* Ruth's Chris Steak House is still one of my absolute favorite dining experiences ever. Damn good steak and service makes this girl all kinds of happy. The hubs and I went last Friday to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary while Grandma slept over in case Lovie woke.
* A beach vacation is way more fun with a kid in tow. No, really. Before Lovie, we never cared much for the beach. We're not outdoorsy people. We're fat. But Lovie's been asking to go to the beach for months so when we took our annual trip just 90 minutes away from home for our anniversary early this week, we had to make several stops to the beach. And man did we all have fun. I can't wait to do it again.
* Something I don't want to ever do again is co-sleep. I really do not understand how people can do this with their kids on a regular basis once those kids become mobile. Bedtimes were horrendous during our getaway- taking 2 hours each night for Lovie to finally collapse and fall asleep. Two hours of wrestling with her and telling her it was bedtime and laying down and pretending to sleep so that she would sleep... The child was so overtired but instead of falling asleep, it was like she was on speed or something. Man, I'm tired just thinking about it!
* Speaking of sleep, I've discovered that I really am so grateful that Lovie is still in a crib and quite content with remaining in one. She's very tall for her age and could quite easily climb out at this point but I get the feeling she feels safe in her crib. And I'm totally cool with that.
* On our way home from our trip we stopped at the Aquarium like we did last year. It cost us $20 to park and $60 for the hubs and I to get into the Aquarium. Lovie was free since she's under 3. While Lovie enjoyed seeing the fish (especially the seahorses), she was most happiest when she was able to flip a plastic pancake and egg in a skillet that sat atop an outdoor grill that was set up in one of the hallways alongside other camping equipment. She beamed with joy as she stood there, tongue curled toward her nose, "cooking." And when we tried to move on to the other fish exhibits, she wasn't having any part of it and constantly talked about wanting to make more pancakes. Just more proof to me that you just don't have to spend a lot of money on a toddler to have a good time.
What things stuck out for you this past week?