Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Anniversary Trip: Day Three

Remember in my last post when I said that Eric and I are getting old?  It's true, and we were reminded of this fact on Sunday morning we neither of us could sleep past 7:30, which is 6:30 our time.  After getting ready and checking out of the hotel, we decided to go shopping, but none of the stores were open.  We ended up eating an early lunch before heading home. 

Since we weren't scheduled to meet my parents until later that afternoon to get the kids, we needed something to pass the time.  Randomly, we decided to check out the Jim Beam distillery.  To put your minds at ease, we did not sample the Bourbon, however, in full disclousre I might have had it not been a Sunday. Ha!

It was a beautiful place and very fascinating historically.  

We enjoyed a walking around the facilities on the most perfect, fall-like day!  You can take guided tours of the distillery, but we didn't have time, so we did the walking tour of the grounds around the main house. 

When were were done, we sat on the porch in a pair of rocking chairs just enjoying the sunshine and cooler temperatures. I can't wait to grow old with Eric and rock with him through the years.

I honestly don't know a great deal about the history of bourbon, which saddens me a bit because I love Kentucky History,  This is such an important part of our state, so I hope to learn more about the industry and maybe even tour a few more distilleries. 

I read a quote once that I love:

"Girls are made of sugar and spice,
But Kentucky girls are made of bourbon and ice."

Just wanted to add that here since this is the only time that it will probably ever be fitting on this blog.  Haha!

Of course, all good things must come to an end, and before we knew it, it was time to go get the kids.  October will mark eight years of marriage for Eric and I.  We haven't done a lot of things perfectly, but one thing we've done since the beginning is invest in our marriage.

I realize that this looks differently for everyone, but for us, traveling together once a year is a top priority.  We try to go on our actual anniversary, but it doesn't always happen that way.  I'd love to say that we always stay in luxury hotels and enjoy exotic destinations, but that's not the case.  One year we had to camp because that's what was in the budget.  

It's not the destination that is important.  It's the quality time we spend together talking, relaxing, and reconnecting. In the craziness of being life partners, it's easy to forgot to be friends and lovers.  I never want to lose sight of that because one-day the kids will be gone, the house will be quiet, and it will just be "us." One of things I value most about Eric is the way he makes time to invest in "us," which is exactly what this weekend was all about. 

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