Tuesday was our 36th wedding anniversary, and honestly I don't know where the years have gone. For a look back at our first 35 years together you can go here and read my blog post from last year. We decided to celebrate a few days early this time by stealing away to Boone, just the two of us! We drove over Sunday afternoon, unpacked, watched some football, and began decorating the cabin for Christmas. Breakfast dinners are one of our favorites, so we made pancakes and enjoyed them that night with thick crunchy bacon, strawberries and bananas. It was a wonderful day spent with the man I fell in love with way back in 1973 as a freshman in college.
The next morning we slept in until 10:00 (always a treat) and fixed cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate before taking a nice walk in beautiful Valle Crucis Park. And what's a trip to Boone without a stop at the Mast General Store for candy! We were both in the mood for steak, so we made reservations at The Peddler for dinner. Ernie was able to "sit" for 1 1/2 hours and we both really enjoyed our meal and time together, as dining out had really become a thing of the past these last couple of years.
One of the highlights of the trip for both of us was the fact that EZ drove for about two hours on the way there, and a total of six hours on the way home! We left Boone in the morning and headed over to Black Mountain to pick up his folks for Christmas. We both kept waiting for things to start hurting, but he felt great. The seat is still reclined, but he has good visibility and is so happy to be behind the wheel again. I snapped this shot from the back seat:
When we arrived home Tuesday, we headed over to the Dews for a specially prepared anniversary dinner. Tara and Leah made stuffed shells, salad and garlic bread for 12 and it was DELICIOUS! We capped off the evening with a sparkling grape juice toast, apple pie and ice cream and/or turtle pie...yummy! Many, many thanks to our sweet daughters, their hubbies and Nick (who pitched in with the kids, serving dessert and helping with dishes!) It has been a wonderful three days celebrating our marriage, and I am so very thankful for my husband and the family we are blessed to be traveling this road with!