Thankfully, Jason's manager was all for it - giving him the day off, but showing his regular time on the schedule.
So - last Friday, I went to a class at 24 hour fitness, like usual, Jason got up at 7:30, like usual. The girls got up. We had scriptures & breakfast. Like usual. And, like usual, he showered & dressed & got the car running. After I kissed him "goodbye," I casually mentioned that he wasn't going in to work that day. He kind of gave me a half-smile & said "yeah, right!" and grabbed his work bag & headed for the door. It took another 10 minutes and about 3 "are you SURE"s? before he finally realized that I wasn't kidding. So classic! We helped the girls with their morning things, got packed & headed out. I still didn't tell him where we were going, but we stopped at the Bountiful Temple for sealings (SO neat!) & we ate in Loagan (I finally told him where we were headed at this point - after we'd gone about 30 minutes the wrong way - oops!).
It took longer than I thought to get up there, but we arrived at about 6:30pm. Carol, the innkeeper, was just about as sweet as a person can be & showed us around the beautiful inn. The next couple days were just about perfect. From the super-thick towels, to the ultra-comfy bed, to the ginormous tub, to the yummy food, it was JUST what the dr. ordered! We watched movies, ate, played ping-pong, air hockey, checkers (yes, I won!), and x-box in their game room, and took a drive around Bear Lake, which was beautiful, and we saw probably 1,000 deer (not kidding!) and a gorgeous bald eagle. We also enjoyed the drive to & from Garden City - visiting without little voices crying or asking for things every few minutes.
In short, it was just a lovely, lovely weekend. Thanks goes to my mom & sister for watching our darlings! It was fun to get home to them & get overwhelmed with hugs & kisses.