Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Thankful

Well, we're back from our vacation! Boy, was it ever so nice. We went hiking in Dupont Forest to 2 waterfalls. Triple Falls was the best in our opinion, but High Falls was also nice. At Triple Falls, we sat down for awhile on a big rock and just soaked up the beauty. We held hands as we hiked, we talked about anything and everything, and I felt so free and light. It was simply grand.

As we pulled up to the B&B, I was awestruck. Sweeping vistas, beautiful mountains, and adorable white cottages with green tin roofs. The Inn itself looked like a mansion. That evening we enjoyed a 4-course dinner in our cottage. It was fun getting dressed up but then being able to eat in privacy. I had Shrimp Scampi and Will had Filet Mignon with Bearnaise Sauce. Delicious!

There was also a hot tub right outside on our deck that was simply divine-I could just feel all my cares melting away as I gazed up at the stars. We also enjoyed our lovely fireplace and the Tempur-Pedic mattress. We DID NOT want to get up the next morning; we both slept like babies. The next morning, breakfast was already waiting for us in our fridge-we just warmed up our egg casserole and huge muffins and had fruit, juice, and coffee as well. I love the fact that we didn't have to get dressed and go mingle with strangers at a big table. We needed alone time. And even if we had chosen an inn room, it's the same way-breakfast in your "kitchen closet." If we ever go back, I think we'll stay in the Gable Room-we got a chance to see that one and it's huge and very beautiful. And, of course, much cheaper than the cottage.

And yes, in case you check out the site and start adding up prices, we did spend lots of money, but considering we haven't been anywhere by ourselves for 2 years, I felt it was justified. A late anniversary and Valentine's celebration all in one. Don't worry, Em, we didn't go in debt over it! :-)

By the time we left Monday, I was starting to miss Ella a lot. But she did wonderfully without us. In fact, I called Sunday night to check on her and my mom said she hadn't said our names or done the milk sign all day. AMAZING! I found out when we returned, that she had looked for us in all the rooms Monday morning when she woke up, but still no milk sign. But boy did she ever do it when she saw me. I was talking to my mom and finally she looked at me so pitifully and signed "Milk. Please!" And I only had to pump twice while I was gone so it wasn't so bad.


I've got some pics of our time away and lots of Ella trying on some hand-me-downs from our friends at church. How wonderful not to have to buy any clothes for awhile!

9 comments:

Elizabeth said...

What a wonderful trip! I'm so proud of you for going: 2 years is too long! I think the investment is well worth it. What a beautiful place! The food, jacuzzi, and conditions couldn't be nicer. And you weren't too far away from Ella if she needed you. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Ella is too cute in her new clothes.

rcsnickers said...

Ahhhh, what a lovely trip! Love the waterfalls. How far away was it? I personally love the Smokeys but that seems like a closer place to go and still surrounded by beauty and quiet. Will have to remember it.... if we get a chance to runaway! :)

Yay for hand-me-downs. I honestly hate storing clothes but love to pull out the next sizes without having to pull out money. As always Ella is too cute! Pretty in pink!!

Letisha

Sarah said...

Sounds like you had a great time! What a wonderful getaway:)! It's nice you were ready to come back too though...the sign of a perfect vacation.

Nene said...

I'm so glad y'all had a great time...the place you stayed looks absolutely beautiful!!

I love hand-me-downs!! "New" clothes that you don't have to pay for...that's always nice! Ella is so adorable in her hat and new clothes!

Laura said...

Thanks y'all for sharing in my excitement! Yes, 2 years was too long-hopefully we won't wait that long until our next one.
Letisha-waterfalls were about an hour away.

Emily said...

Amazing...the perfect getaway! Can you plan my next vacation?!? Maybe you could get a job as a travel agent...what do you think? :)
Ella was so good while you were gone! And isn't she cute in her new clothes. The plaid outfit with the hat looks like something Anne wears when she and Dianna go to visit the old aunt...too cute! :)

Laura said...

So funny you should say that, Em...do you know how many times I've thought that same thing? (travel agent job). However, I think they've all but become extinct these days, w/everyone just using the internet to plan their vacations. But if I could do that and stay at home, I'd be in heaven. I love planning vacations!

Anonymous said...

Laura,
I loved all the pictures and the slide shows. I feel like I've been able to catch up a little bit on the details of your life. Ella is really growing up! I so look forward to hopefully talking to you soon.
Love,
Sarah Grace

Erin said...

Oh, sounds like such a nice vacation! And so glad Ella did fine w/o nursing while you were away. The hot tub sounds really nice =)