Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lunch With Mama

My mom loves it when she gets to spend time with her grandkids. She especially loves going out to eat with them! Since my other kids had plans already, I took her to lunch with the two youngest. She wanted Red Lobster, so that's where we took her. Back in the day (years ago), my husband and I used to eat here all the time when we were dating. And after all these years, I still order the same thing. Crab Alfredo!

Mom and I!
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I'm not sure when they started adding fried veggies with the fried calamari?

Mom shrimp platter. Shrimp alfredo, garlic shrimp, and friend shrimp. My son ordered the same thing. 
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My daughter ordered the same thing as me. She didn't care for it though.
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The "babies" of the family.
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Our Annual Valentine's Getaway

It seems like a tradition now, that my husband and I always go on a "baycation" every Valentine's Day! And for some reason, we are always drawn to the city! I think it's the night lights, the sounds, the food, and feeling far, but still close to home! But, not only that, you can go anywhere in the city and not have to be dressed up..lol! Not that I don't like to, but it's way more fun to eat in comfy clothes!!

We wanted to try an Italian restaurant we have never been to before, so we decided to check out Trattoria Contandina. Not a huge place, either. If we took our kids, we would take up a third of the restaurant, lol. The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and we will definitely be back!

This was us after we played tourist in the city! We headed to dinner after this.
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The bread was so good. Or, we could have been starving!
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This dish is what their restaurant is known for. I can see why! Delicious! 
Carlesimo | rigatoncelli | pancetta | porcini | peas | sun-dried tomatoes | spicy tomato cream
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This was just as tasty!
Ravioli con Fungi | Far West Fungi porcini ravioli | mushrooms | marsala | cream
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We never skip dessert. Champagne Lemon Cheesecake. DIVINE!
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Spumoni Layered Ice Cream Cake
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We love staying at Le Meridien!! It's close to everything!
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The night life. Well, our kind of night life..lol.
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And of course, I had to bring back some treats for my kiddos. Groupon had a special for these so I decided to buy it since we were going to be in the city anyway. Kids were happy!
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Golden State Warriors!!

This night will go down as one of the best date nights, EVER!!!

My husband and I are huge Warriors fans! We love watching the games, and our kids think we are crazy when they hear us screaming at the TV! Being in the trade that my husband is in, he has tons of connections, and one of those connections has season ticket holder seats that he gave to my husband to use for one of the games! An additional bonus was having VIP parking as well!

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The teams warming up!
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Loved our seats!
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Our kids even saw us on TV, recorded it on their phones and text'd it to us!

Come on, D!!!
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BUT, the highlight of the evening was when we saw our names up on the Jumbotron! That was a total surprise! Well, my husband has done work with the Warriors, so when one of the guys found out we were going to the game, he asked if we were celebrating anything. We really weren't, but our wedding anniversary was coming up! He told my husband for us to sit tight during halftime, and this is why!! Not only was this up there, but it was announced out loud, too!!!
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KD!!
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A total fun experience for our very first basketball game!!! I don't know how this can be topped!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Harlem Globetrotters

One of the funnest things we did with the kids is to take them to a Harlem Globetrotters game! It was so entertaining, and our friend gave us suite tickets to enjoy. I remember watching them on TV when I was little, so it was pretty surreal to see it live! And of course, I had to get a hat, and the boys a basketball!!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Escape To Alcatraz

Considering my husband and I grew up in the Bay Area, neither of us have ever been to Alcatraz Island! We were planning another one of our "staycations," so what better time to do it then! From the boat ride to the tour, it was so worth. It is well organized, and just the history alone is amazing!!! I highly recommend this to everyone!!

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After we were done with the tour, we went straight to the hotel, rested for a bit, cleaned up, and headed to dinner which was only a couple of blocks away. We wanted to try this Italian restaurant,  Barbacco, that had great reviews! Besides the uncomfortable chairs, the food was really tasty!

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