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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Date Night!

This post was scheduled for Tuesday but because of the tragic event at the Boston Marathon I put it on hold. I still can't get Boston out of my mind. I keep replaying the images and videos in my head over and over. But I feel like it is time to stop focusing on that and start getting back to living my life. I will NOT live in fear. I will NOT stop running. I will NOT let this tragedy make me afraid to live a normal life. I will NOT let the negative overtake me. I have a God up in heaven who loves me, is in control, and will protect me. So I'm going to get back to my normal posts...not because I've forgotten...but because I'm going to keep on living. This one involves a much needed date night with my hubby that before Monday I was so excited to write about. I hope you enjoy it. And know that my heart and prayers are still in Boston. I will remember. 

I can't remember the last time me and my hubby Andy have had a date night! When you have kids it is hard to find the time (or the babysitters) to make time for just the two of you. Andy's parents (the best in-laws in the world!!!) usually babysit for us. When we asked if they would watch the boys for us Friday night so we could go out they were happy to!

We left our happy boys (they were so excited to play with Grandma and Papa) and headed out!

We started our date with a walk. We are so blessed to live here on the Gulf Coast! There are numerous places you can go walk down a pier that will lead you down to the bay. We found a new trail to explore....and it had some history behind it.

We walked down many steps on the pier.

I love the roots on this tree! So neat!

The pier eventually lead to the bay.

We walked down the beach for a little while and then eventually turned around and headed for dinner.

For dinner we wanted to go somewhere new and different. We wanted to go somewhere where we wouldn't take the kids. We headed to Fairhope. If you've never visited this quaint little town then you are missing out! It's not far from where we live but we don't visit there enough. There are tons of cute little shops and several awesome places to eat. We've lived in this area for 12 years and still haven't explored every part of the town!

We parked by this awesome mural painted on one of the sides of a building.

We decided to eat at an Italian restaurant called Pinzone's Italian Downtown. We've heard great things about this restaurant but it doesn't look very kid friendly so we've never eaten there. They had an indoor and outdoor dining area. We chose to eat outside in the courtyard area. They also had live music...I felt like I was in Italy! The building was awesome! It had a tile roof and little balconies all over that Andy and I wondered if you could eat on.

Me and Andy are bad about not trying new foods. We both decided we would try something different here. I am fairly this was a little tough for me. I was tempted to choose the safe! But we both did good and ordered something different.

We got an appetizer based on our server's recommendation. It was the Pear and Gorgonzola Flatbread...fresh pears complemented with gorgonzola cheese on Tuscan flatbread. It was so good!!!! The cheese and the sweet from the pears complemented each other very well!

For the main course I got the Baked Rigatoni Toscano...rigatoni pasta and cheese baked with spicy sausage and meat sauce. I'm not usually a spicy fan so I wasn't sure if I was going to like this. But I was surprised! It was really good!

Andy got the Eggplant Sicilia...Silician-style eggplant baked with zucchini, Feta cheese, Roma tomatoes, and basil. I had a bite and it was really good too! Andy seemed to enjoy it as well!

We loved the atmosphere at this restaurant! The food was great and the service was amazing! It's the perfect place to go on a date night!

After dinner we took a walk around downtown Fairhope. Then we hopped back into the truck and went back to the area where we had walked before dinner to try to catch the sunset over the bay. This picture reminds me of how lucky I am to live here on the Gulf Coast!

After the sun went completely down we decided to do what we love and don't get to do very often since we have kids. We went to the see a movie that wasn't a kids movie!!! :-)

I've been wanting to see The Host since it came out. I read the book and couldn't wait to see the movie. Andy let me choose the movie (yay) so that's what we went to see! The movie was really good! I definitely recommend reading the book too!

Here's the movie trailer for you to enjoy!

After the movie it was pretty late so we headed home. We had to get up early the next morning and head out to the Cub Scouts campsite for the day with the boys. We had a great date night! I can't wait to have another one again soon!!!

QOTD: What is your dream date night?



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