Monday, March 30, 2009

Date Night!!

On Saturday, we had a much needed date night. We went on a double date with our best friends, Dee and Layne. It was absolutely fantastic!

Chris and Layne went into work on a Saturday to do some "housekeeping" stuff- welding some shelving units for the shop area. Layne made a deal with their GM Jeff that in exchange, they could take their wives out for dinner. Jeff agreed, but probably should have put a price limit on the meal....probably would have been cheaper for Rigwatch to just pay the guys for their time.

This Saturday work happened way back at the beginning of January, but it took quite a while to try to get babysitters on the same night. The four of us almost never get to go out together because we are either eachother's babysitters or we can't get sitters on the same nights. We often spend time at eachother's houses with kids in tow.

Finally, March 28th was the agreed upon day. My mom came to watch the boys for us, and Donny came along with her to play with the boys. Luca and Donny had another sleepover in Luca's room. They are such cute little cousins! Dee and Layne were able to have Layne's mom watch their kidlets. Another hurdle that had to be overcome to go out was that Dee needed to get Jack to take a bottle. She worked at it last week and was able to get him to take one, so she was able to go out for a bit.

I (and Dee) was so excited to get to dress up and go out. If you are a stay at home mom, you know that there are so few reasons to dress up in everyday activities. I used to dress up when I was teaching but the effort seems to be lost on my boys.

Here are Chris and I all dressed up and ready to go out. I'm showing off my new shoes.

We had reservations at a place in downtown Calgary called Divino's. It is a wine and cheese bistro. Chris and I were a little bit skeptical when Layne made the reservation, but it turned out to be an absolutely delicious meal.

When we arrived, we started with glasses of wine. I don't really like wine, but had the server recommend a mild one to me and it wasn't bad. I didn't love it, but I did drink most of my glass. It really did taste better paired with my meal though.

The we all shared a platter of the chef's selection of cheeses. I can't remember what it was that we tried, but we tried 5 different cheeses that I wouldn't have otherwise tasted. Probably ever. I know what I like and I like what I know. I have a hard time trying new things. So, this was a big night for me as you will find out. Anyway, I digress. The cheeses were fantastic, served with a little whole grain loaf of bread and some Rosemary Fig jelly. Mmmmmm........

Our appetizers arrived looking and tasting scrumptious. I ordered Gnocchi, which was absolutely delicious. Chris had a very large plate of mussels, Layne had calamari and Dee had lobster and scallops. If you know me, you know that I do not like sea food. I will eat tuna from a can, but that's about the extent of it. But everyone was commenting on how perfectly cooked their appetizers were, I had to try. I tried Layne's calamari and was pleasantly surprised. I had tried calamari before, but it was quite rubbery and I just couldn't get past the texture. I guess that's the difference between an upscale restaurant and an average restaurant. I had tried lobster in Cuba and didn't think it was too bad, so I tried Dee's lobster, too. It was delicious, as were her scallops. And this is only the appetizers.

Our main courses left nothing to be desired. Layne and I both had bison striploin, cooked a perfect medium with baby roasted potatoes, greenbeans and to die for onion rings, stacked in a neat tower. My entree was spectacular. I can still taste it.

Chris ordered baby pig rack, which was served with roasted potatoes and green beans as well. I didn't taste it but his commentary assurred me that it was mouth watering. Dee had grilled salmon and risotto. I tried both and wasn't too big into the salmon (it tasted too "fishy" for my liking), but the risotto was amazing. Creamy with a nice lemon grass flavor. Delicious.

After all this food, there was still dessert! I had a raspberry tart, served with raspberry sorbet. All I can say is that it was a perfect end to a perfect meal. Layne had caramel chocolate cake and Dee and Chris both had carmelized lemon cake. Of course, they all had much fancier names than that.

It was such a great evening. Great food and conversation with our best friends. And having the meal paid for didn't hurt, either! :)

AND....Chris and I are going to Edmonton on Wednesday evening for 2 nights sans kids! Chris has some meetings that he has to attend on Thursday and Friday, so we thought it would be nice if I went with him. Pat and Joanne are coming to our house to stay with the boys. It will be my first time leaving Levi overnight, but I am ready for it. I am just so excited to have some time alone with my husband to go out for dinner, see a movie, maybe do some shopping and just spend time together without the responsibility of kids. Should be a great time!

I am also hoping to purchase a new camera while we are in Edmonton (since we can shop without kids), since I dropped mine and killed it. :(

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

MOPS 2009-2010

As you all know, I absolutely LOVE my time at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and look forward to the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

Earlier this week I was speaking to the coordinator of MOPS for Crossfield and she asked if I would be interested in being on the steering team next year. Of course, I said yes! I had a choice of which position I wanted, as a few were opening up. I was optioned finance, publicity, newsletter or TLC.

I chose TLC coordinator, which means that I will be gathering up meals from the other MOPS moms to distribute to those moms that need some help. This could be moms that have just had a new baby, or those families that are going through tough times. Providing meals is just a small but important way to help families. I will also be giving baby gifts to the new babies born to our MOPS moms. How fun is that? And the best part? Dee is going to be the other TLC Coordinator, so I get to team up with my best friend, too!

I am so excited about this opportunity. In June, the steering team goes on a planning retreat for a weekend to plan the year's MOPS events. I hear that this is a very fun-filled weekend and I am very much looking forward to it!

So, anyone in the Crossfield area (Calgary counts, I think) that is a mom of a child up to 6, come join MOPS in September! It is a fantastic way to meet people, get a bit of a break from your kids for 2 hours and get some advice from other moms going through the same things. (Natasha- This means you!!!)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The power of Google

If you read this regularly, you will have read the poem that I posted a while ago. In case you missed it, here it is.

Anyway, this morning, I received an email notice that someone had commented on it. I opened the message and this is what I found:

"I am the author of this poem, and was just showing my son the power of Google this morning, when we found my poem on your blog! I am so honored that you posted it ... thank-you.

Enjoy your beautiful boys ... my boys are 11 and 10, and my daughter is now 6 ... time flies very quickly with little ones as markers.

All the best,

Bev Suntjens

Ok- how cool is that?!?!

I actually got the poem from our monthly Crossfield MOPS newsletter and loved it so I had to share. I have no idea where the lady that writes our newsletter got it from, I'll have to ask her.

I just had to share this little tidbit. I thought it was pretty neat. I'm sure her son thought it was neat to see someone else showing his mom's work. I hope my boys would be proud of me.

I just did some "googling" of my own and discovered that Bev Suntjens is a fellow Albertan, from Stony Plain. Here is an article on her written in the Edmonton Journal last Mother's Day. Now I know where Beth from MOPS most likely got the poem from- the Chicken Soup from the Soul book.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

This week's blessings

Ok, I must admit that this week I have found it quite tough to see the blessings through the muck. It just seems like it was a long, "blah" week. It took a while, but I was able to count my blessings this week.

- The boys and I spent a gorgeous day at the zoo with my mother in law. Not only was the weather beautiful, but the animals were all active and fun to watch. Going to the zoo never gets old for us, and it is nice to be able to share our enjoyment with others that don't get to go often as we do.

- I am thankful for a washing machine so that I can wash my son's poopy underwear. Ok, ok, I know, that one is a bit tongue in cheek, but I'm trying to find the humor in the seemingly constant lumpy underwear.

-I am thankful for my cousin Michael who through his business was able to hook us up with a fantastic new mattress set for a great price. I had been waking up every morning with a sore back and had been tossing and turning to get comfortable. Last night was our first night in our new bed and I can't remember the last time I slept so well.

-We are also blessed that Shawn and Carrie were coming to Calgary this weekend and were able to deliver our new bed from Edmonton. Without them we would still be a few weeks away from a good night's sleep.

-I am blessed to have 2 beautiful sons. As frustrated and tired as I can become with them, I must never foget how thankful I am to have them. They make my life complete.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The Mother of Boys

By Bev Suntjen

I am the mother of boys.

I play goalie as I make supper.

I can dribble a ball as I answer the phone

and can assemble a train as I nurse a baby.

I am the mother of boys.

I measure a good day not by the weather or

the company, but by the number of bugs caught,

the quality of the sticks found,

and the depths of the puddles splashed.

I am the mother of boys.

Fascinated ears listen to me tell

tales of alligators, dinosaurs and fast cars.

I do load upon load of blue laundry;

the only pink item to be seen is when a red sock

makes its way into the white load.

I check all laundry for reptiles and rocks.

I am the mother of boys.

I most frequestly say "Not so rough",

"get down, please" and "Watch where you're peeing".

I get dizzy watching little bodies run

circles around any inanimate object.

I am the mother of boys.

I wipe forever-dirty faces and hands.

At night, I am amazed by the many new

bruises and scrapes.

I join in prayers that thank God for

Airplanes and pirates and

Smarties candies.

I am the luckiest mother on earth.

I am the mother of boys.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Interview with a 32 month old....

Here is a conversation that Luca and I had this evening while I was preparing supper. He answered each question with such certainty, which was so funny, as you will see from some of his outrageous answers. It is so fun to see what little kids come up with.

What does Mommy look like? princesses

What does Mommy always say to you? Blast off!

What does Daddy do? Driving

Where does Daddy work? at Calgary "prolly" (translation: probably)

What does Daddy look like? Ummm....Saturday

What color are Mommy's eyes? (after inspecting them) Broken

Who is your favorite person? Daddy's my favorite!

How old is Mommy? BIG!

How old is Daddy? 7

How old is Papa? He has a chocolate maker

Where is Gramma and Grampa's house? Pa-lo-ka (translation: Ponoka)

What does Papa look like? Blue

What do you like to eat? Red food

What does Mommy like to eat? Salad

What does Daddy like to eat? Pasta

What does Levi like to eat? salad

Who is your best friend? Papa is my best friend. He is.

Do you have a girlfriend? Uh huh, she's at playgroup

What does Loki do when we go to playgroup? goes outside

What does she do outside? Bangs heavy things. (This is sort of true- she "throws" her bone on the deck and it is very loud)

What does Mommy do for you? She puts away stuff and opens things. Uh huh.