Happy Birthday, Brian!

What. A. Day.

It all began early this morning, when I got up to make breakfast. It had to be early– we both had an all day retreat to get to and a friend to pick up on the way. The Pioneer Woman taught me to make biscuits and gravy— Brian’s favorite. While I was whipping that up, I put out Brian’s birthday basket and cedar shoe valet. I also got my phone ready to play The Beatles “Birthday” when Brian came downstairs. I was having a blast jumping from the oven to the stove to the french press to setting the table. I was giddy for him to come downstairs and enjoy the fun.

Brian's birthday basket included homemade blueberry infused bourbon, simple syrup, a shoe shine kit, a monogrammed mint julep cup, and specialty beard oil-- I thought it had a "southern gentleman" feel :)

Brian’s birthday basket included homemade blueberry infused bourbon, simple syrup, a shoe shine kit, a monogrammed mint julep cup, and specialty beard oil– I thought it had a “southern gentleman” feel ūüôā

Breakfast was fun, but fast! Brian enjoyed the food and coffee (my first gravy ever!), and we laughed and chatted as we got ready to leave.

Today’s retreat was all about Gospel Fluency and living that out. It was incredible. During the morning session breaks, I would run up to Brian and word vomit everything I was connecting with and convicted of from the first session. We both planned on napping when we got home, but the conversation that started in the car as we processed what we learned kept going when we entered the house. We talked for a couple of hours– confessing and sharing and marveling. During this, we did make mint juleps with the infused bourbon in Brian’s birthday gift and sipped as we talked– yum!

This is the bourbon I infused and a peek at the process

This is the bourbon I infused and a peek at the process

Brian wouldn’t let me do any housework on his birthday, so we read our novels together until it was time to leave for the movie. We saw ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ at Alamo. It was a looooooong movie, but very good. Brian liked it more than I did, but I was also freezing cold in the theater and nodding off during the very long, slow middle of the movie. In my defense, we went to a 9:40pm showing.

It was an awesome day– the first time I’ve been able to spoil my husband on his special day. I look forward to spoiling him over and over for the rest of our lives. Today was great– and I’m sure we’ll be sharing more of what we learned about at the retreat in an upcoming post.

Happy Birthday, Brian!!! I love you!!!

Back home

For the last couple of days we were in Las Vegas. It was Lindsey’s first trip out there, and it was my, well, not my first trip.¬†I always enjoy trips to Vegas and going into this weekend I was hoping she would as well.


A cocktail with a habanero as garnish and a beautiful woman. That makes it a good night.

She did. We had a great time. We did all my favorite Vegas things. I taught her how to play craps, she played roulette at the Bellagio, we ate at some great restaurants and saw all the sights.

One of the highlights of the trip was definitely Cirque Du Soleil’s¬†Love.¬†We are both big Beatles fans. I think they are the best band of all time, Lindsey grew up with them, and we played them at our wedding. The Beatles are a huge part of our life.

So, when Lindsey said she wanted to go to a show in Vegas, the decision was really easy. We got tickets for the show weeks ago and we got very excited for it. In all my trips to Vegas I never went to a show, but I was really looking forward to this.

It was¬†unbelievable. Every aspect of the show was unreal. The skill of the acrobats was literally awe-inspiring. The clowns (totally the wrong impression if you’ve never seen Cirque Du Soleil, but technically the leads are part of the French circus tradition) were great, really great. This art form is impressive both in its ability to tell a story through¬†unbelievable¬†athletic performances. But as a Beatles fan, I was most impressed with the music. The knowledge of and reverence for their music was evident from the very beginning. It was a fantastic time.

Last night we went to a gastropub for dinner and then spent some time playing. Lindsey really enjoyed playing dice, and was quite the roller. She made some friends at the table. ūüôā

We went to bed late each night (in strong¬†contradiction¬†to Lindsey’s natural inclination) and we’re paying for it now. We’re not crazy party people, so we weren’t at any of the mega-nightclubs or¬†ultra-lounges. Oh, I offered (against my¬†natural¬†inclinations) to do so, but she wasn’t interested. Even so, we found plenty of things to do and still stay out of trouble.

We’re home now and we’re tired. The trip was awesome, but it had nothing to do with the location. It wasn’t the food, the gambling or the change of scenery. It was the time together.

The longer we are married the more I realize that time together is the foundation of our marriage. It is so important for us to have time with no¬†distractions, no obligations and no one else. It’s fun to do cool stuff. It’s great to watch her get dressed up, and I love the chance to sit down and really talk over dinner. When we can block off a weekend and do nothing but those things, well that’s exactly what we need most.