Our 10th Wedding Anniversary Getaway Weekend

10 years ago, Jason and I said “I Do” in front of family and friends. I remember the day like it was yesterday. It was so special and magical. It was everything that I wanted it to be. I really can’t believe it’s already been 10 years.

And so much has happened in those 10 years that have passed so fast. We have a family now. I don’t work anymore. Jason’s in the best shape of his life, and I’m still trying to get in shape.

But one thing that hasn’t changed is how in love I am with him.

Our actual anniversary was this past Friday, which is when we left for our first getaway weekend without the kids in way too long. He surprised me on Thursday by telling me he’s taking me to the central coast for the weekend to Paso Robles for wine tasting and fantastic food.

We left early Friday morning, and drove straight up to Hearst Castle, about 45 minutes north of Paso Robles. I have been there before, but he had not. If you’ve never been, it’s really an amazing and beautiful place to visit.

Of course I wanted to see the wine cellar. 100+ year old bottles of wine, some still corked, were on display. Pretty cool to see!

We then headed to our hotel to freshen up and to The Range in Santa Margarita, a local treasure that they like to keep secret. There’s no website, they aren’t on Facebook or Twitter, you can’t make reservations and they only take cash. And if you didn’t know it was there, you’d drive right passed it. The food was AMAZING. I mean AMAZING. Everybody was so friendly (our waiter actually put together of wineries we shouldn’t miss) and we were lucky enough to get seated right away. They serve a great selection of local wines. We can’t wait to go back.

The following day was a day of wine tasting. Now I knew that harvesting season had started around the country, but had been told that harvest in Paso Robles was still a couple of weeks away. I’ve always wanted to go during harvest, and was bummed to miss it.

We ended the day at one of my favorite wineries in the country, Eberle Winery. We had scheduled a VIP tour and tasting and I was excited to get down into the wine caves to check them out. I hadn’t been there in over 15 years, and it’s changed a lot since then. When we got to the winery, I noticed grapes that had been harvested! To say I was excited was an understatement.

We were introduced to the winemaker, who told us he was just getting ready to start the process of getting the grapes off the stems and crushing them to start the winemaking process. We got to watch!

It was such an awesome surprise to be able to be at my favorite winery and watch the process. Followed of course by tasting lots of their awesome wines. It was a perfect afternoon.

We ended the day with dinner at one of the best restaurants in the area: Bistro Laurent. Now I loves me some eating and fine dining, but I will admit I’m not a very adventurous eater. We sat down and Jason asked our waitress what she recommended. She recommended a four course meal, but said just let Chef Laurent surprise you. To me? This sounded dangerous. There were things on the menu I would never order. But thanks to several glasses of wine at Eberle, I said what the hell and said okay.

Warm lobster salad. I would never order it on my own because I’m not a huge fan of lobster. It was beautiful and velvety and not at all fishy and perfect.

Ling Cod and Lentils. I’m not a fan of fish so again wouldn’t have ordered it. It was over the top good. I wanted to ask for more!

Lamb Chops. No way in a million years would I ever order this. No way. And it was much better than I expected it to be, but I still wouldn’t order them in the future.

Figs with creme. To.Die.For.! It was the perfect ending to the perfect meal.

We can’t wait to go back for more wine tasting and eating. The central coast is stunningly beautiful and I could see spending every anniversary there. Thank you Jason for such a special weekend.

I’m Pausing For A Moment…

I’m not here today (Tuesday) because I am over at JDaniel4’s Mom blog trying to Pause Life for a Moment. If you spend entirely too much time on the computer and too much time ignoring your kids too little time enjoying time with your kids, head over and read the post because you will relate! And thanks Deirdre for having me over to guest post!

Also…you all loved my Down The Aisle link up so much that I decided to do another fun one! Get ready to dig out your honeymoon photos and link them up with your honeymoon story!

That’s right! Starting on Wednesday, you will be able to link up your honeymoon photos and/or story to share with everybody. It can be one picture or a ton of them, with or without a story…perfect for both Wordless or Wordful Wednesday!

Down The Aisle – Link Up Your Favorite Wedding Photo!


Everybody has a favorite wedding photo. Maybe it was taken at the wedding ceremony, in front of the courthouse, at the reception, or before or after the big day. It’s that one picture that makes you remember why you fell in love with him or her in the first place. This one is mine.

This picture was taken sometime during our wedding reception 9 years ago. I have no idea when it was taken or what we are laughing about. I never dreamed that our wedding photographer would be able to capture such a perfect moment.

We had no idea what the future held for us, no idea about how incredible it would be to have children, and no idea how fast time would fly. What we did know is that we loved each other and wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. I think this photo captures that intimacy, that happiness, and it’s like I’m peeking in on a very private, special moment.

I will always love this photo. Sure there were many other gorgeous photos taken that day, but none that captured our love and closeness so much.

Now I want to see your favorite wedding photo and I want to know why it’s your favorite! So come back anytime this week after you’ve found the picture and written the post and link up!

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Also linking up over at Project Alicia for Wordless (or in my case Wordful) Wednesday! Check out her site for a list of fantastic other blogs to link up with!


How I Met My Husband

Rach over at Life With Baby Donut invited me to share the story of how Jason and I met…and how could I say no? It’s actually a story I’ve had in draft forever, and I just haven’t sat down to write it.

Some of you know that I was married before and in a pretty crappy relationship. My ex and I had just separated a few months before I met Jason, and I was very excited to be single and play the field.  I had dated my ex since I was a junior in high school and we were married three years…we were together a total of 8 years and I was ready to have some fun.

So how did we meet? I crashed a wedding. No, seriously…I actually crashed a wedding! I knew the groom, but not well enough to be invited to the wedding. I was living with my sister and her husband at the time, and they were invited to the wedding. They talked me into going with them since I would know a lot of the guests and I needed to get out and have some fun. So I went.

Jason is four years older than me, so we never went to school together. When I got to high school, he had already graduated. I had never seen him before the day of the wedding, he was a groomsman, and one of the groom’s best friends. It’s strange that I knew the groom but not Jason because we all ran in the same crowds. My brother-in-law told me that Jason dated a lot of girls, was going to be a bachelor forever, and would be a perfect guy for me to date for fun. Although I told my brother-in-law I didn’t want him to try to set us up, I did agree that he could introduce me to Jason.

He introduced us at the reception, we chatted for a minute, and Jason walked away. I didn’t think much more about it until I was out dancing with some girlfriends and he came up and started dancing with us. No more than a song or two later, a slow song came on…Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye. He asked if I wanted to dance, and so we did.

By the way, Let’s Get It On was the first song we danced to as husband and wife at our wedding reception!

Anyways, we all ended up going back to the hotel we were staying at, and Jason and I ended up talking alone for the next 4 or 5 hours. We talked about everything…and believe it or not, we realized that he grew up right around the block from me! Literally, if you walked out my front door and hopped to the next street over, you would walk right up to his front door. Nothing happened that night but talking and a kiss, and when he asked for my phone number, I gave it to him.

He didn’t call me for three days! I figured he wasn’t interested, and when he did (finally) call me we talked for almost two hours and he asked me to lunch. I accepted, and since that first lunch date, we have been inseparable.

So much for me playing the field, huh?

I met his mom and sister about a month after that first date…they instantly loved me and I instantly loved them. His dad had died the month before we met, so I never met him. But the next time I saw Jason’s sister (the infamous Auntie S – Tater’s favorite person in the entire world), she told me that she had a dream, and in the dream her dad told her that he had sent Jason an angel. It was just a day or so after she had that dream that Jason and I met.

wedding photoJason is the most amazing man in the world, and I love him with all of my heart and then some. He is kind, caring, more concerned about mine and the kids’ well-being than his own. He is generous, wicked smart, and can laugh at himself…probably the trait that I admire the most.

Well, that is the story of how I met my husband. How did you meet yours?

And Mom…Happy Birthday! And yes, I agree that all of those fireworks are for you!

The Engagement Story

Nope, not my engagement story…it’s somebody else’s!

Last week, I wrote a post titled Would You Upgrade Your Wedding Ring? and got a TON of feedback from people on it! One comment I got was from Mad Woman, one of my favorite bloggers. She blogs at A Diary of a Mad Woman and let me tell you, she can tell a story and has plenty of them to tell! This isn’t the first time she’s guest posted here…remember her story about her last Christmas being single?

Here’s the comment she left me:
I’ve been looking to upgrade for years. We bought our rings at Walmart 2 nights before the ceremony! Yeah there’s a story there but I’ll save it.

So of course I emailed her and told her I wanted to hear the story! I even told her I’d post it for her at my place. And she took the bait and is sharing the story of her engagement…enjoy!

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Hi, I’m the Mad Woman behind the Blog. If we haven’t met, Yo, how’s it hangin?


Okay, that was just to demonstrate what those who already know me, know about me: I’m a little unorthodox.

Do you like eccentric better? I do too, so lets go with that. Hi, I’m the Mad Woman behind the blog, I’m eccentric. Would you like an illustration? Thought so.

Being that it’s June, I thought it I’d get all romantic on you and share a wedding story (Lets just forget the part that this story actually takes place in September.) Plus, Natalie had been talking about rings and well, of COURSE I had a story to tell.

Flashback to 2005, Adonis and I had been dating for four years and we had been getting pressure from both of our families to get married.Tired of all the subtle and not so subtle hints, I finally gave up my dream of living out eternity in sin and picked a date. I mentioned to Adonis’ parents that Labor Day was a nice time to visit Northern California and asked if they would be free to visit and that maybe it would be a nice weekend to get married.

Yeah, you read that correctly. I proposed to my in laws.

They didn’t mind.

Adonis didn’t seem to either and went along with my plan.

“Plan” is a bit of a stretch. I don’t really PLAN anything. I had my wedding dress made two weeks before the date. I found a chocolate fountain and margarita/pina colada machine one week before the big day. We spread the word to our friends and I crossed my fingers we remembered everything.

Two days before our appointment at the Justice of the Peace and the night before our family descended upon us, about 8 pm, Adonis realized he needed a couple of things from the store. As we wandered around Walmart, it occurred to me that we didn’t have rings for our ceremony.

Yup, we bought our wedding bands at Walmart. They were $10 each. Another fun little detail: since neither of us had been married before we really weren’t paying attention to the fact that Adonis had chosen to fit the WRONG finger for his band.

We are the consummate romantics aren’t we?


So maybe I should share one more tiny detail. There in that Walmart parking lot, sitting in my beat up little 1998 Civic, I turned to Adonis and mentioned to him that we were getting married in two days and that technically he had not proposed.

So he did.

“Will you marry me?”

“Yeah, I’ll marry you.”

See? Complete Romantics.

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I love the story! So very romantic, Mad! Thanks for letting me share your story here…and I still want to hear that other story that you told me about in the email 😉

Also…if you or anybody that you know is looking to sell a ticket to the Evo Conference in July, please contact me! Thanks!