Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Overnight date, Friend Game Night, Scott's Bday

A couple of weeks ago we watched the Ludwig children overnight (good friends of ours) while their mom and dad went to a Broncos game in Colorado. They were kind enough to repay the favor and they watched our kids this past Friday night to Saturday late afternoon, so that Scott and I could have an overnight date over Scott's birthday weekend.
We went to a rock climbing place in Sandy called Momentum. It's a bit pricey, but so fun! We've only ever been rock climbing at a rec center in Colorado, so it was fun to go in Utah, and use their huge climbing walls! We also tried bouldering, which I would never do outdoors because you don't use a harness, but it was fun to try indoors where there are shorter walls and mats underneath to catch us if/when we fall.
We were there for a couple of hours, but we could've stayed a lot longer, had we not other plans for the night. After climbing we had dinner at Archibalds which has the best fried green tomatoes with a creamy salsa dip, and some awesome desserts; my favorite is the bread pudding with white chocolate sauce. After dinner we saw the new Star Wars movie (can't remember the last time we went to a theater...we prefer watching at home in the comfort of our pjs, blankets and pillows :)). We decided to sleep at our house since the house was empty(and it's nice to save money), and the next morning we went for a jog, went to the temple, had lunch at Kneaders and then went to Sprouts for some groceries and picked up the kids. We loved our time together, visiting over dinner, and in the car, talking about goals and future plans and other things.
Here are a couple of pictures Elisa Ludwig took of our kiddos at their house. All the girls slept in one room, and the boys in another. 
We think we're going to have to make this a yearly tradition because the kids loved it and so did we :). 
Saturday night we had our monthly game night, over at our house this time. The Hansen's and the Wilcox's came over and the kids immediately ran downstairs and played while the parents snacked and visited, we played games at the table, then when all the kids came upstairs to eat and play spoons, the parents switched and we went down and played some more games.
Sunday Scott turned 35! He requested bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches for breakfast and stuffed pasta shells for dinner (stuffed with ricotta cheese, spinach and sausage) with brownies and cookies for dessert. He opened his gifts at breakfast and Elisabeth got him a plant for his office, Jane, Annabelle and Charles got him food items (chocolate milk, sun chips and a candy bar) and I got him a BYU tshirt, a new CTR tie, consecrated oil and keychain holder, protein bars and a few homemade essential oil gifts including two roller-balls one of which was a cologne, the other a muscle rub, and shaving cream.
That night/morning it had snowed quite a bit and we didn't have time to shovel much before 9am church, and we were surprised and touched to see a couple of our friends and neighbors with their snow plow 4-wheelers, removing snow from our driveway and in front of our mailbox and driveway.

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