Mother’s Day and Piglet’s Birthday

This year, I got to share Mother’s Day with my favorite little guy. We had a party at his Kempo dojo yesterday, and it was such a good time with his friends and family. Today, even though we’d had a birthday party, we wanted to keep the birthday weekend going, so we let him make most of the decisions on what we would do. We ended up going to two playgrounds, one park, building Legos, watching a little bit of a movie, getting books at the library, and playing in the kiddy pool, topped off with both our favorites, sushi. He was exhausted and fell asleep giggling. It was a pretty wonderful day, and it was one of those days where he had a great attitude, even though he was exhausted. My favorite part was playing walkie talkies with him at the park.

Match got me flowers and a super sweet card. I love the drawing he made for the envelope. So sweet!

I was super excited to get the gift Piglet made at Daycare. Match has one from Father’s Day a few years ago, and now I have my own to take with me wherever I go!

 

Thank you for making my day so special, and for all the joy and laughter you’ve brought to our lives. I cannot believe how fast the last 5 years have flown by. You are our amazing, silly, funny, loving, stubborn, happy little man. Every day I’m so grateful we get to raise you. I’m honored that you call me your best friend. You are my heart, buddy. We love you so. Way, way more than you know!

Back to Back Date Nights

Last weekend Match and I had not one, but two date nights in a row! It’s not common for us to get a date night once a month, so two back to back was nothing short of amazing.

The first night we went to a beer tasting party. We went last year too, and this guy puts together a great party. He has all different kinds of beers, and you have to guess which one is which. It’s not easy! I’m so proud of myself, because to my surprise, I actually won the contest! Woot, woot! Match and I had a great time chatting with other couples. Can’t wait to go again next year!

 

 

 

 

Saturday was our big date night in Portland. We’ve been planning this trip since the last time we went to the comedy club. This time we got to see my favorite, Nate Bargatze. If you haven’t heard his comedy, you need to check him out. He’s hilarious! We went with my lifelong friend and her hubby. We started out with dinner at the food truck pavilion, and then on to the big show.

 

Match’s sister watched Piglet for us, and we were so grateful for it! They live in Portland, and we were able to stay with them and not stress about the big drive home. It also meant we got baby snuggles with our little niece! We had a great time and I can’t wait to go back for another date night!

March Madness

How is already March, guys? Wasn’t I just writing up New Year’s Resolutions? I don’t mind that February is gone, because even though I usually love winter, this year I’m ready for sunshine and warmer days. Every chance we’ve had, we’ve gone outside. Last weekend we finally got together with my brother, niece and nephew. I love how sweetly those three play together. They’re so good with Piglet, and he loves them so much. I can’t get over how big they’re getting. They used to be babies, and now they’re both in the DOUBLE digits. Sniff!

This month Finnegan is back, Piglet’s precocious little leprechaun. We treat it kind of like Elf on the Shelf, but not as intricate. Usually he just moves around, and sometimes he is set up playing with Piglet’s toys, or propped next to a treat. I love watching Piglet’s face light up when he moves. My favorite is how he thinks Finnegan controls our Echo dot. I have an app on my phone that can control the app, so every time he asks Finnegan to play music, the Echo dot “magically” turns on. Sometimes technology is really fun! I found Piglet reading a leprechaun book to Finnegan. How sweet is he?

Last weekend we had a really fun kid’s party at our local pool. Piglet was so funny when he insisted on showing up with his swim trunks on his head. I love his sense of humor!

I’ve gotten closer to my Zumba crew. A few weeks ago we celebrated H’s birthday. I am so grateful for these gals, and guy! They motivate me to keep up with the routine, and I wouldn’t be on the right path with my fitness and weight loss without them. We’re going out to dinner tomorrow night, and I’m so excited to hang with them again.

This coming weekend we are going on our yurt camping adventure! I am so crazy excited to get out of town. Match has been super busy with school, and I feel like we haven’t seen each other all week. Piglet and I have had some great quality time together though. I’ve been making him earn his keep.

How’s your month? What has everyone been up to? Are you as excited about the change in seasons as I am?

The Generosity of Friends and a Dream Come True

So some of my long time readers may remember my good friends, Old Married Couple. They are about to have a baby (which I’m so over the moon excited about)!

Every year they go on a trip to Mexico, but this year they aren’t able to go on their pre-booked trip because the baby is coming. They offered up their trip for a discounted price to all of their friends on Facebook, and I messaged them, oh, I wish we could do something like that, but we don’t have anyone to watch Piglet. Then Old Married Couple made some phone calls, and long story short, the Match Family is going on vacation to an incredible all-inclusive resort to The Hardrock Puerto Vallarta in Mexico!!

Old Married Guy sent me the final confirmation info today, and I couldn’t help but get teary eyed when I looked at the totals. They paid for more than half of the trip, and asked for so little from us. I kept asking if we could give them more but they insisted. They’ve known that Match and I have always wanted to go on a vacation like this, since they first told us of their resort experiences back when we were first dating. We had planned to go for our honeymoon, but when Match was accepted to the police academy right before our wedding, our plans fell through. So in a way, this is our long awaited honeymoon. There will be a kid’s club for Piglet, so Match and I will still get quality couple time.

The trip is in April, and we are on a mission to get into the best shapes of our lives. We were already kicking off the New Year with some healthy habits, but this has become a huge motivator. I want to feel confident in bikinis, and not cringe when I look at the photos.

You guys, this is also the first time I’ve vacationed out of the country and the first time we’ve vacationed for this long. It’s almost a week! Ahhh, I’m so excited I can’t even think straight. I need to give Old Married Couple a gift, I need to figure out a way to express our gratitude. We did recently give them a ton of Piglet’s old baby stuff, and I know they appreciate it, but it doesn’t feel like enough. I’d love some suggestions from my readers.

Have any of you vacationed at an all-inclusive resort before? I.cannot.wait!!

Helium Comedy Club-Date Night

Last night we went to our comedy show date night! I’ve been waiting for this moment since Christmas when Match presented me with tickets to see Jon Dore at Helium in Portland. Watching stand-up comedy was one of my favorite things to do in college. I used to go watch my aspiring comic friends perform at open mics, and I love seeing anything from big headliners like Dana Carvey, to the comic contests for up and coming comedians.

I love to laugh, and I have always wanted to share that with Match. He’s never really been interested in comedy, and didn’t think he’d like it. When he got us tickets, I knew we’d have a good time.

Not only did he spring for reserved seats, we managed to get front row!

We had such a great time! Jon Dore was hilarious. At one point he made a chicken butt joke, and we were dying. Match had joked about wearing the Guess What Chicken Butt shirt I got him for Christmas. Talk about a missed opportunity!

After the show, we were both starving. We walked down a block and ended up finding a corral of food trucks, with tents and picnic tables with fires. Food truck food is delicious, especially after a couple of adult beverages, late at night.

It was such a great date night. Match said he loved it, and he would definitely go again. I am so glad I can share my love of comedy with my guy. We need more nights like this, where we try new things together.

Do you like comedy shows? When’s the last time you tried something new for date night?