Friday, August 13, 2010

Day at the beach

Andy (9 months), James (3 months), and Olivia (1 month)
My friend Megan's family rented a beach house in Galveston, so Crystal and went down for the day. With a 9 month old, a 3 month old, and a 1 month old, it was crazy! We spend a total of about an hour getting everyone ready to go down to the beach, and a total of about 15 minutes actually at the beach. But it was all fun. The pic above is of me and my future daughter-in-law(???), Olivia.

Thumbs taste good, even all covered in sand.

Andy loved the sand! It was difficult keeping him from eating it. I was reminded of that book, "Eat This, Not That." I kept giving Andy pieces of pasta salad so that he would eat handfuls of sand.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pop's Famous!

I have to give another shout-out for my father-in-law. He was interviewed for the Channel 13 news yesterday. You can see the video here:

Also, his personal website shows a lot of his work:

I'm sure I could set up an autograph session if you're interested. :)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

You know you're getting old when . . .

My husband says that when we meet a young couple just out of college, we can no longer refer to them as "about our age." This advice was proven when we had a praise song session at our house a few months ago. The guy who led the singing apologized and prefaced his song selection by saying that all he could find last minute were some old songs. Andrew was looking through the selection and commenting on all the great contemporary music we had that night.

This all came to a head tonight. Andrew and I are wannabe foodies, and we saved up to go to dinner for Restaurant Week ( My sister babysat Andy for my belated birthday present (thank you, Anna), and we decided to go somewhere we had never been. We were seated by a college student in a short skirt, who was trying to be nice as she cheerfully announced, "Hey, my mom has that dress!" Ummm, was that supposed to be a compliment?

Since I can now officially rant like an old lady, here goes. I will say that Andrew and I had a great time together for our much-needed date night. Houston Restaurant Week is a great idea. It gives normal people, who don't have company credit cards, a chance to try the nicer restaurants in town. For $35, you get a 3 course dinner at a swanky joint, and each restaurant donates $5 to the Houston Food Bank.

However, III Forks left much to be desired. The food was great - the III Forks salad was unique and tasty. We both had the chateaubriand (steak medallions). It was pretty good. Not the best I've had - not as good as Killen's in Pearland or the famous Brennan's or even Andrew's filet minon, but it was comparable. The desserts were homemade 6 layer Pecan and Chocolate cakes. Not too shabby. What stunk was the service. I'm not sure if the waiter knew we were there for restaurant week, so he thought we wouldn't tip well, but he didn't know the wine list and took forever to bring Andrew coffee (twice), and wouldn't bring the bill, even after Andrew asked. When Andrew asked for coffee during the meal, he gave a weird look over Andrew's shoulder, as if I couldn't see!

In my past experience (back in the day, as us old ladies say), if you are willing to shell out the money for a really nice meal, August 1-21 is the time to do it. But don't go to III Forks. Try *17 or Brennan's. I'm not sure about the others on the list, but I've also heard good things about Haven. I guess being old enough to know what you like is ok with me.