My birthday is rapidly approaching (Next week!) and to help celebrate, Matthew suggested that we get away to the cabin for a night without the kids. We often dream of getting away for a night — just a night! — but the kids aren’t quite old enough to leave them at home alone. Enter my brother, who recently moved back to town, and who spent Friday night at our house with the kids while we sped away to Apex.

We stopped to buy me an early birthday present – hockey skates, because I skate like a guy and toe picks trip me up – and then we headed up to the hill. We had bought snow shoes for each of us for Christmas but hadn’t had a chance to use them yet. A number of snow shoeing trails wind through the forest behind our cabin and once we finally made it up the (very) steep and (very) snowy hill in our backyard, we were off exploring. It was late afternoon and the light made everything seem surreal. The snowy trees were stunning, and the hush in the air was indescribable. We walked and talked and laughed at how happy our dogs were.

Snow shoeing

We had a nice dinner out, another hike with the dogs, and an evening spent wedged together on the couch while watching mindless entertainment. On Saturday morning we took the dogs for a hike while walking at an almost horizontal angle against the wind and snow. The weather lightened up and we headed to the ski hill. We skied, we lunched, and we skied some more.

I love our kids, but it was nice to not have to worry about anyone other than myself for a change. It was exactly what we both needed, and something we need to make happen more often.

I got to be me, he got to be him, and we got to be us. It was perfect.


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  1. Hannah January 13, 2014 4:45 am edit

    Sounds like a lovely date night away! It’s great that you always have a place to go to “get away” … I’m a little envious of that! ENJOY! x

  2. mpotter January 13, 2014 9:01 am edit

    that’s awesome! i vote you make that a habit every few months….. for just one night.
    The Mr. & i try to go on a few days vacation once a year. you could try that, too.

    happy early birthday. this was a great kick-off!

  3. angella January 13, 2014 3:14 pm edit

    It was! We did go to Vegas a few years ago, and it was WONDERFUL. It’s just getting the kids looked after that’s the tricky part. :)

  4. Lori C. January 13, 2014 10:30 am edit

    Man…I love my (wonderful/amazing) life. BUT…Your pics and stories? They make me jealous…I love the convenience of life in the city, and I truly love where I live (I live in Portland, Or. So, how could I complain?) But I really wish I had a cabin and a ski hill…LOL…I guess we choose what we love and then just go with it…Anyway, as always, thanks for sharing your beautiful life…I’m really loving the little glimpses into your winter wonderland.

  5. angella January 13, 2014 3:15 pm edit

    Oh, I’m glad you enjoy them. And Portland is nothing to regret, for sure. It’s one of my favorite cities!

  6. Beth Dyer January 13, 2014 12:18 pm edit

    Hi, I have read your blog for many years from when I had my blog online (before the trolls made me turn it off so now I’m emailing you through my business…I’m a coward what can I say!) Last christmas my husband and I (3 teenage kids included) spent some time in Summerland with canadian family and visited Apex. When I read your post on the cabin it made me so smile for you guys! I love the dream you had, I love that it came to pass, I love that you get to do have this in your life and enjoy it so much! I just love reading God’s heart for all! Your blog is a real encouragement and I just wanted to let you know that a strange person in the UK is thrilled for you guys!! (Hope that doesn’t make me sound like too much of a lurky weird person!!)

  7. angella January 13, 2014 3:17 pm edit

    Ha! Not a lurky weird person AT ALL. I remember your name from years ago. :)

    I can’t believe you were in Summerland! And went to Apex! I’m guessing I probably know your Canadian family? I’m glad you enjoyed it here. If you ever come back, we should meet for coffee. :)

  8. Beth Dyer January 13, 2014 6:14 pm edit

    I’d love that!! Summerland is beautiful. We traveled to visit Amie and Andy (Wouda) and spend christmas with our beautiful niece and nephews!? Hopefully it won’t be too long till we’re back as we have a new nephew to meet! Again.. so thrilled for guys! x

  9. angella January 13, 2014 7:55 pm edit

    Aha!I had a feeling you were related to Amie and Andy. They go to our church, and did you know that I do their accounting? True story. :)

    Related: Bennett is adorable!

  10. Amanda Brown January 13, 2014 4:35 pm edit

    Jealous! Steve and I have dreamed about doing this too but it hasn’t happened yet. SOON!

  11. alimartell January 13, 2014 4:51 pm edit

    That sounds like perfection.

  12. angella January 14, 2014 11:25 pm edit

    It was. Sigh.

  13. feisty harriet January 13, 2014 7:11 pm edit

    Love, love, love. I think this it is so important to carve out “couple’s time”, especially after you have kids. Hoping you have a few more of these scheduled!!


  14. angella January 15, 2014 12:02 am edit

    I hope we can, too!

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