The point in a marriage where you have been together so long that you get tired and bored with your partner.
Where you start fantasizing of your single days.
That year where a marriage will either thrive or die.
The year where psychologist suggest that happiness declines in a relationship.
Yeah right!..... (*insert raspberry :P)
A marriage will thrive or die at any stage. Without some hard work it sure will bring a decline in happiness.
And we do get bored. Not with each other. But with the "every-day"life we so often get sucked into.
Work. Bills. Kids.
Work. Bills. Kids.
Work. Bills. Kids.
So if we stay on this road things do get really boring. But I'm very thankful that Mike and I both have the balls to say to each other, "I need your time!"
But when our anniversary came around we were stuck in that ^ above dull routine.
But that's where my mom and her boyfriend came along and volunteered to care for our kids for 3 days and 2 nights. I don't think they knew what they were getting into but hey that meant some much needed alone time with Mike so we jumped on their invitation.
This gave Mike and I the chance to enjoy our passion of traveling. Traveling is pricey and we're in the middle of paying off a bill so we chose someplace close but not too close.
So we headed to "Sin"sational Las Vegas!
I found on-line a super cheap hotel and a few groupons which brought our trip to the perfect price range for us.
After dropping off our kids at my mom's apartment we started out 6 hour SILENT drive to Vegas.
Yes SILENT! We soaked up every single silent minute since it's been so long since we heard it.
Anyways we made a quick stop in southern Utah for lunch. In the excitement of leaving and making sure everyone had their favorite stuffed animals I forgot to grab out drive snacks. Oh well.....
This being my first trip to Vegas I was a little disappointed when Mike pointed it out to me from the freeway. I was like, "That's it?" A spot of building in the middle of nowhere :(
But I am happy to say I was wrong!
After we checking into our hotel we took a nap. A long time tradition that we have. :)
Afterwards we went to visit Mike's sister, Michelle. It's been so long since we seen her.
But after a long night from a long drive we tried to take a picture of all of us. That was a challenge...lol :) Memories in the making people. Memories in the making :)
The next day we experienced the Las Vegas Strip!
8am the Strip was empty. Crazy to ponder since in about 2 hours these streets will be packed with people. While most places were still opening Mike and I wondered around making our own adventure.
There's something about not planning anything that makes our adventures even more exciting!
"I see in your future you taking out $2 to get a real fortune told!" lol
Anyways since Mike's side talent is magic he seen a lady struggling to get this escape trick done so he helped her out. Since of course he knew what he was doing. :)
CSI:Experience in the MGM Hotel.
This is where you go about a crime scene, look at all forensic evidence, and find out who committed the crime. We used all our "Criminal Minds" knowledge and solved the crime. It was the twin brother who did it. It's always the sibling!
On our way to our next adventure we stopped off in Paris. :) Just a quick trip....lol
Next we headed to The Linq High Roller Ferris Wheel.
"Yes we are" :)
Then they would tell us a story of when they encountered a previous Mormon and expressed how much they loved the Mormons. That was awesome! So we had all you can drink Pepsi and cranberry juice. Nice!
More sightseeing on our way to our next adventure....
The company had tons of shows to pick from so we picked an illusionist show. (It was the only thing that night that kept to our standards of no nudity or R rated stuff)
Anyways that show was amazing! I'm a sucker for magic! Mike on the other hand is not a sucker so he always whispers into my ear how tricks are done. But the flying trick still is stumping him on how it was done.
After the show we headed to see the Bellagio Fountains. We picked up some food and waited to see the show. These fountains have been on my bucket list for so long. Mike, having gone to Vegas before, insisted that we go at night. It was so amazing to see this show up close in person. I told Mike, "This might be the exact spot where Brad Pitt stood on the Ocean's movies."
I'm so glad he accepts how geeky I can be. :)
On our way back from the fountains we stopped at Hard Rock for some free swagger. I love my new sweater! Mike got himself a new bracelet.
White Castle! I got Mike hooked on these babies when we went to Chicago years ago.
But on our way back from White Castle we found this.... Carol's Bakery in the Venetian Hotel!
Mike and I looked at eachother and said at the exact same time, "Cannoli's!"
Our kids are obsessed with Cake Boss on TLC so this was a most! I won't lie-this place was expensive but this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and we don't mess around with moments like those.
A dozen cannoli's for our kids.
And Mike ordered himself a slice of carrot cake.
Mike forgot all about the price tag when he took his first bite of heaven!
Anyways we headed to one last place before our drive home... The Atomic Bomb Museum.
Then we went to an exhibit on Area 51!
Lame! All the "sightings" and "testimonies of being probed" made us laugh so hard. But it was nice to see a cousin of a Dalek there.
But now it was time to head back home to our screaming kids.
But wonder why I call this post
Everytime someone asked us what brought us to Vegas we would tell them how we were celebrating our 7 year anniversary. Instantly with a smile in their eyes the person would say, "Lucky 7's"
This made so many people stop and congratulate us. I loved how we got this reaction everywhere we went that I adopted this instead of the 7 year itch thing.
I know luck has nothing to do with Mike and I being married for this long. It took lots of hard work, forgiveness, and acceptance. But above all God has helped us get to where we are now. If we didn't have our faith our marriage would not have lasted this long. ♥
I love his man so much and I know he loves me just as much. Or in his words... "He loves me more"