I have also learned in these ten years of marriage that for better or worse, I'm a fierce mother bear. I have a really hard time being away from my kids, ever. I've almost always arranged for babysitting after the kids are in bed (and those times are more rare than I'd like to admit!), and when I do leave them, it's hard to really relax. That's partly why we thought it was important for this anniversary for us to get away- just the two of us, for as long as I could feasibly manage. In our case, that ended up being four nights, five days. Paul made all of the arrangements on the vacation end, and I made all of the preparations on this end- basically drumming up any possible could-go-wrong scenario and ensuring there was a back up plan. Paul's sister agreed to watch our kids for us, which was hugely helpful in getting me to let go.
We decided on Costa Rica, based on some friends' recommendations, and we were so glad we did! It was nearly the same time zone (so reduced travel and jet-lag), it felt pretty safe and friendly, and it was WARM. I mistakenly assumed my passport was still valid until a couple of days before Christmas when I double checked. Turns out that honeymoon trip we took to Mexico was TEN years ago, same as the expiration date on a passport...duh! So I had to scramble to get a new one. On Christmas Eve, I expedited all of my paper work out to a company that gets paid the big bucks to turn them around in a matter of days. Since it was during the holidays, we were really under a serious time crunch to get those back. But it all worked out!
So, on to the good stuff. Pictures!
We got to the resort that night, and wandered down to the ocean after a nice dinner.
The first full day in Costa Rica was Tuesday. We had fun relaxing by the pool, reading, sipping tropical drinks and occasionally posing for the photographers who actually did get some nice shots of us. Unfortunately that swimsuit made me look naked in half of them...awkward!
The next day was Wednesday, and we took a full day driving out to a big river to go white water rafting. I think we were going down the 12-foot drop here. It was so much fun!
On our way back, we stopped by a waterfall and just enjoyed the beauty there. I had already dried off, so I didn't get in.
Paul on the other hand, just couldn't say no.
The horse riding segment was interesting. I don't have any confidence in that area, and my horse knew it. Paul didn't either (can you tell from the picture?! haha), and he got quite a wild ride! His horse was insane!
Then we had another trip down a different river, this time on tubes. It was mostly drifting and bumping over some good size rapids, but there were some points where we had to go down using ropes and hand holds.
The next morning (Friday) we took our time swimming in the ocean and the pool before saying our goodbyes. The trip home was a lot more lengthy and stressful, but no flights were missed, so we were fine. We saw the kids the next morning (on Saturday), and it was a happy reunion! Lydia wasn't even mad at me! Abby did such a good job with all of our kids and hers ALL BY HERSELF all week! She was the real star of the show.
I am so, so grateful we could do this. In some ways, it was a real sacrifice to make it happen, but it felt good to celebrate our marriage in a meaningful way. And hopefully it won't take us another ten years to do it again!