Friday, January 27, 2012

Whirlwind Weekend

This weekend was one of the busiest but most fun-filled series of days we have had in quite a while.

It all began with basketball homecoming on Friday night.

As usual, I took up money and Jason announced the games.

Two of my former students, who also happen to be lovely young ladies, were part of the homecoming court.

with gorgeous Ally, who was 2nd runner-up

Syd (who got first runner-up) and her escort Jacob

After the game, as a chaperone for the senior trip, I helped with the homecoming dance, which helped raise funds to cut the cost of the trip for our seniors.

I arrived home by 11:30, and soon was asleep, but we were up bright and early Saturday morning for a special trip to Richmond.

Our best friends, the Jessops, were celebrating baby Luke's first birthday, and Connor had a blast with both Luke and his sister Leila.  We went early so the guys could watch the UK game and I could help Carrie-Nell prepare for the party.

As usual, we didn't get enough girl-time amongst all the work, but I think the boys owe us a spa day at some point.  :)

The party was adorable, with a sock monkey theme.  The food was simple and delicious, and I loved catching up with everyone, especially Carrie-Nell's parents who live in Alabama, and whom I hadn't seen in nearly three years.

The Jessops

We, unfortunately, had to cut out of the party early, but for a good reason...Jason and I had a rare, much needed, and romantic date night, all planned by my sweetie.

We dropped Connor off at Jason's parents' house, where we changed clothes and freshened up, and then we headed out for our night together.

Our first stop was Proof on Main, which I can now add to the list as one of the best restaurants I have visited.  The decor and atmosphere were unique, the lighting was beautiful, and the food was heavenly.  The restaurant is located right next to the lobby of 21C Museum Hotel, which houses an interesting (and somewhat bizarre) art gallery.

Jason ordered the bison tenderloin

while I had the Atlantic scallops.

We shared a dessert called soft chocolate.

After Proof, we walked the few blocks to our next destination, which both Jason and I were thrilled about.  Several months ago, he had purchased tickets for us to see "Fiddler on the Roof" at Whitney Hall.  He and I both love the play and the movie.

outside Proof, on our way to the theater

In college, I first saw it performed with the Begley Scholars at the Louisville Palace, and was in awe of the gorgeous theater, as well as the performance itself.  Jason's first experience seeing it was taking me to a dinner theater in Indiana.  Both of these experiences were wonderful, but the performance that night was the best I'd ever seen.  The gentleman playing Tevye simply made the show.  I sang along to every song (much to Jason's embarassment, I'm sure), laughed, and cried.  It was one of the best dates Jason has ever planned.  I knew there was a reason I fell for him.

We arrived home late, but stayed up even later talking and laughing with Jordan, Anitha, and Veronica.  It was a great night.

Sunday morning was spent with breakfast at Toast on Market.  Jason and I had eaten there once before, and immediately knew we wanted to return.  I had the Monte Cristo French toast (My camera was left behind, so I didn't get a photo.), which was savory and delicious. 

We headed from there to Sojourn, a place we love to worship when in Louisville.

Afterward, we met Jason's parents for lunch at Outback (I am drooling thinking of their cheese fries even now.), and after a quick trip to retrieve a forgotten Muno and blanket (leaving them in Louisville could have been disastrous), we were on our way toward home, where we collapsed onto the couch and enjoyed the last few hours of our weekend watching "The Princess and the Frog" with Connor.

There are times when I have a love/hate relationship with our busy schedule, but this weekend was one of those times when I love every second of our crazy, busy existence.  We are given one chance on this earth, and I hope Jason, Connor, and I are living it quite fully.

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