Our first anniversary as husband and wife! Justin and I played with the idea of going big and taking a trip, but decided to stay in Central Oregon and save the trip for the colder months (to get away somewhere warm). Instead, we enjoyed a staycation and spent the weekend doing the things we love around Bend.
Friday, August 16
Once Justin was off work, he rushed home to pick me up and take me to a movie. I absolutely love the whole experience of going to the theater, from the big screen to the oh so bad for you popcorn (my vice!), and probably have more points on my regal card than most people. We opted to see We’re the Millers, which was absolutely hilarious. Pretty vulgar, but still entertaining enough to leave my stomach aching from laughing so hard.
Saturday, August 17
After we were finished, Justin had to run a few errands in preparation for the weekend, so I cleaned up and did some work while he was gone. It also gave me a chance to finalize his gifts. When Justin returned home, we packed up and headed out for an eight mile hike around Paulina Lake.
The weather was perfect and the trail scarce with people. As one of my favorite hikes in Central Oregon, the trail frames the water for a majority of the hike. I had done the hike a number of times with my mom growing up and felt some nostalgia while trucking along.
Justin had never been to Paulina so it made for a fun, new adventure.
Roughly five miles into the hike, we stopped around a nice rocky area on the water to have lunch. Justin packed some of my favorite munchies, which he had picked up earlier from Newport Market.
We finished the last three miles, grabbed a cold Diet Sierra Mist at the lodge, and made our way back home.
Justin and I were both fairly worn out from the day’s activities, and decided to relax and stay in for the evening. My wonderful chef decided to prepare Dungeness crab for dinner that evening (my favorite) and we watched and cheered for the Seahawks as they destroyed the Broncos. WOW, they are looking strong already!
Justin also got me hooked on 24 so we ended the night with 24 on Netflix and a bowl of Bordeux Cherry ice cream.
Sunday, August 18
Happy Anniversary!!! For some crazy reason I woke up at 4:30am excited and ready for the day. Justin awoke soon after and we laid in bed and talked for about an hour before getting up.
While drinking my coffee, Justin surprised me with two gifts. The first was a card containing four tickets to Joshua Radin, a singer whom I am very fond of. The second was a box, containing a diamond band to accommodate the other side of my wedding ring. I was completely shocked and have not been able to stop looking at my finger.
For Justin, I created a progressive gift experience whereby Justin would open his first gift at 8:18am and continue every hour until 8:18pm. Most of the gifts were smaller and more sentimental, but the last gift (which I will mention later) was the big surprise.
Following a relaxing morning, we made our way out to Brasada Ranch and immediately found a lounge chair at the pool. It was an afternoon of sun, reading, pool time, and relaxation. I also enjoyed one of their famous cucumber margaritas – one of my favorite drinks on a hot, sunny day next to the pool.
After we were all “sunned out” we gathered our things and checked into our lodge suite. It was perfect and we felt at though we had the entire place to ourselves. Right outside our suite was our own personal fire pit and hot tub.
The staff at Brasada placed strawberries dipped in chocolate and lemon tarts in our refrigerator, along with champagne that we brought that was personalized and gifted to us for our wedding. I absolutely love opening champagne.
Once I finished my glass of champagne, Justin and I were off to dinner at Range. We were seated in a great area with ample views of the mountains.
Justin ordered the shrimp and scallop pasta and I ordered the flat iron steak. We also shared a side of broccolini and truffle roasted mac & cheese. I rarely eat mac & cheese, so this was like dessert to me – amazing!
Finally, 8:18pm rolled around and it was time for Justin to open his final gift. I will never forget the look on his face when he tore off the paper – tickets to the Seahawks vs. 49ers game! His expression and excitement said it all. I even got a glimpse of a “happy” tear in the corner of his eyes.
Before our bill arrived we were notified by the server that my mom and Billy had arranged for our desserts – so thoughtful! We wandered out onto the patio and reminisced about our wedding night while watching the sunset.
Soon after we headed back to our suite with our dessert to be assembled at the fire pit – s’mores!!! Brasada makes the best home made marshmallows and graham crackers I have ever had. It also makes for a fun experience.
After some time in the hot tub and star gazing, we were off to bed to end a perfect day together.
Monday, August 19
The end to our anniversary weekend, Justin and I both took Monday to unwind and enjoy being home. After leaving Brasada, we decided to take advantage of the nice day and have lunch out on the patio at Tetherow. I probably had one of the best burgers I have ever tasted. No joke! Justin had the french dip sandwich which was pretty incredible as well.
We relaxed the rest of the day and made travel arrangements for our trip to Africa in February. Details to come…