Friday, May 17, 2019

Date Your Spouse

OK, I love to go out to eat.  You all know this.  
And May is my Month.  
I mentioned to Eric last month as May approached, that sometime in May I'd like to go have Sushi and Fogo de Chao. Unfortunately, birthday week barely went according to plan.  
So it wasn't until this week we got to go where we wanted.  


On Wednesday, Eric took me downtown for lunch.  
As we were going down Washington Street towards Fogo, I got a view of the tops of these buildings. I'm pretty sure our night at the Conrad down the street, we had views of their roofs from our room.  
I like this view too.  Sometimes when I'm downtown, I think how neat it would be to live down here. 
Expensive though. 


But oh the eats! 
I love Fogo - some days I just crave a pile of meat.  
Though their salad bar is good. 
I was so moved by the yummies since it had been a while since we'd been (maybe Rio Olympics, maybe Easter a couple years back, not sure), too long.   I tucked in, so did Eric. 
We went to town. I found myself wanting to only eat the beef.  
My favorite was the picanha, top sirloin.  
And this fella.  He and I both enjoy some good beast.  
It was so good.  
It's hard not to stuff yourself!


So we make sure, that after every time we go to Fogo, we get this Papaya Creme for dessert. 
It's like fruity ice cream, if we're good they'll top it with a little Cream de Cassis. 
 The story goes that inside papaya there are enzymes that aid in the digestive process.  I haven't researched that, but I will say, I've been here on days that I get the Papaya Creme, and I have days where I don't.  Let's just say that on the days we get the Creme, even if we have absolutely no room, I feel better when we go home.  I love the meat so much, I stuffed myself. But I fill in the gaps in my stomach with this ice cream, and it works. Not sure how.  But I love it.


Take the circle north. 

We enjoyed our lunch so much that when it was time to leave, we realized Eric had a meeting in Carmel, and we had to drive up there directly to drop him off.   So we took Meridian straight up. We never do that.  It was actually a nice drive up there, the bummer was staying there until rush hour and having to navigate back in that traffic with construction.  Good thing I'd had an amazing lunch. 


Two dates in one week! 

Yesterday, I had to go to Carmel again.  It's an even longer story.  Let's just say my Doctor is making me jump through a lot of hoops, so I had to get to get a little work done.  I had it done last year, and it was by far the worst procedure I'd ever had done.  I anticipated feeling pretty terrible afterwards.  So I figured we'd have lunch together afterwards.  However, this procedure wasn't as bad as last year.  
I didn't feel so terrible.  

Eric suggested sushi. 

We'd tried Miracle Sushi last year for the first time on our 20 dates for 20 years. 
And it was so Good, I wanted to go back. 
So I put it on our Date List for this year.  
The goal being that we want to go on at least want to go on one date a month. 
For our mental health. 

So Miracle Sushi it was. 


Two salads. 
I love Seaweed Salad.  
Eric seemed to recall us trying this seafood salad, which was cucumbers, tuna, salmon in a hint of spicy sauce.  We got both.  And they were GOOD!


Isn't that Pretty! 

The White and Green was the Miracle with white tuna and wasabi. 
The Crispy Unagi was covered with our favorite, Eel.  
We got a fancy spider roll called the Creamy Crab.  
And E always has to get spicy things, so we got a Spicy Californian.  

We ate well and it was good. 
I can't wait to go back. 
I want to go back right now. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

The Mixtape Tour


For my Birthday, Kathleen wrote me and asked if I wanted to go to the New Kids On The Block Mixtape Tour show that was coming this weekend.  
I was like YES!!! 

Then I realized we had other things going, but blessedly, my family and Kathleen were flexible, and we were able to make it all happen.  
So she kidnapped me and we went downtown for my Ultimate Youth Extravaganza! 
Picture it - NKOTB, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, Salt -n-Pepa, and Naughty by Nature. 
It was Cathy of 1991's Ultimate Dream Come True! 



There was so much Awesome stuff!  
It was Vintage Awesome. 

Going in, I decided I wanted a Concert T-shirt.  
I had never seen any of these performers live before.  We had always been too broke to ever see NKOTB in concert, ever.  Nor get a fancy Tshirt if I was privileged to go to a Concert. 


So Kathleen and I waited in the world's longest line to get a T-shirt.  
We got matching T-shirts.  Because we haven't done that in a while. Also, waiting in line wasn't too terrible because I had so much fun people watching. #GeekingOut


Would it be terrible to hunt them down at a different concert and go again?!


Oh yes, we're ready now! 
And yes, I'm totally sporting my vintage hypercolor t-shirt that I pulled out of the bag of stuff I want to make into a quilt, but haven't yet.  Don't think I will with this one.  <3

Beautiful lights. 
So, there was this app that NKOTB recommended.  It didn't want to cooperate on my phone, but in theory, it turned on the flashlight for all participants.  It worked for Kathleen. I just opted to take a photo of everyone else's. 


They gussied up the Stage so it looked like a Mix Tape. 
Brilliant! 


The lights and confetti, how fun is this?!  
It really was the most amazing concert.  



Debbie Gibson sat down at the piano for her second performance, and started playing Lost in your eyes.  At which point, Joey McIntyre came out and began singing with her. 
And I cried. 


It was the most awesome duet ever.  
Even though I couldn't really hear it well, I still cried.


So truthfully, the sound kind of sucked.  Can you even tell which songs these are? 
I don't know if you can, or if not.  I could, because they've been driven into my bones. 
That's what growing up in the 80s and 90s was. 
True great music driven into our bones.  
And half of them came back to town on this night.  
So freaking awesome. 


I didn't go to any concerts between Weird Al and the Monkees in 1987, and John Denver in 1993. 
I was never cool, I never got invited, and we were broke.  
That's a crucial thing for a teenager to miss.   I don't doubt I missed out.  
But this event, this amazing gift, I made up for it all one night. 
For once, I got to be one of the cool kids. 
And it was Awesome.  

Thank You Kathleen. <3

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A Quiet Day at Home

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We did nothing most of the day .  We worked on putting things away on New Year's Day.  
And Daddy had to go to back to work today.  
It was weirdly quiet all day.  The kids were doing their own thing, playing with presents, being quiet.  It was weird all day.


Except this one.

Of an entire nicely organized closet for him to choose

But what he really couldn't wait to wear....

his new yellow bathrobe.  

And just so you know, I love his baby curly hair.  

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Liquid Resolutions

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It's a New Year, another year for great New Year's Resolutions.   I always get a little overwhelmed when thinking about what I want to do in the new year.   It never fails I fizzle out come spring.  This year I decided to participate in my Young Living Leadership Support Team Challenges for January.  I can commit to a month.

One diamond leader is doing a Water Challenge.  I've done this before... but always in summer.  I'd not thought of upping my water intake in winter.  Rather brilliant really.  I know the effects.  I guess I'm so dehydrated, I'm just not thinking that something as simple as water is what I need.  But I do.  So I am all in.  In fact, I just pulled my decorated jug out of the cabinet, didn't add anything fancy.  I've done this before, set the numeric goal, drink half of my body weight in ounces of water per day. Gotta tell you, after hopping on the scale this morning, that number was HIGH.   But I've been eating Holiday style for days, and my body is done, I just need to stay home. And that is the Plan. Luckily, we have little going on, so staying home and drinking  and peeing all the time sounds Great. 


Step 1 - Water with a drop of Slique Essence Essential Oil blend.  
This blend contains Grapefruit, Tangerine, Lemon, Spearmint, Ocotea, and a tad of Stevia extract.
It's refreshing, and balancing to the blood sugar, while supporting the whole body during weight loss. 
So, I thought I'd start my day with this. 
130 ounces is a Lot of Water. 


Plus, I've been sick. 
Even my tissues are talking to me. 
I'm tired of being sick and tired. I'm weaning off the prednisone and I feel terrible. 
I lost my voice right after Christmas. Drinking and peeing all this toxic crud out of my body sounds Fantastic.

The other YL leader Challenge is a Ningxia Red challenge.  That one won't be hard for me to hit, as I've been drinking it daily since I started feeling crummy anyway.  I don't have stash enough to get all 5 of us going on it. I should've started drinking it in November to keep my immune system supported through the season, maybe I wouldn't have gotten sick at all.  Who knows? 

I want to jump start my YL business again, I want to get off my duff, I want to take more photos, (thus starting the count again), and I want to do these drinking challenges.  
Hopefully,  the combination of these liquids, drinking good things will lead to getting healthier, and moving my butt will help me lose weight too.  These are all my New Years goals.  Wish me luck!   

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas from Princess...
and the rest of us! 


Each boy gets a new train car for his train from Santa every year.  
So the boys couldn't wait to investigate their new train cars.  



Santa brought a bunch of new characters for the Disney Infinity game.  


Stocking time! 
Santa really stuffed their stockings full. 


There's no waiting! 
They can't wait to open their goodies. 
Christmas is one of those times where I can consider Autism a Blessing. 
Chris is so set on routine, that as the oldest, he insists on keeping our regular routines, dressing in matching jammies, opening their stuff together.  He leads.  And as he's aging, he gets the other ones going in the same directions. This Christmas involved less insanity and more enjoyment of each other. 


I Need my Space. 
It's hard to see this shirt, but it's so perfectly Jacob. 
Jacob wants to be an astronaut, and his favorite color is yellow.  
He also gets easily overstimulated. So Perfect. 


I totally picked this one out for Sam. 
You Matter.  Unless you multiply yourself by the Speed of Light. Then You Energy.
Sam is totally destined to be my Science Geek. 


More Yellow things!  
He has been begging for a yellow sled.  
Too bad there wasn't any snow for him to go out and test it out on the little hill in the backyard. 


Sam in a Slytherin Scarf. 
He knew this one was coming. He asked for it.  
And it was HUGE.  I hope he grows into it. ;) 


Christmas Day mornings are Lazy. 
We watch movies, or read books, sometimes at the same time.  
I'm pretty happy about my little history geek. 


Mommy Got a Starbucks Mug!  
And of course had to test it. 
When we were on our Fall Break trip, and drove through 

Mommy's Musicians. 

 Before I'd let them have any screen time, I made them practice. 
It wasn't their best work, but their Away in a Manger is making progress every day. 
Maybe it'll be Awesome by January? 


Breakfast #1.  
Christmas Bacon. 
Eric's aunt Betty makes this amazing bacon during the holidays. Eric has got it all figured out now.  It's brown sugar and a pinch of cayenne, and a few other secret ingredients.  I don't know.  I just know that if he doesn't set it on fire, it's AWESOME!   
It's a happy breakfast.  
Also pictured with honey flakey biscuits.  Chris, in his Spectral Glory, decided that we need to have this breakfast for every holiday, not just Christmas.  He is a boy of routine. 


The Kids at the Kiddie Table. 
Merry Christmas.  
My Dad and Stepmom always put on such an amazing spread. And I love that the kids are old enough and responsible enough that we can let them be together.  No meltdowns. Just Joy. 


Chris sloves the idea of special treats. But he is such a boy of routine, he has to have his standard chocolate cake for dessert when he's at Oma and Opa's.  


The Carnage. 
How the boys get spoiled by their Oma and Opa.  
I love it.  It's just a part of the insanity of the day. I tried to get other pics, but never failed that people were moving.  I thought about posting a vision all the blurriness. 
I wasn't doing much as I'm still recovering from my Walking Pneumonia. I got a nap before we went to Daddy's so that helped give me some energy to get through the wild and crazy day. 
But I'll take it all to see them so happy and full of Joy. 


Charlie got a Sparkle shirt.  Sequins and Unicorns are what is in this year, so Aunt Cathy had to oblige!


Annie is also Sensitive like Chris, so although Sequins were the theme, I went a little more low key with hers and grabbed the sequined mittens.  
Why don't they make these fun goodies for grownups?! 


Lisa loved her presents.  
I got her some Greek Thyme honey from Greece and some Oils. 
She studied abroad back in the day, and fell in love with it while she was there.  But she couldn't get any here. She happened to mention it in passing a few months back, and so she got a very padded package of it. She was very happy about every gift and touched that we remember. 


Oma made me slippers.  My Stepmom used the same pattern that Grandma used to make, and made slippers for everyone.  Mine are beautiful varigated shades of aqua, teal and turquoise. My favorite color is everything between green and blue.  
So after all the crazy of the day, I'm ending my evening watching Christmas movies in my new jammies that Eric got me and slippers by treelight.  And fabulously enough they match! 

Merry Christmas to All and To All a Good Night. 


Monday, December 24, 2018

Happy Christmas Eve

The weirdest thing just happened.  I got fired from my previous gig as #1 Elf for Santa.   The presence of #1 son was requested to act as #1 Elf.  WOW.  I was told I could go to bed.  Is it because I've been sick?  Is it because #1 son is now 13 and such a great helper with a better spine and more energy than me?  Probably both.   Still, I have to stay awake a little longer to get my replacement off his flush, so I thought I'd get started with a blog story of our day.  It has been a Wild One! 
Being sick on Christmas Eve is something I'm not used to.  Not having a voice to sing Christmas carols at church also stinks.  I am not making the most of these holidays.  I like to sit back and relax when we're on vacation because I want to, not because I have to.  And lately, my energy level is so low, I have to. 
Still, today, we made a good dent in vacationing and enjoying some festive holiday time together.


 A Snappy Dresser.
So we started the day, fairly typically, with yelling to get dressed, insanity as we try to coordinate Holiday fashions.  Jacob picked out his pants.  Vintage Awesome.  They belonged to Eric, probably Ryan, and or Karl too.  My mother in law saved a bin of awesome old clothes from her boys to give to my boys.  And we're almost through it.  This is one of the last pieces to survive.  And Jacob rocked it today.  He learned to snap, and was dancy pantsy all over the house.  
We voted him, "Best Pants" of the day.


Ryan and Amy hosted Christmas this year.  And it was so nice. 
Maybe it was just that they made it so easy, a buffet of appetizers, and kids playing happily with eachother for a while before we even opened presents. 
I got to catch up with my girls and love on my nephews. 


The boys were content wherever there was a screen.  
At least they were getting along. 


For a brief moment, they were all quiet, while presents were distributed.  
Then suddenly, the flurry began, and they all opened with a vengance. 


Then it got crazy. 
I practiced panoramic shots of all of it, which surprisingly turned out well. Amazing considering how everyone was moving while I was shooting.  


Bryce loved his Pikachu. 
If you ask Cole, he will tell you that Bryce is 2, and doesn't talk that's why he does First Steps. 
Yep.  Since 2 of our 3 did that, we completely understand.  But Bryce is beginning to really communicate.  Sure, it's not always in English.  But he made his thoughts known when he opened his present from us.  And it made my day, he hit the box and said Pika!  The sweetboy has like 5 words in English and Pika was one of them.  <3  I guess we chose wisely. 


It was a very Harry Potter day for Chris.  
He got new legos, and a Snitch.  


Sam raked in the Harry Potters too.  
He got a Snitch like his brother, and some classic HP books homemade by Aunt Erica. 
I saw the "Monster Book of Monsters" from a distance and thought Mom had gotten it at Universal. 
Nope. 
Instead, Erica MADE it!   And apparently, Bryce LOVED it, especially when she would take the box and have it growl at her.  Later, he walked by it, and growled at it, and giggled.  It was fantastic. 
I hope I remember how enchanting Bryce was today for a long time.  He's really growing into such a neat character.  And he plays well with his cousins.  The kids all got along so well today. 

I couldn't last the entirety of the festivities.  At one point, I was talking to my sister in law, and I started to swirl and drift into the couch, I knew I needed to nap and cough.  Big coughs.  I coughed all the way home, and crashed for a 2 hour nap on the couch.  


All the cousins in one place, getting along. 
Meanwhile, Eric and Mom helped coordinate this photo for me. 
Historic. 

After my nap, I went and grabbed the boys.  
We got home just enough to do their Kumon homework, then they were ready for dinner. 


Fa ra ra ra ra ra ra ra ra.

We've started a new tradition, inadvertantly.  
A couple years ago, we partied with the fam most of the day, and didn't have dinner, until we discovered we were hungry on the way home from Church.  Surprise!  The Chinese Buffet was open. 
Last year, we went on purpose.  This year too. 
My friend was telling me that it's become a tradition for Jewish families to go out for Chinese at Christmas, because it's what's open.  I just keep thinking of that Christmas Story scene where they end up at the Chinese restaurant.   By the time we get to Christmas, we don't feel like cooking much.  
This works.  
After my big nap, an egg roll tasted great to me.  I haven't felt like eating deep fried anything in days. 


They had a selfie station at the church for us. 
The boys cooperated pretty decently for us. 
Jake's pants and Chris's shoes make me smile. 


We even had a friend (a tall friend) take a picture take a picture of all of us together. 
I never get myself photographed at these things, I'm always behind the camera.  

When we got home, Eric put the trains together, and the boys and I got cooking on some of the holiday traditions.  Like watching Charlie Brown!


Three sweetboys watch Charlie Brown. 


"Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you're the Charlie Browniest." 
My Mom got us all matching Charlie Brown Jammies last year. 
I love them. I'm even wearing snoopy Jamberry wraps on my nails right now since I knew they'd match.   I'll be bummed when they outgrow them.  I plan on wearing mine for a long time! 


Reading the Polar Express together. 
This one moment of sweetness was so good, I quickly grabbed my phone and snapped without really looking, as we were all reading, taking turns on different sides of the pages, really making a shared work of it.  And it was so nice.   
It's this kind of cuddling, quality time, and togetherness that I really love about Christmas Break.


This year, Eric set up the trains upstairs.  
And he got them working just before bed for the boys. 


We sat in the light of trains and tree just watching them go around and around. 
This is one of their favorite Christmas Eve traditions.  
They can't wait to see what new train cars and goodies Santa will bring tomorrow!