Monday, February 11, 2013


Each year Jonathan and I try to take a few days to ourselves. A quick break from overturned Fruit Loop bowls, brawling brothers, and late-night cries for milk.

We usually go to celebrate the anniversary of a hot wedding in June, but seeing as how I'll be a giant pregnant woman on our seventh anniversary, we scheduled it for Valentine's Day.

Our getaway of choice was the scenic stables of the Panther Valley Ranch in Hot Springs. I was a bit reluctant to actually attend this long-planned vacation after missing my flu-ridden kid for a week, but we decided to go. I missed my boys the whole time, but I truly enjoyed myself. How could I not when I woke up to this?

Don't worry, Jonathan didn't spend his whole time in front of the stove. I, however, did spend the majority of my time in one location. Here's documented proof:

Yes, I packed my fabulous, fluffy blanket for this trip. Yes, I stayed in my pajamas the whole time. Yes, I had a cold, rainy excuse for that. And yes, I loved every second.

Once the rain stopped and I put on appropriate clothes to leave our stable-turned-romantic-retreat, we stepped onto the back porch to see some equestrian friends. We didn't attempt any trail rides (which wouldn't have been a good idea for my with-child state anyway), but we got all sorts of photos. These were the friendliest two:

This one even decided to pose with me and baby:

But then he sniffed me:

As you can tell... I am no cowgirl.

But I survived and even managed to bring home all ten fingers after petting these beautiful animals. As for the rest of our stay, Jonathan and I were set. This ranch featured every accommodation we could imagine. We settled down in front of a roaring fireplace and watched hours of movies and TV shows with no interruptions other than a trip or two to the kitchen for snacks. It was the life, I'm telling you. Heck, we even slept past 8:00 both mornings and ate dinner sans kiddie menus and crayons both nights.

Here are a few more sneak peeks at our weekend digs:

Although the hubby and I were comfortable and welcomed in every way possible, we were ready to hit the road running Sunday morning. We flew down the highway to get Owen from Conway, but unfortunately returned home to Nashville from there. However, I am happy to announce that as of Monday night, the Bauer family is back together. Nathan is still running a low fever, but we decided to bring him on home.

I love spending time alone with my husband, but there is no place like home. House full of kiddos included.


Jamie said...

Looks gorgeous! I will mention this place to my husband.

Anita Stafford said...

I agree, no place like home, but so glad you could enjoy some time to recharge! Looks like a great place!

Debbie said...

I love that you stayed in your pj's the whole time:) How awesome is that!!!

Talya Tate Boerner said...

Looks like a great place. We always spend time in Hot Springs every year. May have to check this out!

Anonymous said...

That looks like a great place for a get-away! I've never heard of it. So glad you posted on the ARWB link up!