John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Date Night, Picnics, and the Circus

This past Friday night John and I got a date night! They seem to be happening more frequently now and I am so glad that they are! Now that Callum is working every single Friday and Saturday night and Kobe is getting a little older and having company over or going somewhere we are just down to one kid...Sam. Well, this past Friday night his school hosted movie night! The kids come to school about 5:45 dressed in their pajamas where they can purchase pizza, popcorn, fruit snacks, and drinks. They can bring a sleeping bag, blanket, and pillow and have a great time with their little buddies! Sam always asks to get beside Myles, Beau, and Alexander. He loves those three boys! This past Friday night was no exception. We spotted Myles behind us in the pizza line and so once we got into the gym Sam made asked me to stand beside him so no one could get Myles' spot! Once everyone was settled we gave our hugs and kisses and left extra drink and snack tickets and got on our way! 

Myles' mom, Lisa, got this quick picture of the boys before we left. What is so unique about Sam and Myles being big buddies is that Lisa and I grew up in the same church and youth group. She used to drive me to and from youth group before I got my license! She has always been sweet and I am thankful to get to reconnect with her and watch our boys be sweet friends too!

John and I had already decided that we were going on a date night and knew exactly where we were headed: The Dish. The Dish is a little restaurant in downtown Florence that is so sweet and pays close attention to detail. Every day they place live, beautiful flowers on each table and I love that it is kind of mis-matched with decor and the silverware. The food is phenomenal.  We had only been during lunch so going for dinner and seeing the candles all lit was so cozy. Generally I have two to three boys and a lot of conversation and attention seeking behavior between myself and John when we are having dinner (out or at home!) but not this night. This night, John sat right beside me. It was kind of quiet in there, although they did have a band playing soft jazz music (which just so happened to be my friend Lisa's brother (Myles' uncle!) and Lisa's parents sat a couple of tables away from us) and a few tables of people. The candles were lit and it was just so relaxing. John chose the lasagna and I chose the graham flour encrusted pork chop with mashed apple and sweet potatoes and asparagus. This was one of the BEST meals of my life! Everything is just placed so nicely on your plate and presented so well! I couldn't quit saying how delicious it was. Every single time an employee walked by I just bragged and bragged! It was truly amazing. The service is outstanding. John and I decided on NO MEDIA so we got to just chat and enjoy the music. It finally occurred to me that I needed to check the time and it was time to go get Samuel picked up from movie night. It was such a great time with just John. The one thing I am looking forward to with my kids getting older (since they HAVE to do it!) is more time with Just Us. 
Dish Gourmet Cafe & Catering

Saturday Callum had to work and Sam and Kobe ended up going target shooting with my dad and uncle Greg. John and I had a leaders meeting at church bright and early so we grabbed breakfast and went to church. Once our meeting was over we decided to head on over to shoot with the boys and my dad and uncle. We drove and drove and drove and drove until finally we decided we just couldn't find where they were. We just drove on old back country roads and talked. We held hands. It was nice. We tried calling everyone's cell phones but they were at the hunting club and there is NO service there so we just decided to head on home. The boys finally got home right before dinner. I cooked a big home cooked, Southern meal Saturday night and we just ate, hung out, and spent time together. 
Kobe is actually a pretty good little target shooter! His favorite part is when my uncle got some propane bottles and placed them FAR AWAY from them and they shot them and they blew up. He said it was just like in the movies!

Sam just HAD to wear his military outfit. He told me yesterday that he didn't need to go to college when he got big because he just wants to be an Army Man. He said that he already knows how to shoot a gun and doesn't need to learn how so he is ready to go in the Army!

Sunday morning we got up and went to church. I LOVE going to church. We all had a great time at church and afterwards we had a little surprise for the boys. We went on a picnic. We drove to the UNA campus, found a perfect picnic spot in the warm sun and plopped a big blanket down and took our shoes off and had a great time. We were right by the lions so Sam kind of ate and walked because he loves seeing Leo and Una. We didn't get to spend as much time as we would have liked by the lions because we were taking them to the Chinese circus that was preforming on campus that afternoon. We finally found a spot to sit and settled in. The whole time during the first two acts the boys were just constantly saying "OH WOW!" "THAT'S AWESOME!". I just loved hearing them so excited and having a good time. Sam ended up sitting up in Kobe's lap and they just sat there so sweetly. Once the circus was over we headed home. Kobe left right away to go to Army of the One which is a discipleship program our church holds for 5th graders who are going to be moving up to junior high (not ready for that!). Kobe loves this program and is really enjoying it. It only lasts for 6 weeks so he is getting the most he can out of it. The rest of us stayed behind and hosted our life group. We had a great time with our life group friends. After the life group was dismissed my mom and dad came in with Kobe (they picked him up since we were unable) and I had been cooking spaghetti in my crock pot so we all sat down for dinner together. We had spaghetti, salad, and garlic/cheese bread. I love family dinners with my parents!
Una and Leo, UNA's live lion mascots

Perfect Day for a picnic! I have to get better at taking more pictures!
New Shanghai Circus
New Shanghai Circus

New Shanghai Circus

We had a very busy weekend but we had a fun time and definitely spent some good quality time together. The are the days that I wish I could freeze time! I just love being with John and the boys. It is my most favorite thing to do! 

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