Life happens. Things occur and plans have to change, it’s just the nature of life.
That’s why this year we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary, two years late with a little staycation at The Woodlands Resort.
Yes you read that right. Because of simple things, we hadn’t didn’t have the opportunity to relax, enjoy, and commemorate our time together as a married couple. We didn’t take a big honeymoon trip after we were married. We went to another city in Texas for a three days and then jumped head first into our regular married life, which was traumatic since I was going from small country town life to living in one of the largest cities in America.
Many years ago we started talking about finally going away, maybe somewhere tropical, for our tenth anniversary. We talked about possibilities often and were so excited with we might finally get to travel somewhere exotic together and just spend time as a couple.
A few months before our 10th anniversary, just as we were starting to look online at our options for a trip, my husband’s grandmother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. We didn’t feel like celebrating and plans were put on permanent hold.
Sadly she passed away two months after our tenth anniversary.
Then our 11th anniversary rolled around and my husband’s work situation was impossible for any time off. He spent months working in another state and he returned home long enough for us to have a celebratory lunch and then he was gone again.
At the beginning of 2015 my husband was laid off as a result of gas and oil prices. There wasn’t anyway we could plan a trip while he was out of a job. So when he did wind up accepting a new job two weeks before our anniversary, it gave us hope that we could finally celebrate our anniversary, just a few years late.
We couldn’t do much but we had to do something.
There were two weeks to plan and a small window of time where my Mother-in-law could stay with our kids. The time it would take to travel to another city outside of the Houston metro area would bite into every single second that we had so that wasn’t an option.
We knew what we needed to do: a romantic staycation.
I had been to The Woodlands Resort for meetings and conferences however I had not been able to stay there overnight.
It was close, newly remodeled, with views that would make your draw drop on the outside and gorgeous on the inside. I knew it would be the perfect spot.
We both agreed that staying at The Woodlands Resort would be a mini honeymoon without having to leave the huge property.
Maybe we could even try our hand at golf. I’m just kidding my friends, we all know that me with a golf club would be a recipe for disaster.
So we packed up and headed to a romantic weekend in The Woodlands.
It didn’t fail.
The service was impeccable, the rooms were spotless and it just had a air of luxury that I never thought I would get anywhere that close to my own house, which is the total opposite of luxury.
You know you’re staying somewhere luxurious when there’s wine waiting on your arrival, along with a spa appointment and golf lessons (which I did not partake in). Then when you get hungry you can eat at the amazing onsite restaurant, Robards.
Yes that is the dessert served at Robards. Amazing isn’t it?
After dinner you can stroll along the path and find places just to sit down and enjoy the company you’re with.
I told Mr. Byrd that we should sit out here and cuddle at night. He asked me how old I was. Silly question when there’s more gray on my head than any other color. Love has no age.
The weekend was exactly what we needed.
We may not have gone far geographically but spiritually it was refreshing and perfect.
Now we have to go back this summer with our kids because if they find out that this amazing pool and lazy river exist we will have no choice but to go!
Yes, that’s water slides.
12 years is a long time. But the two years we didn’t take time to celebrate seems like even longer.
You need time with your spouse. Make some today, at The Woodlands Resort if you want to. No matter where you go, just go!
*Thank you to The Woodlands Resort for making our weekend possible