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Well, one of them is more of a favorite right now.
Which one? you ask.
Let’s just say this.
At 11 o’clock at night, one should always let sleeping babies lie.
Always.
Or else they will become a not-so-favorite.
My mistake.

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I am hoping she falls back asleep soon.

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Dearest Daddy,

For your birthday, I got you something special.
ME!!!

Just kidding.
Only Mom would try and pull that stunt.
I actually get real presents for you.
How? you ask

I sent mom on an errand for me with specific instructions.

Find the Fox in the Socks.
(I was expecting a real fox, in real socks.  But I suppose this will have to do.)

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Because, you see, whatever I tell Mom to do, she does. DSC09357

I’ve been working on my penmanship for quite some time now, just so I could write your birthday card. DSC09358

I inspected every inch of this book, and have concluded that it is sound.
It even tastes great.

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I really hope you like it… DSC09382

Because we all know…this was really one of those gifts that you buy for yourself under the guise of a gift for someone else.
Translation: it’s mine. DSC09387

Happy Birthday!!!!!!

Love,
Julia

The title does not describe me – yes, feel free to have pity on my poor hubby.  But then, Mike took my dad out to dinner recently and realized he was a more expensive date than me!  Ha!  (We love you, Dad – and of course you deserve the very finest :))

Anyways, I’m learning how to be creative with the date budget.  Mike always has fun and exciting dinners/getaways planned for me, and I’m trying to do the same for him.  One thing I’m learning: it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. 

For example: last week I was on Facebook and saw an ad for Einstein Bagels.  It was a coupon for a free bagel and schmear!  FREE!  So, I printed out two and planned a surprise breakfast date for me and my man.  How do you make (boring) bagels a surprise?  I wrote up a riddle, emailed it to him at work, and waited for him to figure it out.  He had way more fun with it than I expected!  Proof that the little things matter.

Now here comes the embarrassing part.  I have debated whether or not to post this.  And Mike asked me whether I would or not.  I’m not sure this is the wisest move, but oh well!  Here is the riddle.  And yes, I googled “words that rhyme with…” in order to have it make sense.  Feel free to mock me in your heart.  (Though I know some of you won’t keep your mockery to your heart ha.)

Riddle me this:
On the 4th of May get in your car and go to work,
but leave enough time to catch a perk.
When the hands of the clock are half past perfection,
Meet me at the schmear intersection
Of 15 + 18 – 12 + 9
and a Five Sandwich with 2s on either side.
Everything’s your favorite, Asiago’s mine,
Albert’s I don’t know, but I’d wager he’d still dine.
They say it’s for brothers,
I say it’s for lovers.
Please won’t you meet me,
So we can be together, just us three?

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Fortunately, there is an Einstein’s on the way to Mike’s work, so it worked perfectly.  And just like that, something ordinary became fun and memorable. 

Some other fun things we’ve done/want to do:

Surprise Rita’s trips after dinner.

– Starbucks dates (Frappy Hour through May 16th!)

– Barnes & Noble Scavenger Hunt – make a list of books to find.  We found 10-15 to be a good range, but feel free to do more or less.  For example, “Find your favorite book.”  “Find a book that had a significant impact on you.”  “Find a book that you want to read to your children.”  “Find a book you WANT to read.”  “Find a book from each genre that interests you: History, Fiction, etc.”  Then, each take your list and split up.  Give yourself 30 mins to an hour, and then reconvene with your books.  Share your finds.  I did this for Mike’s birthday and then let him pick one out that I would buy for him.  It was a really good conversation starter, too!  You may learn things you never knew about your best friend simply by what books he picks 🙂

– Phillies Dates In.  We like to go to games, but it can add up!  One thing we tried recently was making nachos and Butterfinger blizzards and watching the game on TV.  We had Joe and Heidi over to join us and it was a blast!  For way cheaper than two baseball tickets. 

 

What are some of your favorite cheap dates?  And if you’re aware of any free coupons out there, send ‘em my way!!  I need more practice with writing riddles. 🙂

 

I love this shirt.

What does that have to do with Valentine’s Day, you ask? I will tell you. Real Simple sent me this recommendation as a festive top for Lover’s Day. It can be found at Charlotte Russe. I love when national holidays revolve around fashion advice.

I really like it. Although, not so sure how it would look with a baby bump??

Also, on the topic of Valentine’s Day….I need some ideas. I am not very creative when it come to V-Day. And last year, I believe I even started a fight directly following the fabulous (and expensive!) dinner that Mike so lovingly treated me to at Avalon. I need to improve my Valentine skills. Any ideas???? Besides those chalky hearts candies??

Yesterday was cleaning day.

While I was working downstairs, Mike was working on our bedroom.  And I walked up to find (at first appearance) things not all that different from when I’d left. 

I thought about saying something smart.  But fortunately I held my tongue. 

Because at just that moment I glanced up to see THESE hanging on the wall, just where they belonged.  Up until that point they’d been hanging out on the floor underneath one of our nightstands ever since we moved in. 

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My husband has a very pleasant habit of surprising me with things I’m not expecting.  Oh, and he then proceeded to finish cleaning the room.  :) 

I’m convinced I have the best husband in the world.

Collective Reminiscings

The Smittys

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