My Bachelor-esque Surprise Date- Take 2: Ain’t Life Grand

While he wouldn’t like to openly admit it, my husband can be a pretty romantic and thoughtful man. What I thought was just going to be a quick, low-key trip to Las Vegas to spend a day with my guy while he was away for work turned into one of the best, most unforgettable experiences of my life.

Pretty bold statement, I know.

My wonderful in-laws watched the kids for us, so it was just the two of us on this trip, just to preface.

I didn’t get in to Las Vegas until about 9:30 pm on Friday night, but was greeted at the bottom of the escalator with my favorite coffee and a rose. My husband is well aware of my slight obsession with the show The Bachelor, so he created our very own Bachelor-esque date, all planned and ready to go for the next day. And, he didn’t tell me a single thing about it, except that we needed to be ready by 10 am.  (If you remember, this isn’t the first time he’s done something like this, so if you missed it, go here to catch up.)


The next morning we filled up on an insanely large breakfast of chicken and waffles at Hash House a Go-Go before going to the front of our hotel where we were greeted by a driver.


I love surprises, so going into this date blindly was just so much fun. I had no idea where we were going and our driver didn’t let in on the secret, either.


And then.. we arrived at the airport!

And hopped on a helicopter!

And for those of you who watch The Bachelor, you know this was a very Bachelor-esque move. And I ate every romantic bite of it.


So at this point I thought we were taking a tour of Las Vegas…and being from Nevada I totally appreciate the beauty in mountains, so I was really enjoying the scenery and the adventure in being up in a helicopter.



But then we kept going, and before I knew it we were approaching something that looked a little familiar from photos I’ve seen in the past…


And after we went over a little cliff it was fully visible and this is when I had my freak-out moment.

And I cried.

I did.

I was so overwhelmed by my husband’s thoughtfulness in planning such a special date and the beauty that surrounded me.


We were at the Grand Canyon!

And it was absolutely breathtaking.

I could not believe it. I just could not believe this was all happening.


We flew around it for a while taking in all of its beauty, before we landed! We landed down in the freaking Grand Canyon!


And then we had lunch…. at the Grand Canyon…. when we had previously been in Las Vegas 35 minutes before. I just could not wrap my mind around it. Can you tell?

I am still in awe!


I mean look at that!


I had NO idea Las Vegas was so close to where we were so this was the last place I ever would have imagined we would end up. A truly unforgettable experience.


We hiked around for a little bit before flying back and thoroughly enjoying every single minute of it. I could not stop thanking my husband for such a wonderful experience and was just as giddy as can be the entire day.

Once back we shopped around the strip a little bit before having a wonderful dinner in the Aria hotel followed by dessert at Serendipity, a place I have always wanted to try.



And when we got back to our room, the other roses awaited my arrival, completely finishing this date off perfectly.


Our flight left Las Vegas at 7:30 the next morning, so while a very quick trip, it was truly a trip I will never forget. I am so completely touched by my husband’s thoughtfulness and have deemed this one for the books.




  1. What a romantic and thoughtful surprise from the hubby! That’s such a sweet thing to do :)

  2. That is such an incredible gesture! You have one very special man!

    La Belle Sirene 

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