Monday, May 3, 2010

Be Romantic. Ready, Set, Go!

So we finally had the opportunity to celebrate our 20th this last weekend.  I had always planned to be in Paris or Greece for my 20th anniversary or at least on a 3 day cruise to Tijuana.  But alas the economy, my hard working husband and tuition for six kids decided that was not in the cards this year.  So my 20th extravaganza turned into a "staycation".  But seeing as we live in the "City of Sin" and lots of people enjoy coming here and spending their vacation dollars, I thought why not us.   But instead of the hooters and hoochiness of The Strip I chose a little more remote spot for our 20th horneymoon, honeymoon.

I booked us a room at the Lake Las Vegas resort.  It is a man made community with a couple of fancy hotels, some restaurants, golf courses, shops and of course, a lake.  I had heard it was a good getaway.  It wasn't Greece, but it was someplace that did not have 6 kids, two dogs and a broken dishwasher.  The hard part of leaving for a weekend sans kids is actually leaving.

Hubby:  When do you want to go?
Me: Yesterday.  Or around 4 pm would be good.
Hubby: Oh, I was thinking 5:30.
Me:  (thinking the kids get home at 3:30 and that gives me two hours to get cranky) Okay.

So we did not end up leaving until about 6:30 of course.  And yes there was some crankiness.  We climb in the car and were off for our "romantic" weekend.  I decided that was a lot of pressure to put on us.  Bags were packed, chocolate and strawberries were bought, and boom let the romance begin? Forget that we had been sleeping together for 20 years, made 6 kids, had everyday life pressures.  We could not talk about the mortgage, the broken air conditioner, the kid's grades, his job or mine or how the dog refuses to be house broken. We were to leave all that behind in an instant, be madly in love, enjoy every second we had alone together. Ready, set, go...

It took awhile to get into the swing of things.  I had booked us a reservation at a "romantic"(there's that word again) restaurant for our first stop of the weekend.  The thing with Las Vegas that can't be avoided is that a lot of the nice restraunts are in casinos.  Casinos are not my favorite place.  There is lots of smoke, noise, booze and boobs.  Very distracting and irritating.  So we worm our way through the slots and into the dim lighting and nice atmosphere of the place we were eating.  We were seated next to a window that looked out into the casino.  Whatever.  Ok, let's try to relax and enjoy this.  Caffeine please and keep it coming.

We actually did relax and start to enjoy ourselves.  We talked about some of our best dates and getaways.  I actually even tasted oysters for the first time (I heard they were an aphrodisiac and I thought the weekend could use a little kick in the pants) They were slimy but not completely gross.  I was just starting to think, "okay, this weekend is going to be great", when I look over and see a bald head and jeans sitting in the window.  Right next to our table.  Of course, why not. The more the merrier.  Should I pass him the bread?

This guy had no idea his Wranglers were butting into my romantic evening.

Once again I was thinking, " Please don't fart and steam up the window."  Well, after our squatter left after a few minutes, we got on with our evening and weekend.  And it happened to be wonderful. 

 It was amazing to remember what it was like to stay in bed all day with nowhere to go.  It turns out that, without the kids around, we do actually still like each other and are actually pleasant individuals.  And maybe in 20 more years we can discover that again.  

Linda

25 comments:

Kristina P. said...

That's what happened to us for #5. Except we didn't even stay somewhere nice. We stayed at the Freemont. They didn't even have WiFi!!

Evelyn Perkins said...

What is it with you and strange men's butts in your face? Haha!

Since we are moving to NV I am worried about all those dang casinos and booze and boobs. I have been meaning to ask you about it for awhile...Dang. Sounds like it's harder to escape than I was hoping it would be.

Lourie said...

So glad you had a wonderful getaway and also am glad that bald-headed butt-man did not fart. hahaha.

Now, priority one is to get that AC fixed before the real heat kicks in. Seriously what did we all do without it?

WhisperingWriter said...

Weird butt man.

I wouldn't mind going to Vegas. I think it would be fun.

sarah said...

God that butt picture cracked me up, glad to hear you got a well deserved little vacation, and some romance with the hubs!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Love the photo. Too funny.

Double Wide Mom said...

Great for you too! Congrats and thanks to the picture, its a weekend you'll remember forever!

smArtee said...

Wow what luck..I totally would've rapped on the window..well I maybe would have given him a minute...either way I would have been laughing so hard...there's a lot of jokes to be made there...Im glad you had fun..Here's to many more...

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Weird men are just drawn to you at odd times... like Target check out lines.

I'm glad you had a great getaway! I told my husband I'm giving him a three-year advance notice to start saving and plan something totally amazing for our 10-year since we didn't really get a honeymoon.

Pearl said...

Glad you had a good getaway AND that you actually still like each other. That's always a bonus after 20 years, 6 kids and a broken dishwasher. ;)

The Anthony Family said...

I am a stalker. I just thought I would stop by to see what u have been up to and now I have been sitting here for 45 minutes. I don't have time for this. Ha ha I love you and miss you! And lake lv is awesome. Tell your honey I miss him too and give him a big wet one from me. Congrats on 20! It flies by when you have so many kids! :) come visit me soon. I need some girl time! Love you!!!

Lisa said...

Broken dishwasher? Isn't it the law or something that those get replaced within 24 hours? Either that or it's paper plates, which is all about class.

Tom and Karen Mortensen said...

Glad you were able to have a good time.
I would have tapped on the glass and told that man to move his---. Ha, ha. Sorry was that bad? I thought it would be okay since you talked about sex.

Leanne said...

so glad you were able to get away, even if it was quick and face to face w/Mr. bald butt guy (did I just call him a bald butt? sorry - that was tacky :) Happy Anniversary, again!!!

Cheeseboy said...

Congratulations!

Caffeine please and keep it coming. - made me laugh. Nice.

I hope I can pass gas at my 20 year anniversary and my wife will still want to be romantic with me.

reasonably chubby said...

Hilarious, that guy coming right to your "romantic" window...Ugh and dear Lord that is too funny! Glad to hear the weekend ended up being a good one. That's all that really matters- you took the time to be together. :) Here's to 20 more!

AB said...

I don't miss casinos...or slot machines...or inappropriate ads on cabs as I drive around town...but I'm glad you blog so I don't miss out on you and your sense of humor!

Much More Than Mommy said...

That picture is HILARIOUS! I love how your post is so light but also so encouraging! I hope I'm still in like with The Husband in 13 more years too! :-)

Peggy K said...

1) Congrats on reaching 20 years with the same guy and 6 kids. That really is a cause for celebration!
2) Did you ever think that maybe the bald headed jean guy in the window was a set up??? Hmmm??? Maybe hubby paid the guy to do that, just to make sure you still think that hubby is the man of your dreams!! Y'never know!!!
3) Still liking each other and being able to talk to each other about something OTHER than kids is a beautiful thing. Looks like you've got that going!!
Wishing you a fun filled next 20!!
Thanks for sharing part of your getaway with us!

Charlotte said...

I'm sure the guy was just a physical therapist. They are drawn to you for some reason...

A staycation sounds great. We went away to DC for our 10th and it was a great time. Today is #14 and I think we are going to buy a (highly romantic I know) fire pit to celebrate.

ReadingRosie said...

It is difficult to get in a romantic mood with a strange butt in your face. I bet it was that guy that rubbed your arm :)

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Lisa said...

Congrats on 20 years AND getting away! Don & I celebrate 20 this year, too, and so far there are no getaways in the works.

How was the resort? Are there casinos there, too?

We are coming through there the 1st of August...any chance to see you guys? I am hoping to be there a couple of days, but all depends on senior picture schedule, etc.

Jackie said...

I am taking comfort in the fact that I might have a pleasant personality if my kids didn't drive me crazy. Thank you!

w said...

1st. congrats.

2nd. i would have knocked on the window and made the "move out of the way" gesture. which looks a lot like my "i'm gonna cut you" gesture.

3rd. i love csi.

annie said...

I hope I still want to get away with my hubs when we hit our 20th - I might just want to go away alone!

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