A VERY Rare Occasion: The Colton/Jensen Crew Minus all the grandchildren at the dinner.
My mother-in-law treated the girls to pedicures! (oh yeah, and my my brother- in -law Dave too!)
Usually wives get baby hungry before their husbands do . . . These pictures of Niels and our niece Abby make me wonder if that will be the case for us.
This is in response to my sister-in-law's blog entry where she talks about how she melted a frozen ziplock bag of soup to the bottom of her pan. As she puts it . .bottom of hot pot + plastic bag = big hole and ruined soup.
I had a similar domestic casualty. I made some pasta noodles, strained them, and decided that it would be fine to rest my plastic strainer back on the stove while I finished making the other stuff. (We have the old school coil burners stove) Niels and I ate our entire dinner without realizing what I had done. We soon realized this destroyed burner when we started to clean.
My theory is that when school and work are involved in travel planning, there is never really an optimal time to take a break. Things will always be busy, so the best thing to do is just pick a time and place and then go!
After considering all of our options, we settled on Washington DC. Niels and I have both been before, but it has been at least 10+ years. We stayed with our amazing step-grandparents that live in Bethesda, MD. Their house is over 40 years old, and everything within it has some sentimental value and tells an elaborate story from their lives. They have traveled pretty much anywhere cool you can think of , and have been to all 7 continents! Crazy.
Our highlight of staying at their house was getting to see them use the "torture chamber" , a.k.a. the best business concept ever! The "torture chamber" is a mini-semi truck that is equipped with a full-blown gym in the back of it. It comes to your home along with a personal trainer 3 days a week. Wouldn't that be nice!!
Our friend Stephanie works for the Ohio Senator on Capitol Hill. She arranged for us to have a staff guided tour. We felt pretty cool going through all the back doors and underground tunnels and shuttles that all the senators and congressmen use to get around. We were most impressed by the amazing architecture . There are authentic frescos and beautiful domes all over the place. One cool thing about the Capitol is that there are statues all over the place. What happens is that each state gets to submit two statues to the Capitol. There are strict guidelines for them including: the chosen person has to have done something really relevant for the particular state, they have to be bronze or marble, etc. etc. So basically you have to be really special. We came across one of the two Utah statues on our tour, Brigham Young. We never found the other one, but my guess is that it is likely Donny Osmond ;)
We think our little newlywed life is pretty fun. We hope to have enough interesting things and photos to keep you all entertained. With that said . . . on with our blog.