You only second anniversary once

While technically our anniversary is on August 14th, a Monday, we celebrated our second anniversary this weekend via a staycation! I think the very best thing Bronson & I have done this year is to treat our town and state as if we were tourists. This motivates us to see and experience where we live and has in turn has made me love where we live more and more. And secondly, I'm grateful we have a car. The reason I didn't go more than a two mile radius of my apartments Freshman through Junior year is because I didn't have a car.

We celebrated the best way we know how -- exploring a city, eating good food, getting free deals, and of course, spreading extra butter on our rolls.

On Friday night I braved the traffic and picked up Bronson from work and we headed to the Old Spaghetti Factory in SLC. Very appropriate considering thats where we ate after we got engaged. You could coin that as us being sentimental, or we just really like their food. Their sourdough bread makes Olive Gardens breadsticks taste like cardboard. While we were in good spirits as soon as we pulled off the exit waiting for our light to turn green, our car had the equivalant to a human seizure and shut off. The oil gage was jumping back and forth while it violently shook. The thought "Its giving up the ghost" crossed my mind...and I was sensing a soon to be empty saving account. Bronson kept restarting the car and finally something worked and the car proceeded. Only to repeat the same exact thing at every stop light, stop sign or moment of idling. YAY! Just how we wanted our staycation to start! We finally made it to the restaurant with lost appetites as we were worried about the car. An hour later we got back in the car, said the longest, most detailed prayer of our lives, and SUCCESSFULLY arrived at the hotel. No problems. Phew.
We are definitely gluten tolerant people.

Our best kept secret is finding hotel deals at through their express deals. Basically you tell them what dates you need a hotel and what city, you find the price you're willing to pay, and they book you a hotel at random and send you an email confirmation listing the hotel. I had no idea this was a thing until Bronson showed it to me. We used it for Hawaii, Park City and now SLC. Although we can manage to get a 4-star hotel for $60, we also manage to get the rooms with the best  NO view -- like of the alleyway, the garbage dumpster, and the concrete parking lot. So fancy.
Oh and I forgot to mention, we got 2 Full size beds I swear that was not a queen. So you are looking at His & Hers bed. No joke.

Saturday morning we walked to the Farmers market and realized we were NOT in UT County anymore. Then grabbed Bruges Waffles & Frites for brunch and then headed to the Clark Planetarium. After spending some time at the Planetarium, we needed to kill time before our IMax movie (Which we had free tickets for part of the Visit Salt Lake Pass). We spent time at the Gateway mall and went back to the Planetarium for our National Parks 3D Movie. We both LOVED the video -- makes you want to see EVERY National Park and even more grateful for this beautiful earth we get to enjoy.

I made B stop for a picture and he turned around and said, "Oh why couldn't you like painting instead of photography!" 

There is no selfie quota when its your anniversary!
I think I need a real life prescription for more belgium waffles in my life for overall well being and health. 

After the movie we walked back to the hotel for some swimming in the outdoor pool. I remember when we made our road trip to Nauvoo, Illinois when I was 10, my dad made certain to find a hotel with a swimming pool at every single stop. Hotels make me giddy. I love the beds, the sheet, the pillows, ahhh, and I don't even mind paying someone for a weekend to make my bed and replenish the complimentary shampoo & conditioner. CLEARLY we had fun with the new "rewind" feature on Instastories on Instagram.

Post swimming, we walked to Temple Square and enjoyed a Lion House Pantry dinner (compliments to the Visit Salt Lake pass, again!) It was really yummy. Well, mostly the roll, which I splurged with extra butter of course. We walked around the temple and then City Creek before heading back to the hotel.

Sunday morning we got ready to go to Music and the Spoken word, and having missed a fine print detail of having to be in our seats at 9:15, we missed it. We still went towards Temple Square and walked through the Visitor Centers -- its SO nice to go on a Sunday when no one is there, unlike conference time. We sat by the temple and waited for the Sacrament meeting in the Joseph Smith Memorial building. General authorities sitings: 0. Truly disappointed.

We made our way to West Jordan to drop off the solar eclipse glasses we grabbed for them and see the cutest kids in Utah. If only I got a picture of Claire scrunching her nose. The Johns make a mean dish of nachos and salsa which we sat around the table eating. We came home and since we didn't have groceries... i made cookies. SUPER yummy ones. We talked about our favorite memories we've made so far, and it was hard to decide. We mentioned camping, backpacking, hiking, training for our 10K -- so basically anything outdoors. But, overall, Hawaii has probably been our favorite experience together so far.


  1. Great pics! Looks like such a fun trip despite the rough start.

  2. You guys are good about exploring the place you live! Happy anniversary!! And Bronson's comment about painting is hilarious!


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