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Yesterday, August 4, was Andrew's and my 11th wedding anniversary. We're in the double-digits now, folks! :)

My parents came to visit for the weekend. The visit was actually planned before we found out Andrew was going to need to have surgery, but the timing worked out great. They were here to stay with Andrew and the boys while I worked yesterday, and then they were able to feed the boys dinner and get them put to bed while Andrew and I went out for the evening.

Our outing yesterday evening was looking a bit iffy, because I started to come down with a bit of a scratchy throat due to drainage on Friday, and it was not improving on Saturday. I was doing okay in the morning, but the throat kept bothering me more and more as the afternoon progressed while I was at work yesterday. Once I got home, I decided that we were going to go out even though I wasn't feeling great, because I was not so miserable as to be totally out of commission, and who knows when we'd next get another opportunity to go out together for fun and have it not get cancelled, since that's been the story of our life lately. *fingers crossed for Dragoncon at the end of the month!*

So we hit up Red Robin for dinner. Not quite our anniversary celebration restaurant of choice, but Andrew remembered them having a caesar chicken salad wrap on the menu that he liked and seemed likely to be reasonably low in fat. Well, it's been a long time since we last ate at a Red Robin -- the menu was different, the chicken caesar wrap was no longer on it, and they no longer use glass for their drinks -- my tea came in plastic. One of the things I really liked about Red Robin was that they have good tea, and it was served in glass. Oh well. Andrew tried a different chicken dish and said it was fine, and we treated ourselves to their ice cream pie at the end. Andrew was going to only eat a couple of bites, but ended up eating a fair bit more than that, and said he still felt fine afterward. So hopefully he'll have an easy transition back to more normal eating.

After dinner, we headed over to the home of our friends Tim & Jamie for Tim's birthday party. I had a lot of fun chatting with folks and playing Apples to Apples. Apparently I win that game a lot -- though I honestly have no recollection of this miraculous ability. But I really enjoy word play, and I did win last night. So *shrug*.

All in all, it was a fun night, and I'm glad we went out. Throat HURT when I got home, though, and I didn't sleep well last night because of it. But once I got up today and had some breakfast, it started to feel much better. Still scratchy, but not too bothersome, and I can still feel the drainage. I'm really not sure if this is a cold or just an allergy attack of some sort. I tried taking a Claritin this afternoon, but not sure it helped. I'm gonna try to get myself to bed around 10:30 tonight (so 20 mins from now) so that I can get a little extra sleep before I'm on my own with the kids all day tomorrow. And supposed to do grocery shopping -- we'll see if that gets done.

[ETA: And Ian has still not nursed. I'm declaring us done. He did ask once today, but I told him he hadn't nursed in almost 4 days, and he didn't need to start back up again. And he moved right along to something else and didn't even fuss at me about it.]
cifarelli: (Ember)
Last night, [livejournal.com profile] geognome4 was kind enough to babysit for us while we went out to dinner at Pappadeaux to celebrate our (10th!) anniversary. We have in the past gone to Brennan's, but decided this year to skip the long drive into downtown and go somewhere closer to home. We haven't been to Pappadeaux in a long time, and it was where we had the rehearsal dinner when we got married, so that was what we went with. It was yummy! And nice to get out by ourselves for a little while. We really need to make an effort to do that more often.

After dinner, we came home, and found that a very sleepy Ian was still hanging out with Judith, as he did not want to go to sleep without his parents. We suspected that might be the case -- thus part of the reason we decided to stick closer to home this year. However, as soon as we got home, Andrew took him from Judith and put him to bed, and he was asleep within 5 minutes. I didn't have to do anything at all -- so I count it a success. He went to bed without Mom, at least. :)

After Judith left and Ian was asleep (from Judith's description, it sounded like Corwin went to bed about like he usually does -- no crazy extraordinary requests or efforts to stay awake longer), Andrew and I sat down and watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 on blu-ray, which we had borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] ehcnalava and [livejournal.com profile] kaerukami a few weeks ago. So we're finally caught up on Harry Potter movies and could actually go see Part 2 in the theater....if we could find the time and babysitter to allow us to do so, which is always a tricky proposition -- the time part more than the babysitter part.

Turns out our blu-ray player has some issues with skipping though. It's been skipping when Corwin watches Cars, but I thought maybe the disk was just getting worn because he watches it every other day. But Harry Potter was skipping something terrible, and I somehow doubt that Tim and Jamie were watching it anywhere near that frequently before we borrowed it from them. ;) So that leaves our player as the culprit. Andrew looked online and said that it might need a firmware update, but checking this afternoon showed that we are up-to-date on that already (though the most recent update was back in February). So not sure what's up with that.

Anyway, I really enjoyed my evening yesterday; it was nice to have some time to enjoy and reconnect with Andrew. :) A VERY BIG thank you to [livejournal.com profile] geognome4! :)
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Hi everyone!

First off, for anyone who might be worried about Tropical Storm Edouard heading right for the Houston/Galveston area: there isn't much to be worried about )

The weekend: We had the Calkins/Van Newkirk family visit )

Unfortunately, I never remembered to get my camera out, so there are no pictures.

And the big (to me) news is that Corwin is weaning completely from nursing )

Other Corwin developments )

Speaking of which -- Corwin and I are visiting Austin next week. Current plan is to arrive Tuesday the 12th around dinner time, and depart Sunday afternoon of the 17th.

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