This year, Scott and I are bumping up our annual wedding anniversary take-a-trip tradition to August. We’ll have been married for four years this November 8th, and in years past, we’ve always enjoyed a week long getaway to discover someplace new (we know we won’t live in Chicago forever, and we think of each city as a test drive), try new foods, see new things and revel in the company of each other. (The last one sounds naughtier than I meant.)
For the first time since we’ve started this tradition, we’re leaving tomorrow – rather than our usual November date. With the holidays in full swing by then, the Pet Shop is at its busiest, making it a no-brainer to take the trip a few months earlier. You know, before things get ca-razy. And when we made this decision, it was before we knew we’d be spending 4 days at the Lake House and a whirlwind trip in Paris. Ah, well – it’s been a busy few months, and aside from a few whoa, are we nuts?! moments, it’s been very, very thrilling.
We’ll be heading to Vancouver, BC for a handful of days, working our way down to Seattle and then ending our travels in Portland. If you live in any of these cities (or just really love ’em!), we would love any and all recommendations! Where should we eat? What should we see? As type-A as we (read: I) can be, when it comes to our anniversary getaways, we’re a fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants pair. (We just want to have fun!) And while we’re pumped about each of the destination cities, we’re just as excited by our mode of transportation between each stop – the Amtrak Cascades! (That is, not counting our flight in to Vancouver and out of Portland.)
Of course we debated saying our whereabouts on this public platform, but we quickly realized that this virtual home and my days painting coincide so heavily with our overall life. As a result, it was a fair opportunity to let you know that we’ll be putting the Pet Shop on complete vacation mode until we return.* (Our home will also be amply booby-trapped for any unwanted trespassers. Seriously.) While I felt a little funny about putting such a large part of my life on hold for the trip duration, I realized a few things:
- Everyone needs time to breathe and recharge.
- It’s important that I focus the upcoming days on me + Scott, together. When one anniversary ends, we immediately start saving and planning for the next year – and it’s so worth it to have that adventurous time with each other.
During our travels, we’ll be dropping in every few days with a photo journal of sorts, just as I did when I spent my sweet week with Kalli in February. For the most part, there’ll be no words (because goodness knows, I thought this post was just going to be a “little” announcement, and look at me go!), only snaps from our point of view.
Upon our return, we plan to hit the ground running, both virtually (around these parts) and literally. We’ve mentioned in the past that we want to work on a little bloggy shake up – as we’ve grown over the years, a fresher, updated look and content review is certainly in order – and in addition, I’m excited to start working on new products for the Shop. A few of our must dos quickly turned into will dos… for later, as our August has somehow turned into a travel marathon. By no means are we complaining (quite the opposite, really), but between our time at the lake, quick jaunt to Paris and now our anniversary celebration, well, we really packed that sheep in.
Come September, we have boatloads of ideas we’ll be working on behind the scenes (again, see above), but we’re also looking forward to tweaking the rest of our living room, welcoming cooler weather and getting a head start on our cider intake. We couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming months!
Have a happy weekend, and we look forward to sharing our trip with you as it unfolds for us!
* Orders placed today will still be processed as usual!
PPS: Amtrak photo via.