The BIG Post

Thursday, May 28, 2009

This would be the big post that I have been alluding to. Are you ready? :)


If you've read my about me section, you know entirely way too much about me, including my early love of horses. It's always been a point of contention in our marriage, at least for me, that Tony has never taken me horse back riding. It's always boggled my mind that he hasn't. It's like a guaranteed slam dunk present and yet, never happened. I would just schedule it myself, except for the fact that really that would be robbing him of a fantastic opportunity . . . so instead I've been using the highly ineffective nag, even including family members to put the pressure on. What can I say, sometimes I'm a huge teenage brat. This pressure though, ebbs and flows, it isn't constant by any means.

I could tell something was in the works, but I like surprises. It's always been difficult for me to understand people who try to ruin their own surprises at the expense of the person/people working diligently to keep it under wraps! So that being said I didn't pry when my hubs randomly asked the following questions within a week:

"How much were our tickets to Florida?"
"If you could go anywhere outside of Minnesota within the US, where would you go?"
"How many weddings do we have this summer, I can't remember them all?"

These questions and their orgin are not normal for Tony, so I knew something was up!

Unfortunately, I was none too sweet the day that I found out just how fabulous that something was! It was Wednesday, last week, and we were having friends over for lunch. I woke up at 8:00 in an attempt to shower, get ready, bathe, feed and change Isaac, in addition to sweeping the house and doing the dishes. Tony was due to arrive after 9:30, so I fully anticipated his help . . . which is why I was rather irritated he only showed up at 11:45 before the 12:00 arrival of our friends! Miraculously, I was just finishing the dishes, but in a very annoyed mood. Impervious, my husband did not allow my foul self to ruin the moment. Instead he apologized profusely, handed me a towel to dry my hands and asked that I look at an email on his phone . . .

Entirely confused, nothing could have prepared me to see that the email was ticket confirmations to Denver in August! I started to cry when Tony told me the main reason would be to go horse back riding {and all I wanted was a trail ride at my old stables lol!}.

We're staying at The Westin and will plan on hitting up the Garden of the Gods, Estes Park and many other natural attractions! As for the horseback ride, Tony left it up to me to choose . . . and I found a doozy! We're signed up to do the 10 hour Continental Divide Ride! From the website: You'll experience dramatic landscape variations, from gentle meadows to steep switchback mountain trails, from barren tundra to thickly wooded forests. Join a select few who can say they've ridden across the United States Continental Divide. You'll climb over 4,000 feet within two hours as the mountains wrap around you and you push to the summit where you'll ride above the clouds. Going from an elevation of 8,200 feet to 12,300 feet can mean a dramatic change in the temperature.

The amazing part is that it's only available in August, so it really does seem we were meant to go on this trip!

My hubby definitely made up for the initial years void of horses. :)

28 comments:

Kristal said...

What an awesome surprise!!! Have a fabulous time. :)

Jeannie said...

That sounds like such an awesome trip! Way to go Tony!

Sarah said...

Tony did good!! That sounds like an awesome and super fun trip.

Chelsie said...

How freakin awesome! As a fellow horse lover, I can understand your excitement!

Leah said...

How exciting! I love Denver and Garden of the Gods is so beautiful! Have a great time!

Katie said...

Very fun!! I have never been on a horse, but would love to.

hopeful #1 said...

Sounds like a great trip!

Andrea said...

Great job Tony!!! It looks like you have something fabulous to look forward to :)

*claire* said...

sounds awesome! i'm sure there will be some great pictures from that!

CaitStClair | A Peachy Bride said...

Hooray! I'm so excited for you! But the really funny part? I used to work at the Sombrero in Grand Lake!

It's been awhile, but here's my advice:
To get a good horse be honest about your abilities and be confident but NOT cocky. Don't try and impress anyone but subtle comments that demonstrate your knowledge can get you far. (We used to thoughly enjoy giving the guys who talked smack an oversized kid's horse.)

Pack some ibuprofens. You will be hurting before lunch.

Make sure your stirrups are adjusted properly! I don't know if you used to ride english or western but there's a big difference in the length and the way your foot sits in the stirrup (as I learned the painful way.)

If you're afraid of heights, brace yourself. That rock overhang on the Continental Divide trail ride webpage? It's a lot higher up and feels much smaller when you're on a horse. I didn't think it was too bad but my mom had to fight off a panic attack.

Now that I've written a novel... If you want to ride some more while you're out here you're welcome to come up to Cheyenne and get on my sorrel mare. ;-)

Oh, and feel free to email me if you have any questions! And hooray for such an awesome trip! I'm so excited for you!

abby said...

I'm so excited for you that you get to go on this trip!!

Madeline said...

Sounds like SUCH a fun trip!!! I wish I could ride horses. But the 1 time I did (in Colorado no less) the horse decided to take a dirt bath, with me still on him. Been spooked of horses since :)

Meredith said...

Go Tony! I know you guys will have an amazing time!

Joi said...

Have fun...yay for sweet husbands {even if it takes them awhile ; )}

C said...

Aww! What a wonderful surprise! I'm sure it will be fabulous!

*kimmie* said...

How awesome! Congrats!

Freckles Chick said...

Yay for Tony! You're going to have so much fun! My friend used to be the concierge for the Denver Westin and it's SO luxurious. Good hotel choice!

The Garden of the Gods is STUNNING and you'll love Estes too. Such a quaint little town. Don't forget to at least drive by the Stanley Hotel there (where The Shining was shot). It's such a beautiful estate.

Let me know if you need any more ideas! =]

Mrs. McB said...

Congrats! Tony did a great job! I'm sure you will have a blast! Yay for you!

Sarah said...

Aww!! Congrats! What a great guy Tony is!!

Emily said...

How fun! I live about 10 minutes from where you're staying, so feel free to email me if you need ideas for anything. You're going to cover a lot of the state while you're here, it will be amazing!

Dunc said...

Oh my gosh, how fun! That is so wonderful for you - you're going to have an awesome time, I absolutely love Denver. What a great husband you have.

(p.s. I changed my blog to http://thefamily dunkley.blogspot.com - holler)

(p.p.s. my security verification word for this blog comment is "honses", which is extremely close to "horses", lol)

Becky said...

That is the sweetest thing! He did good yes he did :)

S. said...

yay! what a sweet surprise! colorado is beautiful in August!

sierra said...

How awesome! That Westin is really nice! Matt's parents always stayed there when they came to visit us in Boulder.

You're going to have such a great time! I (obviously) LOVE Colorado! :)

Julia said...

whoo hoo, Denver! Enjoy!

Beth Ann said...

Way to go Tony!!!!

DianeTaylor said...

Hey Leah - that is HANDS DOWN the sweetest thing I have ever heard a hubby doing for his wife. OMG I gasped when I read your post. What an amazing trip you guys are going to have!!!!!! Thanks for sharing your amazing plans with us. And the best part is - I know you'll be taking lots of great pics so we can "go along" with you :):)

xo - dt

Jennifer said...

sounds like he WAY made up for it!

trip sounds awesome ... but my first thought was still: ten hours on a horse = SORE!

 

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