This past Monday, August 10, was Steve and my 7th wedding anniversary! Dad and Donna had given us a Bed & Breakfast gift certificate that we decided to use for an actual night away last Saturday night. We didn't go too far - up to Durham (about 45 minutes away) - but had such a great time.
We lived in Durham the summer of 2005 when I was doing my internship at Duke, so it was kind of nostalgic and we did some driving around our old stomping grounds...here is the duplex we lived in that summer:
We lived on the left half of the house. There was no cable line, no phone line, no internet, air conditioning only in the bedroom, roaches in the cabinets, and a "fenced in yard" that was actually an 18 inch chicken wire fence. Quite the place, but just a few blocks from Duke so was in a great location and definitely served its purpose.
This is Charley's, a restarant that was just a few blocks from the house and we went there many, many times that summer. We ate lunch there last Saturday and had a long, leisurely, relaxed lunch - I cannot remember the last time that has happened!
The B&B we stayed out was very cool - a very old, 1860s house that the owners (a retired doctor and his wife) fixed up over a 3-year period, and furnished the entire thing with antiques. We had our own porch off the room and read and relaxed out there. Even though it was a hot day, the porch was shady and really quiet.
Durham Bulls game that night
It was such a fun night and so good to spend the time together. Mom came down and babysat Ella and of course Ella had a wonderful time too. I pretty much think Mom played with her for 24 straight hours, except when Ella was eating or sleeping.
So, a great weekend all around and a fantastic way to celebrate our 7th anniversary!