We’ve been away visiting my sister and her family in Louisville since last Thursday, we had a wonderful time. I was mostly disconnected throughout the visit and there was plenty of time for sitting and eating. Always eating.
Friday morning, our tenth Anniversary and Mary’s birthday started out with delicious donuts from a local bakery. I ate two and had coffee and then Sarah and I, with our daughters in tow, headed out for some errands, it didn’t take me long to realize that eating two donuts and then having coffee made me feel like crap; sluggish with a hint of heart attack.
After a few hours I felt better and we had turkey sandwiches for lunch.
Later that night we had dinner at the Macaroni Grill. My little family had never been there before, I was expecting lots of macaroni but instead we were served delicious warm bread served with seasoned olive oil and amazing entrees. I NEED the area in which I live to open a Macaroni Grill because after going there, I never want to venture back to Olive Garden again.
Kids get a free bowl of ice cream with every meal. Now, I’m not going to pretend like I know everything about ice cream, but I do know everything about ice cream and THAT ice cream? Was incredible. Warm chocolate sauce on top of vanilla ice cream and then there was Mary’s birthday cake that was warm and amazing.
My goodness. I AM HUNGRY.
The following day was Mary’s birthday party with extended family and friends. It was a very good time.
We bought Mary a Minnie Mouse knowing that she would love it and she does. A lot.
And then Sarah’s friend, Katie, was there. She’s such a fun person to be around and she has three kids, three and under, and she’s wonderfully relaxed.
This is her youngest. Brian and I came *this close* to taking him home with us but Katie got all maternal and was like “um, no. He’s my child, you freaks.”
On our way home from Louisville, we stopped at a fantastic mall in Indianapolis. For my anniversary present, Brian bought me new bedding. The last time I bought new bedding was eight years ago and it was from Pottery Barn. We positively LOVE our bedding but wanted to be able to pass it down to our children and grandchildren.
So, yesterday we took the plunge and purchased another set.
We also went to Anthropologie where I bought two more of my favorite candles. I have to say there is nothing more romantic than my husband patiently waiting with me as I shop, paying for it and then carrying my bags, all with a smile on his face. I love him. For a million reasons.
Now we are home, the kids and I are in our pajamas, I have PILES AND PILES of laundry to do, suitcases to unpack, new bedding to put on our bed, school supply shopping to do and a house to clean, but I’m pretty content, just sitting, enjoying this last full week off before school starts.
The laundry can wait.
(at least until Ariel tells me I need to do some laundry.)