Sunday, July 10, 2011

Holiday Weekends

We've had a fun couple of weekends as of late.  On my birthday weekend we visited my parents and had a dual belated Father's Day/birthday celebration.  It was a lot of fun and I received some awesome gifts. There was even a strawberry Baskin Robbins ice cream cake- my two favorite cakes combined!

On Sunday of that same weekend we decided to take a trip to Manhattan, Kansas.  We had not visited Manhattan in a few years and thought it would be nice to visit our friends Hogs and Nikki while reliving old college memories. First off we drove by Brian's favorite apartment, the old Leavenworth house:

Next we visited Aggieville and the bar where Brian and I met- O'Malley's:

We had lunch with Hogs and Nikki at one of our favorite restaurants in Manhattan, "So Long Saloon", then strolled through Aggieville and shopped at Varney's bookstore.

The trip wouldn't have been complete without a stop at Brian's favorite place to hang out in Manhattan, Rathbone Hall (the Engineering building).  Ha ha, just kidding... Brian probably spent less time there than he did in Aggieville!

On my actual birthday, Brian took the day off.  That evening he totally surprised me by having planned a special night out.  He arranged for my mom to watch Jack so that we could eat out at Piropos!  It was an amazing meal.  We had a nice bottle of Malbec, a grilled Provolone and Argentinean sausage appetizer (so yummy), Brian had the 8 oz. peppercorn encrusted fillet with brandy cream sauce, and I had the crab and shrimp stuffed tilapia, served over roasted red pepper risotto. Everything was so good!

Since Brian had made reservations ahead of time, they knew it was my birthday and gave me a complementary piece of banana cake to take home.  It was delicious (I apologize to Brian as I took it to work and he didn't get any of it). They also gave us the best table in the restaurant, a nice corner spot with a wonderful view of downtown KC.

The following weekend was the Fourth of July.  Grandma Anderson (Grammy) came to visit and watched Jack while we went to work on Friday, and then stayed through Saturday.  We had a great time hanging out, and Jack even had his first experience in the penguin pool that Grammy bought.

Jack was a little apprehensive, the water was a tad on the cool side and he wasn't quite as good at sitting up as he is now.  We eventually got some smiles! Jack will get the hang of it... I am sure he will come to love swimming.

Stay tuned for next month, we have started a new house project AND Jack will be turning six months old.  Lots to write about!

More pics of Courtney's birthday weekend and family pics can be seen here, Manhattan pics can be seen here, and Fourth of July swimming pics can be seen here.

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