We went on our January date this past weekend and it was actually a weekend long date.
For the past 8 years we have been going to a place in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, a property owned by a very nice family that rents out their 4 cabins on 75 acres. The cabins are not rustic (other than being in the middle of nowhere). They have water, electricity, heat, cute decor, and hot tubs. Our anniversary is the end of December so for the past few years we have been going to one of the cabins (we've tried all 4 now) in January to celebrate our anniversary. But it's equally wonderful to go there in the spring, summer, or fall, which we have also done. This year we were there celebrating our 11th anniversary.
This was on a telephone pole out front of the cabin.
So we left the kids with a wonderful family friend, packed up our two labs and spent two nights in solitude! We ate dinner, drank wine, read (I finished The Hunger Games and started The Help), put (most of) a puzzle together, spent time in the hot tub, went for a walk and even watched our crazy dogs take a swim in the icy creek (it was very cold out and the creek banks were filled with icicles--the dogs didn't care).
Gretchen's mad dash.
Two old barns behind the cabin.
It was not a weekend of "reconnecting" so much as relaxing together, which is just what we needed due to our very busy schedule lately. In years past, there have been some great weekends of really reconnecting, but this year was not one of the years we needed it as much. Hope that makes sense. But we did try some of the questions from Amber's list. Dan wasn't a huge fan of it and got kind of silly with his answers. Typical. ;) But we did have a fun time picking and choosing some of them.
We did agree on the answer to one question. The question was about what we'd like to go back to from when we were dating and we agreed nothing. We love that we get to spend every day together now and don't wish to not do that, as was the case when we were dating. :)