Sunday, June 15, 2008

Anniversary, Father's Day and Colin's Success

The best marriage advice I ever got was from my friend Tricia who told Dave and me to always spend at least one night away from our kids for our anniversaries. We took that advice to heart and also decided that each year we would take turns planning the anniversary as a surprise for the other person. Dave does the even years and I do the odd. We also buy a little something to put on a shelf in the family room to remember where we went or what we did. So here is a little recap of what we've done so far:

Year 1 - I planned a trip to San Diego. We went to Balboa park and Coronado Island to go to the beach.
Year 2 - Dave got us a room at the Treasure Island and tickets to a few shows. Three days away from 3 month old was good to be alone but we were both happy to get back and see our baby.
Year 3 - I got us a room at the Big Yellow Inn in Cedar City and tickets to a play at the Shakespearean Festival.
Year 4 - We went to Laguna beach and got spa treatments and sat on the beach and did nothing. (Can you tell we like the beach?)
Year 5 - We stayed home, but the kids were gone and I did a scavebger hunt for Dave. I sent him to all of the places we went on our first date.
Year 6 - Dave got us a room and spa treatments (another trend of ours) at the Green Valley Spa in St. George.
Year 7 - This year! We celebrated this past weekend even though our anniversary is on the 23rd. We had dinner at an Italian restaurant at the Venetian and then saw Phantom. It was SO GOOD. Then we went on a gondola ride. My sister watched the kids...Thanks!!

Father's Day!

I let Dave sleep in (something he likes to do a lot) and made him a breakfast of crepes. When it was time to eat I had the boys put on the shorts and shirt we bought him and wake him up. Colin was not very happy with this idea. For Dave's card I had the boys tell me what they liked to do with their dad. Here is what they said:
Colin - I like to draw bobots with Dad.
Trevor - He's a very very good Dad. I like to wrestle and play monster game with him.
Logan - (Big smile!)

Colin's Success!

We started potty training Colin 2 weeks ago and I thought it was going to be a never ending process. Well he has stayed dry for three days now with just two accidents, one at my sister's house and one this morning. Yesterday he was even going into the bathroom and going all on his own without me telling him he needed to go try. I'm so excited. It's been nice only changing one child's diapers for the last three days! I keep thinking of all of the money we'll save now on diapers and wipes!! He's even been to the store a few times and has done really well. Today will be a test - church and then over to my parent's house for dinner.


Steph said...

Hooray for Collin (and you guys!)

Jess said...

Yay for Colin! He is doing so well. I have always thought it was so cool that you have been able to do something fun on all of your anniversaries.
I got your message last week but we were coming back from Utah, then my kids got sick, and I forgot to call you back. Sorry, we need to get together soon.

Cyndi said...

Yay for Colin!

I'm also impressed with your planning for your anniversary! Good for you and Dave :) We like to go to a lodge about 45 minutes from here with no phone coverage or TV. Daryle plays guitar and I read or scrapbook all weekend. We take turns cooking meals and hike or mountain bike if the weather is good. Nice and easy for us but your plans sure sound like fun to me!

Lisa Tippetts said...

Oh, I am so happy for you. You deserve an easy potty training experience after all you've been through. I am glad you had a good anniversary. I tried to talk Dave into having you guys skip it and hanging out with us. It sounds like he made the right choice. :)

Kel said...

Way to go with the potty training stuff! I hope Colin continues to have lots of successes!

The Sewell Family said...

Happy Anniversary, belated Father's Day, and congrats on Colin's success.

Heidi said...

Happy anniversary you guys!! That is cool that you each take a turn planning the anniversary!
Way to go on the potty training!

Borino said...

I'm so glad that you liked Phantom, we loved it too!! We liked your idea with the anniversary thing that we started that last year. I really enjoy it!