Sunday, April 20, 2008

Our new home

Not really;) We took a break from all of the projects we have to do, and Dan spoiled me rotten for the weekend, at the historic Broadmoor Resort & Hotel in Colorado Springs. It is just exquisite and the perfect place to celebrate a birthday, I might add. We left on Saturday morning amidst the usual flurry of activity that it takes for both of us to get out of the house at the same time. My aunt, our very own "Mary Poppins," was on hand to treat the kids to their own special weekend, so when Dan and I finally drove off, it was without a concern and nary a backward glance. For the next day and a half we relaxed and took in the beautiful scenery, strolled the grounds, enjoyed several of the wonderful restaurants, and just basked in the luxury of both the surroundings and having so many hours of uninterrupted time together. It does a marriage good. I think that by spending a chunk of time together once or twice a year, we've been able to reconnect so that when we're back at home, we look forward to "together time" and will find it in little ways. Like sharing a glass of wine before dinner, or even a trip to Home Depot on a Saturday. After dinner last night, we took a walk around the lake and then found a spot to sit out on the patio that overlooks the lake. Dan had a glass of wine and I sipped some Bailey's and coffee. The moon's reflection shimmered on the lake. The outdoor fireplace gave the air a warm, delicious smell of smokey pine. A group gathered in front of the fire talked softly, and occasional laughter rose and fell. I thought of all the campfires we've shared with one another and friends and family. There's something primal and almost spiritual about sharing a campfire with the people you love most in the whole world. This morning we enjoyed the luxury of our elegant room. Dan finished a book and I was looking out at the view of the lake when some movements on the far side caught my eye. At the small playground, tucked behind the pool, there were two children swinging on the swing set. They were both going along at their own rhythm, pumping their legs and reaching for the sky, and eventually, their swinging to and fro became even with one another. It was the game we used to play as kids. If you're swinging at the same tempo and side-by-side the next person, we'd call out, "We're married!" As a child I never knew how true the analogy would become. As a couple we're more often that not busy with our own things, both working hard and passing each other like ships in the night. Then, sometimes by chance, but more and more because we know we can make it happen if we work at it, one of us will slow, the other may have to speed up or put in a bit of effort, and eventually we're a matched set again, moving through life together. That's marriage.

14 comments:

Xandra said...

I'm so glad you were able to get away for your birthday! Sounds like you had exactly the kind of time that Trevor and I would have....nice and relaxing and a wecome break from the kids.

Xandra

annie said...

What a fun outing!
Sounds wonderful.

Becky said...

What a very lovely weekend. Time to reconnect and refresh is so important. We busy couples don't get that often enough.

And happy birthday too!!

Robin said...

What a lovely weekend. Your time away sounds just heavenly - I'm so glad you were able to enjoy yourselves!
And Happy Birthday Karen! I hope that your 50th year is full of blessings and love.

Sandcastle Momma said...

Happy Birthday! What a wonderful place to spend it and how nice that you have someone you trust to leave the children with so you can have time alone with your husband.

PEA said...

If that was your new home, I would have said I'm moving in with you! hehe Sounds like a wonderful time away and oh wow, what a fabulous to stay at! Everything sounded wonderful and you're right, it's nice to be able to leave the kids behind every once in a while:-) Is your birthday on the 24th then??? xox

Boomeyers said...

How appropriate - John Wayne, our hero! :-) So glad you had such a lovely birthday! I admit, I am green with jealousy! Soooo relaxing! Happy Birthday late!

Karen said...

Wow, it looks so beautiful there and they're great photos.

Thank you so much for your comment and vote on my photo! :-D

Have a great day!

Kim said...

What a wonderful and romantic weekend you must have had! I agree with so many of your thoughts and observations. I love what you said about swinging!
Happy Birthday!

Thanks for visiting my blog--I love your comments, and I am so with you on the melancholy feelings over my last baby leaving the elementary school years behind. I keep shaking my head trying to figure out where the years have gone, and sometimes it hits me with such an ache to my heart that I find myself crying--usually while I am driving somewhere.

*smiles*
Kim

gail@more than a song said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like y'all had a good time, the place looks gorgeous.
I loved what you said about swinging, nice!

Jen said...

First of all I'm laughing over John Wayne.....but I'm so glad you got to slip away from everything and chill out. So nice to go one on one with hubby once in awhile. Sounds like you two had a nice time.

Renee said...

Happy Birthday! We were just there (the Broadmoor) last week. We had our wedding reception there years ago! I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing time! Blessings!
Renee

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

What an awesome birthday getaway, that place looks incredible :) This was such a wonderfully written post, Karen, so touching and eloquent and well written. Bravo :)

justabeachkat said...

I love the Broadmoor! It's gorgeous there. A perfect place to celebrate a birthday. Happy Birthday sweet friend.

Hugs!
Kat