…I’m someone’s mother.
I won’t say it’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do with my life, but since I was a little girl it’s ranked very high on the list. These first 18 months with Peanut have been one whirlwind of a learning curve. I remember asking the nurse when they discharged us, “Are you sure it’s okay for us to take her home? We really don’t know what we’re doing.” She laughed and told me it was okay, I knew more than I thought. Turns out she was right. Sure, there have been speed bumps, but the joy and rewards of being a mom are more than I ever could have imagined.
*end of sappy intro*
My Mother’s Day celebration was an all-weekend affair, beginning with Peanut and I attending Mother/Daughter Zumba on Saturday morning. This little girl LOVES music and LOVES to dance so I thought she’d enjoy shaking it. She was sunshine and roses until we got into the Zumba room where she immediately locked up and wanted to be held. I ended up dancing around with her in my arms for most of the class. Even though I couldn’t go all out, 25lbs of extra weight will do wonders for your calorie burn. Toward the end of the class, she did get down and bust a move to one song.
Apparently she learned my calories out, calories in strategy while in the womb. Zumba a little. Eat a cookie.
I know I had a really good time and I think she did, too. Man, I love this little booger! Here’s us in all our sweaty, post-workout glory:
We spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon playing, snuggling and watching Kentucky Derby pre-race coverage. Zumba must have worn her out because she took an almost 3-hour nap! When she woke up, we dropped her off at my in-law’s house so my husband and I could embark on a much-needed date night.
Around here, the selection of non-chain restaurants is pretty slim pickings. One of our favorites is the Old Canal Smokehouse. It’s been a while since we dined there so it was an easy choice for dinner.
I couldn’t get a good picture of the exterior of the building, but isn’t their delivery car adorable?
It was a pretty evening so we asked for seating on the patio. They had the plastic sides rolled down so it kept the chill out, but still let us enjoy the last few hours of sunshine and watching the passersby.
My husband decided to try out a new-to-him beer called ______. He let me have a taste and it was very good! I spy a handsome man in the background, too.
We were absolutely starving so we ordered a nest of armadillo eggs as an appetizer. Basically, they’re hollowed-out jalapeno peppers stuffed with chicken, wrapped in bacon and tossed in BBQ sauce. Amazingly delicious.
The very last bite of mine had quite a few seeds in it and lit my mouth on FIRE! A few crispy potato sticks and another sip of W’s beer were the cure.
My absolute favorite part of dining at the Old Canal Smokehouse is their house tomato vinaigrette. The salad isn’t anything extraordinary (lettuce, tomato, cheese, carrots and onion), but the dressing is to die for. I really wish they’d bottle and sell it, but so far they only do that with their BBQ sauces and seasoned rub.
We could smell our entrees coming before we even saw them. I had the Catch of the Day, which turned out to be baked haddock with a Parmesan crust and honey citrus sauce on the side.
Heaven. Pure heaven. It was baked to perfection! I drizzled just a teeny tiny bit of the sauce over the top and that was plenty. It made it sweet and added a little tang without overpowering the flavor of the fish.
…and I can’t forget about the Smokehouse Spuds. The menu describes them as “real, hand-mashed potatoes with sour cream and fried onions.” I describe them as amazing.
Before I could snap a picture, my husband ate the little baby loaves of cornbread they serve with dinner. Blog buzz killer.
After dinner, we headed to church for a free concert by a popular local Christian band, The Mary Ford Experience.
The concert was part of a series, organized in honor of a 16-year-old girl from the youth group who had brain cancer and died 9 months ago after suffering a stroke in her brain stem following surgery. We attended our church for the first time just a few days after her death and it was obvious that she’d touched many lives. Although we never met Sydney, I’ve leared a lot about her from her friends and family. She left beyond a legacy of Faith that is truly wise beyond her years.
The youth group has been selling t-shirts to establish a scholarship fund in her memory. Whenever someone asked her what they could do to help her, she’d simply reply by saying “Believe.” Bright green was Sydney’s favorite color and the shirts bear her favorite saying: “God’s will. In God’s way. In God’s time.”
The concert was beyond amazing. These guys are good. Really, really good.
Any band that covers both Blessied Union of Souls and Hootie & the Blowfish AND does the songs well AND turns them into worship songs gets major props in my book. They’re original songs are pretty spectacular, too. “Take Off Your Shoes” has been on every running playlist I’ve created since I heard it for the first time. I always seem to run faster when it’s playing.
Want to hear how awesome they are for yourself? Go to their website or noisetrade.com, enter your name and e-mail address and download their entire “No Great Things” album for FREE. You won’t regret it. Trust me.
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You would think I had already had my fair share of Mother’s Day awesomeness on Saturday, but the festivities continued on Sunday. After church, we had everyone over for a late lunch. My mom, mother-in-law and I all made something small, but my sister-in-law did the bulk of the food preparation. We ended up with quite the spread: baked ziti, garlic bread, cucumber/tomato salad, fruit salad & ginger snap cookies. I didn’t photograph anything (the blog is still secret in this group), but everything was delicious. We all spent the rest of the afternoon outside enjoying the sunshine!
I don’t think I could have asked for a more perfect weekend. I hope you all enjoyed yours, too!