Dinner on a ship and a monumental parenting moment

by Kim on September 30, 2013

Heya friends! How was your weekend?

We had a really nice, relaxing one over here. I got to run both days (fall weather = AMAZING running conditions), found time to catch up on my NASM studying, WON my fantasy football game (!), made (and ate) these chocolate chip cheesecake bars, and hung out with some new neighbors (who have a 2 1/2 year old son!).

And those are just the things I don’t have pictures of.

On Friday night, we had a few friends over for a backyard bonfire.


Well…a small, carefully contained city fire, anyway.


We also had some other friends staying over that night on their way to a wedding, so I had an excuse to bust out my Trader Joe’s pumpkin pancakes on Saturday morning. The reviews were good!

After Mason’s nap that day, we headed out for a family walk…which turned into a family Target trip…which ended up in a frantic stroller-sprint home when it started raining while we were shopping. Hate when that happens.

The rain ended up putting the kibosh on my genius anniversary date night plan of sitting by the lake and then wandering around downtown (womp womp), so we ended up doing the standard dinner-and-drinks thing.

For dinner, we tried out a new-to-us oyster bar/seafood place called Tempest.


We loved the ship-like décor. Very Moby Dick. (Or, umm, the Tempest. Probably.)


I told Brent I wouldn’t mind having a room in our house decorated like this (“nautical chic”??), and he looked concerned.

I mean, fine, I wouldn’t put the harpoons on the wall.

Now, brace yourself for a string of excruciatingly bad low-light pics, courtesy of my phone…


We wouldn’t typically order oysters (there’s something unnatural about that whole oyster sucking thing…plus, I love scallops) but we figured we were at an oyster bar, so when in Rome…


They were smothered in spinach and bacon, and tasted like…spinach and bacon. (Which is never a bad thing.)

For our entrees, Brent got the lobster roll, and I went for the crusted whitefish with corn, leeks, and buttermilk.


Maaan…of all the pics, I thought that one actually turned out!

The fish was perfectly cooked and very light—exactly what I was going for—but not as flavorful as I’d hoped. Brent wasn’t that impressed with his lobster roll, either—but then, all of our lobster roll experiences so far have come from BOSTON.

However, my super overpriced glass of wine? Perfection.

On the way out, we thought we’d take advantage of the obvious photo op setup in the entryway to work on our entry to the Worst Phone Camera Pic in History contest.


I was convinced we had a winner, but then we moved on to a bar and somehow topped it with this gem:


The graininess!! The lack of color!! The eerily glowing foreheads!!

We stopped by a German-themed bar called the Come Back In specifically so that I could get my hands on some Strawator (the amazing strawberry beer I tried in Boston).

Sad news: apparently, it’s a seasonal beer—and apparently, not this season.

But we had fun anyway, and got to watch the Badger football game (we lost…actually pretty badly…but STILL).


Yesterday, we had a HUGE victory: Mason’s first meltdown-free church nursery experience! FINALLY! I kept waiting for our number to pop up on the nursery monitor during the service, like it has the last seeeeveral times we’ve tried to take him, but this time: SUCCESS! No tears!

I think part of the reason might be that he’s now moved out of the nursery room and into the toddler room (18 months+), where they have more of the toys he’s into (aka cars and trucks). They also start teaching lessons at this age—which is insanely ambitious, I think, considering how young and distractible the kids still are.

Then, we experienced a monumental parenting moment: when we picked him up, we were handed his very first ever in-class “craft project” (a paper bag with 3 stickers on it, which I doubt he applied himself—haha).

I guess this means it’s time to purchase the ginormous plastic tub I’ll fill with school papers and artwork for the next 17 years. It’ll be the same one that, after he graduates college, I’ll spend 5-10 years trying to get him to come home and pick up. And he’ll keep “forgetting.” And then I’ll eventually have to throw it all away in a big, emotional, hoarders-style decluttering effort.

And now I’m sitting here dreading a hypothetical moment 30-40 years in my future.

Tell me something about your weekend!


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Jenna October 2, 2013 at 7:50 am

I’m personally digging the nautical-chic decor idea. ;) Maybe it’s the lanterns… and curtains? Either way, bring on the ship wheel throw pillow to ease Brent into it.


Tami Grandi September 30, 2013 at 9:17 pm

I don’t have kids but I am a teacher and one idea I saw somewhere (pinterest, fb, etc) suggested pulling one fave out a month (you could let him do it as he gets older) and taking a photo of it. At the end of the year use shutterfly or one of the photo book sites to create a little book with his fave work from the year. You can usually find deals for them on groupon or some of the frugal blogging sites!
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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome September 30, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Haha! Cracking up at your HUGE milestone! Yes, you have to save everything! i tried to throw away a paper that The Nugget had water color painted a few strokes on and he threw a fit! The display worthy creations I tape onto our hall closet door but those have now taken over our hall and garage closet. We better move soon or I’ll run out of room! Glad you guys had fun despite the rain!


Kim September 30, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Sounds like y’all had a great weekend!!!
So cute on the craft thing – I tried the plastic tub, too – it didn’t take any time to fill it. When the boys started school, we made gallery walls in their hallway. Then I would take pictures of everything and only save a few from each year.
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sarah @ sarah learns September 30, 2013 at 4:22 pm

i’ve only been to tempest once with a big group of friends, and we stuck with appetizers (and drinks!), and were satisfied. i never expect much when i’m getting seafood in wisconsin though… unless it’s perch or a friday night fish fry. ;)
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Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate September 30, 2013 at 3:56 pm

What! No Strawator?! Dang it… I am still so intrigued by that beer. I have to find it, even if it means checking off every bar in Madison that the website locator claims it can be found at. :)
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Katie @ running4cupcakes September 30, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I love the “craft” projects that Luke “brings” home from daycare. The best ones are the ones that I am sure he only sat close by while the teacher did it for him. ;)


Amanda September 30, 2013 at 3:02 pm

We went to watch our very first polo match this past weekend! It was a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather!

Yay for the parenting win! I remember teaching the toddlers at Blackhawk with Steve. I also used to wonder why we bothered trying to teach them a lessson…by the time we got them to all sit in one place it was time for them to go.


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