Sunday, February 21, 2010

Date Night

So last night, for the first time ever, we had a real babysitter. We have always lived close to family who could watch Gabe. Yes we have left him with someone but this was the first time we had to pay someone and show them how to watch DVD's. It was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. She is a very sweet girl and Gabe really seemed to like her. She said he was the easiest baby she had ever babysat. "He just hangs out and is pretty chill". We went to a steak house called Black Bart's for dinner. We didn't know it was a sort of dinner theater as well. It was a lot of fun! The food was fantastic! I had chicken kabobs that were so moist they fell off the stick, a vegetable kabob, baked potato, garlic bread, and sourdough biscuits. Nate had a filet mignon, cowboy beans, and red velvet cake. We both had sarsaparilla! And then each waiter got up on stage and sang a show tune with the most talented pianist. It was a really fun atmosphere and good food. Afterwards, we went to the movie theater but there was nothing good showing so we thought we would do something else. But the nightlife scene is seriously lacking Flag. The bowling alley was packed and the theater was packed. Our only other option was to walk around the mall, middle school style. :) No thanks. Well we had only been gone about and hour and a half and we were embarrassed to go home so early, so we sat in our heated car and played a new board game we had bought in Sedona! Ha! Lame I know, but it was really fun. When we got home, our babysitter had left the place looking like she had never been there. There were no dishes, no toys out, Gabe's clothes folded neatly... she's great! It was a little bit of a funny first date but as we do it more, I'm sure we'll get better at it!

Not related at all but this morning, I was in the kitchen making breakfast and Nate was in the living room, supposed to be watching Gabe. But Gabe had crawled out of his sight and he thought I had him. Well, I came around the corner of the stairs and Gabe was sitting there with his face covered in chocolate. He had somehow found a little bag of Valentines chocolates and was just chewing on the wrapped chocolate, swallowing foil and all. Sheesh.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Early Valentine's Trip

Nate was going to be busy around the real Valentine's weekend so the weekend before, he surprised me with a getaway to Sedona. Sedona is about an hour from Flagstaff, in Red Rock country. It is absolutely beautiful! Nate was trying to be sweet and got us a bed and breakfast, but the only places he could find were for more... romantic trips. Showers to two, mirrored ceilings... you get the idea. He was trying to find a family friendly place and he finally found one. But when we got there, we were in for quite a surprise! It was just a regular house. This old couple just had an extra room in their house that they rent out!! It was SO awkward! We couldn't stop giggling under our breath. They were sitting there in their easy chairs watching tv and she was knitting, waiting up for us to get there! We ate breakfast at their table with them every morning. It was just... awkward. That's the best word for it. But we had fun going around Sedona. We ate at an amazing restaurant called the Barking Frog and walked around the shops and the main streets. Then the best part was the last night, we went to Blazin' M Ranch, which is a cowboy ranch and dinner show. It was so much fun! Amazing food and really fun cowboy music performed. It was a fun trip!
Chapel of the Holy Cross. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his student, it is built into the red rocks.
The chapel
The art village of Tlaquepaque
The angel Gabriel
Locked up at the Blazin' M Ranch
'Bout to get hanged
The dinner show performers
Gabe was helping us pack to go home
In his new onesie: Knee-high to a grasshopper.
On the bum it has a little grasshopper, hopping. :)
Driving home to Flag