31 Years

Posted by on May 25, 2016

Ahhh….31 years ago today we were married in an itty bitty ceremony in Michael’s parents front yard.  I was 19…he was 21 and 2 weeks later we moved everything we owned (which wasn’t much!) to El Paso, Texas/Ft. Bliss, where Michael was stationed on his first active duty assignment.  We had only known each other for 2 months at this point so being over 1,000 miles away from home, family and friends we had no one else to rely on but each other.  It wasn’t easy but that first year completely by ourselves is what we credit to the strength of our relationship.  I wouldn’t change a thing!

Michael and his totes...

Michael and his totes…

We spent the day doing normal chores getting ready to move to our workamping gig in Huntsville.  Michael worked on cleaning up the basement and situating the Rubbermaid totes just so.  While I did some laundry and stowed a few things here and there.  I also made a trip to the commissary for groceries to get us through to next week.

The biggest highlight of the day was going out for dinner with Kelsea, Paityn & Cameron.  Unfortunately, Zack is still out of state doing some instructing at a military function and wasn’t able to join us.

Two of our dinner companions

Two of our dinner companions

While we were gate guarding one of our fellow gate guards posted about going to a Brazilian steakhouse in San Antonio and I looked into the place and found that they had one in Salt Lake City!  We’d been to a Brazilian Steakhouse in Vegas several years ago with Zack and Kelsea and it was a pretty cool experience and I’ve always wanted to do it again.

Armed with a coupon for $25 off 2 meals, a coupon for a free dessert for our anniversary and a $40 gift card I received for my birthday from one of our ‘guys’ on our last gate I made reservations for our anniversary at Texas de Brazil.

31st wedding celebration with three of our blessings

31st wedding celebration with three of our blessings

We went over to Kelsea’s first so that we could all drive down together…her vehicle is smaller and easier to park than our big, massive hippie truck.

We started with the salad bar which offered lots of different things:  lobster bisque, smoked salmon, olives, heart of palm, artichokes, green bean salad, shrimp salad, prosciutto, bacon, rice, salami, marinated tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, cucumber salad, onion salad, sushi….to name just a few.  We all tried to go kind of easy on the salad to leave room for the many meats to come!

Skewer of flank steak

Skewer of flank steak

The servers come by with roasted meats on big skewers and carve off a portion if you choose to try it.  We were bombarded by servers, skewers and meats at one point it was almost overwhelming as you get to the point you have no idea what’s on your plate, what you’ve tried and what you haven’t.  We’re given little places cards that are green on one side and red on the other…turn it to red if you don’t want anymore….turn it to green if you want more.  We all had ours turned to red and one point and the meat, skewers and servers kept coming!  Yikes!

Plate laden with meats:  parmesan pork, braised beef ribs, bacon wrapped chicken, bacon wrapped filet, flank steak, herbed pork tenderloin, top sirloin and garlic mashed potatoes

Plate laden with meats: Parmesan pork, braised beef ribs, bacon wrapped chicken, bacon wrapped filet, flank steak, herbed pork tenderloin, top sirloin and garlic mashed potatoes

We tried filet mignon, bacon wrapped filet mignon, bacon wrapped chicken breasts, braised beef ribs, Brazilian Picanha, flank steak, Parmesan crusted pork loin, herb marinated pork loin, and leg of lamb.  We turned down lamb chops and some sort of sausage.  Everything was very good but I really enjoyed the filet mignon and the Brazilian Picanha which the server called top sirloin.

Michael and I received a free dessert but had them package it to take home – carrot cake…yum!  Kelsea and the kids shared a piece of chocolate mousse cake but I’m not sure how much Kelsea actually got!

It’s a fun experience but I’m not sure if we’d do it again.  It’s a lot of food.  It’s hard to keep track of what you’re eating.  If we could regulate the delivery of the meat a little better it might be more enjoyable.  But you never know….never say never, right?

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