A rarity in our lives, my husband and I actually went out to dinner without our three sons on Saturday night! Our school has begun a new Parents' Night Out Movie and Pizza party once a month. The kids bring their sleeping bags and settle in to watch a movie in the school cafeteria complete with popcorn, pizza and their friends' company. This past weekend the movie was Dolphin Tale and my sons loved it so much they want to watch it again as a family.
This Saturday we were craving pasta so we went to a little local shop that was made famous when Guy Fieri stopped in to sample the legendary stuffed meatballs. The owner is a native of Naples, Italy and is actually more of a pastry chef than a cook. We started off with a bowl of giant, fresh mussels in a garlic wine broth. I could have been finished eating right there they were so delicious. The beautiful coffees and a slice of chocolate dipped raspberry and lobster cream cake was a sweet ending to a lovely, snowy evening. It was an early Valentine's Day treat for us.
Since our family has moved several times in the past decade, we rarely take the time to locate a babysitter. However, one of my new year's resolutions this year is to make a point to at least have one date night a month with my husband of nearly 15 years. At this busy stage in our lives and with how often he travels, we can go weeks without having time to sit alone together and really discuss the direction of our lives. We both recognize that so little time for us can potentially create an emotional distance and thankfully, neither one of us wants that!
THE MENU THIS WEEK:
TUESDAY (Valentine's Day) ~ LO spaghetti and Red Velvet heart-shaped cake
THURSDAY~ OUT to celebrate boys' birthdays
FRIDAY(ZJ's 9th Bday)~ Paulie's Salmon and garlic mashed potatoes
SATURDAY~ OUT Basketball team party