When we got home and loaded the car, we were excited to get to Salt Lake quickly. But, before we even got to the half-way point, we heard about a major crash near Salt Lake that was causing 1 hour+ delays on I-15! It should only take 40 minutes to get to Salt Lake, but this would’ve caused us to spend 2+ hours in traffic. Well, we knew of a back road route behind Lehi, that follows the Front Runner route, so we took that drive. It was a little out of the way, but it really only added about 10 minutes to the drive. We considered it an adventure and enjoyed the scenery.
After we checked into the hotel, we were surprised with a coupon book for the City Creek Center Mall. We were excited to use it (as well as hopefully do some shopping for Rhys and I). We headed over and started looking at shops…no maternity shops, and the one baby store didn’t have anything we really liked for newborn boys. Also, the coupon book wasn’t that useful as we weren’t planning on shopping in expensive stores. Instead, we enjoyed just walking around and window shopping. Not that big of a deal if we didn’t end up spending money.
We had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. We loved it the last (and first) time we went, so we knew it’d be fun again. We got there just barely before the dinner rush and only had to wait less than 10 minutes to get seated! Awesome! We found an entree we really wanted to eat (their entrees are huge, so we split them and then just get 2 slices of cheesecake). But, they were out of ingredients for that. So, instead, we just went with our 2nd choice and decided to add an appetizer to it. The food was still delicious and the waitress was very good, so we still enjoyed it.
We went back to the hotel to drop off our Cheesecake for later, and then headed to the Gateway Mall. We found a maternity store and I started trying on maternity jeans (I am in desperate need of maternity pants). Then, I noticed the tags…the cheapest was $150!!! No FREAKING WAY IN HEAVEN would I EVER spend that much on a pair of jeans that I’d only be wearing for the next 3 1/2 months! That was the only maternity store, so once again, we left empty-handed. There were no baby stores, so we couldn’t get anything for Rhys. I was starting to feel down. Then, we headed over to the theatre to see if there were any movies we’d want to see. There weren’t. And I was getting tired–mentally, emotionally, physically, because of the pregnancy. So, we sat down a bit. I was disappointed. We couldn’t really shop like we anticipated, we couldn’t see a movie we wanted, we had brought nothing to entertain ourselves in the hotel room because we hadn’t expected to have to entertain ourselves, and this was the only night for our Babymoon.
As we sat, we saw many teenagers in prom attire, facing the cold wind that started blowing. The sun was setting. I started to realize, it’s ok. We aren’t a fancy couple, we aren’t an extravagant couple. We are here to take a breather from life. We wanted to get out of Provo and we did. We didn’t want to bring electronics with us and we didn’t. We were outside and enjoying walking around Salt Lake with each other. That was what mattered–we were enjoying time with each other that we typically don’t get without homework, family, grading, or laptops distracting us.
We got up and went to Barnes and Noble because it’s a book store and
we have to it’s my weakness. We looked at baby books for the fun of it and saw some cute baby journals. We also looked at the board games, just to see what they had. And we found Rummikub, one of the games Justin and I love the most, but don’t own! It was a good price, so we bought it. We decided we could play it in the hotel room! We were really excited that we had something to entertain ourselves with!
In the hotel room, we sat up the bed with cheesecake, Rummikub, and turned on the TV, which happened to be showing The Goonies, one of Justin’s favorite movies. It was very fun to play and eat. Afterward, we went down to the indoor pool. I was cold the whole time, but we still had fun–we hadn’t gone swimming since August! Justin then went into the hot tub. I desperately wanted to, I love hot tubs. But I didn’t for Rhys’s sake. After a bit, we headed back up to the room for pajamas, then headed downstairs to the lobby to get some Starbucks hot chocolate…but, they had closed up shop. I was sad–I was looking forward to Starbucks hot chocolate all evening. But, I decided it was ok and I’d get some in the morning.
We had planned to have breakfast at the buffet in the morning, then go the Music and the Spoken Word at Temple Square. But, Justin wasn’t feeling too well. So, although I really wanted to go, we stayed in the hotel. We turned on the TV an watched Jumanji and Hook while cuddling. We hadn’t laid in bed, cuddling for a long, long time considering I leave early in the morning. So, it was very relaxing and definitely needed.
So, although things may fall through, or there may be hiccups in life, always try to find the positive side to it. Focus on the small and make the most of it. I love being married to Justin for that–he makes it so easy for me to do.