This year Rob and I celebrated our 5-year wedding anniversary!
Normally we don’t do a lot to celebrate our anniversary – we just take care of the kids and have a family day together. But this year since it was for our 5 year, I wanted to make sure that we got away and had some time just the two of us to celebrate.
Since Emma is still so young, we knew we couldn’t go too far or for too long. Most weekends in the summer we go up to the family camp in the north western mountains of Maine. It’s about an hour from a place called Greenville, which is on beautiful Moosehead Lake (the largest lake in Maine). It’s a fairly touristy spot, and even though we’ve been there before, it seemed like a good destination with lots of things to do for an afternoon to ourselves! So we left the kids with the grandparents and went off for an afternoon of adventure.
Our first stop was Currier’s Flying Service for a float plane ride! Rob has been on a float plane before, but has always wanted to get his pilot’s license, so he’s up for a plane ride whenever we get the chance. (Fun fact – the day after we got married, I surprised him with a flight from a local airport so we could get an aerial view of our new home together!). I had never been on a float plane and was excited to see what it was like to take off and land on water.
What a cool experience! Our pilot was fantastic and served as a great tour guide as well as pilot. It was stunning scenery and a lovely ride – a great way to spend an hour in New England in early fall.
Then we were off to the Spotted Cat Winery. This was more for my enjoyment than it was for Rob as any reader of this blog knows how much I love wine! The lady who did our tasting was fantastic and did a wonderful job of guiding us to wines that would fit our preferred tastes. I ended up leaving with 5 bottles of wine – 2 of their chocolate raspberry dessert variety. Amazing! I’ll be very sad when the bottles are finished. (Since I’ve already looked into it and they unfortunately don’t have any sales vendors close by where I live…if you are reading this, please stock in central Maine!)
We had a few hours to kill before our dinner reservation so decided to spend it wandering around the downtown Greenville area. We visited some shops and found some great gifts for the family as a thank you for watching our kids. We also found a fantastic food truck – Café Crepe – and enjoyed an amazing Brie filled version! Rob and I both highly enjoy crepes, and even though we had a dinner coming up that we were looking forward to, we couldn’t pass up this fantastic food truck! We are foodies at heart and can always eat if there’s an amazing opportunity to try something special.
Finally, it was off to dinner. Rob and I feel just as comfortable around a fireside BBQ as we do an elegant 7 course meal, but since we were celebrating a special day, I wanted to gear towards the fancier side. So I was thrilled when I found a recommendation on TripAdvisor which fit the bill for my dinner idea! We ended up at the Blair Hill Inn and both of us were extremely pleased with each course of the amazing meal! The service was impeccable, the view stunning, and the meal well balanced and beyond delicious. Both of us were amazed that we were able to get such a fancy, well-executed meal that far off in northern Maine. But I’m happy to know that this option exists and will be looking for an opportunity to eat there again. (Pro tip: we learned from a cashier at one of the local shops that you can show up early prior to your reservation and sip a drink on the porch to enjoy the stunning view – and this is absolutely something you should do!)
It was late when we got back home, but well worth it to have an afternoon to spend just the two of us – no other responsibilities or children demanding our attention.
So why did I choose to share this with you on the blog?
Simply because it’s important to reconnect with your spouse and celebrate things together. Once you become a mom and have so many other things pulling at your attention to properly take care of your children, it’s easy to let time with your spouse slide, since (as an adult) they can take care of themselves. But you don’t want to let the relationship with your spouse suffer. You need each other and you need to reconnect every so often – just the two of you – to keep your relationship alive and well.
So if you haven’t taken time out lately to reconnect with your spouse, plan to do so soon. It doesn’t have to be a big fancy dinner or a whole afternoon away as we did. Perhaps you dedicate spending one night a week together watching a movie or just enjoying each other’s company after you put the kids to sleep.
After all, it’s the little things in life that really make a difference, right?
All the best,
P.S. How do you routinely reconnect with your spouse to keep the fires alive? I’d love to hear from you and learn what you do!