Our Grown-Up Gardner Getaway

We’ve kind of created a fun little tradition the past few years: All the Gardner grown-ups have escaped the first week of August for a week (or so) of doing whatever we want to do. We’ve gone to Cabo the past couple of years, but we switched things up a little this year—we decided to stay here and spend the week at the cabin instead.

I look forward to this week not just because it’s a time to take it easy, but mainly because I’m spending time with some of the people I love the most! Our lives are hectic and busy, and I feel so blessed to be able to carve out these few days, with no kids (although I do LOVE our grandchildren!), limited distractions, and minimal work.

It was a wonderful week, made even more special because Shanna and Jared were able to join us! Woo hoo! That was definitely a treat! Because the cabin is close to home, several of the kids came and went at different times; in fact, we were only all together once, for dinner one night. (That’s when we shot our traditional photos—front shot of the girls and backside of the guys.)

Other than that, we all went our different ways, with lots of activities to choose from, including horse riding, swimming, laying out, reading, working out. . . just relaxing and taking it easy. Most of us spent most of the week in jammies or swimsuits, so we didn’t take any pictures except for the two at dinner.

The weather was cooler than normal in Utah this week. (I checked, and it was rainy in Cabo too, so I didn’t feel too badly.) Most mornings were sunny, but by late afternoon, the clouds rolled in and we spent quite a bit of time enjoying Mother Nature’s own lightning and thunder show.

We haven’t checked with the kids yet, so I’m not sure how they feel about the cabin replacing Cabo, but I know that Sterling and I both loved it. We saved travel time and money, house and van rental fees, and just felt like it was more relaxing any way you looked at it. Hope the kids felt the same, because I’m hoping to make the cabin the new Gardner Grownup Getaway destination!