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Destination Dating: My Husband the Kidnapper

13 February 2012

A few months ago Markus asked me to take February 9 and 10 off work. It was before the holidays and I had just walked in the door from being gone all week for a work project, so I really didn't think much of it. That changed over the last few weeks as I got more and more excited about what these mystery PTO days could be needed for! The secret plan was finally revealed to me this weekend and it was beyond my craziest expectations.

When Markus and I were friends before we strted dating, he told me, "All I really want to do with my life is be able to have my work be able something I love, eat really great foods and have a girl that I get to do super romantic things for." We are still working on long-term career goals together but I love eating good food with Markus and this weekend was one for the wildly romantics. I guess I am just the perfect wife helping my husband live the dream, ha!

When we woke up on Thursday morning Markus told me that we were packing up for our other hometown, Lubbock, TX! He wouldn't divulge much of his plan but he did let me know that we were going to kickoff the weekend by fulfilling one of my lifelong dreams - seeing the Harlem Globetrotters! I have always wanted to see a Globetrotter game and have mentioned it a few times but never expected Markus to really take note.

After a leisurely drive we pulled into Lubbock. Markus had reservations for us at Orlando's, a local Italian favorite that now boasts a gluten-free menu. Markus used to reserve booth 5 (I am a former Orlando's hostess) - the back corner booth that has it's own set of doors for optimal goo-goo eye making. Once again Markus got us our favorite table. Lady and the Tramp meets forks moments ensued.

The "Lover's Booth" at Orlando's on Ave Q

After early dinner Markus drove us around and stopped the car by the mountain bike trails. Our favorite spot in town/the universe is right on these trails so I assumed I was in for a little after-dinner hike. I had no idea what was in store for me at the top of the hill!

First, a sweet rendition of our favorite song a la the ukelele. Sneaky video recording wife FTW.

I thought that was the extent of my sweet surprise and was already regretting putting on mascara, but then Markus reminded me that February 9 four years before was when we got engaged and then took a knee and re-proposed with a gorgeous infinity band to match my engagement ring! After Markus having to ask me if I was ok a few times, I pulled myself together and we enjoyed a lovely sunset and a few smooches (obviously, diamonds were involved, people) in our secret spot.

My engagement ring, promise ring and new eternity band stacked all in a row.
My bling is getting to a Cash Money Millionaire level of awesome.

The only group that could follow a moment like that is, of course, the Harlem Globetrotters. After years of hype these guys totally exceeded my expectations. Markus got us tickets on the very front row. Markus told me years ago I said that I if given the choice I would totally take courtside seats to the Harlem Globetrotters over an NBA game. Apparetly I say amazing things that are also true, because our seats made the whole experience. They even pulled Markus into the mix during the game to block Big Easy in the middle of a water fight! I am so glad we saw the Globetrotters in Lubbock. It was so special to me to get to do some trick passes before the game with the team in the same arena where I watched so many of my favorite basketball games. If only they can one day get my love, Bobby Knight, as their celebrity coach. Maybe he can be a little more family friendly than his golf games. Some of my favorite photos from the game are below!

Meeting Stretch before the game from the Magic Pre-show Passes Markus got us!

Markus the human basketball.

Adore this picture of Markus.

Happy people.
 As you can image I am dunzo as far as Valentine's Day goes, but I do need to think of something awesome to hit Markus back for a bangup job. Any ideas for a good at-home Valentine's Day are greatly appreciated!

What were you up to this weekend? Have a good romantic story or something in the works for the week of love?


  1. Your wedding ring set is absolutely amazing! Cute blog, I'm your newest follower!

  2. Beautiful ring. Newest follower:-) Happy Valentine's Day. ♥Winona

  3. you two are just amazing. and super cute!!!

  4. Super cute!

    Visiting from Blonde Episodes. Happy Valentine's Day, doll!!

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  5. Hey honey thanks for linking up but can you please add my button and link back to Blonde Episodes? Thanks! Kori xoxo

  6. Love wearing all the rings together!Darling!


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