Hubby and I celebrated our 20 year wedding anniversary at the end of August. We took a little weekend getaway to Galena, IL (about 1 1/2 hours from home) and stayed at the Goldmoor Inn.
We had an amazing dinner at the hotel restaurant our first night where we shared a grilled shrimp appetizer, salads, beef wellington and peach stuffed pork chops - absolutely divine! - with a bottle of wine. Afterward we admired the views around the property and got very silly
We also enjoyed massages, sight seeing and LOTS and LOTS of shopping. I bought a gorgeous yellow jacket and a little black dress. Spent a huge amount of money on those two items alone - I felt spoiled and a bit guilty too.
We also stopped in this place filled with hot sauces, salsas, jams, sausages, etc., most of it being offered for sampling.
We bought some guacamole seasoning, some handmade soaps, some caramel/cheddar popcorn that is so good we want to drive back JUST to buy more, some caramel apple varieties, 21 lbs. of peaches, chocolates, sandals and, yes, even some scrapbook supplies.
We also stopped in for the "World's Best Mojito". It was good, but for $9 a piece it was way overpriced. Guess that's what you can charge when you're the "World's Best" (I should have known...and was very thankful we each only had one!)
It was a beautiful place to walk around and we want to go again soon. We didn't get to tour Ulysses S. Grant's home or the Belvedere Mansion or take in any other historical monuments besides a trip down the Mississippi River which was rather disappointing.
But at the end of our weekend we felt like this:
The next week was my birthday. I took the day off and spent it with my friend Sherry, stopping for coffee and then doing some dreaming at Anthropologie. This is one of the outfits I tried on, and I ended up buying the skirt.
I also had a little get together at our house with a few girlfriends. Diane, Kathleen and Debra came and we enjoyed chips & guacamole, homemade pizza and an assortment of wine coolers. I made brownies for dessert. We played Things and Apples to Apples. It was a nice night.
The weekend after was a little different. Hubby had a little accident bending down to pick something up and smashed his forehead on the half wall in our bathroom. I missed the part where he was rolling around on the floor writhing in pain. Unfortunately he had to go to work a short time after this happened.
There is a ton of other things I've been doing around the house. Organized both kids rooms and got some of their outgrown clothes packed away, I reorganized one of my drawers and a closet, and then started to reorganize my closet. Between these efforts we came up with 7 grocery bags of items to donate. I also managed to put my Disney photos in an album (almost a year later...eek!).
And, my daughter just lost her last baby tooth! The tooth fairy brought her $5 for each of the last three molars she lost. (She knows we are the tooth fairy but is happy to play along...love that!)
Until next week...enjoy the good times!