I really wanted to beat the crowd this year for Santa pictures. So before Thanksgiving I took Ardo to take his pictures. We went to the mall a couple days before and Ardo saw Santa. He was waving to him, saying hi and seemed very interested. Because he's talking so much more and he really understands, I talked to him after we saw Santa and asked him if he wanted to take his picture. He said yes and then I told him, "no crying, just sit on his lap and say cheese." Again he agreed. So the day of came and we headed to the mall with my sister Marcy. The whole car ride he told me he was going to say cheese. Since basically no one was taking their pictures with Santa we got in line and there was only one kid ahead of us. I'm guessing this boy was maybe 3 going on 4. His mom asked if he was ready and he threw the biggest fit! I felt bad for him but all I could think of was..."nooo I don't want Ardo to see this!" After a couple minutes the mom said "okay forget it" and they moved on. Now it was us, I told Ardo Henry could go with him and we gave Santa a high five, then I told the girl taking the pictures as soon as Ardo sat down SNAP AWAY! I sat Ardo down right next to Santa and he did this....... Description of Photo Soooooo his plan of smiling went straight out the window. I have a feeling, unless Ardo has a sibling next year, this might be his last Santa picture. Okay this is what I don't understand about Santa pictures, Santa is an actual person. That beard that old man has is very real! Santa himself is a real man just dressed in red. The Easter bunny I get, that's a giant bunny, but Santa? When Ardo sees this picture of himself at home he has a good laugh and then says "Santa, I cry."
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


connie & ted's

Description of Photo Description of Photo Thursday we celebrated Oscar's birthday just a little bit early. Christina usually decides on our restaurants. Oscar and I never have a problem with that because Christina is freaking awesome at restaurant picking. She's a yelp elite so she knows what's up. She chose Connie & Ted's We had to make the reservations a couple weeks in advance because Connie & Ted's gets booked fast. For two weeks I waited and literally salivated over the pictures of that lobster roll. Then Thursday came and I couldn't wait. We ordered like bosses and I used up almost all my cheat points for the week...but man was it worth it. I'm not just saying that either, the lobster roll was as amazing as I imagined. Another great thing about Connie & Ted's was the atmosphere. Our server was so attentive and funny and helped us order. I love that, when a server knows what he's doing and seems to love his job. We ordered family style because I swear it's the best way to eat, get a little bit of everything. First things first, had to get our beers and Christinas water (with ice, she was crazy) Description of Photo Appetizers of 3 clam chowders from left to right:: Rhode Island, New England and Manhattan. I'm partial to New England but they were all so so good. I loved having a taste of each. Description of Photo Angels on horseback. Oysters wrapped in bacon. Description of Photo Calamari under all that arugula. Description of Photo Christina and Oscar shared the fish with spinach and bacon. I didn't feel like fish so I just ate some brussels sprouts. Description of Photo Description of Photo Aaaaaand the lobster roll, two pictures because it was that good. Description of Photo Description of Photo Our birthday boy :: today is his actual birthday!
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I hate those weeks when I feel I have nothing to blog about, or I have stories but no pictures to 
accompany those stories. Ever have those weeks when its just an off blogging week? Especially when the week before you were excited to get a few things out there. Oh weeks like this are the pits! Tomorrow I'm going to a nice little restaurant in celebration of Oscar's birthday. I've never been to the restaurant but I'm already salivating over the lobster sandwich. Sometimes I wish blogger had emojis so I could put a picture of a lobster at the end :).


dessert table

Description of Photo As I didn't share as much of my wedding here on the blog as I had originally hoped (but I kinda explained with this post) there are a couple of things I'd still really like to share, mainly because I love them so very much.
The first of which is my dessert table. I looked all over pinterest for inspiration when it came to my dessert table. I knew I wanted all kinds of different mexican desserts. I wanted everything to fit into the theme. So Pan Dulce was the only way to go. I chose my absolute favorite bakery El Gallo that I've been going to since I was a kid. I really wanted mini pan dulce and because I was ordering sooo many, they had no problem making them for me. I know some people are crazy for wedding cake, but me...not so much. I notice sometimes at parties with cake, a lot gets wasted. Mini desserts seem to go over well because people can have just a taste and they are satisfied. I did want one dessert that didn't necessarily fit our theme, but I couldn't do without. Mini cupcakes! I really wanted a churro flavored cupcake. I went to a few different bakeries, but for some reason they all seemed so dry. I turned to Sprinkles and they have a cinnamon sugar cupcake, one bite and I was in heaven! SIDENOTE: I chose a blue donkey candy for the cinnamon sugar and I just want to warn you the candy will leave your entire mouth completely BLUE! I was a bride walking around with a blue month for at least an hour!
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Laura decorated her cake stands and she had a wonderful vision for the background...as many papel picado flags as she could. The desk/dresser our desserts are on actually belong to Jerry's parents. They had used it forever as a TV stand, but I saw such potential. We painted it yellow and when Laura saw it, she said it was perfect! Our cake toppers was one of my favorite things (it's to hard to pick a favorite, because I loved our dessert table to much) as I've said here time and time again I am a pig collector and just all around pig lover. I always knew I wanted pig wedding cake toppers for my wedding. When it came down to finding the perfect ones, I of course turned to etsy. I immediately found the perfect style that went with our fiesta themed wedding. We decided on these little guys from HeartShaped Creations. Maria was pleasure to work with, responded so quickly to my emails and just really wanted to make whatever vision I had. I customized the color and instead of a top hat Maria made the boy pig with a little sombrero. It was absolutely PERFECT! They are sitting in our kitchen right now and I honestly hope I can keep them forever.
Laura honestly made my dessert dreams come true, I had no idea how should put everything together and when I arrived at my reception, I couldn't believe what an incredible job she had done...I love that girl! Description of Photo


cooking with friends

Description of Photo Every few weeks or so a few friends of mine and I try to get together. Sometimes we go longer cause....well there's that pesky life that gets in the way. A few days ago we were all able to get together at Oscar's new condo. I know I'm 29 and I'm married and have a son, but whenever we do things like this I have two very opposite feelings.
1. I feel very adult.
2. It's like high school all over again. I have a feeling it's because inside jokes from 14 years ago start coming up, and alas I'm right back in 2000, except this time when were drinking wine, it's totally fine. (also back in 2000 I was drinking those little jack daniels wine coolers? um yeah I was classy)
We made a very healthy dinner. Salmon, brown rice and veggies and a little steak for Christina. We had a few glasses of wine but mostly just sat and talked and talked and then when we were bored with talking, we talked some more. Oscar drizzled a little honey on our sweet potatoes....mmmmm the best!
Anytime I hang out with friends I'm reminded of how valuable relationships can be. At my age I can honestly say I don't have thaaat many friends. I can also say the friends I do have I cherish 100%. I like the feeling of not being spread too thin. Of knowing I have a handful (or two) of people who really know me and love me for me and who I am becoming. I like knowing some of these girls I used to get craaaazy drunk with and now we exchange poop stories, or they listen to my poop stories and we can always find a way to relate to each other on some level, and for that I am grateful.
Oscar our hard chef at work...we were supposed to be helping but um....oops! Description of Photo Description of Photo p.s. I know this is a lot of food posts but I guess I just eat a whoooole damn lot! :)


a little picnic

Description of Photo Sandwiches are by far my number 1 favorite food of all time. When togo's reached out to me and asked if I'd like to sample their seasonal Toasted Dips sandwich, I leaped at the chance. We have a togo's less than a mile from house. We visit at least twice a month. I know some people would say you can make a sandwich at home, but there is no way possible I could ever make a turkey avocado like they do, just not possible! Back to the Toasted Dips, right now togo's has two different kinds, a roast beef toasted dip and a triple toasted dip, and yes the triple dip is as big as it sounds. We had perfect weather for a picnic.

roast beef, melted provolone and a little horseradish mayo.
(I normally don't like horseradish but just a dash was more than enough)
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triple toasted dip - turkey, roast beef, pastrami, melted provolone and horseradish mayo.
The pastrami really added that extra umph! Description of Photo Um, don't mind me I'm just eating and enjoying! Description of Photo Jerry couldn't be bothered either. We barely spoke the entire time, we just ate-ate-ate. Description of Photo Ardo was more interested in what Jerry had in his drink cup! Description of Photo Then he stood by a tree and said cheese! Description of Photo After we ate we let Ardo play at the playground, he decided he wanted to become one with the sand, so we let him!

This was a sponsored post by togo's. The opinions of this post are completely my own. It's also 100% true how crazy I am about sandwiches.


michelada fridays

Description of Photo Jerry and I have this really awesome but probably really bad tradition we've started and have kept going for the past two months, we call it Michelada Fridays. Its really really simple and really yummy. First you go to 7-Eleven and you buy the Michelada cups. Micheladas can be made a variety of ways, very commonly people will add clamato but I HATE clamato so I like to drink them this way. Then you buy some Tecata or your favorite Mexican beer. You pour your powder, which highly resembles lucas, add your beer and drink! Jerry likes to add Tapatio and lime to his, but I like mine just like that. It's so so good. A nice little date under $15 bucks depending on how many beers you get. If you are a parent like Jerry and I and keep it to a 2-3 beer max then your date is $10. Feel free to steal this idea, cause spreading the joy of 7-Eleven Micheladas is why I was put here. :) Description of Photo Description of Photo


happy halloween

I was trying so hard to have this post ready yesterday but I was sooo tired by 8pm. Ardo was out cold and I laid on the couch and couldn't move. We had an amazing halloween yesterday. Ardo trick or treated for an entire block! It was really funny to see him, once he realized all he needed to say was "tricktreat" and he was handy candy, he said it as much as he needed too.

When Jerry was in North Dakota we started talking about our halloween costumes, Jerry suggested we be Harry and Lloyd and then I said and Ardo can be the shaggin-wagon and the rest is history. :) Description of Photo Description of Photo Description of Photo A little candy bribe never hurt anyone. Description of Photo Description of Photo We had a great day!

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