Monday, July 29, 2013

Much Needed

Life has been busy, busy, busy around here and this past weekend was just what we needed to slow down and relax a bit.  

On Saturday Todd and I had the rare and elusive "date night".  And man, it was a good one.  

We started out with dinner.  On the drive to Green Bay I was checking for restaurants on Todd's phone. We had planned on going to Olive Garden but I was really hoping to find a non-chain restaurant.  We have so many great restaurants in our city that people don't know about so I wanted to find something like that in Green Bay.  Of course, I knew there were plenty around I just needed to find them.  And boy, did I ever find a good one!

If you live in the Green Bay area and haven't gone to Kaleidoscope you need to get there ASAP.  It is a swanky lounge type of restaurant and immediately made me think of the movie Swingers.  The service was top notch.  The owner, Kathy, made our experience unforgetable.  Kathy is a total foodie and delighted in bringing dishes out from the kitchen for us to try at the bar as we were having some drinks. And our entrees.  Oh. My. Word.  I had a spice encrusted scallop and Todd had a parmesan crusted steak.  AMAZING. It was a fabulous dinner with great drinks, a chill atmosphere, and great people.  A wonderful way to start out the night.  It made me feel so much cooler than I actually am.  See?

 This is me lounging.

After dinner we were off to see a show.  We were able to snag some prime seats to one of our very favorite comedians.  Jim Gaffigan, baby!

It was such a hilarious show. I can't tell you how good it feels to laugh for almost two hours straight. What a great night.   

Needless to say, we were out late that night.  But that didn't stop us from enjoying the next day as well. After church we took the kids out to our local (small) airport where the planes were practicing their drills for the big EAA AirVenture  show in Oshkosh.  Since Joey (and then by default, Tommy and Ben) is obsessed with airplanes we thought it would be fun to watch the planes take off and do stunts right above us.  
To say the kids were excited would be a massive understatement.  They were thrilled.  And I have to admit, I was pretty excited watching it as well. The weather was cool (58 degrees in July? What is going on?) but we still had fun.  Even after we got home we saw 12 of the planes flying over our house in various formations.  It was pretty exciting.  I suppose we'll have to go to the actual EAA AirVenture show sometime.

The fun doesn't stop around here.  Soon we will be leaving to take the kids to Chicago.  We are planning on visiting the Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, take a tour on the ONLY German submarine in the US, and maybe to a riverboat tour and eat at the Rainforest Cafe.  We are talking FUN, people.  And then after that it is back up north to the cabin.  Whew!  I may need another rejuvenating date night when all is said and done.

It looks like this summer is shaping up to be a great one!


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Mom24 said...

What a fabulous weekend! So glad you had a good date night. They're so restorative, aren't they? Have fun in Chicago. It sounds like you definitely will!

Wisconsin Girl said...

Fun, fun and more fun! What a fun date night! It has been too long since we've had one of those:( There is an air show in Milwaukee this weekend and I was planning to take the kids to the beach on Friday to watch the planes practice before the show. There is something fascinating about watching airplanes! Have a GREAT time in Chicago...sounds like it will be fun for everyone! Happy Summer!

Bijoux said...

What a great night! My daughter is seeing him this Saturday with her boyfriend. I'm so jealous!

Have a great family vacation!

Riahli said...

Awesome, all around awesomeness!!!

Anita said...

Oh you lucky girl! You've made me realize that I haven't had that kind of date in a while. Good for you! Time with your husband, laughing, good food, etc. and then fun with the kids, too.

Elaine Alguire said...

Shoot, just missed you in Chicago! ;)

And going to see a comedian is always so fun. The last one we saw was Dane Cook and my stomach hurt so bad the next day!

Sounds like the perfect date night to me.

And yes, it was 64 in Chicago on Sat. NUTS but awesome!

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

58 degrees? So jealous.

And, what an amazing date night! I'm trying to figure something out for the hubby's birthday. I have 34 days...yikes!

lime said...

sounds like a great time! i am so with you on wanting to find local places to eat. they have so much more personality and i feel good about supporting local business. as for jim gaffigan....the dude is HILARIOUS. he's one of our favorites.

Cyndy Bush said...

I'm looking at the pic of your kids in jackets with my head cocked going "Eh??" LOL I can't even imagine. The date sounds wonderful! So glad you enjoyed yourselves.

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A new day that you have never lived before.
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We can squander, neglect, or use them.
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