Every once in awhile, we put the paintbrushes down and live life. Birthdays are definitely those times. After toggling between a few different ideas of what to get Chris for his birthday yesterday, I scrapped them all and decided to make memories instead (although I did get him a few layering shirts from Gap to wear on his special day). Last night, memories were definitely made. Chris's brother Cam, and his wife, Kasey, came to watch Greta and we hit the town. We went to our favorite sushi place and then headed over to Provo Beach Resort for the main event: the Flowrider. We did an indoor ropes course (uhh, I hate heights) beforehand since we were scheduled for the Flowrider at 8. There is nothing quite like doing something you are terrified of to kill time while you wait to do something else you are scared of.
But I gotta say: the indoor surfing/body boarding was an absolute blast. Chris shouted over and over, "This is the best birthday everrrr!!!!" You pay per hour and, luckily, we were the only ones doing the Flowrider that hour with a life guard/instructor there to help us out. Optimal ride time! We both started out boogie boarding and people lined the glass walls to watch us. We wiped out time after time, until eventually we got the hang of it--although you never really do get used to the water beating against your legs. The lifeguard told us we could also try it on our knees. Chris tried. Wiped out. I tried. Wiped out and then some. My bathing suit wiped out, too. I didn't even realize I was completely exposed until I was standing up and walking back down. The lifeguard was looking away and Chris was hysterical and I quickly looked down and covered the sisters up. Luckily, the crowds dispersed before that incident. Although, I was in a one-piece suit, I decided I better not try anything too crazy again. Next time I would definitely wear a rash guard and the rest of the time I was happy just boogie boarding.
Chris eventually tried out surfing (his first time!) and did awesome. By the end of our hour he was doing 360's and had a hurt neck, but was grinning from ear to ear. Here we are in action:
After a quick dip in the adjacent hot tub (our muscles are so sore!), we went to the other side of the facility and got Blue Bell ice cream--Chris's absolute favorite.
Such a great night! Now we have to zip back into reality and get about 6 projects done this weekend. You can look forward to all of those painting/rearranging/staining details next week.