we were married on an overcast but dry day in California. So how did we celebrate our anniversary today? Well, by speaking in church. Not the kind of thing you expect or hope to be doing on a special day, but it all went just fine. I spoke on raising righteous children and Scott's topic was scouting in the church (he is the ward scoutmaster). Apparently our talks went over really well because we got a lot of positive feedback from the members of the ward.
We actually celebrated our anniversary last night. We got a baby-sitter for Conner & Payton at 5:30pm with the plan to bring Anna with us. I fed her right before we left and our hope was that she would fall asleep on the drive there and then continue to sleep through dinner. She's typically a good baby so we thought our plan was pretty secure. But once we arrived at Benihana's for our 6:30 reservation she was completely awake with no signs of sleep in the near future. I was excited for our dinner. We had actually planned to go to Benihana's last year for our anniversary but our plans were thwarted when we had a major ice storm that made the roads pretty treacherous.
So dinner was good. Anna . . . not so good. We juggled her back and forth, giving each of us a turn to eat. At one point I even escaped to the women's restroom to feed her (standing up - an interesting challenge). I have to wonder what everyone at our table was thinking about us -- bringing a baby to a restaurant like this. But hey, she's only 3 1/2 months old, nursing exclusively, and dang it - mom and dad need an evening out!
The best part of the evening came at the end of the meal when the waitress showed up with interlocking heart-shaped balloons in honor of our anniversary. As the table started to clap and the waitresses went on with what I guess was an anniversary song in Japanese, Anna burst into tears! It was quite comical. Then the waitress put a candle/buddha thing in front of us and told us to make a wish. Scott said, "I wish for Anna to stop crying." Then she pulled out her Polaroid camera and took this photo -- I think it's fantastic -- what a memory. Despite a less than romantic anniversary evening, we both had good attitudes about our "situation" and laughed the whole thing off. I have a wonderful husband -- I'm so glad that we are together.