Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Life of Luxury

My feet are finally beginning to touch the ground after my husband whisked me away this weekend to celebrate our anniversary in grand style! It takes a tremendous amount of planning to travel around here with all of our animals and things that must be cared for, but I give major props to my husband for making it happen. It was our first little get-away without the kids, and my in-laws graciously took care of them so we could enjoy a weekend alone.

On Friday morning, we drove to Tucson to stay at the gorgeous Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Anyone who's read this blog for any length of time knows that the posh life makes me uncomfortable, but the elegance of this resort made me face my fears of valet parking, and bell-hops head on. It definitely wasn't the Motel 6.  We marveled at the grand scale of the lobby, the Koi fish ponds out back, the waterfalls in the mountain, and the fresh flower arrangements all over the hotel. No detail was left undone at this place!  

After settling into our suite, a storm rolled in, and we took the opportunity to explore the resort a little. Then we went out for Mexican food, shopping, and dessert.

The hotel is nestled high up into the side of Ventana Canyon.  Here's the view from our 3rd story balcony. It overlooked the entire city of Tucson. At night the skyline was gorgeous.

Here's a picture of our shower. Can you tell I don't get out much?!? Ha Ha!! This picture doesn't do it justice to show the enormity of this tub.  It could easily have fit 6 people.  It was almost the size of one of our stock tanks and I couldn't help but think of how much water it would actually take if someone wanted to fill the thing up. (I know what you're thinking... and NO.... you can't take the redneck out of the girl. )

Here's the view from the golf course. It was incredible! We jogged around a portion of it and there was not a blade of grass out of place.

Saturday morning, we woke up and played a round of golf... something that I really love, but never get to do.  We went back to the same golf course we played at together when we first met in college. It was a sentimental journey.

We didn't play half bad considering that we had to literally vacuum the spiderwebs off of our golf bags before we left for the trip.

It's our monsoon season, and the desert was green, and full of life.

After our round of golf, we put our swimsuits on and headed to the pool to cool off.  The wait staff carried fresh towels to our lounge chairs and walked around with beverages and sunscreen for everyone.  When they started handing out chilled, rolled-up wash cloths with a pair of tongs, I knew we weren't on the mountain anymore. 

After we sufficiently fried our white legs, we got cleaned up and went out for a night out on the town.  We ate Chinese food, and got a piece of cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory to take back to the hotel room and enjoy while overlooking the city.

On Sunday morning we woke up bright and early and went for an invigorating hike up Ventana Canyon.  Afterward, we went out for breakfast, and it was time to pack up and make the long drive home.

We were so blessed on our little get-away.  It's the only time that we've celebrated our anniversary with more than just a dinner at a restaurant. I'll cherish it forever because at this stage of life, these luxuries are few and far between.  We missed our babies a ton, and we were so glad to see them when we got back home.  Our time spent together was a real treat!


  1. What a sweet husband to plan your trip. Seems a wonderful time was enjoyed by all.

  2. That is awesome :) Lucky you!
    Looks like a great place to go and relax! You deserve it Mama! Happy Happy Anniversary to a very blessed couple! XO

  3. What a fun time! Props to the hubby!!

    Happy Anniversary!

  4. Fun! Happy Anniversary to you two love birds!

    Glad y'all got have a getaway!

  5. What a beautiful resort! So glad you got to enjoy some time away, and from the sounds of it, no hogs or cattle or mud were involved. ;) Happy Anniversary!

  6. Happy Anniversary! And how sweet of your husband to make all those plans :)