Rinar took most of the day off. I got an iPod shuffle for my birthday. What a nice present. Then he took me to lunch at a little pizza place and I ate a calzone and chocolate hazelnut gelato. Then we went to Wal-mart and bought stuff for care packages for Jamie, mostly, but also for a few other missionaries in our ward. It is always fun to make a package to send to someone as a surprise.
After this, we moved the kids from one babysitter to the other one for our afternoon activity. Rinar informed me that he was taking me to the Grand Canyon...in a helicopter!!!
So, you may be wondering where all of those beautiful pictures of the Grand Canyon are, right?
Well, this is what the helicopter looked like. I know, because after we registered and were weighed, the drove us out in a van to the helicopter. They showed us how to put the seatbelt on and we had a life jacket belt around our waist (which is kind of ironic considering the fact that there is not really much water to crash into around here). Rinar and I got the seats in the front. We both buckled up and put on our head sets. The pilot turned on the propeller thing above us and then...
Yep, that is right...inclement weather. It seriously, like never, ever rains in this darn town. But it did today...at precisely the same time as we were going to do a super cool activity that you just don't do very often. I felt bad for Rinar. He really put a lot of thought into this and took the day off a work to do it, and he came away with nothing. But can I just say that I loved the downpour. It was wonderful because it made for a nice cool afternoon and evening.
What do you do when your plans get unexpectedly altered? You go to Deseret Industries, of course. We bought a bunch of toys, clothes, and other things we never thought we didn't need, but decided we couldn't live without.
I got a lemon bundt cake for a birthday cake, Mel brought me freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, and Elizabeth and Dwan gave me beautiful sunflowers, and 2 molten chocolate cakes from Fresh & Easy. Sue, my VT, gave me a book, The Last Lecture. What a great gift. I was eyeing that at Target.
The helicopter has been rescheduled for Rinar's birthday...but I did get to sit in a helicopter. I had never done that before.