My husband and I celebrated our 28th anniversary on Friday, Sept 6. Crazy to think that we have been married this long. I posted this picture on instagram and then a small recap over these past 28 years. It went something like this......
We have raised 4 daughters. Witnessed 3 graduate college (the baby has 2 years to go). Married off 2 daughters. Welcomed our first grandchild.
Wow, I can describe the past 28 years of my life in 4 sentences!!!!! Married when I was 18 and John was 21, I can hardly remember a time when he was not in my life. I became a mother at 19 and the rest is history. I was a mother to 4 daughters by the time I was 26. During those years there was no such thing as "me time." I was busy, busy, busy.
I made many sacrifices during this time and I don't regret a one of them! NOT ONE! To see how beautiful my daughters have grown to be has been all worth it. Not only beautiful on the outside, but more importantly how beautiful they are on the inside.
We no longer have to make the sacrifices we once did when the girls were young. It is nice to finally have the chance for some US TIME......
Saturday morning I was up bright and early! A friend and I decided to meet at 6am. Considering I did not crawl into bed until midnight, (Friday night bonfire with family/friends) I was happy to get a good 5 miles in before John and I headed out for our weekend getaway.
I was back early from my run and John was already loading up the truck. Bikes, kayaks and my flowers crammed in the back seat. John sent flowers to my office and I insisted they come with us. I have no idea what he spent on them yet, but I was going to enjoy them the entire weekend! I got a quick shower and we were on our way....
We were headed west. To the beautiful Rocky Gap State Park. Just under a two hour drive and we were there. The weather was absolutely gorgeous!
Our one room cabin! Seriously, how cute is this??
We purchased 3 bundles of firewood when we checked in. John was looking forward to some campfire food. We purchased just enough...
My beautiful flowers arrived safely, but had tipped over during the ride. We discovered it about an hour into our drive. The water in the vase spilled over into my overnight bag!! Hey, I insisted they come with me so I take the blame.
John had some rope and made a clothesline for me. Thankfully me hoodies and flannels dried before the chilly evening arrived!!
The cabin was 12x12 and furnished with one full size bed and bunk beds. A cabin is not complete without some IKEA decorations!! We just rolled out a sleeping bag to cover the mattress and then I brought this comforter/duvet to keep us warm. I figured it was easier to just have to wash a few pillows cases and a duvet when we got back. Plus, it made the cabin!
Our cabin was just a short walk to the 243 acre lake. When we got all settled in we road our bikes all around the camp grounds. There are 10 mini cabins scattered throughout the park. It is a very hilly camp ground and made for an awesome workout.
Two small beaches are located at different spots around the lake.
The trails were amazing!! So many people were out kayaking and trail running. I would have loved to have gone for a run. John is not a runner, but we enjoyed walking the trails. After biking and some hiking John was anxious to get his campfire cooking skills on!
Italian sausage dogs and beans.
While he cooked I got the table all set.
Let's be honest.....I did not do any cooking on this trip!!
Best company ever....
Anniversary dinner 2013.
We stayed up late into the night. Trust me, there is a lot to reminisce about at 28 years of marriage. Nice to talk about our future goals and plans....
Chilly morning and you better believe I packed my Uggs!!
John was up nice and early getting his breakfast on!
Normally I would post a shot like this of myself after a nice sweaty run. To keep with tradition here is a shot of me in my morning campwear.
Breakfast is ready! Yummmmmm.
Souvenirs are a must! I enjoyed a nice hot chocolate in the morning. Though I wished there was a Starbucks nearby......
We planned Sunday to be our day of kayaking the lake. Checkout was at noon. We took our time around the cabin in the morning. Walking down to the lake and enjoying the view. We walked some on the trails and I was happy I packed my trail shoes.
New Balance. My roommate last year at Fitbloggin had a pair and I loved them! So glad I backed them. I wore them all weekend. I also wear them to body pump. Oh body pump. My back is still sore so that will be left for another post:(
It was here we realized we forgot two very important items. Our life jackets!!! It is against the law to not them. Seriously, we paid $51.37 to rent the cabin and if we went out on the lake and got caught without our life jackets we would have been fined $100 each.
I felt totally comfortable being on the lake without my life jacket, but it was not worth taking the chance. They rent out kayaks and canoes, but since it is after Labor Day, they were closed. We assumed we could just rent a few jackets when we first discovered that we had forgotten them. Talk about being DISAPPOINTED!! We even tried to search for a store nearby that we could possible purchase some. No luck!!! Kayaking was just not meant to be on this trip:(
This was the first time we have visited Rocky Gap and we will be back again for sure!! It was one of the most beautiful parks we have been to. Cabin living is awesome. So many tenters were near by, but for the difference in price it was well worth the comforts of a bed and shelter.
This was an anniversary I will never forget!!
How long have you been married??
Are you a camper??