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10 years in 3 months

On the eve of my wedding, if I would have speculated how my life would look in 10 years, it would be pretty spot on.

4 kids, good jobs, a loving spouse, a cozy little home and beautiful friends to fill it with. Yes, that’s what I dreamed about.

In just three months, Michael and I will be married a whole decade already. And most of our dreams have come true.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh from the chapel, and so very young.

We’ve always said, that for our 10 year anniversary, we would take a spectacular trip. Making a marriage work is hard, and I think hitting milestones like 10 years should be handsomely rewarded.

Being an interior designer and lover of architecture (and red wine), I’ve always had my heart set on going to Italy for a couple week.

It will be 10 years in 3 months. I’ll be nursing a 4 month old, so my Rome and red wine will have to wait. Postponed, but not abandoned.

A romantic trip to Italy with my husband (and baby) isn’t exactly what I had in mind. (although we did take Nola to Hawaii when she was 3 months old.)

So instead of Italy, we need other ideas. Even though life has “gotten in the way”, I still want to celebrate somehow.

I’m coming to the blog for suggestions. I’m looking at a long weekend, end of May, with Michael and baby Paul. What do you think we should do?

And no, I don’t want to crash on your basement pullout sofa.

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  1. What about a bed and breakfast in southern Indiana (Nashville, Bloomington)? Or rent a cabin? It’s beautiful at that time of year and you can hit up all the little shops and antique stores.

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    Katie Reply:

    I’m with Erin. You just have to act quick though since those places in southern Indiana fill up quickly during that time of year.
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    Laura Tolbert Reply:

    I agree with this idea too. The cabins are so relaxing and not much different that a night in a nice hotel. Some of them have hot tubs (which sound so nice when you are pregnant and can’t be in them!), and games and pleasant hiking/biking trails. And if you’re lucky, you might get one that has every episode of Star Trek on VHS. 🙂

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  2. Congrats and such a wonderful milestone and accomplishing so many of your dreams!

    I’m also an interior designer and lover of architecture so I’d head to Chicago! There are some great Italian restaurants. If you haven’t already- take an architectural boat tour! Rent bikes for a fun trip along the lakeshore, or go on a diner cruise. I don’t think I’ve ever been, but there is a little Italy. Okay now I want to go!
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    Pam Reply:

    I agree – the architectural boat tour in Chicago is great! And a wonderful place for food, shopping, museums… whatever your heart desires. (Oh and Frank Lloyd Wright sights…)

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  3. Brad and I’s 10 year is coming up this year, so I’m totally coming back here and stealing ideas. 😉
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  4. ooh, early congrats! when you mentioned architecture, my dream trip came to mind: a long weekend (or week) in palm springs at a midcentury modern hotel (like the ace). it’s a long plane ride, though…although paul’s little enough to sleep through most of it, right? there’s also fun historic (warm & sunny) southern spots where you can probably get a super cute b&b: charleston, sc; savannah, ga, etc. if you want something super quiet and peaceful, a friend and i spent some time one spring in st. mary’s, ga. it’s the gateway to cumberland island (which is really cool) and a short drive away from some cute fl. beaches.
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  5. For our ten year we were going to visit Hawaii. However, we had Preslee instead.

    Not SUPER romantic, but what about Mackinaw or Traverse City? You could drop the other kiddos off with family? I have an awesome place hat might be available in TC right in the lake. LMK!

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  6. I’m coming back with QuatroMama for ideas! Mr. Ordinary and I will have ten years under our belts in June and by then Baby #5 will be about 7 months old so no big Italian vacation for us either.

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  7. For our 10th we went to NYC,but I think that’s probably too busy for a baby. For our 20th we went to New Orleans- which I think would actually be fine with a baby. No Bourbon St. for you, but plenty of other fun things to do. Great food. Great history. Beautiful architecture.

    If you go, make sure to go on one of the walking tours that are offered. I will send you information about the one we took which was fantastic! I could definitely see the tour as doable if you wore the baby.

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  8. We had sort of the same scenario. We’d started planning a Europe trip for our 10th and K was only 5 weeks old when ours rolled around! I got a new ring instead and now we are thinking of a big trip for our 15th!

    Anyway, can you swing a long weekend? Like to Napa or the beach? Or one night in a luxurious hotel not too far away?

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  9. There’s this little place in Chicago I’d recommend… they do *The Decade* well.
    (and a good hotel would offer a nanny service, we used one when H. was 6-months old, at Snowbird in Utah, so we could go to dinner while she slept)
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  10. I don’t know how outdoorsy you are… but you could definitely take a baby hiking. Maybe down in Tennessee — Rent a cabin, hike by day, cozy by a fire at night (when the baby is asleep), take in nature at its best.

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  11. I’m not sure how far you’re willing to go, but the Florida Keys are dreamy. You an rent a house in Marathon for cheap right on the beach or the water, then take day trips to Key West or other areas. Or just sit on the pier and stare at the water, which is how I spent my honeymoon. 🙂
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  12. My suggestion would be to pump ahead. Leave baby Paul with someone for a night and stay in a nice hotel, go out to dinner, and to a show.

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  13. We just watched our wedding video last night! Ohmygoodness.

    What about a weekend in Grand Rapids? LOVE that city and oh the art. But is that too much your old stomping grounds? What about Chicago? Honestly my favorite thing to do would be go somewhere with room service, go to the movies, go shopping, eat really good food, and not have to BE anywhere specific. Just land where you land. Chicago is great at that time of the year, so much easy walking around stuff to see, same for Grand Rapids. But that’s about all I have in my mind right now.

    Steph

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  14. OOH if you come to GR I may even be able to get my arm twisted to hang with the baby a little…..

    I had huge dreams for a 10 year trip as well. But in the end I sat and watched the deal sites (Living Social Escapes, Groupon Travel and Jetsetter) and we ended up in Charlottesville, VA a place I had never heard of.

    It is wine country (win) and a bunch of history stuff is there (win for the hubby) along with an artsy, foodie downtown (WIN!).

    We stayed at a SUPER swanky place for very little money and had an incredible time.

    All this to say, don’t underestimate those deal sites. I see them all the time for Chicago and or B & Bs up and down the Michigan shoreline.

    In fact I recently bought another deal off Living Social for our anniversary getaway this year. 🙂

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  15. I suggest a cruise- they really make traveling easy, and since you will have a wee one with you, that of course is a big plus.

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  16. Cort and I have found that it’s fun to go to Chicago for a weekend. (We’ve also done Detroit…I know, not so romantic, but we DID get to go to a Tigers game).

    We get a nice hotel for a couple nights and go to one pricey YUMMY restaurant and do some sightseeing. I am sure Paul would love it 🙂
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  17. 10 years,I’m sure it has been full of ups and downs, but I bet you are smiling looking back at those 10 wonderful years!!!
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  18. We went to a B&B in South Haven, MI for our 1st anniversary last August and loved it. We only stayed for a long weekend, but we would definitely go back for a week and maybe rent a house. We were in walking distance of the downtown area and two blocks from Lake Michigan. We also went to Saugatuck one morning and walked around there. There are a ton of cool shops in both places and there are several wineries and lighthouses in the area.We were glad we chose South Haven over Saugatuck to stay, but I have heard Grand Haven is also nice. It is only about 3.5 hours from Indy. Check out http://www.beachtowns.org/ I would be happy to give you more info if you want.

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  19. How about the Big Apple, you could do Little Italy!
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  20. We took our honeymoon in Cumberland Falls, KY. We’re only in year 2, but are trying to get away for a long weekend at a state park in Kentucky every year. We went to Land Between The Lakes, KY in August 2011 and had a blast at the park there. There’s also a great little town called Grand Rivers near LBL with a theatre and some great restaurants.

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