This past weekend I got the opportunity to see a lot of old friends and also attend the Oquirrh Mountain Temple Open House with Andrew's family. Saturday morning we left bright and early and headed to Nephi. I met up with one of my best friends that I haven't seen in many years. We grew up together in Fillmore and she is expecting her first child very soon. Her mom was able to get in touch with me Friday night and I'm glad that I was able to go down Saturday morning to see her and that it worked out. It was so good to see you Mary and Melissa! Its also been a while since I've been that far south and I was pleasantly surprised to find a field full of lavender on my way about halfway between Payson and Nephi. Its so beautiful as you crest over the hill to see a field of purple!
After a little visiting and pictures in Nephi we headed back North and arrived at the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. It was so HOT, but the temple was beautiful and we enjoyed seeing it all together. Afterward my father-in-law took us all out to Olive Garden! YUM!
Saturday night I was able to meet up with more old friends. I recently got back in touch with a few of the fun girls that I used to work with in SLC. We went to dinner together and then our old boss Mary was throwing a party at the office building where we all used to work so we were all invited to come. The party was a really good time and I even got to see a few more old friends. It was a great night and I'll post pictures of that when I get them. I didn't have my camera on me at the party.
On Friday we left work early and headed to SLC for a Bee's game. My dad and brother both work for banks that had tickets to the game so my whole family was able to go and it included a dinner! We ate dinner, watched the game and played with the kids. The Bee's ended up winning, and since they won, if you took your game tickets to Sonic, you got a free drink or slush so a bunch of us cashed in on that! On our way out of the stadium my nephew Lincoln even got to meet "Bumble" the bee!
I love how Lincoln is "poking" Bumble in this picture!!
On Saturday Andrew and I did some shopping. We went to DI in West Valley as one of our stops and I came away with more Corelle Callaway dishes. I have a complete set of Corelle dishes in a different pattern so I didn't want to spend a lot more money on a new set, but I love anything ivy and these dishes are just me so I told myself if I found pieces at thrift stores then it would be okay to start a new collection and guess what? I've been lucky! I previously found 2 mugs at a Saver's and at the DI Saturday I found 10 more pieces: 3 more mugs, 1 soup/cereal bowl, 4 saucers and 2 salad/luncheon plates. I was so excited because at $0.50 a piece, all 10 pieces were only $5.00!
Saturday night Andrew and I went to The Melting Pot for our official anniversary dinner. This is something that we've been wanting to do for years and even though it's expensive and we probably won't get to go again, it was a really fun experience. The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant for those who don't know and to start off first you choose a Cheese Fondue. We chose Cheddar Cheese Fondue that described as Aged, medium-sharp Cheddar and Emmenthaler Swiss cheeses, lager beer, garlic and seasonings. They prepare it in the fondue pot that's on a burner in the center of your table and they bring you fresh breads, vegetables and apples for dipping. YUM!
Then you choose an Entree Selection and we chose Fondue Feast that includes the following meats: Filet Mignon Florentine, Limoncello Balsamic Sirloin, Breast of Chicken (instead of Shrimp Diablo - we're not seafood fans!), Sun-dried Tomato Chicken, Orange Fennel Pork Tenderloin, Porcini and Portobello Sacchetti and Fresh Vegetables. The meat and vegetables come out raw and you cook them in your choice of cooking liquid again in a fondue pot in the center of your table. We chose the Court Bouillon cooking style, which is described as Homemade, seasoned vegetable broth and they also bring you many dipping sauces to try.
Last you choose a Chocolate Fondue and we choose Yin and Yang that's described as Half milk chocolate and half white chocolate, artfully swirled for a perfect balance of flavors. They bring you Fresh strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, tasty marshmallows, pound cake and brownies for dipping. There were also rice krispie treats. So good!! We were there about 2 1/2 hours, but it was a great experience!
I also got a new camera and you can tell from the pictures taken by the old one of the new one why a new camera was needed! The old one just doesn't take very clear pictures anymore and all the pictures come out dark no matter how much light you have. The new one has a huge screen compared to my other one and it is so slim. My other one was about 6 years old and was just worn out I guess!
Andrew and I have officially been married for 10 years today! People have been asking us if it feels like its really been 10 years? My answer is yes, but they've been a great 10 years and here's 10 reasons why:
1- We've lived in 5 different towns/cities. 2-We've owned 2 houses. 3-We've owned 6 different vehicles. 4-Our kitty is 8 years old! 5-We've dealt with the challenge of infertility (still are and probably always will be). 6-We've been able to take many fun trips together. 7-We're true best friends. 8-We're more in love now than the day we got married. 9-We've grown and learned a lot about life and each other together. 10-We can't wait for the next 10 years!
Andrew had the gorgeous flowers in the pictures above delivered to me at work today. He choose all the flowers for them to include in the arrangement including picking out the prim crock they are in! I love lavender flowers and the palm fronds remind me of Hawaii! He is so thoughtful and I love him so much for that. We're also going to SLC this weekend for a little anniversary trip including a Bee's game so there will be more pictures to come!
I love the 4th of July because I'm proud to be an American and I feel so blessed for being born in this great country. This year we flew our flag at home, went to a parade and helped cook dutch oven food for a concession stand at a rodeo among other things.
On Sunday we headed to SLC for my niece Kinley's baby blessing. She looked so perfect in the blessing dress her mom made her and they make a very cute family.
I've been working on a couple projects this past week. First off I tried my hand at redoing a frame I found at DI for $1. I spray painted it black and sanded it to give it that antique look. I really like how it turned out. :)
Next, during our ornie swap, it was decided that we can't just swap ornies, we have to learn something too! So my sister-in-law's mom (who is so talented!) gave us a kit to make a different kind of patriotic ornie. First I cross-stitched the top, then sewed the top to the back, turned it right side out, stuffed it and then tea-stained it and rubbed it with cinnamon. It was my first time tea-staining and I think it turned out pretty well. Thank you Lewaina for the fun project!
Last, but not least, my SIL taught me how to cut Andrew's hair on Sunday. It turned out pretty well if I do say so myself and I'm excited that I know how to do it now. Thanks Kim!