Saturday, October 19, 2013

Oktoberfest 2013

A few weekend ago we experienced a bizarre, yet amazing, weekend of warm weather.  Well, maybe not so much warm as hot, hot, hot.  My mom was here visiting and we all ran around all weekend in our shorts and t-shirts.  You may have noticed in the last post that Georgia was rocking a t-shirt/shorts and I was wearing a tank dress out to dinner on Saturday evening.  It was THAT warm!

During that weekend, a neighboring town held their annual Oktoberfest.  We decided to head out early and hit up the festival.

First stop, the rides...













Loving the airplane ride!




Not quite sure what to do in the ballpit



We were there only a few minutes when we spotted some familiar faces!  Georgia was more than happy to jump back on the airplanes and take a spin with Bennett...












After their pilot licenses expired, we wandered on over to look at the fire trucks, ambulance, and big trucks parked in the field...



Driving the fire truck









Georgia was MOST excited about checking out the big tractor trailer.  She loves Mack from "Cars" and keeps telling us that she got to drive Mack...










The festival was great - lots of vendors, wine tasting, a biergarten, and good food.  We stayed for a few hours and were sweating by the time we headed home for nap time.  Amazingly enough, we even pulled out the water table that afternoon for the first time since the summer.  Georgia and the neighbors loved getting soaking wet in the warm afternoon sun.  

Oktoberfest felt more like August-fest this year, but we'll take it!




Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wild & Crazy Weekend...

Yup, you read that title correctly.  Thanks to a visit from Mimi a few weekends ago, Nick and I were able to have a wild and crazy weekend.  Well, as "wild and crazy" as we get these days.  We not only got to go out to dinner two nights in a row, but we caught up with friends, got to see a movie, went to the grocery store without Georgia (only parents can appreciate how wonderful this opportunity really is!) and even went to a local wine festival.  Needless to say, we were absolutely exhausted by Monday morning.  That's a total lie.  We were wiped out by Sunday evening.  When Mimi headed to the airport to head back to MA, we may have put on a movie for Georgia and collapsed on the couch in utter exhaustion.

Check out Georgia's new Georgia football jersey in these pictures.  A friend of Papa Kevin's sent it to him from the state of Georgia to give to Georgia, as well as a new hat for Nick.  Thanks, Dan!!  Georgia thinks it is beyond cool that her shirt has her name on it!




Modeling her new shirt and Daddy's new hat





Mimi and G




She is quite the rock star!









Thank you, Zulily, for offering a "I Love My Mimi" t-shirt recently.  I couldn't wait for Georgia to show Mimi her new t-shirt.  We can never find anything with "Mimi" on it!



On Saturday evening, Nick and I headed out for our 2nd "date night" of the weekend at Seasons 52.  We had an amazing meal (Nick loved it so much, he brought back his coworkers for lunch later in the week) and greatly enjoyed a leisurely dinner that did not include an active toddler trying to grab everything on the table!



Date night #2










Since we were living it up, we also hit up another new restaurant nearby to grab a drink.  Nick made an impulsive (and regrettable) decision to order a rum sampler.  You know you're old when you have to order a coke to go with your rum!  Thankfully my white sangria went down much more smooth.  And since we were on a roll, we then headed into downtown Bethesda to try out the new Max Brenner.  Unfortunately, it was not the highlight of the evening.  We love the NYC restaurant and couldn't wait to try the local branch.  However, it ended with us tweeting the company to let them know how disappointing an experience it was at their newest location.  Service was atrocious and we waited over an hour after ordering our fondue to ever even see a server!  People were getting up and leaving left and right.  No one was clearing/cleaning tables and I even debated donning an apron and helping out at one point. However, again, we embraced the fact that we were childless and had no place to be and Mimi babysitting back at the house.  So, we watched the chaos, enjoyed the warm evening breeze from our sidewalk table, and reminisced about our last Max Brenner experience in NYC back before we were even married!




My handsome date.



Up next.... we smash some grapes (literally)... 






Monday, October 14, 2013

I'll Have S'more Please!

Georgia has discovered s'mores!  Oh, the joys of life.  After receiving a dairy free/peanut free/egg free chocolate bar in our monthly Tasterie box, I realized that we had all the ingredients to introduce Georgia to the s'more.  She already adores marshmallows and graham crackers, so we were set.  







We ran next door to invite over the neighbors since we've been talking about s'mores all summer.  When the kids go to bed before the sun sets, the summer s'more-fest never quite materialized.  But, now that the sun is setting before bedtime, we figured it was the perfect time to introduce the kids to the firepit.  4 adults + 3 toddlers = firepit defense!  It seemed like some little fingers were always trying to touch the firepit, grab a hot marshmallow or just stress out their parent!




Toasting some marshmallows










Georgia LOVED her s'more!!  In fact, not a single morsel or crumb was left.  The only evidence was the chocolate/marshmallow traces covering her face...










Overall, a great family night by the firepit!