12.18.2009

Marriage Retreat

The tiniest plane I've ever taken...flown from Kearney to Denver

One of the pretty nooks at the hotel

Ryan and I got a super special treat...a weekend away at a marriage retreat! Will stayed with Grandma and Grandpa Rodehorst and Ryan and I got to fly to Wisconsin for the weekend. The Army has a great program for soldiers and their families called "Strong Bonds." The particular one we attended was a marriage retreat in "The Dells" Wisconsin. They give the soldiers and their spouses an all inclusive weekend at a very nice hotel and provide them with a marriage enriching workshop. So we enjoyed the classes with about 35 other couples from around the US. "The Kalahari" was the name of the hotel, or should I say resort, we stayed at and it was super amazing. The whole thing was themed off of African culture with beautiful animals, art, and artifacts all over the place. They even had baby tigers there that you could pet and get a picture with!! This place was full of exciting restaurants, caf├ęs, beautiful jungle decor, a luxury spa, a HUGE indoor waterpark, bowling alley, ropes course, rock climbing wall, movie theaters, and even a theme park! Seriously, you could live at this resort and never even have to go outside. And don't even get me started on the food...oh man, it was SO delicious and beautifully presented. I've never been to anything quite like it, and to think, this was in the middle of Wisconsin in December!

Friday night we were there we went to try out the water park. This place is one of the biggest indoor water parks in the nation, so you can only imagine all the slides, pools and fun stuff they had! Ryan even tried SURFING...yes, they had indoor surfing. I was bummed that I couldn't do much since I'm pregnant. But it was fun watching Ryan try out the slides and the surfing. Saturday we had several classes and then that night we were free to do what we wanted. We went to an awesome outlet mall and scored some good deals and then spent most of that night relaxing and enjoying our "us" time. Sunday we had a wonderful breakfast and a couple more classes and then we flew home! So it was a quick getaway, but a fantastic retreat for the two of us.



One of the 15 week old tigers you could pet!

This was HILARIOUS...if you could catch a lobster,
they'd cook it and you'd get to eat it free! LOL!!!





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