My 1st Reservation

Saturday, January 15th, 2011 // by Joel

I’ve never really had much of a true-to-form Valentine’s Day, so this year I’m excited to do it right. Alicia and I became more “official” shortly after Valentines 2010, so this is our first one together as a couple.

For quite awhile Alicia has mentioned she’s been wanting to try out The Melting Pot in downtown Salt Lake, but it seems that every time we head that way to work we always end up at Charlie Chows (it’s really, really tough to resist Charlie). Well, Charlie’s may be a favorite, but it’s not a nice, romantic setting for our first Valentine’s together so I decided to make a call and set my first real dinner reservation at the Melting Pot. It’s gonna cost a lot more than Charlie’s ($65/person! Ouch!) but I think it’ll be worth it.

Screen Grab from The Melting Pot Website

To help supplement this dinner outing I’ve commandeered our change jar in the bedroom to to help cover that cost. I don’t really know how much is in there at the moment but hopefully it helps knock that final tally down! I think this will become our expensive dinner fund, maybe get to use it once or twice a year?


UPDATE: Just found Alicia counting what we had in there as of today. $50! Not too shabby of a start right? Well, we’ve got another month to beef that up with some more change. Looks like it’s time to start using cash more!


Our Family is Forever

Thursday, January 13th, 2011 // by Joel

Alicia is quite a crafty young lady, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. She has a great eye for creativity and does a great job taking that to completion. Needless to say, our house is well decorated! Earlier this week she took to creating a family specific craft that I find special to me. Here it is from computer conception to unveiling to decorating. I love it!





Sunday Breakfast

Sunday, January 9th, 2011 // by Joel

For the last few months I’ve tried to create a little tradition of making breakfast every Sunday for Alicia and it’s been a fun one. Usually we end up with Waffles but this morning we decided to sway from the beaten path and aim for Pancakes and Hash Browns. It was a good breakfast. What are your favorite breakfast recipes? We need to break out of the mold more often!





Also, I just wanted to mention we’ve found some great Syrup and Ketchup that has No High Fructose Corn Syrup; I swear that stuff is going to be the death of us all. Even better, it’s from brands you know – Log Cabin and Hunt’s. They both taste great and we’re probably customers for life now.


Temple Square

Saturday, January 1st, 2011 // by Joel

On December 31, 2009 Alicia and I went to Temple Square to celebrate New Years Eve by taking photos. We weren’t dating then, but on the way home Alicia claims she was still tempted to kiss me at midnight. She didn’t. Good thing too, though, cause we were driving down the freeway and that could have turned out bad.

Well, we had such a fun time celebrating New Years Eve that way that we decided it should become our new tradition, and it has! Mostly. Last night (New Years Eve) was freezing cold and driving was still a little treacherous from the crazy storm that blew in on Wednesday, so we decided to go today (New Years Day). I’m still borrowing my friends 24mm Tilt/Shift lens and got some photos that are a little different than the norm. Instead of the Temple towering out of the ground with a low perspective I was able to achieve a much more straight-on look using the Shift feature of the lens. And then for a few I utilized the Tilting and the Shifting for a fun approach. Feel free to join us next year!

OH! As a side note, I wore my fleece-lined jeans that Alicia got me for Christmas and they were AWESOME! My legs were so warm, didn’t even notice it was 20 degrees F outside.

The Salt Lake Temple

The Salt Lake Temple

The Salt Lake Temple

The Salt Lake Temple