The big reveal….

by eatpraytri on March 28, 2012

Apparently I mistakenly led quite a few people to think that my big secret had something to do with where we are moving. Now of course I can see why people might have thought this, but this secret unfortunatley has NOTHING to do with our potential likely move…wompwomp….

Ok so back to the big reveal…

October 30th, 2010 Paul and I shared our first kiss, right here on this bridge.


Everyone together now…awwwww…..

We started dating in August 2010 (we met online) and in October he invited me to go to the military ball. It was kind of a big thing b/c it was about a 5 hour car drive with him and his son. Even though we started dating a few months prior, we lived about an hour away from each other so we hadn’t really had opportunity to spend massive amounts of time together in person before then. So this would really be the true test…traveling together. Dun, dun dun!!!!!

Obviously it worked out.

Anyway, Paul is a recruiter in the Army and every year they do an Annual Training Conference (ATC) where all the recruiters from the big group he is in (battalion? company? brigade? I still can’t figure out whats what) gather at a hotel/resort/meeting place and do some training and then one night they have a dinner aka…the “ball”.


Its a fun opportunity to get all gussied up and get your hair did and wear high heels (the horror!) and eat fancy food at a table with a cloth napkin and more than one fork, hear someone speak and then maybe do some kicking up (or off) your heels.

Back in 2010, after all the hoopla of dinner, we went out to the bridge and shared what I’m pretty sure was the most romantic first kiss of pretty much all time. It was kind of drizzly raining, it was brand new butterflyinthestomach love and the bridge was lighted up over a beautiful lake overlooking a beautiful resort. Try and describe to me a first kiss more romantic than that. Yep, didn’t think so. :)

They pushed out the ATC in 2011 until this past weekend, so we packed up the car and headed back to the spot where it (kind of) all began. Here is a recap in as many pictures and as few words as possible.


On the way there we all decided we would not be able to live one minute longer unless we tried the Doritos taco. While I didn’t hate it, it wasn’t life changing. Interesting concept, a little crumbly. I think I prefer my doritos straight up without the side of taco.


We all got a kick out of this pic. We obviously all belong in the same family.


We arrived on Friday night around 10pm or so. Paul’s training classes didn’t start until 2pm on Saturday so we had the morning to sleep in, hang out and walk around the shops nearby. This is the Coeur d’ Alene resort and Spa. FACT: Coeur d’Alene is officially the most awkward word to spell ever.





We found a sweatshirt where the zipper is a bottle opener…handy.


a classy new wine glass


and someone who REALLY loves the library


Went to the Pita Pit for lunch. They have these in Seattle, but I never seem to see them. I need to find one b/c this is totes my type of place.

Falafel with all the yummy veggies I love.


Kyle went with the healthy scorpion for lunch. He really wanted it so we told him he HAD to finish it or he owed us $4. I don’t think he has finished it yet and its four days later. I already know exactly what I am going to get with my $4 and it has nothing to do with sugar coated bugs.


We got back to the hotel and pretty much for the rest of the weekend the whole place looked like this


The first time I went to this in 2010, seeing all these dudes in the same place all looking alike was very overwhelming. I still find it a little overwhelming but not nearly as much. The only hard part now is finding the hubs in the middle of all these identicals!

While Paul went to class, Kyle and I hung out here


And I also did a slow 2 miles on the treadmill. They had an awesome workout center so of course I failed to get a pic of it. I ran sporadically (since I am still getting over my cough) and I actually think it made the cough worse the next two days. Sadness. I think I will wait a bit before I try again, which is frustrating BUT no point in dragging it out longer by trying to do too much too soon.

That night we had free so we made our way to the movies to watch what everyone else in America was watching, The Hunger Games. (movie review coming soon!)



We had an early breakfast and Kyle did some magic for us.


Then Paul went back to his training and Kyle and I hung out all around the resort. We walked around the huge floating boardwalk that surrounds the whole place and then Kyle wanted to go and “climb rocks?” Seemed odd to me since he’s a 13 year old boy, but I appeased him and hung out in the sun while he climbed away.







ahhhh flip flops I have missed you so….



Back inside to find the hubs.


Found him!


They had a whole table of books on marriage, faith etc…There were some cool camo bibles and see that one blue book with the red circle on it that says “Jerk?” That book is “How to avoid falling in love with a jerk” and I actually have it. It works. :)


We got to have “lunch with our soldier” and that’s where this sandwich happened. It was supposed to be a grilled cheese, but I don’t think they got quite enough cheese on there for it to qualify. :)


I had a massage and eyebrow wax scheduled in the afternoon but the run I did yesterday seemed to make my cough worse and I didn’t want to have to deal with that on the table, so I cancelled the massage, but still went for the wax. This is what the relaxation room in the spa looks like. The whole place was GORG. I would spend all day there if I could afford it.


Sunday night was the ball and I am seriously the worst blogger in the history of all bloggers b/c this is the picture I have of the night


Seriously? At least my eyebrows look nice.

The “ball” itself this year was supposed to be more “informal” than last time. We were supposed to be in “business casual” while the soldiers were all supposed to be in their full dress uniform? It didn’t make sense (which is really strange for the Army) and everyone was confused. There were some girls dressed in pantsuits like you would wear to work and others were in full on Jessica McClintock prom style numbers. It was all over the board. Since it was so confusing, I just decided to wear what I wore last time, thus the Hint picture. They didn’t have anyone taking pictures this year, so nothing to compare to, but other than some slight changes to Paul’s hair and make up this is exactly what we looked like this year.


After dinner Paul and I went out to the bridge and relived our first kiss moment. It really brought back a lot of really cool memories and feelings and we were both just like dumb giddy teenagers again. Fun.


Before heading out on Monday we had to stop and try “the best hamburger in the whole world” (according to the lady who made Kyle’s carmel frappachino the day before.) Apparently this hidden gem is at a place called Hudsons right across the street from the hotel. Who knew the best burger in the world was right there all along? Not us thats for sure.


It’s this tiny little place with one bar for seating. One guy makes the burgers while another guy takes your order and brings you the finished burger. No fries, No nothing else. Just burger, add pickles and onions and cheese if you want. That’s it.





That burger was darn good. I don’t know if I would say it was the best in the entire world. But I would for sure have another one. They had three types of sauces to squeeze on to it, ketchup, hot ketchup and hot mustard. I only put the hot mustard and THAT was probably the best mustard in the entire world. I could drink it.

We drove home through snow, rain and blazing sun. Picked up the pooches from my good friends house. I think a certain someone missed a certain someone a LOT.


two things that I somehow couldn’t coordinate into the recap:

Have you ever had these? They were giving them away as snacks in Paul’s class and they are quite the delish. I normally detest most granola bars, but these are just the right thickness and I just couldn’t get over how yummy they were.


In 2010 when I first went with Paul to the ATC, they gave me a “spouse packet.” This was obviously super awkward b/c we had just barely become Facebook official and I don’t think I was quite ready to be an Army “spouse.” But they don’t really care about any of that, so they shoved the spouse packet in my hand and made sure I knew that I was important too. In hindsight it was one of the best gifts b/c of something that was included. It was so funny it made both Paul and I cry. I have no idea what happened to it, so I was seriously crossing my fingers that the same thing would be included in this years spouse packets. All my dreams came true when I opened it up and there it was!


Idk what’s up with that line “pour off excess fat”?!?! and I don’t mean to make light of being an Military wife, it really can be pretty darn tough. But this is just too cheesy for me not to love to laugh at. And in Comic Sans? I mean c’mon!

Whew! That was a long one…sorry for all the suspense, I hope it was somewhat worth the wait.

How was your weekend?







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Maren March 28, 2012 at 6:13 pm

IT looks like you guys had so much fun! Too cute that you went back to the exact place of your first kiss. That hamburger made me drool all over my shirt… no joke!


Kristen @ notsodomesticated March 28, 2012 at 11:31 am

Wow, what a fun weekend you had!! I always loved Pita Pit in college. I always got the same thing: chicken, lettuce, pickle, banana pepper, and honey mustard. It was so yummy. But I haven’t had one in ages because I’ve never had another Pita Pit near where I live!


Mom March 28, 2012 at 8:07 am

Loved the bridge story and your weekend saga! So much has happened in the last year and a half. Looks like you have lost “first place” in Guinness’s affections, however….


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