Monday, January 21, 2013

Second Honeymoon

Quite unexpectedly, my husband and I were able to go on a little 3-day getaway to a cabin in Arizona's White Mountains last week. Thanks to my fabulous mother-in-law, who stayed at our house and watched the six oldest kids for us, we were able to go with only baby Stephen (the nursling). 

In over 12 years of marriage, we have never once before spent a night away without (most) any of the kids, so this was a first.


This cabin was really something. We could not get over how carefully it had been decorated inside, and just how cozy it was.

 View from the front door. The bedroom and bathroom are down the hall.

 Thanks to the full kitchen, we were able to bring most of our own food. 

 So in true pioneer fashion...

 ... there was lots of bacon and eggs going on at mealtimes.

 Even Stephen got to chew on a bit of bread crust :)

 (Yes, that's a  bonnet dangling off the back off my head... just trying to play the part of prairie homemaker.)

View of the living room from the loft - we LOVED the fireplace. Especially when my sweet husband served me breakfast and hot chocolate in front of it :)

 Upstairs loft with door to the balcony

 View from the balcony

He looks happy in these pictures, but baby Stephen was really a little crab for most of this trip, which is very out of character for him. I blame it on a combination of homesickness, missing his familiar surroundings and siblings, a bout of teething which possibly led to a touch of ear infection, and being jealous of all the attention we were giving each other instead of him. Thankfully, he is getting back to being his old self again.

 The downstairs bedroom...

... led to the outdoor jacuzzi, which was permanently kept at 104 degrees. 

In spite of the bright sunshine, it was freezing cold outside. 

Little Manny loved being pulled around in the sleigh


My husband and I both got a good laugh out of this "poem" that John wrote us to open once we arrived at the cabin.

 (P.S. No chem trails)

We both agreed that these days had been the best in our already great marriage, as they brought us closer than ever.


  1. So happy for you guys, sounds like an amazing trip for a well deserving couple! Really great pictures too!

  2. So nice you could go on a 3 day getaway, you deserved it! And I must say you look beautiful Zsuzsanna.

  3. how wonderful!!! You guys deserve this!!! So special!!! I bet it was SOOO quiet!! HA!

  4. I am so happy you had this chance to get away for a few days! You look so relaxed and happy

  5. That bacon looks bomb!

  6. How fun! And what a lovely, lovely cabin! I'm so glad you had a nice time!!

  7. What a cute poem! Glad you got to get away and recharge. What a beautiful place.

  8. Looks like a beautiful place to stay. In the photo of the 3 of you in the doorway what is the white stuff on baby Stephen's forehead and hat?

  9. Oh how lovely! That cabin must have felt HUGE and EMPTY with out the children, didn't it? How nice and spacious it looked...simply gorgeous! I am so glad that you and your husband were able to get away for a little refreshing. :) Every married couple needs to do that. So happy for you!

  10. Looks like a great time! Love the cabin.

    Has anyone ever told you that your husband looks like the actor Matthew Fox?

  11. Stunning cabin. Elizabeth that white stuff would be light shining through the window onto Stephen.

  12. Wonderful wonderful wonderful!! I love the cabin, but more importantly that you had a lovely time. The tobaggen takes me back to my childhood. Thanks for sharing all the photos.


  13. How lovely, it looks beautiful.

  14. So glad you guys had a lovely time together! What a pretty/cozy cabin. Thanks for sharing! :)

  15. Very nice. Getting away is necessary. Everyone needs a break sometimes.

  16. That cabin is marvellous! How did you find this treasure? And you look so young Zsuzsa! I am so happy for you guys!

  17. You guys are an incredibly cute couple. I´m sure you hear it about your kids all the time so I just wanted to let you know that you are also really really cute. And wise ofcourse.

  18. It looks like you had a wonderful time and you both look so happy to be together--as happy in your first pictures together as you are in these, and after seven children! ;) I'm glad you got a bit of a break and I loved the pictures of little Stephen wrapped up in his little sled enjoying the sunshine! John's poem is lovely--I see him writing beautiful poems for his wife when he grows up--lucky girl!

    God bless you, Dad, and the seven,


  19. I loved the poem, truth snuck in there in a humorous way :) Looks like you two (three) had a wonderful time. God bless you!

  20. WOW! You guys look positively fantastic!!!! What a fun, fun, fun trip. You guys should do this more often. I really enjoyed the pictures.


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