July 4th also marked the 10-year anniversary of the night Michael proposed to me. He took me out on a Hornblower dinner cruise in San Diego Harbor. When the fireworks started shooting over the bay, he got out the ring and asked me to marry him. I was completely taken off guard, but of course said YES, and the rest, as they say, is history. A couple weeks later, when he turned 30, I surprised him with a singing telegram at our favorite bar in Pacific Beach, PB Bar and Grill. Oh, those were some good times! Now, here we are, ten years, 2 kids, 4 cities and 4 houses later, still having great times. What an amazing journey it has been! So, to celebrate, we headed off to Sandals Dunn's River Villagio Resort, leaving the kids behind to have fun with Nana and Grandpa Bob, who hadn't seen them in a year and were excited to spend some quality time with them. It was a win-win situation.
We had some great couple time for a week, kayaking, snorkeling, tubing down the White River, and climbing the Dunn's River Falls, which was absolutely amazing! We also spent a lot of time on the beach, just lying around doing nothing. We had candlelit dinners by the beach. We read books for pure enjoyment, and we didn't once think about ways to improve our parenting skills. Watching many young couples enjoying their honeymoons, some getting married right before our eyes on the beach, took us back to when our love was new. Was it really ten years ago? In many ways, it seems like it happened in the blink of an eye. I don't feel any older, and I hope I will be able to say the same in another ten years. All in all, the trip was a great way to refresh ourselves and begin another adventurous decade together. We will always remember the beauty of Jamaica as a great backdrop for fun and romance. (If you are interested in seeing more pictures from our trip to paradise, you can click here.)