Hello Dahlings!

Master Blender Lisa has been Blending Her ONE with His FIVE for 18 years.  With THREE Ex Spouses, THREE Step Parents and SIX kids we are living the Blended, Not Stirred dream.  Is that even a thing?


Every anniversary we have chosen to go away without the kids to celebrate.  For us, having three divorces between the two of us, we have been extremely mindful of the fact that each anniversary we reach happily is a huge milestone.  And even though I love our kids, man is it nice to have my hubby all to myself for a few days.  

We have traveled all over the globe celebrating and had an absolute blast doing so.  So around our 8th anniversary we started dreaming about what fantastic place we would go to celebrate our 10th.  Tahiti and Santorini were the huge favorites. Unfortunately, we could not have imagined what life had in store for us this past year.  As a result, we felt as though we could only get away for a few days in a nearby location. Sooo, we headed to Vegas for the three day weekend.   

My hubby had planned dinner at the TAO followed by the Jersey Boys. I was really looking forward to our little getaway, but was worried that something would happen and we wouldn't be able to go.  Then the day before our trip there it was, Raylan came home with a fever, chills and the stomach flu.   God dammit!!  Seriously could we catch a break here! Sensing I was going to have a major meltdown, my hubby said we're going and hopped into the back of our car and I drove the entire 6 hour drive.

When we arrived, he said our bed was feeling so good, I wish we were back home!  Not a good way to start the celebration weekend.  Luckily, by day two, our anniversary, he was feeling better.  When we arrived for our reservation, the hostess greeted us with Happy 10th Anniversary! I have to admit it, I felt extremely proud.  When we reached the table, Raylan had lilly's in a cool black vase waiting at the table.  Most importantly, my hubby said, I don't know how many more days or years we have on this earth, but I know I want to spend every single one of them with you!  Ahhhhhh!

We had been through so much this past year, dealing with some serious issues with the girls which led to both of them living with us full time versus 50% of the time.  And given their huge emotional ordeals, we have never really left them alone for a significant amount of time.  It's felt like Raylan and I haven't had a moment to even think about our relationship let alone do something about it.  Don't get me wrong, I'm so grateful and love having the girls full time, but lately I've realized how much I really miss my hubby.  

So although it started off rough and it wasn't the dream location we had envisioned, it ended up being one of the best trips we had ever taken! I really savored the time alone with Raylan that I used to take for granted.  And it was nice to look across the table and know that I love this man more than the day I married him and even though we haven't spent much alone time recently is was nice knowing we had been there for each other and the kids when they needed us most.