorite. It actually looks like a dive, but it is right along the river and offers outdoor seating. You can sit along the river on these great balconies - the ambiance cannot be beat. And the food is yummy too. They have great pancakes, and being that I am practically an expert on pancakes, you can take my word for it. Yummy!
Of course, there was a lot of amazingly great scenery too - the type of stuff that I tend to grow oblivious to sometimes because its so abundant. But check out these amazing mountain scenes.
**I took home some columbine seeds too, and they're safely on the shady side of my garden waiting for spring. They can be my souvenir from a wonderful weekend.


Tiburon said...

Sounds lovely! Very pretty :)

I am glad you were able to get away!

Lynita said...

Okay it would be a dream of mine to actually celebrate an anniversary in that way! The scenery is gorgeous, as is most of Utah. I love that you pick seeds from random places, that is cool.

Anne Marie said...

Wow, what a great weekend! Your pictures are beautiful. I think that is so cool that you collect seeds and plant them. What a fun idea. Also, I'm glad you are feeling better today. :) Hope this weekend is great, too!!!

Mindi said...

yay for you!! glad you made it thru your episode without sticking your head in the oven. we are behind you!

Kristine said...

Wow, congratulations! It looks like you had a great time! It's so beautiful up there!

The Gatherum Family said...

Looks like a great time! Congrats on the big SEVEN year mark-here's to at least SEVEN more!

carrie said...

I love the part about the baggie. :o) I think it's awesome. Be careful what you pick up to plant though....hee hee
I'm glad you guys had a good getaway. You deserve it. I'm glad you're feeling better, too. I took my kids to the zoo today to cheer myself up....and it kinda helped. :o) I've been a baby all week. Have a GREAT Labor Day weekend!!

Julia said...

I wish Jeff would want to get away without kids once in awhile!

Sounds like a lot of fun and I'm glad you ate whatever you wanted. I think that helps me more than anything. Maybe I'll force Jeff to take a trip to Eden. :)

Omgirl said...

that looks like a beautiful place to stay! BTW, are we still doing a Venus overnighter sometime?

Holly said...

Wow, that place is really pretty! You did get some really great pics!

janae said...

I think we've been there. We stayed there when we went to Pineview. The condos are really nice, but we had the restaurant problem too.