My oh-so-handsome hubby and I celebrated our anniversary (lucky #7 to be exact!) last weekend. It was quick and simple and nothing too extravagant, but it was fun, romantic, and very relaxing…AKA the perfect anniversary overnighter. I thought I'd pop in quickly to tell you about how we did it affordably!
As mentioned in THIS POST, one thing that has really helped in our marriage is to divide up responsibilities, including trading off planning Valentine's Day and anniversaries. Since he planned V-Day this year, it was my turn to do our anniversary. Why should one person have to come up with/plan everything? Genius, right?
Since it was my “turn”, I surprised Bubba with an overnight getaway and fancy dinner. Here's how we made our quick getaway easy, romantic, and of course, affordable!
I wanted to do something nice for Bubba since we've both been so busy lately. I decided to do a fancy night away because it's his favorite; getting away from the kids, computers, house, chores, and LIFE for a minute. I got a great deal on KSL Deals for a night stay at a bed & breakfast + $40 gift card to The Roof (a fancy restaurant down town) for $179 (seen HERE). It's a great deal anyway, but I was able to work my connections and get a deeper discount on the package which helped with the budget.
- Normally I try to avoid hiring a babysitter for overnight stays because it adds so much cost. But we don't have any family in Utah to turn to, and no friends could do an overnight trade this time around. So while I definitely recommend trading with family or friends to avoid babysitting costs, hiring a sitter you trust is worth a night away. It's so important for your marriage, folks! I had a gift card to Chuck E. Cheese and had the babysitter take them. It was completely free and the kids had a ball, so it worked out great.
PACKING, BUDGET, & PREP:
- Since Bubba didn't know where we were going on our date and didn't know we'd be staying overnight I packed for him. I knew we had to be back first thing in the morning so packing was simple.
- Prep: I made dinner reservations a few days prior to make sure we wouldn't have to wait, and to see if they did anything special for anniversaries (they had flower packages that I passed on, but they said they'd put us at the table with the best view). I also called the B&B to make sure I wasn't misunderstanding any fine print, double-checking details on how to redeem the $40 gift card, etc. Didn't want any surprises!
- Budget: Since I knew this overnighter was coming and would cost us more than our typical date budget (roughly $25/weekend which we usually save up and use $50 every other weekend), we did free in-home dates this month leading up to it so we could save up our date-night money. I just kept making excuses so Bubba wouldn't catch on; “I'm pretty tired, let's just watch a movie at home tonight” or “nah, we have leftovers, let's just eat at home…”.
It had been a long day on Friday with getting the kids for my first-ever pop-up shop for Bomb Shelter Baby, so when it was finally time for me to pick Bubba up from work, I was EXHAUSTED. I'm not much of a pop drinker, but it was a night to celebrate! So naturally, we stopped in at my favorite gas station for a quick caffeinated pick-me-up in the form of a giant DDP. Romantic, right?
Bubba still didn't know where we were going, so I had him drive and just told him where to turn. When we arrived we were both so excited – Bubba because he learned we were staying overnight, and me because the place was just so dang cute! I wish I had taken a picture of the front of the house…
I've decided B&B's are so romantic and cute!! Ours was in the heart of downtown SLC and had so much old character! Usually I look for a good hotel rate, but the B&B was not only an adorable ambiance but includes homemade breakfast…and free, warm from the oven cookies when you check in…??? For reals??
Yes, we took several. We can't help it, we're cheapskates. It's a sickness, really. And I was hungry. And they were warm. And delicious…
We checked out our room. I, of course, had to attempt a flying leap motion shot onto the bed…
P.S. that winding staircase in our room lead to the TUB! So cool.
We got all fancied up and headed to dinner. Grateful for good husbands who know how to tame hair-teasing dilemmas for me…
We had never eaten at The Roof but decided to put that $40 gift card to good use. It was an upscale fancy buffet, and it was basically heaven…
Literally. This temple was the view from our table if you can believe it. They actually sat us at “the proposal table” because it has the best view, and it really was incredible.
At dinner we talked a lot about what we were like in High School, how we were raised, how we want to raise our kids, where we see ourselves in 10 years, and other questions that we hardly get a chance to talk about at home. It was really special. I learned so many new things about Bubba, and he about myself.
And I got to stare at his handsome face for 2 hours which you won't hear me complaining about.
The gift card covered 1/2 our dinner, and we used a Visa gift card that we got from doing a timeshare presentation forever ago to cover the rest.
We had grand plans to go out on the town and do lots of exciting things after dinner…but were really too full or exhausted so we enjoyed a night in, early bedtime, and sleeping in. (AKA a mother's dream.)
The next morning we stuffed ourselves again on homemade breakfast (included in our price), took our time getting ready, then headed home to rescue the babysitter.
It was a quick weekend, but it was perfect for the time and money we could afford to spare to get away. Getaways are an important way to re-focus your marriage, talk about important issues, look each other in the eye without being interrupted by kids, and remember why you love each other in the first place! I urge everyone to find a way to budget for a simple getaway. It will do wonders on your marriage.
And I have to end by saying HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to the love of my life, my better half, my best friend, and one person I can spend 24 hours per day with 365 days per year and not get sick of. I love you Bubba, thanks for being the best husband and daddy anyone could ask for!