You got old today

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Those were Lilly’s words to me as I kissed her goodnight on my birthday. Perhaps I did but life just seems to get better the older I get, so bring on the ‘old.’ Here are a few photos of this year’s celebration:

The girls wanted to wear matching dresses for church that morning:

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Then we headed out for fish tacos:

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And a FREE birthday churro? Does it get any better?!photo 2

Apparently it DOES, because Andy’s gift was to spoil me rotten; he could not have had better timing (As much as I love our girls, this mommy needed a BREAK)! A friend volunteered to watch the girls for a couple of days (Thank you Jenny!!!) and Andy planned a stay-cation for us. It started off with an adventure in Big Cottonwood Canyon. We snowshoed to Donut Falls:
IMG_0543 IMG_0545 IMG_0548You know it’s a gorgeous day when you get so warm on your hike that a tank top and snow-pants feel perfect. In the summer, the area we are hiking over on this last steep section is the outside portion of the waterfall:IMG_0553 It was, however far colder in the cave with the partially frozen Donut Falls:IMG_0565

I wish we had better photos but we really would have needed a tripod to get high quality shots. Something to remember for next time! Here is what we did manage to get:DSC_0513DSC_0489We were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves. We tried to get a selfie inside but it was too dark to turn out so we settled for one outside:IMG_0580

My favorite guy on our way back down:
IMG_0581 Breaking trail: IMG_0582

Next he planned a stay at an amazing downtown hotel, including a couple’s massage, jazz and drinks in the hotel lounge, and an elevator ride with one of the Clippers (who were in town to play the Jazz). Okay, that last part was a random occurrence, but our entire stay was a completely perfect getaway. This panorama shot of the view from our balcony makes everything look farther away than it was but gives you the scope of our gorgeous view. 
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If this is what getting old is like, then I am completely okay with it. :D Thank you for a wonderful weekend Andy. I am unbelievably blessed to get to spend my life with you.

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