Date Night

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It’s a crisp October morning. The boys are in school. A perfect day for a little Mom and Dad time on the water…

Off-Duty

Part of the reason for today’s voyage (other than just some alone time) is to provide a little “Boating 101” to Cindy. So, we spend a couple of hours with navigation and docking before we head over to Whitey’s Fish Camp for lunch.

Cindy drives the boat Cindy ties the boat

Great job, and not as easy as it looks. It’s just like parallel parking only the road is moving, too!

Cindy docks the boat

Lesson over! Now, it’s off to Whitey’s and some great catfish!!

Me and Cindy

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Today is Cindy’s birthday. I don’t want to give away he age, but let’s just say that in 50 more years, she’ll be 100!

Cindy’s present from me and the boys was this patio furniture…

Cindy's Patio Furniture

And the birthday cake (which is beckoning Adam’s sweet-tooth)

Cindy's Birthday Cake

So, what did Cindy want to do for the BIG FIVE-O? Something different…something she hadn’t tried before…

HOOKAH! Hookah?

Yep, hookah! There’s a little Mediterranean restaurant not far from the house that has a hookah bar, so here we are!

Hookah pipe At the hookah bar

“Tastes like chocolate”

Cindy smokes hookah

Happy Birthday, Sweetie.

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Tonight Cindy and I are left the boys with Maria, and enjoyed a night on the town. We spent the evening relaxing at Jax Beach, and feasted on crab legs at Joe’s…

Date Night

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This evening, Cindy and I had a long awaited date night. We now have a couple of very good babysitters for the boys, and will be able to have nights like this more often. Tonight it was dinner and a movie. We had dinner at a restaurant called “Melt” in Center Valley, PA. This restaurant (according to its website)…

“puts a modern twist on traditional Italian cuisine. A visually stunning design provides a dramatic setting for a wide variety of creatively prepared salads, pizzas, pastas & grilled entrees. The extensive menu is complemented by a 200 bottle wine list featuring vintages from California, Italy & France.”

Melt When we arrived at the restaurant, I spied a friend from work. He was there with his wife and a friend for drinks on their way to a dinner in “Old Bethlehem.” We enjoyed some conversation while waiting for a table (and then some). Once seated, we nibbled on fresh bread and olive oil, then enjoyed some crab cakes and proscutto with fresh fruit appetizers. For dinner, I ordered the lamb chops and it was spaghetti carbonnara for Cindy. I was a little disappointed that they didn’t have any mint jelly for the lamb chops, but alas, you can’t have everything. I enjoyed Peroni beer with the evening, while Cindy had a Blue Moon with the appetizers, then a some girly martini with the meal. For desert we shared tiramisu. The food and drink was very good, if not a little pricey.

After dinner we went to a movie: “Love and Other Drugs” with Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. It was a slightly different take on a love story, but I don’t want to give it away. The drug in the final analysis, I suppose, is love.

Love and Other Drugs

We had a great time, although Cindy came home with a sore throat…the beginnings of a short bout with the flu!

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Last night Cindy and I saw Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly (Home of the Flyers!). They did two shows: a 3:00 and an 8:00 (we had tickets to the 3). So, we hired a baby-sitter for the boys and headed downtown. The traffic was as-to-be-expected, terrible, but the concert was awesome!

The shows on the TSO Winter Tour are divided into two acts. The first act is a narrated performance of most of the songs from “Christmas Eve and Other Stories”. In the second act, the band performs a mix of songs from their other albums. They opened with “Night Enchanted” from their Night Castle cd, and it only got better from there. Here’s a glimse of the performance with “Queen of the Winter Night”…

After the concert we had dinner at a pub/restaurant in South Philly called “The Ugly American” (gotta love the name!). Great food! I had a roast beef sandwich with a couple pints of Yuengling and Cindy had fish tacos with some obscure wheat beer (yuk!) .

The Ugly American

Cindy had actually wanted Asian Fusion, but the restaurant we found near the event center was in a pretty shady part of town, and so we bypassed it. It worked out very well, though!

We came home to two peacefully sleeping toddlers, and a glowing report from the baby-sitter. A great night all-around.

Here’s another video from TSO, a promo piece to give you a sense of the intensity of the concert…

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Our assignment to Italy was canceled, so we’ll be hanging around the Gulf Coast for a while longer. Although we’re disappointed that we won’t be living in the birthplace of the Renaissance, modern science, and the opera, we’re happy to remain near family and friends.

As you know, I sold my Mustang in preparation for the move, and yes, I miss that little car, but it gave me the opportunity to get into something a little more practical: A Toyota Tundra SR5–nice truck with a powerful iForce V8 (271 hp w/ 313 ft-lbs of torque…ugh, ugh, ugh). It’s even got room to carry a couple of kids…

New TruckInside New Truck

So, Friday night was date night, and Cindy got to take her first ride (ever) in a pick-up truck. Yeah…I was pretty surprised to find that out myself. We went to the movies and saw “The Proposal” with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. It was a total “chick-flick”, but very funny!! Sandra Bullock’s had some work, though, on her lips (and elsewhere, more than likely), and that’s too bad. I guess she’s watches reruns of herself in “The Net” and wishes she could still look that young. Well, here’s some insight for anyone who thinks they need plastic surgery to stay young:

If it’s obvious that you’ve had work done, it only highlights the fact that you’re getting older!

Anyway, Cindy and I had a good time, and the boys enjoyed their time with Hannah.

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Dinner Out The boys are 6-months old now, and are much easier to manage solo these days. In fact, Cindy is on her own with the babies most of the week. Instead of their nanny, Miss Hannah, coming over every day, she only comes a couple of days a week and Friday night–date night. On date night, Hannah arrives about 5:30 pm, and gives Cindy and I a night out on our own. Last night, we met some friends for dinner at Ruby Tuesday’s and took in a movie, “The Hangover” (which was hilarious, by the way!). We had a great time, despite a little mishap just before Hannah arrived. Alex and Adam were playing on the bed in the master bedroom, and Cindy and I were getting ready. Both of us thought the other was watching the kids when Alex, who is beginning to motor everywhere, rolled off the edge of the bed. Luckily, babies bounce! Anyway, he squealed for a bit in his mother’s arms, but was otherwise okay. And wouldn’t ya know it, we set him back on the bed, and he takes off for the edge again (this time he didn’t make it! :-)).

We returned home about 10:30 pm to a “non-eventful” report from Hannah, although Adam, it seems, stayed up a little later than he normally does (ordinarily, both kids are asleep by 8, but this night, Adam was up ’till about 9). No problem. We talked for a bit with Hannah, and she took-off for home. Cindy and I had a drink over conversation, and retired about 12:30 am. Then…

** FLASHBACK **

The boys are one-month old and waking up every couple of hours, which Adam did last night! At 1:30, 3:30 and 5:00, Adam was awake. First, he just needed his “passy,” so it only took a minute or two to get him back off to sleep. The next time required a small bottle and some rocking, which lasted a bit longer. The third time, Adam brought his brother into the act, and both required diaper changes and some cuddling. Anyway, the night was pretty much shot, and neither Cindy nor I got much sleep.

Now, it’s almost 9:00 pm, and the boys have been asleep for about an 1-1/2 hours. Cindy and I are getting ready for bed. Hopefully, the boys, Adam especially, have a good night sleep.

Alas, because if they (he) don’t (doesn’t), neither will we! 😉

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