Patrick and I celebrated our 10th Anniversary on August 7th. It is hard to believe it has been 10 years and 3 children later. Patrick is an amazing, fun loving, hard working, sweet husband and father who is my best friend and I am so grateful to be married to and hope to celebrate many, many more anniversaries with! About a month ago Patrick surprised me by telling me to put on the calendar that we were going away for 6 days for our anniversary and he had planned everything and arranged for our parents to watch the kids. That is all he told me, he would not tell me where we were going no matter how many questions and times I asked. I was really excited!! After we droped off the kids that morning we left he handed me an envelope that had a thought out "misson impossible" letter ("Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to go on a 6 day road trip with your handsome, loving... husband for 6 days...") and it told me where we were going with pictures and what we would be doing for our trip. Patrick had food and water in the car and everything planned out. It was very impressive!! So our trip went like this:
Day 1: Drive to Las Vegas, stayed at the Excalibur hotel. Patrick had bought tickets for us to go to the Terry Fator show. For those of you who don't know him (I didn't), he won the America's got talent show last year with his ventriloquist act. He was AMAZING and so much fun!! We also rode the New York, New York rollercoaster and walked the stip.
Day 2 & 3: We drove to Chandler, AZ and stayed in a hotel for 2 nights. Patrick's grandparents, who we haven't see for about 6 years, live there and we had a wonderful time visting with them! We also went to the Mesa Temple, and to the movies and dinner and had a relaxing time. It was only about 102 degrees when we where there, not too bad for AZ in August.
Day 4: We had a yummy pancake breakfast with Grandmother & Grandad (thanks Grandad!) and then we drove to Flagstaff AZ, where we stayed the night and went to a movie.
Day 5: We drove for an hour and 1/2 to the beautiful Grand Canyon. We spent the whole day seeing the southern rim. It was a beautful day and it was nice to be together hiking and enjoying the scenery without worring about kids falling off the cliff or listening to whinning of tired feet (we will have to go back as a family when the kids are bigger). We were able to sit on the edge of the Grand Canyon and watch the sunset, pictures don't do it justice. We then camped the night in a tent, attempted to make smoores and looked at the trillion stars that we can't see at home.
Day 6: Stopped at a few more lookout points at the Grand Canyon and drove the 9 hour drive back home.
We missed the kids and it was good to see them, but it was a little hard to give up our quiet, peaceful trip. Thanks Honey for the wonderful trip and for all you did to plan it! I love you!
Mesa, Arizona Temple