Friday, December 31, 2010

A very happy new year!!

As some of you know, Lisa and I celebrated our 11th anniversary (which was December 18th) by escaping for the first time in 1,327 days!! We have actually never been away (together) from the girls for the night until Wednesday. Incredible. But with Lisa's Mom here, we made it a priority to celebrate this anniversary in style.

So we booked an overnighter in Girdwood...about 40 minutes down the road. The surprise was that Lisa thought all along that we were staying at the Alyeska Resort. While that would have been nice, I found a "cabin" that was a little more appealing! ;)

So our outing began when we left at about noon to get there in time for Lisa's first ever snowboarding lesson!! The drive was BEAUTIFUL!! We had about an inch of snow overnight and Girdwood had about 4 inches!

Not sure if this was a sun dog or what, but it was incredible. Freaking rainbow across Turnagain Arm at 20 degrees!

Little snow shower on our way there.

Just a few short months ago, we were watching beluga whales right here!

Amazing. I don't care how many times I've seen beautiful settings in Alaska, this is amazing!

Arrival at our destination.

Lisa strapping on to the snowboard for the first time. Yes she was VERY nervous!

Lisa and her adult class of beginners. Amazing scenery for a beginners lesson.

Lisa and her instructor slowly going down the hill. Lisa did GREAT!!!

After a couple of hours of hard work on the slopes, it was time to relax at the bar with a huge stack of nachos...

and a couple beers... and .... Tom Collins!!

My HOT SNOWBOARDER!!! I am so proud of her!! She was nervous but she took it on and did so much better than I did my first time on the slopes. Looking forward to many more adventures together up on the mountain!!

A little later that evening we had an incredible dinner at the Double Musky! I have actually been there one other steak in America is what I remember. It lived up to its reputation!

A few hours later, we found ourselves back at our cabin and so stuffed that we could barely walk. So I lit a fire and we curled up on the couch and relaxed. So nice.

Next morning...on our way to Alyeska where Lisa thought we were going to stay.

This guy was getting prepped for an amazing hour. I have only had one other massage and while it was nice, I was not ready for THIS kind of massage.

Lisa also looks very ready.

Our room where we had the couples massage. It had many candles and rose peddles...and of course ambiance music to set the mood.

I will say... that is one of the most relaxing hours of my life! I was probably resisting the first 5 to 10 minutes while she worked my back...but by the end of that, I was as relaxed as you can get.

After some coffee and relaxing at the resort, we made our way over to Chair 5 for a nice long lunch...full of fatty foods, carbs, and beer (for me). It was everything I hoped it would be.

An amazing 28 hours! We definitely need to do this more often! Hope you enjoyed. Back to Christmas pictures and singing videos later!!!

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