We didn’t do much today. It was one of those days with zero expectations so it ended up being awesome!
We started the day by taking Matthew to gymnastics and that was super fun, followed by breakfast. It took us FOREVER to find a breakfast place that was either not packed or was open. Since when do places serving brunch not open until 11:00? We ended up going to a place that B suggested after our first 2 failed attempts, and I said no because I thought it could be too expensive given what they may or may not have on the buffet (we went once and it was not good, and then we went again and it was terrific… so we were batting 50/50). After our third failed attempt at finding a place to dine, I agreed to give B’s place another try and it was awesome! For me being the one not wanting to spend too much money on breakfast, I sure was quick to say YES!” to the unlimited mimosa and bloody mary bar add-on. I made that worth the money by having 3 🙂 They give you the choice of champagnes (dry, sweet, or peach flavored) and then you add your OJ and a flavor shot if you want. I got peach champagne and added a shot of strawberry to my mimosas and holy hell were they good!
Matthew ate smoked salmon (this place has the best smoked salmon I’ve ever had), capers, ham, sweet potatoes, fruit, carrots, chicken parmesan, and green beans. Success for him. At the end of the day, that’s all that really matters – is that he’s happy with his food and that he has a variety. If he can try something new (like capers), then it’s an added bonus. Everyone of us left fat and happy 🙂
Matthew did not nap so well today – only 2 hours after being up for 5.5 hours but he did great the rest of the day. B put Matthew’s wagon together while Matthew and I napped and it was super fun taking him in that after his nap. He LOVED it! We visited with the neighbor and then decided that we really needed to go look at cars for me. UGH. We were met with more vehicles that don’t meet our difficult criteria (LATCH in all three seats in the second row so that we can put two car seats side-by-side) so we are back to our just two vehicles to consider. Matthew was a trooper as we took him in and out of the car, from place to place. This kid never ceases to amaze me with his happiness! I had packed some food for Matthew before we left just in case he needed a snack so we had everything he needed for a dinner out on the town. We went to one of our favorite local spots and had a nice family dinner. More salmon for Matthew but he didn’t complain!
We then came home and decided to go for another wagon ride and were hoping to chat with our new neighbors who have done amazing things to their backyard. Mission accomplished and they had a huge golden doodle that Matthew could not get enough of! Max, the dog, took off with Matthew’s stuffed monkey and he thought that way hysterical! We let him out to play with the Max and I don’t think he’s ever been happier. If B wasn’t so adamant on not having a dog, I would be writing right now about how we’re going to go dog shopping tomorrow… but alas, we are not. B keeps us dog-free and that’s a good thing because A) we have 3 cats and B) dogs are a lot of work. AND – I believe they belong in the house with the family and B does not – so we will never find a middle ground on this and it’s for the best. Truly. Sorry, Matthew 😉
Matthew just went down without being rocked for very long. He’s now “asking” me to put him in his crib at bed time – he’s just happier settling himself down and that’s great! We sing and rock for about 5 minutes before he gives me his, “leave me alone” cue and it works out just great. No fussing or crying – just reaches for his crib and settles down. Unreal.
So that was our day (as if you care!). I was supposed to go consignment shopping but my friends couldn’t go – so I’m going tomorrow. I’m seriously jumping out of my skin with excitement!
Here are some more wagon photos. B gave Matthew the wagon for his birthday. Great present, Daddy 😉
August 12, 2012 at 10:01 am
Sounds like an awesome day! I love seeing pics of M with his Daddy… B and mini-B!!
August 13, 2012 at 3:51 am
You know the first thing I thought when I saw the pics? You have a good sledding yard, particularly for a toddler (hello, sloping yard and empty lot!). Can you tell I’m sick of the summer heat?
Anyway, the wagon pics are cute. I love that monkey got a ride, too!
August 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm
Monkey loved his ride as wel 😉
August 27, 2012 at 7:54 am
breakfast sounds like it was delicious!
so cute! Um, you’re not in IL are you? Because that picture looks so much like a neighborhood like two minutes from my house.
August 27, 2012 at 8:32 am
No – Iowa. But my sister lives up in Grayslake and I was just there last week!