Monday, February 6, 2012

Super Bowl Weekend!


How was your Super Bowl weekend? We're not big on football around here and we don't own a our Super Bowl weekend was kinda light on football. ;-)

On Friday night, Mr. M brought Ginger home from Santa Barbara. The girls were so excited to be reunited!

On Saturday, we caught up on all errand-type stuff that went out the window when I was sick. When there is nothing to eat, we always say: Old Mother Hubbard...and by the weekend there was a serious case of Old Mother Hubbard in our cabinets. One trip to Trader Joe's fixed that. ;-)

Saturday night, Mr. M and I had a date night. We hired a babysitter! She's actually the nanny of one of my friends (another stay at home mom from Paprika's school), and I asked the nanny if she would be able to babysit for us one night a week...and she said YES! So, now we have a date night scheduled on the calendar for once/week (different nights depending on Mr. M's schedule).

For our first date night in this new date night era, we went to our favorite restaurant. We got there and it was packed, much more so than usual. Well, it turns out that it was the last night that the restaurant was going to be in business! It was such a shock. We were glad we got to go. We even lucked out and got our little circle booth in the back corner.

We brought Violet on our date (I am not ready to leave her with a sitter yet), and she was a delight. She was in her stroller for the first few minutes when we got the restaurant, but then she started to get a little upset. So, I picked her up and sat her upright on my lap, and about thirty seconds into dinner, she fell asleep. She was hunched over and snoring and stayed that way from appetizers through desserts. Ha!

In the past I have always been hesitant about getting a sitter because I don't want to spend the money, but it was really so nice to get out with just Mr. M (and Violet). Just a little adult conversation and a glass of wine can be so relaxing. I am so glad we're going to be doing this more often. It's such a treat and something I totally took for granted before we had kids.


On Sunday (Super Bowl Sunday), we took the kids to the La Brea Tar Pits, now called The Page Museum. It's called "the world's most famous excavation fossil site" and it's a great place for kids to learn about pre-historic mammals.


Paprika loved it and had the best time looking "in the fishbowl" - which is the glass surrounded work space they have for palentologists. Paprika spent a long time at that spot and decided now she wants to be a palentologist and an astronaut.

The Fishbowl:


Ginger spent the majority of the trip running from one end of the museum to the other, although the animatronic exhibit of the Sabertooth eating the Sloth caught her attention for about ten minutes, and we were able to rest from chasing her through the museum. ;-)

Violet was a peach and slept the whole time in the Baby Bjorn (and I made sure it was on right this time! I do not want to ever experience mastitis again). I think she had a great time dreaming about the La Brea Tar Pits. Haha.

After about an hour, we got a little worn out chasing the girls around the museum and decided to go outside to the (free admission) grounds and let them run. They had a hill there and the girls must have rolled down it 20 times. That wore them out a bit. We decided to get Chipotle for dinner as a little treat for the parents after a tiring day of was a great choice!

You would think the girls would have been exhausted after all that, but they still didn't fall asleep until after midnight. We have energizer bunnies for kids. ;-)

Now it's Monday and time to reset for a new week! Why am I already looking forward to this week's date night?! Haha!


FourJedis said...

I'm so glad that you guys are able to go out and have a date. It's so important for every married couple, even if it means spending a little extra $! Now that we have no family around, we are having to get sitters. We use the teachers from C's school. That museum looks really cool.

Kim said...

I can't believe how much Paprika and Ginger look alike in the first picture! I think Violet is a perfect mix of both of them...cuties!