Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Happy Birthday to Ricky!!!

A couple of weeks ago, on June 28th to be exact, it was Rick's 34th birthday! We celebrated that day by attending Young Living Farm's Lavender Days in Mona, Utah. We had a lot of fun and it was relaxing to be out amongst the acres and acres of aromatic lavander. We ate lavender ice cream, enjoyed lavender lemonade and other yummy treats. We also attended a relaxing yoga class, which has inspired both Rick and myself to become regulars at a local yoga class in town.

We also saw a reptile show there, with some of the biggest amphibians and reptiles I have ever seen! One snake they had was 14 feet long and took 10 children sitting down next to each other to hold it. They also had a really huge turtle, as well as a very pretty, and very big, iguana, in addition to lots of others.

They also had professional jousting at the Lavender Days, which we thought was pretty cool and sometimes seemed a little scary...especially when one of their jousting sticks (not sure what they're really called) splintered into a million pieces when it struck the shield of the other jouster, and subsequently made that jouster practically fall of his horse - he was very slumped over when he got back to his end of the line and you could hear them asking if he was okay over and over again. Thankfully, he was okay and went on to joust again. They told the crowd that when the sticks hit each others' shields that it is equivalent to 2,800 pounds of pressure force. That's wonder they worried if he was okay!!!

All in all, it was a pretty fun day!

Then, the next day, Sunday the 29th, we had a family birthday party for Rick. Everyone had a lot of fun playing basketball, ping pong, jumping on the trampoline, and just visiting around the campfire pit, as well as enjoying some delicious desserts. It was such a beautiful day and just the right temperature under the trees as Rick opened his presents. It's days like that when I'm reminded of how grateful that I am for families and for the fact that Rick is my husband, not just for this life, but for all of eternity - sometimes I feel like the luckiest girl in the world because he chose me to be his wife. He is a wonderful, amazing and talented person. He is so patient, calm, relaxed, easy-going -- pretty much my exact opposite in those regards, but even still we are also very much the same. I am grateful for those aspects in which we are different - that's what keeps me grounded and helps me to enjoy life. The years just keep getting better and better! Happy Birthday Rick!!! I love you always and forever!