we went away

July 14, 2010

Early Friday morning, we dropped True and Brave off at Grammie and Grumpy’s and made our way north to the Napa/Sonoma area to celebrate our five year anniversary. It was kind of a spontaneous trip as we just decided on Wednesday, but we are so glad we got away for a bit, with our special little companion because I am her breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Friday consisted of a nice long drive, but I love road trips, so this was not a problem for me and we made a quick little stop in San Francisco. I have to say that I absolutely love that city! Then, we were off to Sonoma to check into our hotel, which we got an amazing deal on via priceline, then we headed to a yummy dinner at The Girl and The Fig.

at the girl and the figour little weekend companion
Saturday started off at Cornerstone Gardens and we had fun looking at all the different areas (and taking fun pictures in each area) and came home with so many good ideas for our garden.
picnic at jack london state parkcornerstone gardenscornerstone gardensbeing silly love him
Then, we grabbed food for a picnic lunch at Jack London State Park, after which we decided to visit a few wineries. Then for dinner, we just picked up food from The Girl and The Fig again and ate it on the balcony of our hotel room.
picnic at jack london state parkpicnic at jack london state parka little tasting
the girl and the fig to go
Sunday we made a few other stops before we headed back home… Chateau Sonoma, Bouchon Bakery, Woodhouse Chocolates, and then a picnic lunch at Oakville Grocery. All lovely and perfect to end our little five year celebrating and to send us back home full, excited, and more in love with Northern California.
bouchon goodiesoakville grocery picnickissing near the vineyards
So that was my weekend and thus the reason I have been absent in this little space. Also, because first thing Monday morning I took off running and am working like crazy for Renegade, but a nice little vacation was just what we needed! Plus, I just like being with my Benny!
Thanks for the anniversary wishes friends! We definitely had a fun time celebrating five years of God’s goodness and grace in our marriage and we are excited to keep experiencing God’s goodness for many more years to come!!!

30 comments on “we went away”

  • aw these are super sweet! i love the pics of you and ben. congrats again!

  • You are so cute together! Happy Anniversary! All the food looks amazing! Looks like you had a great little trip!

  • Chaucee says:

    What a blessing it must be to have found a great person to spend the rest of your life with!

  • Such gorgeous photography!! And you were in one of my very favorite places!!! I'm so glad you didn't listen to me and just went now! You have lots to daydream about while you get read for Renegade!!

  • Esther says:

    What a wonderful weekend. Thanks for sharing.
    I hope to see your booth at renegade. I'm planning on checking out all the crafty/creative goodness!

  • HazeWea says:

    So cute! You're so pretty, Ruby! And I love that you and Ben took the time out to pose for pics TOGETHER… I must learn how the timer works on our camera for my upcoming anniversary trip with the hubs. Thanks for the awesome inspirations!

    love and blessings,

  • jane says:

    i love sonoma/napa.
    i love bouchon bakery.
    i love road trips.
    i love your dress from anthro!

    looked like you + ben + soulie had a wonderfully blissful time! ๐Ÿ™‚ love you!

  • Jen says:

    My husband and I have only been married 6 months (and already have a baby on the way!), but I just can't get enough of him. Its nice to see that after 5 years, it seems you are the same way! It is very encouraging. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lisa Leonard says:

    looks wonderful. and you are absolutely gorgeous.

  • Aw it looks like it was such a wonderful trip! Beautiful photos. And you're making me hungry. All of that food looks so tasty!

  • Chika-san says:

    the pictures are great! what kind of camera do you use? the food especially looks tasty. ๐Ÿ™‚

    come again soon,



  • Grace says:

    So much fun! I think I'm due for a get away.

  • Susan Ly says:

    what a fantastic, romantic getaway!

  • how wonderful!

    i wish i was looking out for you, because i was in sonoma this weekend too! i live in santa rosa which is really close to sonoma. my in laws were visiting us from santa ana and we took them to sonoma for the delicious icecream at the el dorado hotel…

    it would have been funny if i saw you and recognized you from your blog!

  • Lovely pictures! So adorable. Did you use a tripod. I want to take a road trip to Sonoma too! Very nice…



  • Larisa says:

    oh my goodness! Happy anniversary! this looks heavenly, and you look radiant. do you have any skincare or makeup (specifically foundation or powder etc.) recs? and would you mind sharing where you got those gorgeous earrings?

  • Amanda says:

    It's a little late, but Happy Anniversary! It looks like you had an amazing little get-away :]

    Oh! And good luck with Renegade! I'm sure you'll be amazing!!! I wish I could go but I'm stuck here in Texas. :]

  • Rubyellen says:

    thank you all!

    lisa- you are much too kind!!!

    corynne escalante- ah! i wish i would have known about el dorado kitchen's ice cream! we wanted to eat there, but didn't make reservations and didn't want to wait 40 minutes, so we went back to the girl and the fig and ordered take away.

    larissa- thank you. i use avon face wash with some noni moisturizer (my mom got it for me) and for powder i use mac. i have really dry skin, so lather up on moisturizer. my earrings are from etsy shop ohhellofriend.etsy.com!

    amanda- do a spontaneous road trip like we did last weekend! california heat is a bit nicer than texas heat! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • angie says:

    congrats on five years! alice and i went to the girl and the fig last year, too! yum!

  • Kuky says:

    Such sweet photos. You really capture your love in them.

  • vermiljoen says:

    Soul is a great photographer!!

  • How do you do all those photos of you and Ben together? I mean, is there always a perfect spot to put the camera at the right angle? And how do you focus? Or is it on automatic? Pictures of my husband and I together are completely missing from my life–I would love to have a few! Oh, and how do you manage to have so much fun?!? Even when it's not planned, it turns out perfect! Congratulations on five years together!


  • you + ben are the sweetest and cutest ever! i love all your pics, it looks like such a lovely weekend with little soul. nice earrings ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo.

  • Meg says:

    aww you guys are soo cute!! these look like engagement photos ๐Ÿ™‚ looks like a romantic weekend! and all the food looks divine!!

  • you guys are stinkin' adorable. really. happy anniversary!

  • Sara says:

    wow…soul is a really good photographer!

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Happy belated anniversary! Your pics are wonderful. I've been to SF only once in my life and wish I lived on the West Coast – I'd be visiting more often instead of once every 30 yrs ๐Ÿ˜‰

    XO from Canada!

  • lina says:

    oh i love sonoma! the town square is the cutest & the park in the center is so pretty. i love to spend little day trips there : )
    plus the food is amazing!
    great choice!

  • Oh, so very sweet! I love all the pictures you two took together…and little Soul's feet peeking in! COngratulations on 5 years my friend, and cheers to many more of His blessings upon the Bratchers!

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