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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Lovey Dovey Celebrations

For Valentine's Day our ward had a couple's only Sweet Heart Ball. Ryan and I weren't planning to go because I haven't been feeling well, but after feeling pretty good for two days in a row we decided it would be fun to attend. So, Thursday evening I called around trying to find a babysitter, without any luck, and thought, maybe we'll just stay home. But Friday morning I tried one more.
Paul FitzSimon is our new home teacher. January was his first month with us. After one of our doctor appointments Ryan and I stopped at Albertson's to pick up a few things and to delay picking up our kids. While we were there we ran into Brother FitzSimon and his step-daughter Tristan. When we told them that I'd been ill Tristan quickly stated "I babysit! I like to babysit and I won't even charge you, 'cause you're sick!"
So at 9:00 Friday morning I called their house. I decided that another plus for homeschooling is that you CAN call at 9am - and find a baby sitter ;). So she willingly agreed to watch our kids.
Tate, Canton and I spent all day cleaning up to get ready for the babysitter. They were all excited! Ryan went to get Tristan and we were off to the dance.
The food was really good! They had kind of an Alfredo sauce with chicken and broccoli on noodles then green salad, bread sticks and cheese cake for dessert. The cultural hall was decorated very cute! With white lights silk roses and conversation hearts on all the tables.
We were one of the first couples there so we had our picture taken while there was no line, then had our choice of tables. Soon Aaron and Laura joined us, and then Joe and Kiri - so I guess we're cool enough to be at the "young table."
We played a little game it was a sheet of paper with two columns. Questions for the girls on the left and questions for the guys on the right. You were to fill out the questions how you would answer them, then fill in the questions in the other column the way that you think your spouse would answer them.
Ryan and I didn't do so great. We only matched on 8 out of 22, (that's 36%!). I had a hard time coming up with answers for my questions, but Ryan had great answers that made me say "Oh, yeah!" and "That's a good one" or "I like your answer better than mine!" so I guess Ryan knows me better than I know myself!
Then we danced to some sappy slow songs. Ryan gets self conscious because he doesn't know how to dance and gets extra silly trying to make everyone else on the dance floor laugh... All while dragging me along, silly husband!
We even had cheesy dance photos taken. Where they make you stand side by side, claps hands in front "her hand on top please... now tilt your heads together... perfect" *click* Just like high school! :P
Here is our super cheesy dance photo:
Sweet Heart Ball 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009

Our kids had fun with Tristan. I kept telling them "We have to clean our house so the baby sitter can come." So the next morning Canton woke me up with the question, "If we clean our house can the baby sitter come back?" So I guess they had a good time.
I just wish I could find as good a babysitter as I was! I'd take my backpack full of games and new stories - I'd plan activities and craft projects and rarely turned on the TV - there were a few times when I brought a special movie, but other than that I'd only turn it on after the kids were in bed, but I'd usually bring homework or a book to read instead.
Ryan was trying to explain to Tristan how the work all of our remotes, what controls the TV, the VCR, the Speakers, the DVD player (it really is quite complicated) and she laughed and said, "If I can't figure it out, I'll just spend the whole time 'texting'." Is that supposed to help me feel confident in her abilities as a babysitter!!?
When we got home the house was a mess! All the lights were off, but everyone was laying in a pile of blankets watching a movie. I guess I can't complain, my kids were safe and they had fun - but it would have been nice if I had come home to a clean house, and sleeping kids. But you can't have everything - and not everyone can be as awesome as me! :P

As for Valentine's Day, Ryan had to work until 8:30. But I was able to get the boys bathed and in bed before he came home. So we could have a nice dinner and spend some time together, it was very nice. He brought me a candy bar and some ice cream and said "Please don't snicker" (as he handed me a Snicker's bar) "But I call dibs on you" (as he handed me some Dibbs ice cream.) Kind of silly, but he thought of me!


Michelle Bell said...

I'm glad you are feeling better and you guys could have some fun!
Where in poky do you guys live? What ward are you in?

Cardon Times said...

We had fun sitting by you two and getting you know you more. Sorry to hear you had to come home to a mess. But I am glad you are feeling better. It was a fun night, and I enjoyed the fun company!

Callie, Shawn and Braxton said...

That looks like so much fun. SHawn and I love to dance, but we hardly do it now that we're married. It usually happens that way. So fun. I'm glad you were feeling well enough to go, hopefully it continues to go that well. I'm also very particular about unique names. We're pretty excited about the name. Ü

Amber said...

it sounds and looks like you guys had a lot of fun! i'm glad that you were feeling good enough to go! dang babysitters... can't ever get anyone as good as yourself!

The Wageman Clan said...

That sounds like fun. Our ward did a similar activity and I thought it was so nice and fun. Anyway, hope everything is working out with your health!