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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Counting! Sorta...

Excuse the poor video.  I could blame it on him and say he's too wiggly.  But really, I just wasn't prepared for the cuteness and certainly wasn't expecting to share this video with anyone else!  But I just can't resist...

We work a lot on our numbers.  Tonight he really wanted to count.  Over and over again.  Except it's not so much counting as it is saying the numbers he knows best in a totally random order.  Oh and cheering for himself at the end.  Usually he says "I did it!" at the end, but you'll just have to imagine that part.

*sigh*...SO CUTE!  Love this little boy :)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's Day came early

Valentine's Day is a Tuesday.  How dull.  You know what I do on Tuesdays?  Dinner, bathtime, bed.  Not a lot of room for romance in that action packed schedule.  It was also a school weekend for Scott and I usually try and make something special for him on those weekends because after 3 straight days of school, he's earned it.  This weekend, I decided that something special would be dessert.  Dessert that would include dark chocolate.  Scott is a total chocoholic.  The darker the better too. 

I came across this recipe online last week and was seriously intrigued...

Goat cheese and raspberry swirl?  hmmmm.  It would either be amazing or awful.  Lately, Scott and I are both obsessed with all things goat cheese.  Goat cheese in mashed potatoes?  Yes, please.  Goat cheese mixed with spinach and served on top of a poached egg?  YUM.  But goat cheese in a brownie?  I was skeptical but thought what the heck!

Ohhhh, they're good.  So very good.  Not overly sweet and the tangy goat cheese mixed with the raspberries?  Definitely amazing. 

Try them. Now. They're even pink - so sweet for an early Valentine's day treat!

I also thought I would make a big pot of Italian Wedding soup for dinner this week.  I made this recipe last winter and got rave reviews.  Plus, Italian Wedding soup sounds romantic, right?  Not that soup is at all romantic, but it sounds good :)

On the less dull side of Valentine's Day - we do actually have plans!  Just not for the actual day of.  I found tickets for Brit Floyd - a fantastic Pink Floyd cover band from England.  We saw them on PBS recently and the show was really good.  They'll be in Baltimore in March - so we're taking the day off and heading up for the show (it's a Monday, of course).  Dinner in the inner harbor and a fun concert.  Not bad! 

We recently came to the realization that if we don't prioritize alone time - we'll never get it.  It's hard with a little guy at home and it's certainly not going to get any easier.  So we've sort of challenged ourselves to find fun, affordable date nights.  Considering how few and far between they are, I thought dropping some money on concert tickets still fell into the affordable category. 

Do you have any ideas for fun, affordable date nights?  Something other than just going out to dinner and coming home to crash in bed with a full bellly??  (do you watch The Middle?  They nailed the post dinner romance concept...) I'd love to hear some ideas!  Help a sister out!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The good life

It's a school weekend for JJ and I went out on the town today.  We met up with the lovely ladies of book club (including his auntie April!) and he was on his best behavior.  PHEW.  Lunch out is a real crap shoot.  He usually naps around lunch...but he woke up at 9:30, so nap time got delayed today.

YES - I SAID 9:30.

I bet you were wondering how I suddenly learned to write in complete sentences.  Amazing things happen when you get to sleep in.

Since we were in MD, we stopped at the Kielbasa Factory.  What do they sell there you ask?  Kielbasa!  Shocking.  But really delicious, homemade, served to you by an old polish lady kielbasa.

Do you know what happens when you are a little boy and say MMMMMMM to every sample of kielbasa they give you?  You walk out with a lollipop.  This boy loves his lollipops. 

Now, there is an unspoken rule with this blog.  You must ignore the background of any and all pictures I take.  Lets all pretend like you can't see shoes, toys, laundry and other assorted items strewn all around like some sort of tornado hit my apartment.  Just focus on the super duper cute little boy, ok?