July is Charles date month (and January), and he wanted to get lunch at Cafe Rio. Which I am always happy to do.
And we sure LOVED our time in Europe! At the end of this post you'll find 15 favorite memories with Scott in honor of our 15 year anniversary.
Another day the kids spent a couple of hours baking and we made giant cookies which they sold on the street the following day, in hopes of making enough to go to Airborne, which was going to be $40 when we used a coupon, and they made $37! So I covered the remainder and we went to Airborne. Thank you to our awesome neighbors for their support!
1) Just before we started dating we drove from Utah to WA and had lots of time to talk and get to know one another…. and we tried to memorize the lyrics to a really fast country song which was hilarious!
2) Our wedding in WA DC temple and our honeymoon in South Carolina beach where I was stung by a sting ray, and then onto Europe. Lots of “firsts” together, during this time.
3) Life in our first apartment. It was a Studio apartment, 300 square feet total. The entire apartment is about the same size as our current master bed and bath. So small so we were very close whenever we were home :). But we made it work for that year and I loved that we were both willing to live in a place like that; builds character. And moving from there to our next 2 bedroom, 650 sq ft apartment felt like we’d upgraded to a mansion!
4) Going to BYU together. Walking each other to classes, and our on campus jobs. We even took a couple of classes together including a marriage class. During our last year at BYU we’d trade off watching baby Elisabeth while the other was in class, and we graduated together in December 2005.
5) Visiting and doing homework together at the laundry mat. We were regulars our first two years of marriage. I can remember the day when we moved into an apartment(our 4th move) with a washer and dryer. Heaven on earth! I felt like a queen :)!
6) Singing together in church choir or at home, while scott played the guitar or later with Elisabeth on the piano. We both love music.
7) The births of each one of our 5 children. It was always just him and me and we held hands through the pain (he claims to have felt the pain through my very tight grip), and once I’d had my epidural, we’d visit and laugh and sleep until the arrival.
8) Weekly date nights. We’ve done this forever, though when we had all young kids, we did more in-home date nights where we’d put kids to bed then get take-out or watch a movie together and snuggle on the couch :). Now that they’re older we go out, most often to the temple or to dinner and when it’s nice out we like to do hikes, walks, pickleball and bike rides
9) Trips: mostly we’ve done a handful of one-nighters over the past 15 years because we started our family immediately and it never felt like a good time to be away for long. But they’re older now and this year(early 15 year anniversary gift) we made a trip back to Europe with just the two of us and it was wonderful to travel together by plane, train, metro and foot and to hike, bike and experience all sorts of fun new foods and cultures. Salzburg was dreamy.
10) Evening walks in the summer and the occasional morning runs and our Bryce Canyon half marathon which we ran and finished together.
11) Saturday’s and Sunday’s, Because we’re together. Working together, playing together, laughing together, we often follow each other around. On the weekends, once a month, I also cut his hair and I love this time together and I love that he wants ME to do it. Although it comes easy now, In the beginning it didn’t always look very good but he was always encouraging and kind.
12) Aspen grove marriage retreat in Provo canyon. Cabin sleeping, hiking, seminars with hank smith, running up and down the mountain together in the freezing cold.
13) Nightly pillow talk time. Each night after we put the kids to bed, we go to bed together. We pray together, read scriptures together(while the one not reading is scratching/massaging the readers back) and then we visit, sometimes a few minutes if we’re super sleepy, and sometimes 20 minutes. This is our time to connect without any other distractions or interruptions and I love it.
14) Lunch time phone calls. Scott’s usually the one to call me because his work schedule is a little more strict than mine with his meetings etc. I love connecting with him mid day, hearing his voice, knowing he’s thinking of me. This also goes for the random text messages we’ll send each other throughout the day, sometimes business, but often times just sweet words or fun “love” emojis :).
15)Our Yearly anniversary date night where we do sealings at the temple and then have dinner. Love this & I’m excited to do it again tonight! Love remembering the promises we made to each other and to the Lord all those years ago, made even more meaningful on our anniversary day. And we all know how much I love food! We’ll be having Indian tonight which is a food we both fell in love with several years ago.