Posts Tagged ‘Coupledom’

Brat Fest

Memorial Day weekend in Madison means one thing – Brat Fest!! Last year I was quite pregnant with Harrison and bought a onsie planning to put my future baby in it 12 months later. I’m so glad I planned ahead!

(Oh yeah, Emily and Kyle came to visit! I didn’t get a chance to see them since I was at work, but they got to play with Harrison.)

The three of us went Friday for dinner. The Hippo ate a half of Boca brat himself. He tried a little sauerkraut, but it’s definitely NOT one of his favorites.

We got to hear an amazing young musician. Scotty Fish is quite a talented guy and he can’t be more than 13 or 14 years old.

Harrison got to meet local news anchor Susan Siman from Channel 3. She was our celebrity cashier and she was smitten with the Hippo.

H and I went again tonight for dinner. (Brice had to work, but he got a leftover brat in the fridge.) We had to do our part to beat the record!


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Since Brice and I met working at a movie theater, a lot of our dates have been movie dates. We used to see every single movie that came through our theater. Once our theater closed, we still went to the movies just about every week. Once Harrison came along, that came to a screeching halt. Until today, we’d seen exactly ONE movie since he was born. We saw Harry Potter in July, and that’s it.

It’s hard to find time together to go, and when we do have time off together, we’d usually rather nap! We also don’t really like to have to get a baby sitter when he’s already in day care a few days a week. Turns out, there’s a perfect solution!

Our local theater has Matinee Movie Magic. They play first run movies at 10am on Tuesday mornings especially for parents! Babies are welcome, so we don’t even need a sitter. We saw Iron Man 2 today. Harrison got a little restless, so we took turns holding him and walking near the door. There were at least 4 or 5 other babies in our theater, and several others in the other shows. They all took turns getting fussy, so no one needed to feel bad. We brought some puffs and I nursed him in the theater. I’d heard that going to the movies with a little baby was a good place to try nursing in public, and I totally agree. It’s pretty dark and everyone has something else to pay attention to!  No need for a cover or anything. It’s also a really good way to keep the baby quiet when he’s getting crabby.  About halfway through the show, Harrison fell asleep in Brice’s arms and slept until the credits rolled. I’m not sure if I’d recommend Iron Man, but I definitely recommend the baby friendly movie showing.

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Brice and I were trying to think of some fun, new stuff to do outside this summer that Harrison could be involved with and didn’t cost a lot of money. We had two days off together last week, no major plans, and beautiful weather so we decided to try Geocaching.

 In case you’ve never heard of it, Geocaching is basically a world-wide scavenger hunt. People place caches around the world and post the exact coordinates of the cache online. Then other people (like us) look up the coordinates of caches near where we want to be, enter them into our GPS unit, and go find them! We’ve found 4 so far, and looked for another but couldn’t find it. Once you get to the location, you have to really start hunting. Two of the ones we’ve found were in a 35mm film canister; the other two were a little bigger.

When we went to the first location, we didn’t really know what we were doing. We got pretty frustrated. We went to the next one, since it was only a few hundred feet away. We found that one in only a few minutes and the sense of accomplishment was pretty sweet! It definitely gave us the confidence to go back to the first location and try again. It’s pretty addicting, actually. As soon as you find one, you just want to look up another cache and try again.

I’ve already looked up caches in Brookfield and near Pine Lake. Don’t worry, family, you can come, too!

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I had the day off on St Patrick’s Day, and Brice didn’t have to work till late afternoon. We decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and head to the zoo! Harrison didn’t really appreciate the animals much, but he loved seeing other babies.

When he got sick of the stroller I strapped him into my BabyHawk.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Brice and I have a Valentine’s Day tradition that is getting broken this year. We’ve always gotten Rocky Rococo’s heart-shaped pizza for Valentine’s Day (very romantic, I know), but since I (Harrison) am dairy free, it’s a no go.

I saw that Papa Murphy’s makes take-and-bake heart-shaped-pizza, and my good buddy Heather told me their pizza is quite tasty even cheese-less, so I stopped in there. Turns out the heart shaped pizza only comes with pepperoni. Grr. I hate pepperoni. So I got a regular sausage/onion/green pepper pizza with cheese on half. We’ll cook that up and see how it goes.

And now, the good stuff!

Happy Valentine’s Day from my little Cupid!

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Brice and I went to see the Badger hockey team play the Michigan Wolverines outoors at Camp Randall on Saturday. It was chilly, but lots of fun. It was only in the 20’s! It was a sold-out game, so there were lots of other people to snuggle with!

We went with a big group – all told I think there were 24 of us! We went out to Wando’s before hand for a drink and then walked down to the stadium.

It’s not very often that Brice and I get to go out with other adults without the baby, so we really savored our night out! (and then we rushed home right after the game…)

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