Saturday, February 21, 2009

Valentine's/President's Day weekend

Wow, last weekend was CRAZY. I would say that it started on Thursday. Thursday night Scott and I decided to go on our Valentine's Day date. It was so fun. We decided to just go to Cafe Rio and then walk around Target, but we had SO MUCH FUN. It was fun to look at some stuff that we may actually get to buy later this year. I really want a Wii and the Wii cheerleading stuff... and I decided that I really like the Sony flat screen tvs. Maybe someday. Mostly it was just fun to be together. Thanks to Eric for always being willing to babysit the kids.

Friday we went up to Mom and Dad's for Ludy's birthday dinner. We also took advantage of Mom and Dad leaving for a wedding reception and we stole all of the pictures that we could find out of their house, to work on some presents for Mom's 50th.

For Valentine's Day the kids got Scott the Cranium game Hullabaloo, because they love spending time with him. We played a few rounds and then spent the rest of the day organizing pictures and scanning photos, preparing a primary lesson, preparing for primary sharing-time, and getting everything ready for our trip up to the cabin.

Sunday right after church we finished getting ready and then headed off to the cabin. I love going to the cabin. It was so nice to get away. By the time we got there Mom, Dad, Eric, Jake, and Kevin were already there. There was enough snow that we had to park at the bottom of the driveway and hike up. The kids went to bed soon after we got there and Scott, Kevin, Eric, and I settled into a game of Monopoly. I totally kicked everyone's trash and I was the only one who didn't cheat.

Monday we spent the day at the cabin in celebration of Mom's 50th birthday. We played a few games with the kids and took them outside to play in the snow. That night I made Mom a yummy birthday dinner with Chicken, a sweet salad, twice backed potatoes, and Hawaiian rolls. And then Marie Callender's Coconut Cream Pie for dessert. After dinner, Mom, Dad, Eric, Jake, and Kev went home, but Scott, the kids, and I decided to stay one more night. We played Bingo with the kids before putting them to bed, and then Scott and I put on one of the old movies at the cabin. It was so nice. Around 11pm that night it started to snow and by the time the kids got up in the morning it had snowed 8 to 10 inches. We decided that we'd better just get packed up and head out so that we wouldn't get snowed in. By the time we got the kids fed, packed up, and the cabin cleaned up, the snow was up to my knees. The good and bad news was that the snow plows hadn't come by yet. So we started our drive out. We were surprised that we could drive out of the driveway, then down the completely unplowed road that cabin is on, with no slipping or getting stuck. We sure are grateful for new tires and all-wheel-drive on our van. Then we made it on to the next road that had been plowed at somepoint, but it had been hours. We knew that the worst part was going to be making it through Trappers' Loop (a very windy, hilly, mountain road). A few times we experienced complete white-out conditions and had to completely stop, blind in the snow. During one white-out, it was a good thing that we stopped because the road turned just ahead and we would have had no idea and driven off of the mountain. And there was a bit of a hold-up when we got stopped with the 50 or so vehicles waiting for the road to the Snowbasin ski resort to open. In the end we made it to Scott's parent's house without any major problems.

Tuesday was Mom's actual birthday. While she was having lunch with a few of her sister's and her Mom, Scott and I finished up our presents to her. We cleaned out the hall closest that the pictures go in, made a birthday door, made sure the photo album that we had filled with pictures of her was ready, set up the new bins of organized photos to go back into the closet, and made sure thast the DVD slideshow was ready. Emma, Alan, and Logan got her a snowglobe that has a digital picture frame in it that plays though 40 pictures of the grandkids. Emma and Alan are obsessed with snowglobes right now for some reason. Emma really wants a disney princess one. It was still snowing all day in Davis county, so we left before dark to make sure that we could get home safe. All in all it was a very fun, busy, adventuresome weekend.

Logan had a lot of fun in the snow.

Going for a ride.

For some reason we almost always end up going to the cabin sometime in mid-January to mid-February. So just for fun, here are some pictures from our cabin trips the past couple years.

Alan on the cabin deck in 2008. This is the same deck that is in the first picture. Look at all the snow, you can't even see the railings.

This was in exactly the same spot as the first picture. This is Feb 2008.

This is right next to the railing, check out that snow. Wow. I am pretty sure I am standing in this hole. Feb 2008.

Alan sledding with Uncle Dean. This was baby Alan's first time sledding on our cabin trip in January 2007.

Emma and Aunt Andrea, cabin trip 2007.

I remember also going in Jan/Feb of 2006 because I remember all the debate about wether I wanted to go up there 8 months pregnant.
And I recently came across a picture of Scott and me there on my 21st birthday in January 2003. I also know we were there early in April 2004 (just a few days before I had Emma).
And ofcourse Scott and I were at the cabin March was our honeymoon.


Beth said...

Yes, it was a fun and crazy weekend! Thanks so much for all you did to make my birthday great; it really eased the pain of turning 50! I love all the snow photos of the kids and seeing how they've grown.
Love always,
Mom Hilton

Kathleen said...

what fun! such cute pics and I am still loving your hair looks great!

Dean, Andrea, and Tanner said...

We're sad we missed out on all the fun! Glad you all got to be together though and that you made Mom's birthday super special. Cute pics! Love you guys!

Alicia said...

I agree. The more laid back the date, the cooler. It looks like you guys are having a lot of fun! I'm excited for Scott to graduate soon! I love how your kids have a photo all in argyle. My favorite. I bought my little baby girl (who will be born late April) some argyle in pink and chocolate brown. Actually, Brandon's mom bought it for me...what am I saying? I'm prego, so there you go.