Each member of our family is so different, like individual components of a symphony. But, like a symphony, each part is important to the overall structure and sound of the piece. We all work together to make a beautiful sound...our family. Just as the Lord knit us together in the womb, He is now knitting us together as a family, for His glory, outside the womb.

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Date Day!

Saturday, Brad and I were blessed to have an entire date day (broken up into two parts so that I could come home and feed Aria at lunch time). My mom came up for the day and night so that we could have some quality time together. What a blessing! Once we were out and about, though, you kind of forget what to do with yourselves. At first, it feels like we should be "doing" something, not just sitting in this coffee shop. But, that's what we don't get to "do" enough of, just sit with each other without the distractions of children and work.

Since we were going to be spending the entire day out on the town, we had to think of some inexpensive activities to do. So, we started off by going to a Starbucks in Old Town (we had a gift card). I'd always wanted to go into this Starbucks because it looks kind of retro. It's on the very corner, with a corner door, of College and LaPorte. It was fun to sit, talk and watch the people go by.

After coffee, we headed to Whole Foods for a delicious lunch (we had a gift card for there too!). Their salad bar was amazing, making it so much fun to build our own salads. Also, I am not an olive eater, but their olive bar smelled unbelievable. I have to admit, I love Whole Foods. I don't shop there, but the fact that they are selling food...I respect that. Sorry, I was having a "Zoolander" moment. Anyway, back to the date. I really do love to walk around Whole Foods and maybe get a treat every once awhile. I just like the atmosphere.

Next, after a quick stop at home to feed Aria, we headed out for round 2 of our date! We shot out to the thrift shop to rummage through their treasures and pick a present out for each other (I know, it sounds cheap...which it was! That was the point.) Brad found some cute candle holders for me and for him, some CSU bandannas. From there, we headed up north to a second hand furniture shop. I am on the hunt for cute student desks to use in our basement for the kids. Though it was a nice shop, no luck in finding the desk I was looking for. It's amazing how much you can pack into a day when you don't have 3 little ones in tow.

Our date swung back around to Old Town where we perused some of the local shops, and stopped into Mary's Mountain Cookies for a big cookie. Yum! I was happy to see lots of people walking around town, it was fun. We stopped into The Old Firehouse Bookstore which was connected to Happy Lucky's Tea Shop. Brad bought some smoke flavored tea.

We still had a few hours left in our date and credit on our gift card, so we went back to Starbucks for another coffee and chat until we felt like it wasn't too early to eat dinner. It's not that we didn't love spending the whole day together, we really did, but it's hard to think of things to do when it's cold out and you don't want to spend a fortune. For dinner, we ate at Mexicali and split a delicious sweet pork burrito and creamy tortilla soup.

All in all, a fabulous day with a fabulous man! What a treat! And, my mom survived all three kids, colds, lack of naps, potty training and all. Way to go, mom!

The weekend wasn't over, yet, though. We were blessed to have more visitors on Sunday. Bill (Grampy) and Karen (Granny/MomPom) drove up for church, lunch and a visit. The kids loved seeing them and we always love to see them. Always so much to chat about and not enough time. What a terrific weekend!


  1. We love seeing you guys! Your date was great, huh? You took such cute pictures!

  2. Lovely, lovely, weekend. You are an absolute miracle. I am more amazed by you now than I was when I first met you, and I was pretty amazed then! I love you so much, and thank God for giving you to me every day. Greatest day ever!

  3. You two are too cute! While reading about it, I enjoyed your date day almost as much as you did!

  4. Fantastic! Looks like a wonderful time. I love the idea of buying gifts for one another!! I wonder what we could find here...