This weekend was really laid back, despite the awesome 50-degree weather – we should have laid out or something (haha, just kidding, now you know I’m trying to brag). Our Friday night was pretty lame since we both just worked on some projects – Ryan studied up on a new web program he’s about to take on and I did some of the edits for a website design project I got from a friend in Chicago. Not exciting, but productive.

But Saturday after sleeping in and lazing around a bit, we took advantage of the nice weather for a while in the afternoon by going to the free day at the Denver Zoo – the Dutch in us just loves a good free event (and don’t you worry, Ryan marked plenty more on our Google calendar). We love zoos…they are a good, inexpensive date and something we really liked doing when we first started dating so there’s a bit of nostalgia as well. And it always gives us an opportunity to admire the awesome animals in their exhibits as well as chat about life (because we don’t do that enough already…). And I’m not sure why, but when I’m at a zoo I have to take pictures of the animals. It’s something I cannot restrain myself from doing. I can’t explain the draw seeing as they are ZOO animals, not wild life viewing on an African safari, but nonetheless, I simply do not have it in my nature to resist. So I’m obviously not going to bore you with the photos…except for these two:

Insane amount of fowl inhabiting this pond.

Insane amount of fowl inhabiting this pond.

This crazy bird totally reminded me of the creature that turns into a Gremlin!

This crazy bird totally reminded me of the creature that turns into a Gremlin!

Not the most fascinating, but I feel I have to throw a photo in every now and then to keep my “non-reading-only-look-at-the-photos” audience entertained (yeah, that’s right. I just called you out, suckas).

Anyway, so that was a good way to spend the afternoon while my Crockpot-o-white chili was cooking in preparation for the chili cook-off we would be having that night with another new small group from church. Unfortunately, only two other couples were there so we didn’t end up chosing a winner – though I know mine would have won hands-down (thanks for the recipe, Mom). But we did have a lot of fun socializing over dinner then playing games and eating dessert – always a great way to end a night. Since this group is our “activities” group, the next event we’ll be doing is ice skating at Evergreen Lake! And even though we only met four of the twelve people that night, I’m sure we’ll love this group. We shared a lot of laughs already and we’ll be doing some more really fun things later on (like skiing at Beaver Creek).

So here’s to new friends, free events and weekend productivity!

Cheers,
Laura