This past weekend, to celebrate my birthday and valentines day, Alahn took us to the most amazing tiny house in the woods, near Glenwood, Washington. It was a quick two hour drive, but just far enough away to get us into nature, and away from cell service. Our check in time was 3:00pm, so we had plenty of time to sleep in, pack up, drop Ralphie off at my moms house, and then hit the road! The weather held up for us perfectly; the sun was shining, and there wasn’t any rain or snow. Perfect camping weather!
Once we arrived to the Getaway House, we found that we were staying in the house named “Marjorie” which was really special as this was Alahn’s grandmas name. We unpacked the car and settled in to our tiny space for the weekend. It was stocked with everything we needed, but nothing we didn’t. In the event that we did not bring any food, they had oatmeal, jerky, coffee, tea, etc. that you could buy, but Alahn and I brought a steak and some hot dogs to grill over the fire. They also supplied complimentary s’more kits! There was a full bathroom with a shower stocked with soap – so there was no need to pack that along with you; and this was all told to us in the emails leading up to the trip to ensure we didn’t over pack. The queen sized bed was up against a ceiling-to-floor window with a simple, yet gorgeous view of the woods. We had a small fridge, and stove range for any cooking we planned on doing, and…that is pretty much it. Again, everything we needed, and nothing we didn’t.
We were also supplied with two bundles of fire wood, along with some fire starter that was added to our tab for a fee after checkout. For future reference, we are going to bring our own fire wood just because it would be cheaper to do so – but it is nice that they provide it in case you forget or don’t plan accordingly. We spent the whole evening around the fire, just talking, laughing and looking up at the stars. Because there was really nothing for us to do, we just enjoyed each others’ company without the distraction of our phones, or what was on TV. It was truly one of the best weekends we have had in a long time, and I can’t stop thinking about how great it will be to go back again. And even though it was literally, just a tiny house, plopped in the middle of the woods, with no cell service and nothing to do for miles – it was still the most fun we have had in a long time.
Anyone who knows me well, knows that quality time is my love language, and I think that is why I enjoyed this trip so much. I love my friends to death, and we spend a lot of time with our people, but when Alahn and I have the chance to just have time alone; just the two of us, I take as much of it as I can get. Don’t get me wrong, Alahn and I spend time together just the two of us, typically Sunday through Thursday but it is often times revolving around our work schedules where we wake up, kiss goodbye, work all day, get home, eat dinner, and then go to bed. So, not a lot of genuine time is really spent making memories when we get in the mundane work routine every week. So, that is why spending quality one-on-one time with him is so special and important to me.
Once we were too cold to sit outside any longer, we went inside and played Mancala – I won every time of course! 😉 Then finished the night eating grilled cheeses in bed and looking out our ginormous window. People, trust me when I say, THOSE are the moments I live for. THOSE are the memories and moments I am going to hold close to my heart forever. The time when life is so simple, when I’m with my best friend, and everything feels calm and right in the world – that is 100% my favorite feeling and thing to do. I’m getting all sappy and in my feels now, but for real…it is so special, and I hope everyone has the chance to experience and appreciate the simplicity life has to offer.
In the morning, we planned on going on the hike through the trail they have mapped out at the campsite, but unfortunately it was pretty rainy. So, instead, we just laid in bed a little longer to soak up the time we had left in our Getaway. Check out was at 11am, so we eventually got up, showered and cleaned the place up and headed home. I truly would recommend this experience to anyone who needs a reset, or just wants a relaxing break from the everyday hustle and bustle of life. I know they have these Getaway Houses throughout the US, so hopefully there is one near you! If you are in the Vancouver/Portland area, the one we went to was again, only 2 hours away which gets you just far enough from the city, and deep enough into the forest to escape.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this experience was truly a breath of fresh air for us. Among the midst of wedding planning stress, and the year already being busy and overwhelming, it was so special for Alahn and I to just be alone, and do nothing, essentially. No one needed anything from us – and if they did, we didn’t know because we were out of cellphone range, and we were forced to let our worries and obligations go because there was literally nothing we could do about it in the moment. We spent time with each other, laughing, telling stories, and looking forward to what lies ahead for us and after such an amazing weekend, I just feel so complete, refreshed and ready to plan the rest of this freakin’ wedding!
Anyway, thank you guys for reading about our sappy getaway weekend. I know I say this a lot as well, but more than anything, these blogs are for me and my family to have to look back on and remember the feelings we felt throughout our lives – but I do hope that you as readers find some enjoyment in my posts as well. If you are interested in renting the Getaway House, or just learning a little more about the experience, definitely check them out! We also vlogged our time there, so here is the video link! Let us know if you end up going, we would love to hear about your time spent, and hope it is just as magical as ours was! Until next week…