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Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Homecoming Adventure Told With A Ridiculous Amount of Photographs...and Booze

During the time my husband was gracing us with his presence, I actually allowed him to leave the bedroom from time to time to spend time with our children. In the midst of this visit, we had a few small adventures locally that are worth sharing.
Too much sexy in one place
First and foremost, a friend of mine was kind enough to watch my kids for a few hours to give the husband and I time to go on a hot date. My husband took me to a fine dining restaurant (or at the very least the finest I’ve ever been to) called Rinie’s Kitchen & Wine Bar.
Rinie's Kitchen & Wine Bar
We had been there once before for our anniversary. Unfortunately, we had the kids with us so the experience wasn’t as pleasant as it could have been. We vowed to try it again without kids. We finally had our chance.

On the way there my husband joked that we would be sat near all the crying babies and fighting children since we didn’t have our own. He laughed as I suggested that we’d get stuck between a family with crying infant triplets and another table of fighting six year olds. So to prevent that situation from becoming our reality as SOON as the hostess asked where we would like to sit, I immediately asked to sit in the lounge in hopes we could avoid being anywhere near children. I actually asked her if kids could sit in there. My husband said she probably thought I was being snotty. I’d be lying if I said I gave a shit.
We got the night started with a bottle of wine. I chose a delicious Chilean Carmenere. It’s sort of a cross between a merlot and a cabernet sauvignon. It was Asunto from 2007. We ended up knocking out two bottles of that stuff. We also got the appetizer sampler platter. The platter contained fried calamari, bitterballen, chicken satay, and crab cakes. Sadly, I did not photograph the beauty that was the mere presentation of the food. Being the type of restaurant, I felt rude snapping pictures of the things I was about to consume. I mean after all, this wasn’t Long John Silvers.

We both had Caesar salads. I’m not sure if they made their own dressing but it was very tasty. As a main course, my husband got the Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon with Grilled Shrimp. It was no surprised my husband got something that was “bacon-wrapped” because he lives by the same philosophy as I do…everything tastes better with bacon. For my main course, I ordered the Ahi Tuna with a Skewer of Grilled Shrimp. Needless to say, there was no room for dessert. I told my husband that was what the wine was for. wink wink

While my husband was here, he took pity on me allowed me to get a new camera since my old one was on its last leg. Isn’t it pretty??
He also purchased a few gifts for the kids and me while he was in Dubai.
My lovely earrings
a Hello Kitty purse
his very own Manchester United soccer jersey
The best gift of all (besides the obvious that my husband was home to share time with us) had to be my brand new shiny wedding ring. When my husband and I originally got married, we didn’t even have rings. I’ve mentioned before that we were young and stupid. Well, we were also broke as fuck. When we finally got our first set it was probably made of gold plated tin for all we knew. I think the whole set ran us under $100. Even in 1999 that was stupid cheap!
Years later in 2004, my husband purchased us a new set because he had lost his and I refused to wear the old ones. It wasn’t because I was being a materialistic twat either. We had gone through a rough patch that involved about a yearlong separation that left the symbolism of those rings entirely meaningless to me. The set he picked out for us was fairly inexpensive as far as wedding rings go. It didn’t have one solid diamond; rather it had four pushed together to give the appearance of one single diamond. I was as happy as a fat kid in a candy store.
My old wedding ring
One night a few years ago, I told my husband that one day when we had the money I wanted to get the stones switched out and have them replaced with one small diamond. I meant YEARS from now…like for our 50th wedding anniversary or something. However when my husband (did I mention he was freaking awesome??) came home, he said he wanted to purchase a whole new ring for me. He wanted it to be something I loved. He kept saying he wanted to get me the ring I “deserved”. Now as far as deserving a materialistic object goes, I want everyone out there in the blogosphere to know the only thing I want from my husband is his love and companionship. With that said, who am I to argue with him wanting to shower me with gifts? Feast your eyes on this gorgeousness!
Another adventure we had involved taking the kids to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. As always, the husband and I enjoyed it more than the kids. It’s hard to convince them that they aren’t learning anymore. I guess we foiled their lazy Spring break plans. MWUHAHAHA! Here’s some shots of our experience.

We also took the kids on an ice cream excursion to McDonald’s. I couldn’t wait to devour a hot fudge sundae. I’m not sure which of us came up with the genius idea to take the kids for ice cream at 8 o’clock at night and then try to convince them to go to bed since they had school the next day. All I know is whoever came up with the idea was able to convince the other that it absolutely made sense. I suppose the separation has made us both slightly loony.

My family enjoys going out to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. We always start the adventure atop of Mount Scott which we did this time as well. It’s sort of a ritual. It’s a beautiful site to overlook Lake Lawtonka as you can see from the photographs.


We’ve been out there a handful of times and in the distance we always see this tower. On this visit we were determined to locate it as it wasn’t advertised on any of the maps. Ok and we are pretty nosey.
Breaking rules is how you make memories, right? We ended up hiking along Lake Jed Johnson and finally made it. The majority of the hike was a winding trek uphill but we finally made it.
To our disappointment, the tower’s lower windows and doors were boarded. Apparently, the park rangers really didn’t want anyone up there. There was a sign posted declaring it a federal offense to enter. They even went the extra mile to pile boulders up in front of the door to prevent people from being able to pry it open. Bummer! Breaking a few rules is one thing but prison is a whole other ball game.
I joked with the kids that Rapunzel was in there waiting on her prince charming. My son said he saw someone in one of the upper windows. Maybe he did. Nothing surprises me.

I was able to snag a snapshot of a buffalo finally and a Longhorn. My old camera’s zoom wasn’t as good to take shots very far away. Take a gander.
During my husband’s visit I was a cooking fool! Be sure to make a trip to my new blog where I share some recipes and food related antidotes. I managed to master his favorite dessert which is pecan pie (pronounced pe-cawn, not pee-can for all you non-New Orleans folks out there).
Sometimes he actually shared with the kids which allowed me to get this gem of a photo.

My husband enjoyed being the grill master again. I did too since I hadn’t had a good steak since he left in September. I know, sniffle, sad isn’t it?
He was also home just in time to see the beginnings of springtime in our gardens. There were some blooms already taking place.
The children were extremely entertaining as you can see. They were very excited to have dad home.

We even went bowling and I have to tell you. The Wii makes it seem much easier than it is. Even though none of us will be bowling a 300 anytime soon, we did have fun.

My daughter lost one of her first front teeth while her dad was here.
Kids look so goofy in an adorable sort of way when they are missing teeth. Adults on the other hand look scary. Like this guy…
I really enjoyed the visit with my husband and I am looking forward to the next visit. In the meantime, I have to readjust to him being gone all over again. Ambien would be nice right about now.

And now, I leave you with this. You're welcome.


  1. I think you got pictures of everything but the family's bowel movements and the adult activities. What, did you run out of batteries?

  2. @Doug Was I suppose to share those too? Honestly, I used the snot out of my new camera. The place I purchased it from told me I could return it, no questions asked, if I didn't like it. I wanted to make sure I liked it.

  3. Geez, Doug, you've been a little snarky lately. This isn't going to help your campaign.

    Don't listen to him. Your pictures are great, but looking at those scores, I could totally beat you all at bowling.

  4. I must have missed something because one second the video was all funny and happy and the next the little girl was crying. I am not sure if I hear her name correctly. Milan? What did I miss???

    It is not snotty to request to not sit near children. Back when I was a kid children knew how to behave. Most people don't teach their children good public behavior anymore and I hate having meals ruined by screaming children. Or children running around and knocking into waitresses who then drop my food and I have to wait even longer for it to come out because they have to make it all over again. (Yes. It's happened.) I hope you enjoyed the heck out of your children free meal.

    I'm a little sad there was not a picture of the food. But I get it.

    Love the shoes, by the way.

    I'm sorry your husband had to leave so soon. :(

    Loved the random dance bit. Where did the Spartan helmet come from?

  5. @Bryan Doug is being a butt. All the campaign pressure must be getting to him.
    Bowling is just not the families game. We are more of Rockband sort of family or Scattagories.
    @Chanel It happens like that all the time. Fun and games always turns into a wrestling match. And yes, titty baby's name is Milan...just like the city.
    My husband ordered the helmet from somewhere online a few years ago. It's a piece from our living room. It always makes for conversation and drunken hilarity.

  6. LOL - I loved this post...and the first 2 pics are ace! =) I'm so glad you guys had such a wonderful time when he was home! And let me be the first to say...your new ring - beautiful!! I think my favorite present would have to the camera! =) I'm partial to taking pictures =) xoxo

  7. What a great time! Your ring is beautiful! The hubby just bought me a new one for our anniversary this year too. :) Glad you got some time away from the kids, and some fun with them too. Love the video.. MAN that sounds like my house! LOL

  8. Oh man..where do I start?

    Your family is times a million!

    Your hubby did extra good with all the gifts. (You guys are totally worth it though, right?)

    Your ring looks AMAZING!! Totally jealous!

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  10. Looks like you all had a great time. The ring is fab!!

  11. @Jewell As you can see, the camera was my fav too.
    @Tree If that sounds like your house, I'm sooo sorry. lol
    @Boobs Thanks woman!
    @Marie I'm glad you like it and glad you stopped by.
    @Debs I had a blast. I wish it could have lasted longer.

  12. I forgot to put a smiley face after the comment. That makes it less snarky and butt-y.

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  13. @Doug I knew you were kidding. I don't take many things you say seriously. lol

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