Napa Valley: The Westin and Oxbow Market

My husband and I just got back from three days in Napa Valley for our anniversary! If you are looking for a new vacation spot and want some place full of beautiful scenery, amazing food, great wine (and lots of it!) then Napa Valley is for you. We saw so much and are still relishing in excitement from the trip.

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We stayed at the Westin Verasa Napa resort. They were so good to us; they upgraded us to a one-bedroom suite upon arrival (that never happens!) and had complimentary tapas and wine every night. The resort is located within walking distance to downtown Napa Valley and the Oxbow Market, and sits along the Napa River.

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After checking into our hotel, we walked over to the Market for dinner. We ate at Kitchen Door (the pizza is fabulous) and indulged in an old-school double scoop of ice cream at Three Twins Ice Cream. We explored the many different vendors in the Market and then enjoyed a super relaxing walk back to the hotel. It was the perfect start to a vacation we’ll never forget.

Here are some photos of us exploring the Oxbow Market, and of our view walking back to the resort.

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I was putting the lens cap back on my camera when I accidentally snapped this picture and yet, it’s my favorite photo from the night. See my camera strap in the way? Me either. I’m just focusing on the moment too. 🙂

Seven Years Strong

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Little did we know that this exit was just the beginning.

Today we celebrate 7 years of marriage! People always tell you life goes by so fast and I’m pretty sure they are right. We’re in Pinetop, Arizona this weekend spending our free time relaxing at the cabin and we managed to find the only restaurant in town that takes reservations (also see: kind of fancy) and doesn’t have a kids menu. We are sold! We’ll be going there tonight, sans kids, to celebrate.

The Wife Hat: Surprise trip to Vegas

Doesn’t he look surprised in this photo? I was beaming with excitement and he was so confused. You see, I had made dinner reservations for his birthday … in Vegas!

I had kept the entire thing a surprise. We went up for dinner, spent the night and came right back home … just the two of us (the best part). We left Phoenix at 3pm on Friday and returned at exactly 3pm on Saturday. It was truly one of the best trips I have been on.

We had dinner at Jasmine at the Bellagio, which was fantastic! We had a table by the window so we were able to see the Bellagio Fountain Show go off every 20 minutes or so. Dinner lasted over 2 hours (if you have kids, you know how rare this is).

Then, we walked casino to casino just laughing, gambling and people watching. We ended up at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill for drinks and dessert: the banana cream pie to be exact. We seriously had such a great time. And, for the record, only lost $6.

Happy birthday, babe. I love you more today than ever.

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The Wife Hat: Hand-in-Hand

Going back two years … there are a few engagement photos we never printed. Photos we never framed. Photos I never showed anyone. It wasn’t because I didn’t like them, but in that moment these particular photos didn’t have that much meaning to me. There were others that I loved more. Well, as I started looking through my engagement photo gallery again, these photos really resonated with me. They suddenly have more meaning than ever before: They illustrate the point that Ryan and I are walking through life, through parenting, side by side. There isn’t anywhere he would go without me. We’re partners. We’re parents. And even though we have parenting differences, from time to time, we’re never walking alone. Sounds cheesy, but it’s true. A marriage is a partnership that lasts a lifetime. I feel blessed to walk hand in hand with this man, every day of my life.

The Wife Hat: Husbandisms

If you know my husband and I, then you know we are as different as night and day. We are proof that opposites attract, but also proof that God has a sense of humor. We both get from point A to point B completely differently. Yet, we are always on the same page. I’m loud. He’s reserved. I’m the right brain. He’s the left. He loves to do taxes. Enough said.
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Our differences are pretty entertaining. The latest difference stems from how to open a cereal box. To be honest, I don’t really give it much thought. I open the box and I eat my cereal. Case closed. Here’s a peek into the latest conversation about this.
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Ryan: Who taught you how to open a cereal box?

Stephanie: What?

Ryan: The box is destroyed!

Stephanie: No, it’s not. It still closes.

Ryan: I don’t get it. It’s like you’re in a hurry or something.

Stephanie: Ryan, it’s not that bad.

Ryan: Stephanie, you open it like you’re a racoon digging through trash.

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