Sunday, December 30, 2007

A good end to a tough year

We had a lovely weekend, the kind of weekend that all weekends aspire to be. Saturday, FD went for a bike ride up the coast and then met us in Venice, for a walk on the beach. We watched dancing roller skaters, played in the sand, and that night FD and I went on a date. Dinner and a movie! Grandma W. babysat, and Froggy was FINE without us! It's great being needed, but it's even better when you're just preferred.

It's hilarious how much we took "going out" for granted before Froggy. You just don't know how much you'll miss dinner-and-a-movie when you become parents. We were smiley and smoochy all night, and I suspect our waitress was making fun of how kissy we were during dinner. We ate at a nice Chinese restaurant, and then saw THE KITE RUNNER, which was very sad, but well made. I love movies that are based on novels, where the story unfolds like a book, weaving in and out, without one main climax and resolution. I'd definitely recommend it.

Today we spent the day with Grandma and Grandpa at the Santa Monica Pier. Froggy loved the carousel, and had a fabulous time watching the street performers, musicians, tourists and fishermen. Froggy was a terrible toddler at dinner, shouting, jumping and acting like an obnoxious two-year-old, but fortunately we were eating at a place that welcomes that behavior, so we fit right in. No five-star-restaurants for us, thank you! There was a couple sitting next to us with a 3-week-old newborn, and when their babe started crying, the new dad apologized to us. I looked at him (while my own kid was sticking a crayon up her nose) like, "Are you kidding? That precious little cry?" The new dad took one look at Froggy and said, "But it looks like you're used to this kind of stuff. She's very active." He can say that again! Yes, she's very active.

We soooooo needed a weekend like this.


Beverly said...

That sounds like a wonderful weekend! I hope that this new year brings you all good things. I pray that Froggy stays good and healthy and kicks CF in the butt.

The DutchMac Tribe said...

Oh, I'm feeling your pain on the 'would someone please find a way to calm my child down' quandry! I think it sounds like our two hellions were cut from the same cloth. But because Little Cub is so freakishly big (over 3'3" and 38lbs at only 2.5 years), the general public think he's older than he really is. When we travel, I want to put a sign on him that says 'I'm younger than I look' because people expect 4-year old behavior, then see 2-year old tantrums and diapers. Not a proud Mommy moment!

Much love from your fellow Mommy in Mortification.


Infidel Rooster said...

Happy New Year first off, and it sounds like you had some much needed and deserved time to yourselves.
Hope the New Year brings health, time, and enjoyment to all of you!

Unknown said...

Glad you got a night to yourselves! Happy New Year, very cute pics!

Anonymous said...

happy new year! love the photos as always. jcn