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07 July 2013


Today marks our one year anniversary. Honestly, it hasn't been a very easy year. Not the "honeymoon" stage like I had expected. There were a lot of hurdles to face, and at times, it was really difficult emotionally for both of us. But it's amazing what two people who love eachother and are determined to make it work can overcome together. Even though it has been tough, I think this year was a gift to us, forcing us to address our issues and become stronger as a couple.

So I had no idea what was going on. Kyle told me to keep this weekend free for our anniversary, but he refused to tell me what we were doing (although he did tease me with it). The secrecy was killing me. I'm no good when it comes to surprises.

Saturday morning, he told me to pack three outfits (two comfy and one dress), my swimsuit, and everything I needed for a night's stay. I fell asleep as soon as we got in the car and when I woke up, he smiled at me and told me we had arrived. He had booked us a weekend at the most charming bed and breakfast. My very first one, so I was beyond excited! Elated!

The owners of the B&B are huge travelers and love collecting art and furniture from around the world. Above, is a stained glass window they brought from Europe. They wanted the B&B to really feel like an escape, so the whole place is decorated with different items from Europe and Asia.

A very eclectic dining room and hallway.

That door and buffet. I love. I want. (I think that door is over 500 years old.)

The library where they kept wine, cheese, crackers, and all sorts of goods for guests. Notice the stain glass window in the right picture? Incredible.

My favorite part of the house. I love the built-in shelves and carefully selected pieces.

The backyard was really spacious, and there was a small pond on the side of the house.

The backside of the house.

Some patio games to play. How amazing is that the tic-tac-gnome...

...and giant chess set?!

The cottage we stayed in. It was perfect.

Our living room and bedroom.

Some of the furniture in our cottage. I wish I had a better picture of that dresser. It was breathtaking.

The patio and our very own hot tub.

The spa house and swimming pool. When we were swimming, the owner's wife walked by and handed us freshly made strawberry-banana smoothies. Unbelievable.

Did I mention that the owners are also farmers? It was really cool being able to walk around and see some of the animals.

These goats were hilarious!

They also make their own cheese. There was a sun-dried tomato one that I loved and a goat cheese that I may have regret trying.

Relaxing on the hammock while waiting for dinner.

Obligatory anniversary picture.

The owner's wife is a classically-trained cook and most (almost all) the ingredients are from their very own farm. Salad, beef brisket, mashed potatoes, parmesan vegetables, and buttermilk pie for dinner.

Some bunnies on the way back to our cottage (I spent a good fifteen minutes chasing them to get this picture).

Frittata, sausage, cherry pastry, fresh fruit, and juice for breakfast.

I am the luckiest girl in the world. Thank you for the wonderful surprise. I am overwhelmed by how good you are to me and love you so much. Happy anniversary and to many more to come!
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