Sunday, February 17, 2008

VDay Wrap up

We had the best Valentine's Day. First, we woke up to snow. The kids were only supposed to have a half day of school, but it got canceled all together, so we had yet another snow day. Woo hoo!

This time there was enough of the white stuff
for Whit to make a snow angel.
She was SO excited about this.
Then the kids worked really hard.
They had to put their heads together and
made this cute little snow man.
(Slightly bigger than the one we made last snow storm.)

Since the kids were scheduled for a half day,
I talked Andrew into taking the afternoon
off and we went down to the zoo.
This is our new family tradition, I guess, spending
the real Valentine's Day all together and then
getting out on our romantic date later.
We saw flamingos

poisonous frogs that looked like they were toys
until you actually saw them move,

and (my personal favorite for this trip) the lions.
They were really active today.
It was so cool to see them walking all around
as a pack and marking their territory.
I kept thinking the male was going to roar for
us, but no such luck. He just kept psyching me out.

Afterwards we went out to dinner.
B-train and me

Whit and her daddio

On Friday night, we got a babysitter and had
the funnest date. We went to a place called
the Mad Platter.
It's a paint-your-own pottery studio.
We both picked out big ol' mugs to.
(I'm envisioning unhealthy amounts of
ice cream being consumed from them.) cream

Friday night is their "date night", so Andrew wasn't
even the only guy in the studio.
He made an awesome-looking Lakers mug.

We were each happy with the way our works
of art turned out. The studio puts them in the
kiln for us and we'll get them back sometime
next week. We had a good time and I
was happy to try something new.

Afterward, I surprised Andrew with a visit
to a Brazilian steakhouse. Neither of us
knew it existed until this weekend.
It is called Leblon and it's one of those
places where the waiters walk around
with skewers of meat and pile them on
your plate until you are visibly bloated and/or
threaten to gouge them with your fork.
Meat-deprived Andrew was in heaven.
AND, as an added bonus they have a great
salad bar that included salmon, rice, and beans.
I was a happy camper, too.

Very, very fun weekend.

Sidenote: Andrew just wrote what might be his funniest post ever. If you're looking for a laugh, take a look at his blog.


Natalie said...

Wow. That picture of the lion is fantastic! We love going to the zoo. Next time you guys go, let us know. We would love to join you! And David and I went to a paint the earth many moons ago for V-Day. It is a fun activity.

Amy said...

I love that you can have a snow day and visit the zoo on the same day. And yet another super-creative date for you two. How fun!

Barbara said...

Loved each picture and reading about everything.
Thanks so much,

Jayne said...

Oooh, Leblon. I love that place and I don't like meat any more that you do. But the soups and salad are awesome. I really like the atmosphere, too.

Guess what I did yesterday? I made a pot roast. For the first time ever! I bought a 4 pound piece of chuck roast from Fresh Market (since I am clueless how to buy meat I wanted to make sure I got something really good). It was really fun to make, and hubby and teenage boys thought that it was GREAT. And the house smelled SO good.

(I thought that I'd enjoy the veggies [potatoes, carrots and onions] that I roasted with it, but they soaked up too much of the meat flavor. Ick.)

Laurie said...

I love those Brazilian places. Mmmm....I'm envisioning my next date night with John.

I just went over and read Andrew's post. Thanks for the read. I got a good chuckle from that one.

Marianne said...

Patrick was excited you guys went to the zoo....and of course he loved the frog picture. The last few months he's been studying all about exotic frogs such as this...he wants to raise them!?! :)

Sandy said...

I LOVE the Brazilian BBQ places - we only get to go when we're in Provo. I'm still laughing about your so-called snowstorms:)