Nobody ever tells you that it will be this good. I think they fear they will spoil all the fun. The past 5 years have taken us on our greatest adventures and each moment has some how exceeded the past. I often times find myself wondering how I got so lucky; To marry a hard working man that has always put our family before himself. He has created this beautiful life for me and the kids. I don't thank him far enough for everything he does. My favorite moments are listening to him laugh as he chases Austin and Charlotte throughout the house. His love for them makes me love him on a completely different level.
"He pours his heart and soul into each day he gets with us."
That's why after 5 glorious years we knew we had to take a moment to celebrate each other. We threw ideas out - hiking in the mountains, white water rafting in Oregon, a red eye to Hawaii and back. All of these ideas sounded fun, but in reality time was our biggest enemy. We needed to be close just in case... we have such little kids and we just aren't ready to leave them and travel so far away.
We were getting ready to throw in the towel and do our typical Anniversary dinner out, when I got a better idea. This was my chance to surprise him - to take him to do things we loved doing together. Our destination was close enough to home, but far enough away to feel refreshed afterwards.
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The Location: Paso Robles, CA
I researched and found that Eric's favorite band was playing a few hours away in Paso Robles, CA. I started looking into what the little town has to offer and fell in love. A beautiful downtown full of charm and adventure waiting only a few minutes way. We stayed a La Bellasera Hotel. The staff there is so incredibly helpful and kind. They grabbed our bags and whisked us away to our king suite where a bottle of chilled champagne awaited our arrival!
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The Spa: Sycamore Hot Springs
You know you're an adult when the spa becomes your second home. Pampering is life and something I crave, so when I read the raving reviews for Sycamore Hot Springs, I know we had to check it out! Each booking includes a PRIVATE soak in their hot spring. I wish I had brought my camera. Tucked away in the hills are adorable little outside rooms. After our soak, Eric had a deep tissue massage and I got a facial. The best we have each ever received. This place deserves it's 5 stars and more.
The Food: Firestone Brewery
I am a little embarrassed to say we ate at the same place twice. We're not fancy steak and wine people, so when realized we were minutes way from Firestone Brewery we had to give it a shot. We sat at the bar and had the most delicious tacos and beer. We went back the next day and took their tour where we got to sample everything they are working on. For a split second Eric and I talked about running home and starting a brewing business and then we quickly realized we would rather just drink the good beer they made! Add that to the never-ending list of career changes for the both of us. One day I may share that lengthy list with you all.
The Adventure: Zip Lining
No trip is complete without a little adventure! When I first started looking around for exciting venues and crazy things to do, I found sky diving. Knowing my husband, I knew there would be no way I could get him up in a plane.
Margarita Adventures seemed like the perfect attraction for us. Crazy enough for an adrenaline rush, but not one that we would die from. They had so many to choose from - jeep tours, kayak tours but something stood out about ZIP LINING TOURS. That was it!! Eric was a trooper even though I could feel his nerves spilling over, I knew he loved it. I even heard him happy yelling as he soared in and out over the vineyards and through the trees.
The Entertainment: Florida Georgia Line
This was the BIG surprise for Eric. He is a faithful Florida Georgia Line fan (okay me too). He has been talking about seeing them since we saw them last year. So when I knew they were playing close I had to get tickets. Here's the crazy part, I got the best tickets I could, it was 5 years after all. The seats went back A-Z and we had Q. I figured our seats were back a little, but after arriving at the concert we realized they stated the seat sections at L. Imagine my surprise when no one sat in front of us and we ended up in the front row?! I feel like that only happens when you are on your 5 year anniversary trip lol. We had the time of our lives!
"And of course we both couldn't stop singing and smiling all night long."
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