Anniversary Getaway in Antioch!

Friday, June 23, 2017

I met Brian seven years ago this fall, and I can honestly say my life has never been the same. He changed my life the second he stepped into it, and while I don't think I've ever shared stories of when we first met (I wasn't in the best place, the poor guy was so patient and asked me to be his girlfriend three times...), I remember knowing instantly that this friendship was something special, and while I wasn't sure what to do about it, I knew I couldn't let it go. There isn't a person I know that doesn't love my husband. He is the most giving, selfless, smart, hilarious, loving, supportive and charismatic person I have ever met. He challenges me every day, pushes me to be a better person, keeps me grounded, brings me back to reality and always reminds me to see the bright side of everything. Most days I can't believe how lucky I am that he is mine, and being his wife has been the greatest gift of my life.

To celebrate our one-year anniversary, we took a little trip to Antioch, Illinois (where we stayed at the coolest cottage), and had the most relaxing time. We roasted marshmallows, paddle-boarded, read in a hammock, ate our wedding cake. It was the perfect little getaway.

How cute is this little place? The inside was adorable, too. There are 10 cottages total, and this is by far the smallest, but we've recently been intrigued by tiny homes so we figured we'd test it out for a weekend. Besides, what's a vacation if not staying in the smallest space possible? :)

As soon as we got there, starving after work, we went to an all-you-can-eat fish fry. I've always wanted to go (going to college in Missouri, they seemed to be a big thing on Fridays), but this one was kind of a disappointment. I think I assumed they'd fry it in front of us? When we got our first plate we thought "who could possibly eat multiple plates?" and then we both did. Our waitress said her friend usually eats 10.

There's truly nothing better on a summer night than a s'more. Or like five. We're going camping in a few weeks and I'm already so pumped for s'mores :)

On Saturday we went out to breakfast (amazing pastries and coffee) and then paddle-boarded all day, which was so much fun. I've never found a sport I liked, but I had so much fun doing this, I can't wait to try it again. 

Then we ate our wedding cake, which was still delicious. Actually, we didn't have a piece at our wedding (the night got ahead of us!), and that's our piece of advice to anyone getting married: EAT. YOUR. CAKE. Maybe it's a metaphor to, like, chill and savor everything, but also, really, don't miss out on the cake. 

I guess all we did was eat sweets. Because that night we went out for burgers and cheesecake. 

The next morning we chilled on the hammock until we had to go home. It was such a relaxing getaway, I can't wait to go back sometime soon and can't recommend the cottage enough.

Thanks for being my best friend, Brian. For prioritizing our relationship and being such a supportive and encouraging teammate. I know we're only a year in, but I'm so excited for all the years to come. We have eternity together and it still doesn't feel like enough time.


  1. I can actually attest to the fact that the food was delicious because, unlike other hosts who I hear never get to eat a bite, there was a staff member by my side every so often kindly reminding me to eat! At Chicago wedding venues we received the best possible service.


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