Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Anyway, back to my story. After our delicious margaritas we bar-hopped around town and really enjoyed catching up with each other and remembering our high school glory days. It was a fantastic night out and I can't wait to do it again when everyone is back in town.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Last night was the award ceremony and I got an enlarged print of my photo, a ribbon, plaque, folding chair and tons of Balloon Classic stuff (so if anyone wants a Balloon Classic coaster, let me know).
Since Dave entered this contest in 1992-1998 and earned at least one award every year he entered and with me earning an award this year, the competition is on for the upcoming year - Look out, Dave!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday evening began with going out to dinner with our good friend Matt followed by our yearly pilgrimage to see the latest Warren Miller movie. For those who don’t know Warren Miller is a guy who has made many, many ski films and each year a new one is released which, to us, signifies the beginning of ski season and gets us all revved up to go skiing! This year’s movie was pretty good and featured four Colorado ski towns. It sure put me in the mood for skiing.
Saturday we headed down to watch the CSU vs. Air Force football game with Trisha, Chris, Sam and other friends from CSU. The coolest thing of the evening was watching the fighter jest (maybe F-16s?) fly 200 feet above us and having the sound of the flyby come three seconds after the plane passed us by. It was so loud that it set off a lot of the car alarms in the parking lot! So cool! My Rammies lost the game but we still had a great time!
Sunday morning we woke up early and headed out to Arapahoe Basin for our first ski trip of the season. At the top of the first run my legs were still adjusting and remembering how to ski but by the end of the day (and after some hard cider) I was feeling great and skiing all of the way down the mountain without stopping. A little more training at the gym and I might be able to keep up with Dave this season… or maybe not…
It was a great weekend. Now I just have to gear up for food drives the next two Saturdays – UGH!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Mean Street: Why Obama Doesn’t Matter. And You Do.
Across America, there was jubilation and dancing in the streets. We have a new prophet. We are set free and ready to follow.
But soon enough we will learn that President-elect Barack Obama himself doesn’t make a new nation. He cannot right every social wrong or work economic miracles.
And he certainly can’t give you everything you want. Even if you wore an “Obama for President” button for the past 15 months.
So it is time to get back to work. And face reality: Without sacrifices from all Americans, Obama won’t matter.
It was an Obama supporter, Warren Buffett, who famously said that “when a management team with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.”
And so it will probably be for Obama–a charismatic, transcendent leader. The U.S. government is just like a business with very bad economics. And lately, those economics have gone from bad to worse.
Name a crisis and we are in the middle of it. A housing crisis, a banking crisis, a retail crisis, an auto crisis.
The word “crisis” is overplayed in our lexicon. But there is no denying GDP contraction or national unemployment that approaches 10 million workers.
This has harsh consequences. Government tax receipts will fall and budget deficits will rise. And Obama will be hard-pressed to come up with the money to finance the change he has promised.
Of course, the U.S. Treasury will continue to print money to hand out to the Chinese and Saudis, but that can only go so far. Otherwise we will have debts we just can’t pay, and inflation we just can’t control.
The money to pay for our way of life must come from the sacrifices of the American people. Like the sacrifice of paying higher gas taxes or working a second job. How about the sacrifice of just living within our means?
Lately, we haven’t been too good at sacrificing anything. For most of this decade, household debt has exceeded GDP. Only $4-a-gallon gas seems to get our blood up. Of course, as soon as the price drops, we forget our addiction.
No, sacrifice means that many of the people who put Obama into power–like the labor unions and tort lawyers–may have to renounce large parts of their economic claims. Or at least delay them.
That could mean state and city unions accepting less-generous pensions. Or the UAW making substantial concessions in any Detroit bailout. Or keeping the tort lawyers away from any health-care overhaul.
Perhaps. But the U.S. economy–and by extension–the Obama presidency really can’t afford the price of many of his campaign promises. At least not now.
Sacrifice also means that the folks who didn’t support Obama will have to chip in, too.
Heavy regulation of the banking industry? Sorry, Wall Street. It is inevitable that you will have to pay a price for the failure of self-regulation. Limits on executive pay could be part of the bargain.
Higher taxes for the well-off also will come into the equation. It is undoubtedly bad policy to raise income or capital-gains taxes in a lousy economy, but politics is about trade-offs.
The easy part was electing Obama. The hard part is making him matter.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Remarks from Senator John McCain
Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you for coming here on this beautiful Arizona evening.
My friends, we have -- we have come to the end of a long journey. The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly. A little while ago, I had the honor of calling Senator Barack Obama to congratulate him on being elected the next president of the country that we both love.
In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving.
This is an historic election, and I recognize the special significance it has for African-Americans and for the special pride that must be theirs tonight.
I've always believed that America offers opportunities to all who have the industry and will to seize it. Senator Obama believes that, too. But we both recognize that though we have come a long way from the old injustices that once stained our nation's reputation and denied some Americans the full blessings of American citizenship, the memory of them still had the power to wound.
A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt's invitation of Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage in many quarters. America today is a world away from the cruel and prideful bigotry of that time. There is no better evidence of this than the election of an African American to the presidency of the United States. Let there be no reason now for any American to fail to cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on Earth.
Senator Obama has achieved a great thing for himself and for his country. I applaud him for it, and offer in my sincere sympathy that his beloved grandmother did not live to see this day, though our faith assures us she is at rest in the presence of her creator and so very proud of the good man she helped raise.
Senator Obama and I have had and argued our differences, and he has prevailed. No doubt many of those differences remain. These are difficult times for our country, and I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face.
I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together, to find the necessary compromises, to bridge our differences, and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited.
Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans. And please believe me when I say no association has ever meant more to me than that.
It is natural tonight to feel some disappointment, but tomorrow we must move beyond it and work together to get our country moving again. We fought as hard as we could.
And though we fell short, the failure is mine, not yours.
I am so deeply grateful to all of you for the great honor of your support and for all you have done for me. I wish the outcome had been different, my friends. The road was a difficult one from the outset. But your support and friendship never wavered. I cannot adequately express how deeply indebted I am to you.
I am especially grateful to my wife, Cindy, my children, my dear mother and all my family and to the many old and dear friends who have stood by my side through the many ups and downs of this long campaign. I have always been a fortunate man, and never more so for the love and encouragement you have given me.
You know, campaigns are often harder on a candidate's family than on the candidate, and that's been true in this campaign. All I can offer in compensation is my love and gratitude, and the promise of more peaceful years ahead.
I am also, of course, very thankful to Governor Sarah Palin, one of the best campaigners I have ever seen and an impressive new voice in our party for reform and the principles that have always been our greatest strength. Her husband Todd and their five beautiful children with their tireless dedication to our cause, and the courage and grace they showed in the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign. We can all look forward with great interest to her future service to Alaska, the Republican Party and our country.
To all my campaign comrades, from Rick Davis and Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter, to every last volunteer who fought so hard and valiantly month after month in what at times seemed to be the most challenged campaign in modern times, thank you so much. A lost election will never mean more to me than the privilege of your faith and friendship.
I don't know what more we could have done to try to win this election. I'll leave that to others to determine. Every candidate makes mistakes, and I'm sure I made my share of them. But I won't spend a moment of the future regretting what might have been.
This campaign was and will remain the great honor of my life. And my heart is filled with nothing but gratitude for the experience and to the American people for giving me a fair hearing before deciding that Senator Obama and my old friend Senator Joe Biden should have the honor of leading us for the next four years.
I would not be an American worthy of the name, should I regret a fate that has allowed me the extraordinary privilege of serving this country for a half a century. Today, I was a candidate for the highest office in the country I love so much. And tonight, I remain her servant. That is blessing enough for anyone and I thank the people of Arizona for it.
Tonight, more than any night, I hold in my heart nothing but love for this country and for all its citizens, whether they supported me or Senator Obama, I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president.
And I call on all Americans, as I have often in this campaign, to not despair of our present difficulties but to believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here.
Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history, we make history.
Thank you, and God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you all very much.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I have just returned from the dentist (rather, Endodontist) and, before the novocaine wears off, I'll send you my cover letter, resume and references. I look forward to speaking with you and -- hopefully -- meeting with you.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
For my birthday this year, my daughter (the dear) purchased a week of personal training at the local health club for me.
Although I am still in great shape since being a high school football cheerleader 43 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try. I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named Belinda, who identif ied herself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear.
My daughter seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started! The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress.
Started my day at 6:00 a.m. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Belinda waiting for me.
She is something of a Greek goddess - with blond hair, dancing eyes and a dazzling white smile. Woo Hoo!! Belinda gave me a tour and showed me the machines. I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which she conducted her aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring!
Belinda was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time she was around. This is going to be a FANTASTIC week-!!
I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door. Belinda made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air then she put weights on it! My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile. Belinda's rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I feel GREAT-!! It's a whole new life for me.
The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it. I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn't try to steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot.
Belinda was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club members. Her voice is a little too perky for that early in the morning and when she scolds, she gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying.
My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Belinda put me on the stair monster. Why the hell would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators? Belinda told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life. She said some other shit too.
Belinda was waiting for me with her vampire-like teeth exposed as her thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl. I couldn't help being a half an hour late - it took me that long to tie my shoes.
Belinda took me to work out with dumbbells. When she was not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom. She sent another skinny bitch to find me. Then, as punishment, she put me on the rowing machine -- which I sank.
I hate that bitch Belinda more than any human being has ever hated or any other human being in the history of the world. Stupid, skinny anemic little cheerleader. If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat her with it.
Belinda wanted me to work on my triceps. I don't have any triceps! And if you don't want dents in the f loor, don't hand me the damn barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich.
The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher. Why couldn't it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?
Belinda left a message on my answering machine in her grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today. Just hearing her voice made me want to smash the machine with my planner; however, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel.
I'm having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over. I will also pray that next year my daughter (the little shit) will choose a gift for me that is fun -- like a root canal or a hysterectomy. I still say if God had intended for me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor!!!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Last night was pref night and it is a very emotional night and we have a ceremony where girls say why they joined and what their chapter means to them and they have singers, etc. and people usually cry. Well, I was out there in the background during the ceremony and about halfway through I looked over at Kelly and saw her crying which made me start crying. She saw me and started crying more and it went on and on from there. She told the current member she preffed with that she loved this chapter but had a hard decision to make. Two hours later Kelly called me, crying, and said that she was the last person in the voting room and that she had thought long and hard and it was a VERY hard decision but she decided to put my sorority down as her first choice!!!!!!!!!!! Then I started crying again. Now all that needed to happen was for my sorority to offer her an official bid.
So today is bid day and I waited patiently (or not so patiently) for her to be picked up from campus by her new sorority sisters and delivered to the chapter house. If she didn't get a bid from my chapter then she wouldn't be there but just in case she did accept their bid I was ready with flowers and a few things with our greek letters on them to begin her new collection. So there I was waiting, watching, praying, and then...
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
One thing that I know I am missing from my life is regular physical activity. I used to be involved in marching band and therefore was moving around a football field four days a week for at least two hours each day. I never got into a habit of going to work out at a gym or anywhere else.
Yesterday I joined a gym and I am determined to go 2-3 days a week after work. It is my goal to lose 40 pounds so I can be healthier and so I can better fit into my clothes. I hope I can stay motivated and focused! I'll let you know how it goes...
Monday, September 29, 2008
Part of me has reservations about her joining because it has kinda been my thing for the past five years and I really love feeling important as an alumna at that chapter – but it would also mean so much to me to be able to share that wonderful part of my life with my biological sister! I know that my sorority has the best program on campus right now and that all of the girls there are absolutely wonderful and that she would feel so welcome and have a fantastic experience.
I know she really likes those other two houses too but I really think she would thoroughly enjoy being in my chapter and not regret her decision to do so (like she might if she joins one of the other two houses). So, Kelly, if you’re reading this – BE IN MY SORORITY!
Monday, September 15, 2008
When we both returned home we grabbed our camping gear, warm clothes and some just-add-water type foods and headed out. We had no reservations, no real plan and no idea where we would end up resting our heads for the evening. After an hourish drive we arrived at our destination and set out to find a campground. The very first place we found had a site available for the night- YES! We set up camp and began cooking dinner... er... boiling water for our freeze dried meal. We had a lovely dinner and then discovered that if you add peanut butter to a regular s'more it's the best tasting camp dessert! Try it!
To our disappointment the Aspen leaves had not yet begun to change to Autumn colors, but we were surprised by what was happening this time of year; the elk in the area were VERY active and they were buguling all night and all the next day. The next day, instead of driving around to see changing trees we drove around to see the elk. Here are a few pictures:
Friday, September 12, 2008
When they first started I was treated as almost a secretary – being asked to do their mailings, return phone calls, update contact lists, etc. Once job duties were straightened out we finally began to work as a team and things seemed to be going well. Every so often they would get frustrated with the many, many “brick walls” they hit with their own supervisor, but they seemed to be really determined to succeed and move the organization forward no matter what.
In the last month I was beginning to get dumped on. More and more tasks that were not their responsibility were being handed down from their supervisor and then, quite frankly, crap has a tendency to flow downhill and unfortunately I was at the bottom. Things that had previously been cleared up (like job descriptions) seemed to get fuzzy again. I was being asked to find sponsors, fund raise and to do grant reports – things that absolutely do not fall under my job description. I was being bullied into doing these things - being literally cornered in my cubical and being told I didn't have a choice. In trying to stand up for myself (in a very professional and respectful manner I will add) there were some heated conversations that ended with this person throwing paper at me and telling me I was a failure and worthless.
They decided to go back to their previous position and I can’t say that I’m broken up about it. In their resignation memo they stated that “I will miss some of you very much”. Ouch! I’m not sure who all that was directed at, but good grief! People at this organization certainly didn’t deserve that. I am baffled as to why things took such a dramatic turn in a hurry but in the end I think they made the right decision for both themselves and for our organization. I still don’t think that I deserved to be treated the way I was but I have learned a lot about myself through the experience.
At 2:00 this afternoon they decided to peel their name off of their mail box and take off – with not a word to anyone. No goodbyes, no notes, no emails, nothing. I don’t suspect that we’ll see them around here again but, for now, that’s ok with me…
Monday, September 1, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
One tradition that we will start this year is to re-say our wedding vows to each other on our anniversary each year to remind ourselves of what we have promised and of our commitment to each other.
We're off on a romantic four day vacation right now and will post some pictures from our trip when we return. Until then I'll share some of our favorite wedding photos and our wedding vows which, I believe, are perfect for our relationship. Have a great week!
David, do you take Sarah to be your Wife? ("I do") Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only unto her? ("I do")
Sarah, do you take David to be your Husband? ("I do") Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only unto him? ("I do")
Parents/Family/Wedding Party –
Parents and Family of the both the groom and bride as well as the wedding party, please stand. Do you promise to be a support and encouragement to this couple in both good and in challenging times as well as to regularly pray for them? “We do.” Do you vow to always direct them back to one another, encouraging them to grow toward one another and grow in Christ? “We do.”
Sarah, this day before God as our witness, as well as these family and friends, I receive you into my life to be one with you in marriage.
As Christ loves the church and gave Himself for her, so I give myself for you to be a loving, faithful, and godly husband.
As Christ is head of the church and is responsible for her, so this day, by the grace of God, I assume full responsibility for you not only materially, but also physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
You are the most important person in my life next to Christ. I count you as a gift from God and as an answer to prayer. I will rely totally and completely on God to ensure that the Lord Jesus Christ is manifested in our marriage.
David, this day before God and these witnesses I take you to be my husband; today I give you all that I am and all that I have.
I regard you as an answer to my prayers. You are the one God has chosen for me. I will look to your leadership as unto the Lord. Through the power and grace of Jesus Christ, I promise to love you with all of my being, to honor, respect, and esteem you above all others. I will comfort and care for you, endeavoring always to encourage and to edify you.
As we are blessed of God with children, I will strive to bring them up in the love and wisdom of God, as Jesus Christ is the most important person in our lives, because He gave us life. I will always seek to help you attain the stature and fullness of Christ as we serve Him together.
I have only one way, and that is with you. (Name), take this ring, with it my love, and all that I am; from this day forward I become your (husband/wife).
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I was faced with a dilemma - I really like outdoor activities like hiking, biking, rafting, etc. but I really hate the constraint and heat of sneakers or running shoes (especially with socks!). In the past I've worn flip flops or Crocs for all of these activities but Dave yells at me. I believe that I have found the perfect combination of foot support and air flow with the shoes pictured below. What do you think?
*Nylon webbing and synthetic leather uppers let water flow freely from shoes and dry quickly for comfort in varied elements
*Ankle straps feature quick-release instep buckles for a secure and easy fit; padded heel cups give added comfort
*Wraptor™ Fit technology snugs securely across insteps while pulling webbing in at heels and arches for a supportive, static fit even when wet
*Nylon collar and soft nylon linings help keep debris out of shoes while protecting bare feet from pressure and abrasion
*Microban® zinc-based antimicrobial treatment on the topsoles helps prevent growth of odor-causing bacteria for the life of the sandals
*Drain-Tech molded EVA insoles add cushioning; perforations allow water to escape so feet don't have to swim
*Cushioned dual-density EVA midsoles absorb shock and transfer it for enhanced push-off energy
*Toe bumpers protect sensitive toes from stubs, bumps and abrasions
*Nonmarking Spider Rubber® outsoles with aggressive lug design bite into mixed terrain and shed debris that can slow you down
*Outsoles feature mesh drainage ports in heel and forefoot for full water expulsion
Monday, June 30, 2008
We're so excited for Kelly to attend our alma matter in the Fall - CSU!
The wedding was Saturday morning and it was very nice. Everyone looked great and Trisha was stunning. Chris is such a lucky guy! As the MOH I was right there as the I do's were said and I felt privileged to be a part of their special day. Congratulations Chris and Trisha!
Again, it was a beautiful wedding and the bride was gorgeous! Being an event planner type, I thoroughly enjoy going to big events and seeing how other people do things and getting new ideas. At the wedding there was one of Dave's old friends from middle school. It was great to meet some of the other people who grew up with Dave and helped to shape him in to the wonderful man he is today!
Overall the wedding was great and we had an awesome time. Congratulations Dave and Jenny!
June 21- 9 Cares Colorado Shares
This was simple - I got to sit outside for nine hours straight collecting food and money even though NONE of my afternoon volunteers showed up. If anyone has any thoughts on why people would sign up to volunteer and then not show up please let me know.
June 28 & 29- Brewfest!
Hooray Beer! There's this wonderful thing that happens in Fort Collins every year called Brewfest and it's where a lot of Colorado's brewers come to let the masses sample their brews. There are also live bands and great vendors that fill the streets of Old Town FTC. However, I do enjoy sampling the most! One of the interesting things that happens to me at Brewfest is that I always seem to run into the most random people from my past (and present). This year I ran into three new Zetas, one old Zeta, a good friend from high school, a guy I dated in my Junior year of high school, a friend of a guy I dated my senior year of high school and most of Dave's work buddies.
The other interesting thing about Brewfest is that it brings out the eccentrics. See if you can find the pirate, the hippy and the guy in a dress and fishnet stockings in the picture below dancing to the live band:
Well, I think that pretty much catches you up an what's been going on with us. I hope all is well with you. Cheers!
Monday, June 9, 2008
Today was one of those canning days and I got to make something I have never made before - strawberry jam. This was certainly the stickiest if things I have ever canned. First we poured frozen strawberry puree into two large vats, added 13 LARGE bags of sugar and 3 even larger bags of powdered corn syrup to each vat plus pectin and once the mixture reached 180 degrees it was ready for pouring. We set up the assembly line - one person adding empty jars to the conveyer belt, two people using the hoses attached to the vats to fill the jars, me with a pitcher topping off all of the jars, one person moving the jars from the conveyer belt to the lid table, four people putting lids on the jars and two people taking the completed jars and placing them in a large metal bin. Once a metal bin was full it was moved to a cooker where the jars were boiled for 15 minutes then cooled with cold water. Once they dried we were able to wipe off any remaining water on the jars and send them through the labeler. Once they were labeled we put the jars in boxes, stacked them on a pallet and we were done! In total we made around 1,250 jars of strawberry jam and although it smelled great, I don't think I'll be eating any strawberry jam for a while.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Bug is a 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle with many bells and whistles such as TURBO, heated front seats, heated side view mirrors, premium sound system, 6-disc CD changer, flower vase, outside temperature gauge, 6 airbags (very attractive after an accident), fog lights (very attractive after my particular accident), telescopic steering wheel, 4 wheel anti-lock brakes and 4 wheel disc brakes. It is so much fun to drive and ride in – if anyone wants a ride just let me know!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
The firemen checked me over. I was bruised, but seemed to be ok. An ambulance was really far away so they suggested that Dave take me to the ER just to be fully checked out. I filled out paperwork for the state patrol and towing company, cleaned out my car and then watched as they towed it away. The officer told me that the accident wasn't my fault and that I just needed to call my insurance company to report the accident and get the ball rolling on my claim. Everything was settled with me so Dave and I drove off to the Fort Collins hospital. A thorough examination and a chest x-ray say I have no broken bones, no punctured lungs and no internal bleeding; I'm just sore, bruised and scraped, mostly from where the seatbelt held me to the seat and the airbag hit me in the face and hand. I would rather have these injuries than have flown through the windshield had I not been wearing my seatbelt.
I'm just lucky to have no serious injuries, that the other driver wasn't hurt, that the other driver's car wasn't damaged, that the accident wasn't my fault, that there were no cars directly behind me, that my husband was able to come and get me, that I have car insurance, that I have medical insurance and that I had nobody else in the car with me.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
After skiing we drove to downtown where we had hotel reservations. We cleaned ourselves up and walked to have dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory. Dave had never been there before and I hadn't been there in 6+ years. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner, spumoni ice cream and a balloon guy even came to our table and made me a flower.
After dinner we walked through downtown back to our hotel and enjoyed a drink in the bar on the 27th floor of the hotel. The drinks were expensive, but the view was fantastic.
The next morning we slept in, walked to a little cafe, ate breakfast and headed to my parent's house to begin the Easter weekend festivities. After dying eggs with my sisters and their friends we enjoyed an Easter/Birthday dinner with Dave's grandmother, mother, uncle, aunt and cousin. On Sunday we hunted for Easter eggs with my sisters, went to church and then went to my aunt and uncle's house for Easter dinner. All of my in-town extended family was there and I always love seeing everyone and catching up.
All in all it was a great weekend and even though it was just for one night, I was happy to have a night away with my husband!