Sunday, October 11, 2009

An Excess of Dupers

One morning back in July, shortly after Bridgette was released from the hospital, Jeff surprised me as I drove him to work. (After almost 7 years, we still only have one car!) He said, "I'm taking you on a date on October 9th, so put it on the calendar."

He wouldn't tell me where we were going.

To boot, this ended up being only our second date since Bridgette was released from the hospital three months ago.

Kelly & Mark were super kind to tend Bridgette. Here is cousin Tyler, once again showing how well they get on.

As stated, Jeff kept our date a suprise until I walked in the doors of the concert hall up in Salt Lake City.

My super duper thoughtful husband took me to a live recording of one of my favorite NPR shows! It's called From the Top, and it's always amazing!

These incredibly talented kids play these wildly duper duper duper hard pieces of music. Then the host, Christopher O'Riley - himself a concert pianist, interviews them, and you realize that they are just kids. Sometimes they are polished and presentable, but usually not.

A couple weeks ago, after listening to From the Top in the car, I told Jeff that someday, if we were ever lucky enough to be in the same city it was being recorded, I would love to go to a live show. Of course, he already had tickets, but I had no idea it was coming to SLC. They had never been here before.

If you want to listen, the show will be broadcast on (or around) November 23rd. You can check the Broadcast Schedule.

Our show had two teenage solo performers and a small orchestra, all Utah locals, as well as a 10 year-old trumpet player from Seattle and a 15 year-old marimba player from Chicago. It was awesome. Super duper duper awesome.

Three of the gifted orchestra members were 8 year-old little girls. They were so... little and... and... cute! When they bobbed across the stage, you just wanted to pet them. Until, of course, they played Vivaldi's "Summer" from The Four Seasons and you realized they could probably slice you into tiny pieces with their violin bows. They were like small musical ninjas.

Here we are, complete smiles after the show. I was fluttery with excitement all night. It was such a dream.

Jeff took this one of me in my little black dress. It's one of two new dresses (besides maternity clothes) that I've bought in the last... oh... five years or so. I was excited to finally get out and wear it somewhere. I wasn't going to post it, but Jeff chose the pictures this week.
As if one date wasn't enough (and it would have been -- it was dupery incredible), how about a weekend full of fun?

We signed up for a 5k that was organized to raise funds for the family of a young girl who is being treated for leukemia. The route went through Mark & Kelly's neighborhood, and they signed up too.

So, instead of picking Bridgette up at 11p, heading home, then coming right back the next morning, we had a grown-up sleepover! It was the real deal, complete with a yummy pancake breakfast made by our super duper sis-in-law.

The weather was beautiful -- a chipper Utah autumn morning, perfect for running cool without freezing the digits.

Here are both motley Johnson families. Jeff and his brother Mark are in the middle. They are flanked by their loving Kelly's. Kelly-the-Other's kids are in front (Tyler, Dustin, and Matthew) as is our little babs, pinked out in her jogging stroller.

We had a lot of this. She was in a fairly friendly mood all day.

But mostly she sucked her blankie.
She was super duper duper duper tired.

And who are we kidding? There was definitely some of this...

This is Dustin. What a cute kid!

Lest you think we are inestimably cooler than we are, let the world know that Tyler actually pushed Bridgette's jogger the whole way, up-hill and down. And he never walked (unlike we adults). His time was just over 1/2 hour. What a duper trooper!

This shot came after the race; Jeff's sharing his banana.

And just to confirm what an excess of dupers we experienced this weekend, I include this last photo. Bridgette was plum tuckered.

How many dupers was she tuckered, you ask? Enough to put her to bed at 4 p.m. and have her stay knocked out until 8 a.m. the following day. She was one duperly wiped out kid.


Smith Family said...

Wow! What a weekend! No wonder little Bridgette was so tuckered out and slept so long! I hope you got a good night sleep too! And you sure looked hot in your black dress! I love it!

Tammy and Alvin said...

A surprise, planned out, thoughtful date? Um, Thanks Jeff, for making the rest of us husbands look bad.

Joy said...

What a fun weekend, and what a thoughtful husband. So glad that you and Jeff could get away for a moment together.

Heidi said...

A few things...
1. Hey now, Jeremy and I babysat Bridgette six weeks after her surgery so you and Jeff could go on a date to see G.I. Joe, remember? That being said, it's still been too long since your last date sans Bridgette. :P

2. Cute dress!

3. I'm glad the 5K went well. It looks like it was fun!

4. I can't believe Bridgette slept that long. That's awesome!

Kel said...

Heidi -- So true! I thought we had done one other date and that you had watched Bridgette, but I asked Jeff and we couldn't remember what it was! Sorry to leave you out! And thanks!!! G.I. Joe was fun and silly, a fine distraction.

Anonymous said...

Kelly, you are looking so slim! And in that picture of you and Jeff before the run I think it is pretty clear where Bri gets her gorgeous baby blues.

I am happy that all of you had a great weekend. I'm eager to hear the results of your first "B" Tree group meeting tomorrow. Hope all goes well.

Love you,

Anonymous said...

P.S. I checked the broadcast schedule, and it doesn't appear that we get From the Top out here in the middle of nowhere. Let me know when it is broadcast, and I'll try to listen online.


Jacqueline Miller said...

What a great date - and thoughtful husband! I love NPR, too. We live in the same city that Whadya Know? is taped and I keep thinking that we should catch it live sometime... I think you've inspired me to seek out some tickets.

HeatherH said...

What an awesome date! Sounds heavenly. And good job on the 5K!

Chelsea said...

If my baby ever sleeps 16 hours I will cry with joy. If he sleeps 6 hours (even at night) I start to wonder if maybe he's suffocated but I never go check on him--I don't want to wake him up and spoil a good thing!

Kelly said...

Glad you posted the hot, little, black dress. We all need one of those! You made it look great. By the way, this is a weekend we shall not soon forget. The boys want to know when you are sleeping over again!

April said...

I'm so happy you were able to sneak away together! HOW FUN!