Spring is one of my favorite seasons! Still can't decide if the winner is fall or spring. Perhaps it is because I am a spring baby myself. April to be exact! As a kiddo I had quite the stuffed bunny collection being that my birthday either fell on, or very close to, Easter. Last week I celebrated my birthday in the best way I ever have because this year was the first year I was a momma! Another cool thing about having an early April birthday, is that my hubby's teaching career means a spring break right around this calendar week! Wohoo!
Every year we think of taking a road trip, and it seems like very year since we have been together, that plan has been crashed by a spring snow flurry, but not this year! A baby couldn't even stop us from heading out of town, even just for a couple days. My father recently moved back to Colorado, to the western slope, so it was the perfect timing and opportunity to go pay him and his hay fields a visit.
The road trip with an baby was actually a breeze! It was mommy not properly prepping for the stay upon our arrival that got her all in a stress ball. Note to self: BRING A PACK N PLAY. Note to self: BRING MORE PREPARED PUREED FOODS. Note to self: BRING A HIGHCHAIR OR BOOSTER OR BUMBO OF SOME SORT FOR MEALTIME. I will say I was spot on in the diaper department; we left on a Monday afternoon and headed home Wednesday morning and I brought eight diapers.
After we got back into Denver, husband had one of the most memorable birthday celebrations planned for me! Our little family went to brunch at Racine's in Denver, one of our favorite spots. There wasn't a wait, even though it was the Rockies home game opener, and we had excellent, fast service. Then we headed to the Denver Aquarium. I had never been before and Remy is at the perfect age where she is curious and observant and she stayed awake the entire time! Word of warning, this place is not cheap. Had it not been my birthday, I would have convince hubby that we should wait until a coupon or a free day or something came up. Also, be prepared to pay $7 in parking. The Light Rail would have been too far a walk with a baby, and added extra time and inconvenience to the morning. The fish and the aquarium were captivating though and I had an awesome morning soaking up sea life with my loves.
We headed home and Remy was completely tuckered out and ready for her nap. Later that evening, husband was so thoughtful and had pre-planned getting a sitter! A SITTER! He went so far as to go pick her up and drop her off later that night so we could have dinner just the two of us. That gesture alone makes me want to cry! I usually am left to pick out the restaurant. I keep a running list of new places I want to check out. Sugar Mill was one of them, and it couldn't have been better! I was worried because sometimes really great dessert places have terrible food, or these "fancy" places according to hubby have tiny portions and sometimes the food you make at home turns out tastier for far less the cost, BUT, Sugar Mill impressed us both! Excellent food, I had the Beef Wellington for the first time and it was delicious, and he had the potato gnocchi with Diane mushroom sauce. We had roasted beets and garlic toast to start and polished off the evening of gluttony with Chocolate Peanut Butter Creme Brûlée for him and Pineapple Upside Down Cake for me. Nom nom!
We found free parking in this up and coming neighborhood and walked across the street to the newly opened Work & Class for a night cap. This will have to be our next dinner spot to try!
Saturday night we had friends and their baby over for a pizza night which was such a fun, casual evening. Their little boy looks like he could be Remy's twin, and he is only eight days older. So fun to have adult time and also exchange stores about babes similar in age. Sunday morning, I was baby free and headed to breakfast with a good girlfriend. Again, one for sticking restaurants off my list, I had read about Fooducopia in Wash Park from a Westword blog and we decided to try it. This gorgeous friend who always dresses to the nines with smoldering blue eyes and extreme model legs gifted me this awesome Dior eyeshadow that I can't wait to try and a nail lacquer by Butter London. I can count on her to keep me in the beauty loop!
Sunday evening, a friend gifted us their incredible season ticket seats to the Avalanche/Penguins game. We had Remy with us and she did fairly well, but we did end up leaving a little early. They were huge fans of the Penguins team, their not Colroado natives don't judge, so they actually had seats even closer across the rink! They also have a daughter who turns one this week with them, actually she is named after the famous player Sydnee Crosby, so it was fun to chat with them on intermissions, with our babies bouncing in their carriers. That was so exciting sitting so close and seeing and hearing all the action. Remy really enjoyed it too!
A gift card from my Momma to one of my favorite stores, Target, and a bottle of Colorado wine from a winery near my Daddy (for later), gorgeous tulips from a dear friend and many thoughtful texts, calls and messages, and I couldn't have asked for a more fun filled, perfect birthday week. Special thank you to my thoughtful and generous husband, you are amazing and I love you dearly and I could have been over the moon with my sweet card and box of Junior Mints. Thank you!
April is starting off great, and should end well too! We find out the sex of the baby April 30th! Any guesses?! Stay tuned...
Thanks for reading!