First of all, Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all my mommy readers! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and were spoiled rotten by your kids and husbands. I was well taken care of myself. We had an extra special day last Sunday.
The morning started off pretty early. I think both of my boys were up 6am-not cool-but my wonderful husband did the unthinkable. He got up with boys to play with them. Normally, when he hears them crying for us he rolls over and pretends he didn’t hear a thing. So I took my sweet time getting up, but I was still out of bed by 7am and I took care of some last minute print ordering on Snapfish. My mom insisted that I give her new photos of the boys. When I finally joined the rest of the family for playtime, they had a sweet card and an awesome gift for me. They gave me a gift card for Bed Bath & Beyond so I can buy some new bedding, ours is 6 years old and way past its prime.
Then, after Dan got the kids ready, we headed to church just like every other Sunday. However, this Sunday was extra special because we dedicated Wesley to the church and vowed to teach him the Gospel. Dan jokingly calls it “dry cleaning” because it’s a lot like a baptism without the water. My parents joined us for the service, which was very nice. Wesley was happy to be passed around from Mommy to Mimi to Poppy to Mimi to Daddy and so on. He’s our little Snuggle Bug.
After church I requested Publix subs and a trip to Largo Central Park. My Boar’s Head Italian sub was awesome! I <3 Publix subs so much! But back to the park…since it was the first full weekend of the month, they were doing free rides on the Largo Central Railroad just like last month at Alistair’s birthday party. For the first time, we all rode together. Local friends, you really must go sometime. You can get the details here.
After that we just had to see the new playground that had reopened the day before. This place is AMAZING! But the place was packed full of kids and parents, so I’ll have to take photos another day. You can check out photos of the playground on the Largo Parks and Recreation Facebook page, though. Seriously, this playground is so cool. I wanted to climb the cool space nets and this thing! I haven’t yet, but I did go down the slides a few times with Alistair. I’ll blog more about this place after another visit.
So after the Largo Central Park fun, we went home to clean and rest up. Since it was Mother’s Day, cooking was not on the agenda. We talked for a while about where to go and finally decided to try out The Queen and I Thai Restaurant on Central Avenue and 24th Street in St. Petersburg. We figured that it wouldn’t be as busy as other restaurants and we had a Restaurant.com gift certificate that only cost us $2! It wasn’t busy at all. The place is pretty small, but there were several open tables to choose from.
The place is very nicely decorated. In fact, it was a little too nice of a place to eat at with two little boys that haven’t napped all day. They were fine for the first few minutes, but then they both started melting down while waiting for the food. Thankfully, we brought toys for Wesley and the iPhone. Alistair loves watching train engines on YouTube, so that kept him occupied til the food arrived. We did take a little while to put our order in, because we’ve recently discovered that Wesley has lots of food allergies, including peanuts and eggs, which are found in most Thai dishes. Our waiter was very patient and helpful though. He kept running back to the kitchen to find out how things were cooked.
In the end, we ordered some plain white and chicken satay for the boys and cucumbers for Alistair (Wesley’s allergic to these too.). The rice was rice, but the satay was very tasty and the boys loved it. Dan and I shared some yummy fresh spring rolls, a favorite Thai appetizer of ours.
For our main courses, Dan go the Pad Thai and I had some pho (Vietnamese soup) with beef and noodles. It was very good, but not as good as the pho with pork that my friend Teresa made for me. Pho is no ordinary soup, it’s packed with meat and fresh greens and comes in a huge bowl. You can definitely have it as a main dish and bring home leftovers. Just look at it!
And of course we each ordered Thai Tea, one of my all-time favorite drinks. It was so delicious and inspiring. Remember how I won that KitchenAid stand mixer from the Bite Me Cookbook Facebook page? Well, I recently purchased the awesome ice cream maker attachment for it. So as I was finishing up my yummy tea, I was thinking to myself, “This would make a really good ice cream!”. The next day I did some hunting and found a recipe for Thai Tea Ice Cream on a food blog called The Ivory Hut. I will definitely make this recipe soon! Expect a blog post about it.
I think we’ll probably return to The Queen and I, but we’ll definitely leave the kids at home next time. So I’d say this was a really great Mother’s Day, even with the meltdowns. I hope you all enjoyed yours too. Please feel free to tell me why yours was special in a comment below.
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