Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Anniversary Weekend

You guys, our anniversary weekend ROCKED!! We promised each other that we were really going to try our hardest to RELAX on this vacation. Every time we've vacationed so far, we've filled our schedule up so much that we barley had time to sleep. But not this time.. ohhhh, not this time! And because it was such a laid back vacation, I didn't take very many pictures, although looking back I should have at least taken one of us laying around, eating snacks and watching cable TV! (we don't have cable at home, so this was a rare occurrence!) Anyways, here's a quick recap!
Nice big bed with a fancy headboard and lamps!

We actually used the drawers and unpacked the first day! I never do that!

You may say that I'm weird for taking a picture of the door handle. But it was so fancy looking!

We got a great deal on a hotel up in North Salt Lake, so we decided to stay there Friday night through Sunday night. This year worked out so well with Martin Luther King Day being on our anniversary, because that meant no school or work, meaning one extra day to stay at the hotel and do fun things during the day that we normally wouldn't have been able to do!

So when we got there on Friday, we were both super exhausted from the hectic week we had, so we took it easy just watching movies on TV until we fell asleep (even though we REALLLLLY wanted to go to the hot tub!!!) Anyways, Saturday morning we took our time waking up, but when we did, we decided to go to the Salt Lake Temple to remember our sealing one year ago. So we were looking for doggy day care places to take Dexter to (oh yeah, we brought Dex with us. So glad we did!! Even just leaving him for a few hours of the day to go play was heart breaking!) and Pet Smart in Taylorsville has a Pet Hotel that they get to play with other dogs that are there, they feed them, and play one on one with them! Plus, it was only $15 for the day!! So we took him there and we were on our way to the temple.

(Insert picture here, except I didn't take one because I was so mad!)

We're in Salt Lake, pulling up to the parking lot we always park in, and there's signs above it saying the temple is closed!!! WHAT DO YOU MEAN THE TEMPLE IS CLOSED? It was soooo depressing! So we ended up going to the City Creek Mall, which sucks. They have too fancy of stores.. even the not fancy stores like Forever 21 have only fancy clothes in them. We did go to Deseret Book and bought a book of 777 clean jokes for $3.99... So it was worth it (: Then we went on an adventure to find a Walmart for snacks and maybe a game. No luck. So we ended up picking up Dexter, going back to the hotel and went to the hot tub!! Man, it felt good! I haven't been in a hot tub since last March or April during Spring Break!

Sunday, we had planned on going to Sacrament meeting somewhere in Salt Lake, but.. that didn't happen. We stayed in bed alternating between sleep and half awake until 2:30.. pm... And we found a channel that was playing Disney movies one right after another, and apparently it was very captivating. We half watched Aladdin, Lady and the Tramp, Alice and Wonderland, and Hercules (:

Cody had a meeting at 4 down in Orem, so we left the hotel around 3 to get back in time, and on our way back to the hotel, we stopped at his parent's house for dinner and games! Hot tub again when we came back, and then relaxing once again!

Monday morning we woke up at 11:30, packed up and left by 12:30. Dropped Dex off at the Pet Hotel and then we got massages!!!! We found a school up in Salt Lake that charged $35 for a 50 minute massage, and it was so worth it!! It felt so dang good!

After getting massages, we went to the Living Planet Aquarium. I couldn't wait! We pulled up and the building looked like it was an old grocery store!! Which, I'm pretty sure it was..

Nevertheless, it was still very fun! And here comes the picture overload of the animals, us and the animals, and more animals.

This is an octopus!


I was eating it.. although it just looks like I'm constipated..

I could NOT get a good picture of this GIANT sea turtle for the life of me! 

THE REASON I CAME!! PENGUINS!!! They were so funny! They'd just float on the water right in front of the glass like they were posing just for us!

So I took advantage of his posing and posed with him! 

Cody's favorite part!! The gators!! This picture is trippy.. it looks like there's two, or his head was cut off. Nope, just the way the water made it look.

Cody said that these gators looked like the ones that he used to catch on his mission!! Scary!

This is how tall the penguins in the aquarium were.. so cute and tiny!

This is the Emperor penguin. That's the tallest that those kinds of penguins get! Still so cute and small!

Apparently my scarf had lots of radiant heat... (see picture below)

Okay, this is a freaky. This is the size of a shark's mouth!! As in a real shark! Like, somewhere in the ocean, there's probably a shark (or was) this big just chillin down there!

This is a real, fossilized tooth. Oh. My. Goodness.

And, proof that I touched a sting ray (:
We had fun there for about 2 hours, but my goodness, it was so packed with little kids! I felt bad going right up to the glass and taking pictures instead of letting them see, but honestly, I was probably more excited than they were.

We were super hungry when we left, so we went up to Tucanos in the Gateway mall.. We wanted to go somewhere that wasn't a "normal" place to go to celebrate on our actual anniversary. It was delicious, and of course I didn't take any picture.. (stupid!). We picked up Dexter, went home and wanted to relax one last time before we had to go back to our crazy hectic school/work schedule. So we drank some yummy grape "bubbly" with popcorn and M&Ms, and watched The Office, followed by Despicable Me to fall asleep to (:

It was the most perfect, relaxing, and fun vacation, and a great way to spend our first anniversary!! So, happy anniversary Cody! I love you more than ever and am so grateful for all you do for our family! Here's to a million more anniversaries with you!

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