All I wanted for my birthday was to get out and enjoy the sun. Lucky for me, living in Utah means two things: (1) it is almost always sunny and (2) there is a plethora of outdoor things to do.
Nick did a great job planning a fun night out on my actual birthday – taking myself and the kids to a nice dinner and then to an outdoor ballet.
Our dinner plans were hilarity in the making because Nick simply looked for a restaurant nearby and chose the one with the best reviews. Makes sense, right? To his credit, he also made a list with three alternatives of varying cuisines offered. Unfortunately, you can’t plan for Utah and the town we ended up in had some pretty crazy laws: no alcohol, no sodas – did I mention that at a few points we also thought we might get shot? We drove around to three different places before finally heading to the actual town of Sandy and finding a decent place to dine. Mack was cracking me up “why is this not the right restaurant still?! Don’t you have the nap on?” (he calls the Garmin a “nap” when really he means “map”…)
Once we had wined and dined, we saw Mountain Ballet West’s performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Sandy Amphitheater. The ballet was a lot of fun and even Mack really liked the whole thing. I have to say though that as the sun was setting, it was hard to decide where to look – out over the valley or at the stage where the dancers were leaping about. What an amazing venue.
We spent the rest of the weekend adventuring around Northern Utah.
A bike ride at Mantua Reservoir
Followed by a fabulous dinner at home. I grilled up shark steaks and filet mignon as well as a balsamic grilled veggie salad and baby potatoes.
A hike at Wheeler Creek
I definitely got my wish for fun activities in the sun. A happy birthday weekend indeed. Did I mention Nick brought me coffee in bed each morning? He is my hero!