Monday, January 30, 2012

Pie Shakes and a Date

I'm not sure why my hand looks all contorted here. Obviously
I'm concentrating too hard on sipping the goodness and taking
a picture that will result with both of us in the frame...

On Friday Matt and I actually went on a date! When trying to figure out what to do on a Friday night in Iowa city, I knew one thing: we were going to go get dessert and it really needed to be at the Hamburg Inn2. The Hamburg Inn is this little place in downtown Iowa City where all of the presidential candidates come. We have been there a few times already. We haven't tried their breakfast, but their burgers are incredibly fresh and yummy. My favorite, though? PIE SHAKES! They put a whole piece of a pie in a milkshake. As you're drinking it, you get chunks of tasty crust. On this night we had banana cream pie. The choices are different every time. It was incredible. We split one and I think that was a mistake because we wanted to go back for more. I love little unique places and am awfully glad we have one here.

We finished off the night by going to a movie and getting home at 1:00am. Yes I was tired the next day when Charlie surprised me by waking up at 5:30am. :) But it was fun to be with Matt. I'm already planning our next date to the Hamburg Inn!

Thursday, January 26, 2012


I've had the "I don't feel like blogging because nothing notable is happening around here" feeling. So I didn't and didn't feel bad about it. :) The kids and I had the stomach flu last weekend and that wiped us out. (sidenote: Matt was enjoying himself visiting friends and attending a wedding in San Diego while I was dealing with sick tummies and clean up all day and night.) I was a tad jealous. We miss that place!

But life is good and we are busy. The older Madeline gets, the more we have going on. I'm already getting sad about having commitments of preschool and school every morning and "losing" my free time with her. She did start a little preschool with friends from church and has been having fun going to different houses and having lessons and play time. I think she has more conversations with the moms than the 4 year old girls, though. We're still working on that. She's also starting another dance class today which she is really excited about. I gave her the option of doing gymnastics instead, but she was set on dance. We'll see how it goes!

I have two harp students now. One is four. Could it get any cuter to have a teeny little girl playing a teeny little harp? The other student is an eight year old boy who has never had any musical training, but is incredibly talented. It will be exciting to watch them both learn and grow.

Projects keep me busy. Matt works long hours, often overnight, so I've got a line up of projects to keep my sane. I also recently have been watching the Downton Abbey series. It's a British drama about an aristocratic family and their servants around World War I. It's highly addictive. I've gone to bed too late too many nights! The first season is on Netflix, or you can watch them online.

I'll leave you with this picture. When I saw it, I was nervous to ask who it was. (I've been the subject of some of her recent doodles.) But she replied that it was Mickey and Minnie Mouse. And I thought that was just perfect.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Big 4

I can't believe we have a 4 year old! She was so excited about everything - mostly about me sneaking in her room at night to put balloons in there so she'd wake up to them the next morning. I kept worrying I wasn't making a big enough deal about her birthday since she's actually old enough to know about it, but she was pretty easy to please. When I asked her what she wanted to do for her birthday, she said "play with my family." I'm afraid that sweetness with gifts/holidays won't last forever. :) Matt had the day off on Monday so we went to the big mall here to ride the carousel and have lunch. Both of the kids loved that. Yesterday, the kids and I went to the children's museum and got milkshakes after. When Matt got home we had Madeline's request for dinner - pancakes (with bananas and buttermilk syrup) and then finished it off with some presents and hello kitty cake. (By the way...I really don't like frosting, but was happy to find this one which is creamy, fluffy, and not too sweet. The cake was just Duncan Hines dark chocolate fudge cake mix with some mini chocolate chips thrown in. Pretty easy and a winning combination!)

Madeline is a sweet, sensitive, caring, silly girl who loves to imagine, draw, create and take great care of her little brother. She definitely has her quirks and dramatic emotions occasionally, but I'm already getting sad about her not being around during the days. :(

Happy Birthday Madeline! We feel pretty lucky you're ours!