Let’s Eat! {July Date Night}

Being more intentional about getting time together as a couple sans kiddos meant we had to put it on the calendar. At the end of 2013, I added a monthly date night onto our Google calendar for the 3rd Monday of the month. (I wrote more about Marriage Goals in Action at Next Level Mama.) We haven’t planned the dates much beyond that point. Most of our date nights have been having dinner out (because we’re wannabe foodies), but we have stretched ourselves to be creative before, so hopefully we can vary things through the year. Any date night ideas?

July Date Night
We should just get new jobs as restaurant critics. :p Norm found out about this restaurant through some show about restaurants (KQED’s Check Please! Bay Area). I suppose he will review it soon. ;) We read this place had great tapas. This has nothing to do with the restaurant itself, but when we arrived, the table next to us had empty dishes that were not cleared. I thought they just didn’t have time to clear it, which was not the case since the restaurant was not full at this time. It turned out the patrons went outside for a smoke, and they did that one or two more times during their meal. They were also very loud, and as we were right next to them, it was a little distracting during our meal. At one point, Norm was taking a photo of the food, and the lady got quiet, put her hand toward her mouth and whispered to her date. He looked over and said, “They’re Yelpers.” haha! I love it, we got mistaken for Yelpers! And at another point during their meal, they started up a conversation with the waitress about her private life. TMI!! Anyhow, I hope you don’t get seated next to super loud people when you eat here.

The Place
Federicos in Union City



The Activity

Bruschetta Alla Romana: Grilled Italian bread topped in your choice of style | We got the Mediterranean, which is shrimp, roasted red bell peppers and feta cheese.

Chicken Mole Tacos: Served with avocado, queso fresco and cilantro

Mexican Sea Bass Tempura served with a honey mustard glaze (I think there was mango in there too.)

Shrimp Ceviche: Assorted seafood in a spicy lime vinaigrette over a bed of mixed greens
Choose from the following: Shrimp, Fish or Octopus.  Another waiter thought we ordered this, but it was actually for the loud table next to us.

Eggplant Tower: Grilled tomatoes, eggplant and melted mozzarella cheese with sun-dried tomato…this was not my favorite out of all the dishes we ordered.

Tiramisu

Us
Not the best pic (I need selfie tutorials!), but we got one of us! :)

My date and I

This was another Parents’ Night Out sponsored by our church. We are very thankful for this community who encourages us to grow in our marriage, and not only encourages us, but puts it all into action. Free babysitting and dinner for our kiddos while we get to spend some time being husband and wife instead of dad and mom. :)

Note: Our laptop is dying so we haven’t even gone through our photos to see what we took photos of…we will share about our fun trip soon. :)

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California Adventures “Date” {June Date Night}

Being more intentional about getting time together as a couple sans kiddos meant we had to put it on the calendar. At the end of 2013, I added a monthly date night onto our Google calendar for the 3rd Monday of the month. (I wrote more about Marriage Goals in Action at Next Level Mama.) We haven’t planned the dates much beyond that point. Most of our date nights have been having dinner out (because we’re wannabe foodies), but we have stretched ourselves to be creative before, so hopefully we can vary things through the year. Any date night ideas?

June Date Night
In the midst of the busyness of VBS and prepping for our trip, we didn’t make time for our June date night even though it was on our calendar. We did get a chance to get some time away from the kiddos during our trip. It was short, but a nice break from spending 24 hours a day together for our 8-day trip. Norm’s cousin and family went to California Adventures with us. It was the day we were checking out from our hotel, and after having been up at the crack of dawn for Disneyland two days in a row, we were not there as early as we could have. Luckily for us, Norm’s cousin nabbed Fastpasses for Radiator Springs Racers. This is a fairly new ride that is still super popular, which means a long line. After lunch, the girls needed some down time, so Norm’s cousin suggested we take the Fastpasses to go on the ride and they would take the girls. Even with the Fastpasses, we were in line for a good thirty minutes or more. It was nice to just stroll through the park without pushing a stroller and hearing someone ask, “Are we there yet?” or “My legs are tired.” :p So that was our mini-date at California Adventures. Sometimes it’s the simple things… :)

The Place
Cars Land in California Adventures
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The Activity
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Us
There’s a reason why it’s called Radiator Springs Racers!! It is fast! I tried to fix my hair after it started going crazy on the ups and downs, but to no avail.
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This was a photoshopped pic. :p We probably could have just asked someone to take our pic for us, but we love a good challenge. haha!

Note: Our laptop is dying so we haven’t even gone through our photos to see what we took photos of…we will share about our fun trip soon. :)

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Our Week in Photos (Week 29)

What Happened?
*Girls Day Out at Forge
*VBS at SLzJCC
*Brunch at Frodo Joe’s
*HM Planning
*Brunch at 85 Degree Bakery
*Lunch at Minami
*Family Group Walk
*Toms Warehouse Sale

What’s Happening?
*Young families outing to Golfland
*Nothing else set but probably lots of park playdates

What We Blogged This Week
We will update one day… :p

 - Joyce

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Our Week in Photos (Week 28)

What Happened?
*Bubbles Playdate
*Moms’ Night Out
*Parents’ Night Out
*Friends’ Potluck

What’s Happening?
*Girls Day Out
*VBS

What We Blogged This Week
*A’s  vs. Tigers {Baseball 2014}

Another full and wonderful week. It was nice to get some friends time, kids time, mom time, fam time, and time with Norm this week. :) Looking forward to the week ahead, as the girls attend their 2nd VBS of the summer. I don’t have to help out at this one, so it will be nice to get some me time. How’s the summer going?

 - Joyce

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A’s vs. Tigers {Baseball 2014}

We usually only attend one A’s game each year, but I guess we are going to 3 this year. We went to the A’s vs. Mariners game in April where we got free fleece blankets. In May, we met Stomper at the BART station and got free BART tickets and tickets to the A’s vs. Tigers game. And we will head to another game in September with the vouchers we got from their educational programs. Notice a theme in our game attendance…there’s something free involved. :p

The A’s vs. Tigers game was a night game, which we haven’t been to in a long time. Luckily, it didn’t go too long, so yay!

I can’t remember what time the game was, but the sun was making its way down.

Waiting for the game to start

In between eating our garlic fries, we did watch the game. ;)

Love my people :)

It was neat to watch the sun set in the stadium too.


We had gotten 6 free tickets, so we invited my brother, and he invited a friend.

Waiting for the A’s to win :)

And they did! :)

Didn’t get a good fam pic, but thank goodness for those free fleece blankets from the last game we attended!!!! It got cold after the sun set.

Do you like watching baseball? Been to any games lately? What’s your favorite sport to watch?

Our Week in Photos (Week 27)

What Happened?
*Arrived home from Southern California trip
*Nephew’s Birthday
*Alameda County Fair
*Marina and Snowflake with Len & Bonnie

What’s Happening?
*Bubbles Playdate
*Parents’ Night Out

What We Blogged This Week
*Book List 2014 {June Update}
*I Need Some Help Here!

Since we got back from our trip, we have been trying to rest and also play catch up. Hope you will see our Disneyland/San Diego trip pics soon. Our laptop is also on its last leg, so here’s hoping to have everything backed up before it dies. :/ Have you been on a trip lately? How old is your laptop?

- Joyce

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I Need Some Help Here!

So…if there’s a day when things seem to be going crazy, you know, those days when you think either all your kids have gone crazy or you yourself have gone crazy, here’s what you do:

inshhGo into the garage and lock yourself in the car. BUT don’t forget your copy of I Need Some Help Here! by Kathi Lipp because you will end up reading at least half of it. True story. (Also, make sure your kids are with a trusted adult while you are locked in the car.)

<—— This was obviously NOT taken on the day when things were crazy.

If you have a child in your life, there will be one of those days. Trust me. And if you have a child in your life, you will need this book. Trust me on this one too.

kathilippIf you have been ’round these parts for some time, you have already heard me mention Kathi. She basically rocks!

Hey, look! —–>
There’s a pic of me and Kathi! :p

Don’t let the cover of this book fool you. This book isn’t just for moms with little ones. This book isn’t just for moms who have out-of-the-box bouncing-off-the-wall kids. It is for ANY and EVERY mom with kids. Hey, it’s can even be for dads! It covers a whole range of topics, from bullying to illness to suicide. Some of the chapters:

  • When My Child Is Different
  • When My Child Is Overwhelmed
  • When My Child Is Running Away from God
  • When My Child is Lacking Character
  • When My Child is Struggling

Kathi is all about keeping it real, and you will hear her heart for giving moms hope as she shares her own stories with her kids, as well as other moms’ stories about their struggles and frustrations with their own kids, and how they all dealt with issues that have come up in their lives. What I love about Kathi’s books is that she doesn’t add a bunch of fluff. She has practical steps to give us hope when our kids don’t go according to plan. (That’s the tagline of the book you know. ;p) And the best part? The end of each chapter is filled with Bible verses and prayers for our child/ren and prayers for ourselves. Whether your child/ren is struggling with an issue or not, I Need Some Help Here! offers parents hope for their child/ren’s futures. And I know it has opened up my eyes to how I can be more aware of children’s (not just my own) emotions and behaviors, and how my actions or reactions can help and guide them in their life.

Here’s a little more about Kathi and how you can connect with her:

kathilippKathi Lipp inspires thousands of women each year to take beneficial steps in their personal, marital and spiritual lives through purposeful living. With humor and wisdom, Kathi offers hope paired with practical steps to live each facet of our lives with meaning.

Kathi is the author of ten books with Revell Publishers and Harvest House Publishers. She is a national speaker and is often featured on Focus on the FamilyMOPS InternationalCrosswalk.com, and Nickelodeon TV’s Parent Connect as well as a number of other reputable organizations around the country.

She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not doing laundry, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.

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