This past weekend is what I would category as a perfect weekend. Friday I got a few things done around the house. Then I showered and got ready for Brannon to get home from work. The kids were with their dads. When Brannon got home we went out to dinner with some friends. After a wonderful dinner and lots of laughs, we parted ways with our friends and Brannon and I headed to Target. I had seen a few bikinis that looked interesting to me. I grabbed about 6 bikinis and Brannon and I headed back to the changing rooms. There was no attendant when we got back there, so Brannon walked into one of those family dressing rooms and told me to come on. I was mortified. I said, "honey, these 'family' changing rooms are not meant for us as a couple, they are meant for a mom with a huge stroller and 2 screaming kids." Brannon didn't care, he grabbed me and in we went. I tried on all the swimming suits, none of which worked out. Brannon got a few cheap thrills, (although it was kinda fun, it was naughty). I was whispering the entire time. When it was time to leave, Brannon just walked out with all the swimming suits in hand while I just made a bee line OUT. The attendant was back by that time and I walked out of there so fast I never had a chance to make eye contact with her. I have no idea what she must have been thinking. After Target we went over to Best Buy. They had one laptop that Brannon was interested in, but they happened to be out of that one. The guy at BB told us to come back the next day because they had gotten a truck in and maybe the laptop that we wanted would be in that load. We thanked him for his time and went home.
Saturday morning Brannon and I woke up to snow on the ground. I wasn't thrilled about that, but we weren't going to let that slow us down. We got ready and headed up to the Home and Garden show. It never disappoints. We talked to several people about coming out and giving us bids for the front landscaping. We need to build up a brick or rock flower bed/retaining wall sort of thing. Brannon could probably do the work himself, but that would be alot of Saturdays. So we are expecting a few phone calls this week so they can come out and estimate the damage. While we were at the Garden Show I ran into one of Mike's old classmates, Sally. She and I had a lovely conversation, so that was nice. After Brannon and I got ideas for our yard, front and back, we left and went to Walmart to pick up a few party favors for Lauren's birthday that afternoon. By the time we left the show the sun was shining bright and had melted off all the snow. Brannon took me out to a quiet lunch. After lunch we went to visit our chimney sweep's fireplace showroom. There we talked to Vernon, our sweep, and talked about what it was going to take to line 1 of our 2 flues. We talked about price and looked at all the different inserts he has. Then he took us out back to look at used ones that he had. I think we will definitely go with a used one. He has some really nice ones that are in great condition. A new insert will cost anywhere from $2500.00 to $3600.00, so $900.00 for a used one seems really appealing.
When we were done with all that, Brannon and I came home. We put together all of Lauren's goody bags for the party. That lent way to a perfectly heavenly afternoon of laying around and being lazy, hugging and kissing and just enjoying each other. After a long afternoon together Brannon and I gathered up all of the birthday paraphernalia and headed to the Springfield Gym and Aquatic Center. About 10 minutes in we realized that for the first time ever, almost everyone we invited actually showed up. In years past, we have invited about 30 people to Lauren's parties. And in the past, about 10 have shown up, or less. So this year I told Lauren that she could invite ALL the girls from school, ALL the girls from her girl scouts, EVERYONE from ballet, and EVERYONE from church. So, she did. And I figured, like every year, people would be busy, people would have the flu, people wouldn't show up. Boy was I wrong. We had 26 ankle biters in that gym. It was completely WILD. And that was still only about 2/3 of the people we had invited. We had TON'S O fun. We ate pizza and had cake and opened presents and ran into each other. Lauren was thrilled to pieces. After the party Brannon and I tipped our hostess and came home. We had gone to Sam's Club that morning before we went to the Garden show and had picked out some chickens. So after that entirely perfect day, Brannon and I came home to spend the evening in our kitchen together. Brannon made this fabulous chicken and angel hair pasta dish very similar to the one we eat when we go to the Macaroni Grill.
Not to be outdone by Saturday, Sunday was just as lovely. Several weeks ago when we were in Kansas City for Lauren's dance competition, Brannon and I had snuck away for a couple of hours to shop at the County Club Plaza. While we were there Brannon bought me two gorgeous dresses for our anniversary. One of them is my new little black dress, which I am waiting for an occasion to wear. The other one is just as delightful and is this black and white tiger print dress. I wore that dress yesterday to church.
Brannon wore his black Italian suit and we looked like Mr. and Mrs. Fabulous. Needless to say, we got TONS of compliments. Even in Sunday School Mark and Tim (even guys notice) that Brannon and I just seem so completely happy and settled and just...happy, content. It's a whole new life from where I came from. I could say so much. After church Brannon insisted that he show me off some more so we went out to a wonderful lunch. From there we decided to go back to Best Buy and see what was on sale this week. Boy are we glad we did, because we found the laptop we have been looking for. It's a Dell and has 4 GB instead of the 2 or 3 you get and a 2 Duo Core processor and 350 GB of Hard drive space. So we came right home and played with that all afternoon before it was time to go to choir practice and evening services. After church we ended the day with the kids playing a new board game that Lauren received for her birthday.
And that is what I call a perfect weekend.