The Chaplains on post paid for a weekend-long marriage retreat at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson. You really need to check out that link to get a small feel for the AMAZING place we stayed at. We went up a little early on Friday and did some shopping before checking into the resort. Friday evening was some administrative announcements and we got our $40 registration fee back. Saturday morning we were up early for breakfast at 0730 – very nice buffet with lots of good food. After breakfast we dropped Robert off at the child care provided and headed to our sessions. It was led by a Family Life Chaplain from post, but the majority of the stuff was from a video series (and also a book by the same name) called "Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage" by Mark Gungor. He’s a pastor, a pilot, and a stand up comedian, and he presents the information in a humorous way. Saturday morning was really good and then at lunchtime we went and got Robert from child care for the lunch buffet and then we had family time in the afternoon. It was REALLY windy, but we had promised Robert that we’d go to the lazy river and the pools. We went around the lazy river once – the water was nice since it was heated, but the wind was crazy. So we went and sat in a hot tub (there were 3 of them at the resort) for almost an hour. It was relaxing despite the wind. Then we went up and just hung out in our room until it was time to bring Robert back to child care for our evening Date Night. We went to one of the restaurants on the grounds of the resort and had a really nice dinner – and really expensive. But each couple received a $60 credit for dinner! It was a nice evening.
Sunday morning was breakfast buffet at 0730 again and then Robert went to child care and Ryan and I headed to the session. It was another really good session, and then at the end we filled out the evaluation (Army stuff always has an eval at the end of it). Then we picked Robert up from child care and had lunch – another buffet. Then we headed back to our room and got stuff packed up and went and checked out. We headed to a different hotel and got checked in there and then went and did some shopping and went and walked around the mall for a while before heading to Red Robin for dinner. Then it was back to the hotel room for the evening.
Monday morning we slept in some and then went down to breakfast in the hotel lobby about 0845 or so. It was a good breakfast and after we ate, we went and relaxed in the room for a while more. Then we headed to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for the afternoon and we really enjoyed seeing all the natural stuff from Arizona – plants and wildlife. It’s more of a zoo than a museum and it’s a really neat place to go. We have a family membership so we’ll be able to go back again anytime we want. We met K for dinner at the TTT truck stop on the outskirts of Tucson and had a really good meal, and then we had a Ragnar Relay team meeting and we had all but 1 runner there. It was a really good meeting and we’re going to have a TON of fun this weekend at the Ragnar Relay Del Sol when we, as a team of 12 runners, run close to 200 miles!!
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