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Committed: The Ties that Bond

with Angella Dykstra

I'm a mom of three, a professional accountant, and an amateur photographer and writer. I am not a marriage expert. But my husband and I take "Til death do us part" seriously, and here I'll be sharing how we keep our marriage strong while we both do that insane work-life juggle.

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Where do you go to “get away”?

Categories: anniversary, marriage, travel


I mentioned a few weeks back that my husband and I were about to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. Last Thursday (May 20th) was the Big Day. We spent the bulk of it en route to the destination we had chosen to celebrate this momentous occasion: Las Vegas.

Neither of us had ever been and we spent our days walking (and walking and WALKING) and taking in the sights. Many photos were taken, many meals were enjoyed, many memories were made. We’ve been home less than a day, so the high of a getaway is still fresh.

Our last major getaway was two years ago when we managed to escape to Mexico for a week (A week!). I know that it can be hard enough to even manage to get away for a Date Night but I find that these excursions do so much for us as a couple. We get to just be me, and him, and us. We are not “Mommy” and “Daddy” but “Angella and “Matthew”. We also had the distinct pleasure of sleeping in until nine o’clock in the morning. It was wonderful.

Now, I know that a weekend away is not doable for many (Or even us, usually. Many thanks to my sister who has just moved back from New Zealand and has not started job hunting yet). But maybe it is doable for you. Or maybe you find other ways to get away from the every day and just focus on being you and him (or you and her).

Where do you go to get away?

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3 comments so far...

  • When our in laws visit, we get our party shoes on. The minute the little one is snoozing on Friday nights, we head out in town to meet up with friends, party, drink catch plays, movies whatever we need!
    I dont have the heart yet to have a complete getaway by leaving my daughter for an over night trip some where. I feel super guilty.
    I know we will do it when the time is right!

    GNSD  |  May 25th, 2010 at 10:42 am

  • You know what’s sad? We don’t get away just the two of us. Maybe it’s ok since we’re still childless so it’s the two of us at home all the time. He doesn’t really like to travel. So I end up getting to take one or two trips a year to visit girlfriends or go to BlogHer. And I steal away a few weekends a year to go to Dallas to visit family. Those are my breaks from him, but nothing for just the two of us. Our last trip together was when we got married in Vegas in 2006. We also went to Vegas in 2001 together. Now that I think about it, those are the only two trips we’ve ever taken together. I should work on this.

    Carrisa  |  May 26th, 2010 at 9:06 am

  • We don’t. Maybe that’s the core of all our issues. Ha ha.
    We’ve been married ten years also and we keep saying to each other that we can’t believe we’ve never gotten around to going away together. We are determined to plan something soon.

    Danica Grunert  |  May 26th, 2010 at 2:09 pm