This weekend Daniel and I got away for the first time in six years. Yep, I did say six. Either we've been living out of state (or country) without the help of family to care for our kids, or on rice and beans with no breathing room in the budget, and sometimes both. I don't need to say that this weekend was overdue.
So I made Daniel a carrot cake and we packed a little bag and headed just outside of town to the Bella Vita suites in Saugutuck, MI.
I want to point out the dress I wore to dinner on the second night of our stay. 32 years ago, my dad asked his new girlfriend (my mom) to accompany him to Chicago to meet his brother and sister-in-law. Being the country girl that she was, my mom needed a dress for the big city! Excited and ready to knock his socks off, she went out shopping. At Gantos in Grand Rapids, in July of 1978, my mom bought this little black dress: