Today my middle baby and baby baby start preschool, so to distract me from the fact that I no longer have actual babies in my house, and though I am SO READY for them to go to school yet I am still super teary, I’m going to tell you about the awesome weekend we just had!
Last Wednesday the 19th was mine and Scott’s 9th wedding anniversary. For the last several years, we have not really bought each other gifts, but instead we go out to a super nice dinner, and order whatever we want. I’m talking cocktails, three or so appetizers, wine, entrees, and dessert…pretty much anything that sounds good, we order. And it’s so much fun. So for this year, we decided dinner would be fun, and let’s throw in a movie or something too! So I looked through the theater listings, and nothing was piquing our interest. So Scott suggested, “how about a show? Like at The Fox?” If you’re not local, The Fox Theater is like the place in Atlanta for Broadway musicals, concerts, etc., and we have been several times for different events in the past. I looked at their calendar to see what was playing, and though Motown the Musical sounded awesome, there weren’t any tickets available except for “limited view (and I am not interested in sitting behind a pole for $85 a seat!).” So third time was a charm, and I looked up the nice little Aurora Theater in Lawrenceville (about 15-20 minutes away from us in little ole Loganville), and Memphis the Musical was playing! It won the Tony award in 2010 for Best Musical, so I was pretty confident it wouldn’t disappoint. Plus, I was able to snag front row seats for HALF the price of the limited view seats at The Fox!
So we got all gussied up (even though dinner nor the theater really required it), and after our awesome baby sitter arrived, we headed out! We went to Local Republic, which came highly recommended, and loved it!
We started out with their Roasted Beets with Homemade Egg Salad, which despite the huge chunk of red onion on the top, were really good.
Next we had their appetizer special which was a Lobster Cocktail. Kind of like salsa with huge chunks of lobster, and it was delicious! And they did not skimp on the lobster! But the chips?? Could’ve used more than two, haha!
Next was a Caesar Salad, and their Olive Tapenade with Goat Cheese Crostini. The crostini was actually my favorite appetizer and by the time we were done with all our starters, we were almost full!
But we had to make room for our entrees! We both ordered specials- Scott got their Ribeye, which was enormous, and I got Panko-coated Monkfish. Both were delicious, but Scott’s steak won the entree round. He ate every bit of it, and we brought the bone home for the doggies!
And by the end of the meal I forgot to take one last picture, but we split their Creme Brulee, our favorite, for dessert. And it was a WINNER. SO delicious, and though we were stuffed up to our ears, we ate every bit. SO Local Republic definitely lived up to it’s praise! We are anxious to go back and try their burgers that looked amazing!
We headed to the theater and had another glass of wine while we waited for the show to start. It’s hard to tell in the picture (my battery was low and camera wouldn’t flash), but Scott could stretch his legs out and touch the stage! We were just left of center, and were so happy with the seats.
The show ran about two hours, and was fantastic!! If you ever get a chance to see Memphis, it is definitely worth it!! We both really liked it, and even though the Aurora is small, the cast was very talented and had great credentials and were all really wonderful. It was such a fun night and I can’t wait to go see another show!
We took it pretty easy on Saturday. The only thing we haaaaad to do was get Brantley’s cheerleading pictures done at 3:00, so we lounged and relaxed most of the day. We did manage to get some birthday cards made for Scott’s birthday which was Sunday!
It also rained on and off, and these guys stood on the porch and watched the rain for a while, and I caught this adorable moment. Like father, like son, right?
It actually ended up reallllllly storming late Saturday night, and lightening struck our house! We didn’t have any damage, but it fried our internet modem and our Direct TV. It was kind of a bummer, but actually made Scott’s birthday on Sunday that much more relaxing, because he didn’t (couldn’t) do any work!
The kids and I got up early and made him breakfast in bed, and they were beside themselves with excitement to take it to him! We all jumped back in bed afterwards, played hooky from church, and got lots of snuggling (and tickling!) in.
Luckily, the shows that we had recorded on our DVR were still available, so we watched and caught up on TV most of the day, napped, went out and got Scott’s favorite Pho for a late lunch/early dinner, and the two of us watched The Theory of Everything (OMG…SO GOOD!) and ate birthday cake (chocolate cake with vanilla frosting, as per the birthday boy) after the kids went to bed. It was a lovely day, just spent loving on our favorite guy. We kept saying, “we sure do have a busy week coming up…” and then we’d snuggle back under the blanket on the sofa and fall back asleep again.
We had a good, recharging kind of weekend, which was perfect, because judging from the craziness that was yesterday and will most likely be the rest of the week, we needed to rest in preparation!
I hope you had a great weekend too and have had a good start to your week. I’ll be back tomorrow with lots of back to school goodness from Gracie and Ben, and the dirt on how their first day in Pre-K and Preschool went!