December Date Day

Woo hoo, a date during the date time! Nate happened to get a rare day off for Christmas Eve & Benjamin was with Grandma so we took advantage of the beautiful day & headed to La Jolla to have breakfast/lunch at our favorite coffee shop, the Pannikin, in La Jolla. It was awesome to just relax, hang out, talk & enjoy a cup of tea together. Hard to believe that just a few years ago we did this exact thing on a regular basis when we were kidless college students.

After eating we drove up to Mount Soledad and went for a little walk & enjoyed the beautiful views. Gosh, I love where we live!

So far so good at keeping up on our monthly dates! Can’t wait to see where we’re headed to this month.

september date night

We cut it close in September & went out for our date night on September 30…just in the nick of time. Thankfully a couple of good friends were able to watch Benjamin for a couple of hours while we went to SDSU’s Living Room Cafe. So many good desserts & teas to choose from!

We shared an AMAZING cherry tart. [I’ve been craving one ever since.]

Had a lovely cup of tea. Our favorite.

Played a little Scrabble Slam!

And just enjoyed being together. ❤

august date night

Date Night! 2 Months in a row we’ve been able to get out for a bit & I couldn’t be more excited about it. This month not only do I get to cross off #1 on my 28 To Do List [go on a date once a month], but I get to cross off #19, too, which is to go on a picnic in Balboa Park.

Nate & I went to Balboa Park to watch a Mariachi band from Chula Vista, part of their Twilight in the Park Concert Series. We got there a little late, but the concert was so much fun! I have a thing for Mariachi bands & I [not so] secretly want Benjamin to play in one when he gets older. How cute would he be?! I know, I know…I’m crazy. We set up a little picnic on the lawn just behind the pavilion, where we were still able to see the stage, but still be able to hear each other talk.

I thought that since we were watching Mariachi’s we should also have Mexican food for dinner. I made posole using a Rachel Ray recipe that is super easy & Nate & I both love it.

It was great to just relax, catch up on all those little things we forget to talk about & just enjoy being with each other in one of our favorite places in San Diego.

When we got home I was still craving dessert so I made Apple Dumplings using a Pioneer Woman recipe [pretty much my favorite recipes right now]. They turned out AMAZING! We shared some with the Williams’ next door & they agreed with us just how good they were. I will be making more of these throughout this pregnancy for sure.

Can’t wait for date night next month…I think it’ll be hubby’s turn to plan it. 🙂

july date night

thanks to some awesome friends who gifted us with a night of babysitting hubby & i got to go out on a date night. and where in all of san diego did we go for dinner on our first kidless date night in months? olive garden, of course! the thought of soup & salad was much too appealing for us to pass up. after a really good dinner (i’m now addicted to their salad) we went to barnes & noble for some uninterrupted book loving time. i know all of you with kids know how hard it is to browse books while running after a toddler. it’s those little things that make us happy. stoked that i can check #1 off of my 28 to-do-list for the month of july.