The office turned out great. I forgot to take pictures but I'm going to send Ross with the camera and make him take some for me this week. There was a plant in there already, we did shelves with blown up sepia photos we took in Venice, Switzerland, and Rome, some arrangements of a couple oil paintings of Europe from his parents, a framed picture of the Wall Street bull that Merrill uses as their symbol, his diploma of course, and one more BIG framed and matted print I got on clearance at Home Goods for $16. He doesn't love the print (it's of Nantucket which he knows nothing about) but we needed something of SIZE in there, so I'll be ordering a new print for the frame. Thanks for your recommendation of art.com Sarah.
(These pictures are just of our lazy Friday night with Ross' parents. Sophia copied her daddy and layed down on the grass next to him. They just 'chilled'. It was cute.)
So when we were through with the office, we headed over to Macaroni Grill for dinner. This is the restaurant Ross took me to on our first date, so we have a special love for it. :) Plus I'm in LOVE with the Terriyaki Salmon w/ spinach orzo pasta. It's spicy but SOOOO good. One of those meals I order every single time and don't even feel guity for not branching out. It's that good.
On Sunday, Ross had his first stake speaking assignment of the year. He's 1st counselor in the Stake YM pres. and has to speak like 6 times a year. Kind of a lot! This week was in the ward that his BOSS was just released as Bishop, so he was there listening which added a level of nerves. He spoke on Elder Oaks' talk "He heals the heavy laden", and gave what was one of the best talks I'VE ever heard. Seriously. I know my husband really well, and unfortunately know his weaknesses as well as his strengths :), speaking in church is a strength. He's not one of those people that's good at B.S.-ing on a topic he doesn't know. But when he knows it, it's obvious. And this stuff, he knows. Needless to say, I was very proud. I have to admit though, I felt a bit nervous myself because I kept thinking, "He looks so cute right now. If I was in the congregation, I would be wondering who his wife was and thinking she'd better be a catch... what if people look at me and I'm all flushed, wrestling with our 17 month old with powdered cheese from the pirates booty in my not quite right bangs?" Sigh. Hopefully people are less judgemental than I. Kidding of course.
That night we BBQ'd the best ribs ever, if anyone ever needs a simple rib recipe, and hung with Ross' folks for one last night watching Tivo'd Idol and Survivor. I might be disappointed with Survivor this season, there's only like one guy that we sort of like so far. We'll see.