Monday, August 8, 2011

What Life is Made of

Forgive me in advance as I’m about to embark on the sappiest of all sappy posts. But? I just can’t help it. My heart is just so full. So deal with it.

It’s Monday morning. Usually Monday mornings are filled with rumbles and grumbles about starting a new week. But not today. Today, I’m eager to get things accomplished and have a great week. That’s what happens when you have an amazing weekend that fills you up with energy and life. (See? Uber sap. Don’t say I didn’t warn you).

On Saturday night, Evan and I got to spend the evening out together celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary. The actual anniversary is not until the 12th (so no worries, you still have time to get those presents in the mail), but we celebrated early because of other commitments next weekend. I got dressed up. I (gasp) did my hair and makeup. We dropped the kiddo off at her auntie’s midafternoon and headed out. We scarfed down enjoyed a delicious Italian meal. Salad, Italian wedding soup, rice balls, calamari, crispy ravioli, surf and turf ravioli and penne rustica followed by – are you ready for this – a dessert pizza smothered with nutella, strawberries, bananas and whipped cream. Could there be anything better? I think not.

After dinner, we waddled back to the truck and headed to the movie theatre. Seeing a movie wouldn’t be our traditional anniversary date – I always want to do something a little more interactive, but now that we have a kiddo? Seeing a movie? Bliss. Especially when that movie is the final instalment of Harry Potter … a love that we’ve shared since the beginning of our relationship.

We’ve come to appreciate nights out so much now that we have a baby. Obviously. No screaming to control during dinner, no one throwing food on the floor, no faces to wipe (well, except mine, since Evan pointed out that I had managed to get sauce all over my forehead), no butts to wipe. Just us. Me and him.

The best part of a date night is coming home and finding out that the kiddo was an angel for her aunties. No fussing. No trouble. No acknowledgment that mommy and daddy were even missing. That makes the date even better.

And as if that wasn’t enough, the weekend got even better. On Sunday, we packed a picnic and headed to Happy Rolph’s Petting Zoo after church. Evalyn fell asleep on the way and snoozed through half of the picnic but woke up just in time to see all the fun animals.

At first she wasn’t sure about the goats, but quickly got excited. We saw baby goats, sheep, pigs, llama llama red pajamas, donkeys, a cow, a horse and chickens. She was pumped. Although, as you can see in the middle right photo, she thought those chickens were old news!


Our weekend finished off with an afternoon and evening spent with our best friends. The boys did work, and the girls watched some Wiggles (keep your eyes peeled for a supah cute video of girlfriend getting down to the Wiggles), we ate Chinese food, went for a ride on the swing and enjoyed our day.

After weekends like this, I realize how blessed I am. To have family and friends to enjoy life with? There’s nothing better.


Elle The Heiress said...

It sounds like a great date night! We love Italian food, too. There's a great place here in town called Fazio's (not to be confused with Fazoli's) that we like going to. They have this really decadent cheese tortellini with cream sauce that I always get. Oh jeez, I shouldn't have started talking about it because my wedding anniversary isn't until December 31st and I probably won't get a chance to go before then!

Jackie said...

Date nights are all the more special when you have littles. :)

Laura @ My Thoughts-Uninterrupted said...

So glad you had a wonderful anniversary date night! It's amazing what a dinner date without the kid can do for a couple. Conversation...what? Crazy!

Katie @ Loves of Life said...

Beautiful :) I so wish I had a good weekend. lol. Maybe next weekend? I'm glad you made up for it for me ;)

Lucky in Love said...

So glad you had a fab weekend! Eva just gets cuter every single day :)

Sarah-Life is what you make it said...

this post is just so sweet! Happy early anniversary! Dying for some of that dessert right now!

DreamTNM said...

Awesome weekend :)

Anonymous said...

O.K. but Harry Potter????? without your mamma???????:

SnoWhite said...

what a fun and wonderful weekend! Love that you and E had some special time together for your anniversary.

Carrie said...

Sounds like a great weekend! :) Can't wait to discuss the movie with you.

Amber @ Not Mommy said...

That sounds like a heaven right about now. A date night! Happy anniversary (a little bit late). We don't go out often without Alexa, but when we do it's just so lovely. A movie in a theater instead of in pieces on the couch, THANK YOU!

The photo of the 3 of your is gorgeous, you must print that one!