Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Day

Valentine's actually started for us last Friday. When Leann got done with work I called her and asked her if she wanted to go to Carrabba's for dinner (her favorite Italian restaurant). She said yes. I called them to get on the wait list but they said they weren't keeping one, yet, since there was currently no wait. When we arrived half an hour later, the wait was one hour. Grrr. We'll try again this weekend —when the Valentine's rush is over.

Saturday morning we got up early and drove up to Sundance to do some birding, since that's one of Leann's favorite things to do and we haven't been in a while.

There was a lot of snow up there. As you can see in this picture from Aspen Grove, the snow was so deep even Leann could dunk a basketball!

We were hoping to see some Northern Pygmy Owls [1], but in that respect we were skunked. But we did add Townsend's Solitaire to Leann's life list. There were also a lot of Mountain Chickadees and Stellar's Jays (red arrows).

After that we went up to the Jordan River Temple and did sealings with my side of the family.[2] But we did manage to do a few names Leann's dad gave us: Sarah Elizabeth Martin and Peter Fleming Martin.

On Sunday Leann made my favorite spaghetti sauce (my mom's) and used food coloring to turn the spaghetti noodles pink. She also made a Catalina dressing for the salad.[3] And she made cupcakes using a recipe from her sister's blog.[4]

On Valentine's Day I bought Leann some flowers at the BYU Floral Shop. I also gave her a CD: Johan Straus II's waltzes.[5]

Before we called it a night, we went and 'heart-attacked' the door of a widow in our ward.


[1] There have been several sightings up there, recently (see here and here).

[2] For those who are unsure why Latter-day Saints (Mormons) get married in temples, I recommend you visit here and here, where you can learn more about LDS beliefs concerning marriage. (Note that sometimes we call marriage in the temple "getting sealed".) For those who are unsure why Latter-day Saints perform baptism (and other ordinances) for the dead, I recommend you visit here and here, where you can learn more about LDS beliefs concerning work for the dead. If you have more questions, ask and maybe I'll do a full post on the topic(s).

[3] We also had salad, but I had to eat mine later!

[4] That recipe can be found here.

[5] She loved to dance to these waltzes as a child. It was what inspired her parents to enroll her in ballet. I wanted LEGO Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but it doesn't come out until March, so she pre-ordered it on Amazon.

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