Despite all the drama that went down early in the weekend, Brent and I still managed to make it out for date night on Saturday.
This is the third or fourth time we’ve tried to eat at this restaurant, and only the first time we’ve ever succeeded. They’re always swamped and don’t take reservations, so the wait times can be 2 hours+ and we usually end up bailing. This time, we got lucky and were seated in under 30 minutes, right by the window even!
Brent got a burger with an egg on it (!), I got a salad with salmon and a white wine vinaigrette, and we shared an order of cheese curds (the restaurant’s staple). I took pictures of it all, but they came out even worse than the one above—if you can imagine that—so I’ll spare you.
We tried to go to a piano bar afterwards, which would have made my NIGHT, but there was a cover and a line, so we opted for a little pub next door instead.
Here’s a moment from Mason’s weekend highlight reel:
We ordered some rock to fill in the space under our deck (which has been on the To Do List for OVER 3 YEARS), and no one appreciates a good rock pile like this kid.
On Saturday afternoon, I made a batch of Tomato Basil Quinoa Cups for us to graze on throughout the weekend. (Brent’s appetite and mine never seem to line up, so we’re always hungry at different times and we end up doing a lot of fend-for-yourself style grazing.)
Think I put enough goat cheese on mine?
On Sunday, we headed to a local state park to do some more family hiking. (I’m still justifying the purchase of the baby backpack by logging as many miles on it as possible.)
The cooler weather was PERFECT.
My turn on the backpack…
This hill was insaaaane. This is just one of the legs.
At the end of the trail, we headed up this tower to take in the views.
In case anyone is under the (so, so false) impression that our pictures always turn out great and Mason’s always an easy-going kid, here’s a little dose of reality:
We should have known better than to stop moving for 4 seconds. Silly parents!
Easily the best part of the trip (per Mason): getting released onto this MASSIVE OPEN FIELD.
I swung him around a little bit at one point, and was seriously nauseated from it for over an hour. Oops.
We came home to chicken lime burgers (from TJ’s) with pineapple, lettuce, and mayo.
Have you been hiking this summer?