Jeff and I had the wonderful opportunity to take a long weekend away to celebrate our 5th anniversary. Both sets of grandparents took turns with Samuel and Wesley for the time we were away and off we went. We flew into Flagstaff, AZ on Thursday afternoon and drove straight to the Grand Canyon. My first time seeing it and I was not disappointed. Who could be disappointed with this?!
We stayed one luxurious night at the beautiful, old El Tovar Hotel right on the rim of the Grand Canyon. After a decadent 10 hours of sleep (unHEARD of in our house), and being greeted by a small snow flurry outside our window (gorgeous!), we walked down to the restaurant in the hotel, asked for a table next to the window and enjoyed a scrumptious and oh-so-indulgent southwestern style breakfast and this...
Well, at least I ate it. Jeff is watching his waistline lately but I decided that something as momentous as our 5th wedding anniversary surely affords me the excuse to partake of something so decadent! And I DID eat it ALL by myself!!!
After a short shopping trip (we really only got stuff for Sam and Wes), we took the scenic route to Sedona. Ahhhhhh...so indescribably beautiful! Of course it took us three times as long as it should have because we needed to stop and take thousands of pictures. (If you know Jeff, you know that's not an exaggeration.) Honestly, I had difficulty choosing pictures to post because, as wonderful of a photographer as my dear husband is, nothing seemed to do this place justice!
So on to our special anniversary dinner. We had decided, based on a few quickly read recommendations, to eat at a little French restaurant by the Oak Creek River called L'Auberge. It sounded quiet and cozy and beautiful so we took a chance. Mmmm...we took our time (and were encouraged to do so) and had an amazing dinner. Here is the view from our table:
Here's a view of the table:
baby golden beet salad...WOW!
Oh, were we fat and happy after that meal!!! Another night of 10 hours of sleep (notice I didn't mention the night of only 5 hours sleep so Jeff could be up to take pictures of the sunrise?) and we were headed home to this:
Ahhhhh...there's just no place like home!