Friday was our five year anniversary. It’s hard to believe that much time has gone by! Every year our life together just gets better and better. Time flies! I’m so grateful I’m married to Anthony. I couldn’t get through life without his fun-loving spirit, sense of humor, ambition and never-ending support.
In our church, we believe that when we are married in the temple we are sealed together for eternity. Our marriage isn’t “until death do you part.” It’s forever and our family will be together forever. We were married in the Manti, Utah temple, and it’s a day I’ll never forget. I still remember all kinds of small details that made the day, and the ceremony, perfect and sacred.
September 2, 2011
We’re lucky that our anniversary is so close to Labor Day, which usually means a three-day weekend. This year Anthony took some extra time off work so we could have a little “staycation.” We spent time at City Creek Mall where we went out to eat (and got heavenly chocolate milkshakes), had plenty of movie and game nights and just spent time together relaxing.
On Labor Day, we decided to go explore Settlement Canyon, which is literally two minutes from our house. I have to admit, it was prettier than I expected. There’s a reservoir, picnic and BBQ areas, a playground and a few trails for hiking, horseback riding and four wheeling.
We wanted to go on a hike and the nearest trailhead was for Left Hand Fork Trail. Well, according to the map, that was also the steepest trail…haha! We didn’t do the whole route, but had a blast climbing through the woods. We’ll definitely be back to enjoy the beautiful scenery!
The view on the trail.
There’s a family-owned theater here in Utah called the Hale Center Theater, which we absolutely love. It’s a theater in the round, so there is a stage in the center with seating all the way around it. It’s also small enough that no matter where you’re sitting you feel like you’re in the middle of the action. Anthony and I try to go at least once a year.
We enjoy just about everything we see there. But, we just got to see a play called See How They Run and it was one of the best ones we’ve seen yet! My parents saw it years ago and still laugh just thinking about it and how funny it is.
We had great second row seats and you can see how close to the stage we were.
It’s a comedy set in in England in the 40’s complete with mixed up identities and just total confusion. The actors did an excellent job. It had us laughing the whole time.
After the play we went to Chick-fil-A for dinner, always a favorite. 🙂 It was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
When we bought our house, all of the rooms were painted bold colors. That’s just not our style. The colors didn’t coordinate with each other and the paint job just wasn’t that great. So, we’ve been slowly working on painting all our walls.
We just finished the hall! Goodbye dreary, gray-blue walls and aqua trim! It’s hard to tell in the picture, but the trim is white and the walls are a color called Almond Milk. It looks sooo much better! It’s brighter, fresher, cleaner and looks taller.
Up next, the kitchen! I’ll try to remember to get some before and after pictures next time.
Every year over Pioneer Day weekend (July 24), the LDS Church puts on a concert featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and a special guest performer. I’ve never been to one of these, but have always wanted to go. This year it happened!
This year The King’s Singers, a British a cappella group, were the guests, and wow! They were so good! It made me want to find more of their music. They sang some songs with the Tabernacle Choir and each group sang a few of their own songs.
All of the songs were folk songs from Britain or the United States. Of course, they were all beautiful. But, my favorite was a medley of Primary songs. Apparently, the piece was written by someone who works at BYU. When The King’s Singers put on a concert there, the employee wrote the song in remembrance of his Primary-aged son who had recently passed away. It was great and got a standing ovation at the concert we were at.
I really liked the wheels projected next to the organ pipes. Later in the show they dimmed the lights and shone lights that looked like stars on the ceiling. It was neat!
Here’s a video of the medley:
We loved the concert and will definitely try to go again in future years!
Anthony celebrated his 32nd birthday on July 21! We went out to dinner and then came home for cake. He got birthday cards and a few gifts from family, including a game and a new leather wallet.
I’m so grateful for Anthony. He’s ambitious and hard working, but also knows when to kick back and relax. His sense of humor is the best. He’s the perfect husband for me and some day he’ll make a great dad. Thanks for all you do Anthony!