On Thursday our son, Dan, went into the city (Manhattan) for work meetings. He left the house shortly after 8:00 am and drove the short distance to the train station and then road the train into Penn Station. He returned home just in time to enjoy the yummy Loaded Baked Potato & Chicken Casserole that Amanda made for dinner.
Alex had his second (ever) swimming lesson in the afternoon. He’d gone the week before and cried for about 20 minutes of the 30 minute lesson. Today he did much better only crying a little bit when his instructor put him on his back and toward the end when he’d had enough.
While Amanda, Alex and I were out Michael stayed home with Ben. They got some good quality bonding time. Papaw said Ben was a good boy…even though he had to feed AND diaper him!
On Friday Michael started mapping out his plan of attack on the various projects to be done around the house: installing a garbage disposal, installing a door between the laundry room and kitchen and finishing the 4th bedroom. He priced out supplies on the internet to provide Dan with an estimated cost.
Friday evening we played a game of Hearts (I won!) and enjoyed some rootbeer floats that Amanda made for everyone…except for Dan who had a ‘mini mason jar apple pie’.
Saturday afternoon we set out in 2 vehicles: women and baby Ben in one and men & Alex in the other. We met at Joe’s Crab Shack in Garden City for lunch. Michael and I got the same platters we got in San Antonio with Zack, Amanda a meal with a whole lobster and Dan, not being a seafood lover, got a steak. Food was very good and plentiful.
After lunch Amanda and I headed to the Mitchel Field Commissary to pick up groceries while the men folk headed to Lowes to pick up supplies so that work could begin on ‘the projects’ around the house.
Michael contacted DirecTV and had our account put on a vacation hold until August 1st….no sense paying for satellite TV when we’re not even home to watch it. I wasn’t aware that there was such an option…thankfully, Michael is usually up on that type of stuff.
We decided to relax the rest of the day. We played some games (PS3 & Mexican Train), snacked and enjoyed spending time together.
Today (Sunday) we celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary! Hard to believe it’s been so long. Most of the day was spent relaxing (for Amanda and I, anyway) while the guys worked on installing the garbage disposal.
Installing the disposal involved running electric and installing a switch, cutting a hole in the ceramic back splash and of course plumbing. Dan and Michael worked together and got the majority of the worked completed before Michael and I had to leave for our dinner date.
We had early reservations (5:00 pm) at Ruth’s Chris in Garden City. It’s one of our favorite restaurants and we’ve been to several throughout the country. Their steaks are absolutely awesome…served on 500 degree plates they stay warm for a long time…and oh SO tender. We were greeted by the hostess and our waiter with well wishes for our anniversary and our table was covered in rose petals….a very nice touch. Our meal was excellent and our waiter was great…today was his 25th birthday!
We made a few stops on the way home, getting home about 8:30 pm. As soon as we got home Mike and Dan got back to work on finishing up the disposal project. They just had some plumbing to do to finish up.