Sunday, May 17, 2009

Whirlwind Weekend

So last weekend was actually Hailey's birthday, but in light of all the family functions that we had going on at the time, we decided to celebrate her birthday this weekend.  Last weekend we had Spencer's return from Africa on his mission, Brady got married, and of course Mother's Day.  We decided to focus on those events last week and by the way it sure was lots of fun.

So this weekend I decided the best gift for Hailey would be to have some quiet time away for a night.  We just headed up for a relaxing and romantic evening in Salt Lake.  We stayed at Hotel Monaco and ate at one of our favorite spots right there at the hotel called Bambara.  The coolest thing about the night was that it was just really laid back.  We had eaten and were back in our room by like 9 pm and all we wanted to do was veg out and watch movies and relax.  No checking on the kiddos, no need to set an alarm clock, just true relaxation.  I sure hope Hailey enjoyed her birthday gift as much as I did!  Happy Birthday Babe!

This weekend the weather was amazing also.  We came home Saturday around lunch time and just relaxed and did a lot of playing outside with the kids.  I am not home much during the week but can certainly tell you that it is much easier now that the weather has cleared up and summer is upon us.  There is nothing better that just being able to let them outside and play til they wear themselves out.   We got in the pool and had tons of fun.  I cannot wait for this week, because it is supposed to be in the 80's to 90's for the next few days.  Summer fun here we come.

Living Traditions Food Festival!
For those of you that visit our blog sometimes, you know how much we love food.  We have even been told at times it is strange how much we photograph food.  Well I grew up loving food, and believe it or not, even Adyson, my daughter is now starting to love to cook and help out.  So we heard that there was International Festival in Salt Lake and decided to head up and check it out.  There were 20 different booths of ethnic foods from, Indian, Salvadorian, Bolivian, Swiss, Basque, African American and tons more!  Below are some highlights.

Bolivan CHOCLO (corn on the cob, obviously)

Lebanese dish with hummus, a salad and some chicken pita.

Tibetian Food
I'm telling you that those potatoes were SPICY!

Tahitian Dish

Dancing to the different traditional music that was being played live.

We finished off yet another busy weekend with Uncle Spencer's Homecoming talk at church up in Centerville, followed by a fun and filling lunch gathering at the Smoot home. 

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