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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lucky number seven

Aspen trying to convince her Aunt to live with us
The 21st was my 7th wedding anniversary with Kev. I had all these ideas of what we could do, like going to dinner or a movie or an overnight in Park City. Basically, all the things we haven't done in nearly three years since Aspen was born. When I realized my sister would be living in Utah again I thought it'd be great to let her and Seth tag-team Aspen for a day/night so Kev and I could celebrate our anniversary.

But Kev didn't want to go away somewhere and Aspen has been sleeping so poorly lately that I didn't think I could stay awake in a dark movie theater after a late dinner (after Kev got off work). So we got really basic with our plans and decided Aspen would just sleep over with my siblings and then Kev and I could do dinner and a kid-free night at home.

It doesn't sound super-exiting, but if you knew how little we've been sleeping the past few weeks, you'd understand my joy at this arrangement.

We used a gift card and ate at Longhorn Steakhouse and then Kev shopped for work boots at DSW. Afterward we drove WITH THE WINDOWS DOWN (Aspen hates that) around SLC until we found a park above the capitol building so we could look at the city lights.

I tried my best to really sleep in the next morning but I'm so unused to it that I kept waking up and checking the clock. I convinced myself it had to be ridiculously late, like, OMG10AM but it was really only 8. Ugh. But that is a lot better than the 5/530/6/630 thing Aspen has been putting us through lately (not to mention the 3am wake-up-and-crawl-into-mom-and-dad's-bed thing).

As Kev and I got ready to pack things up for Sophia (we've been storing some of her stuff since she left for her mission) and head over to Seth's, it was so nice to just be the two of us for a few more hours. We got to talk about whatever we wanted uninterrupted (I'd forgotten what a full sentence sounds like) and we didn't even have the dog to bug us when we said trigger phrases like, "are we all ready?" or, "okay, let's go."

Aspen had such a good time (as usual) at Seth's that she screamed at us when we walked into this house (as usual). It wasn't until I told her we weren't there to take her home immediately that she stopped hating our guts for ruining her life.

This was my first time away from Aspen for a night and it was so refreshing. Especially since I haven't been able to get a job during the last year, I've felt really overwhelmed with just being a parent 24/7. I enjoyed being ME for a few hours and celebrating my relationship with Kev. I hope we get a chance to do it again a lot sooner than our next anniversary.


  1. I'm glad you were able to get some personal time! I'm a firm believer that it's very necessary when being a parent haha. Our anniversary was super simple too, but sometimes that's the best way to go. Congrats on 7 years! :)

  2. I am so glad you got finally have a whole night to yourself. It is amazing how much that buoys you up. I hope Aspen starts sleeping better for you. Lack of sleep is one of the hardest parts of being a parent, I think.

  3. That's awesome! Congrats on your 7th anniversary!


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