Mexican, Timbavati, Birthday Boy, Soccer, An Owie and Tinkering

Posted by on August 28, 2015

Time seems to be flying.  We’ve just been chugging along.

Since we moved away from Dodgeville in September 2009 there have been several new restaurants open up so we’re on a mission to give them a try.

Enjoying a family meal together

Enjoying a family meal together

Last week we gave the new Mexican restaurant, Aztlan, a go.  Dan, Amanda and the boys joined us and that was the best part of the experience for us.  It wasn’t bad…but when you’re used to eating Mexican food near the Mexico border you have a lot to live up to.

Dan's burrito was HUGE

Dan’s burrito was HUGE

We each ordered something different (quesadilla, burrito, chimichanga/taco platter and enchiladas) and portions were large as is standard with most Mexican fare.  Dan and Amanda were happy with their choices  (they’d been there before) but then again, they don’t eat in south Texas much.    Oh well…soon enough we’ll be enjoying Mexican again.

First stop...the monkees...always a hit!

First stop…the monkees…always a hit!

This past Sunday our youngest grandchild, Ben, turned two.  He has a cousin who shares his birthday and she turned 4 so the two families along with grandparents spent Saturday at Timbavati, a wildlife park in the Wisconsin Dells.

This guy snuck up on Ben and stole the carrot right out of his hand when he wasn't looking!

This guy snuck up on Ben and stole the carrot right out of his hand when he wasn’t looking!

The four kids (ranging in age from 6 to 2) loved seeing all of the different animals.  Getting to pet and feed some of them ranked even higher.  The pig races were a big draw and the kids enjoyed cheering on their favorite pigs (Kermit the Hog, Miss Piggy, Arnold Schwarzenhogger, etc).

Alex got a little help from his Daddy to feed the llamas

Alex got a little help from his Daddy to feed the llamas

The weather was great (low 80s) with a nice breeze that helped keep things from being too hot.

We were at the park for about 4 hours and ended up stopping at the Pizza Ranch for lunch before heading back to Dodgeville.  It turned out to be a really nice day spent with family.

Happy Birthday, Benny!

Happy Birthday, Benny!

Since Sunday was Ben’s actually birthday his Nana JoJo and Papa (Amanda’s parents) came over after dinner so that we could all sing ‘Happy Birthday’, eat birthday cake and watch Ben open his gifts.


Monday morning dawned very early (3:30 am early) for Michael, Dan and I.  Dan had a 5:45 am flight to Boston, where he worked until Thursday.  Michael and I offered to take him to the airport so that he didn’t have to worry about parking his car, etc.

We decided to make a ‘day’ of it so we hung out in the cell phone lot (after dropping Dan off at the terminal) to wait until a decent hour so that we could get some breakfast.  We just chilled in the car – reading Facebook, emails, listening to music, watching people come and go and watching the sun come up.

Monty's Blue Plate Diner

Monty’s Blue Plate Diner

We waited until just before 7:00 am when Monty’s Blue Plate Diner opened and then headed the 4 or so miles there.  We were warmly greeted by our waiter, which was a nice way to start our visit.  The menu is pretty eclectic but we both easily found what we wanted to order.  Michael got the ‘country breakfast’ (eggs, bacon, potatoes & a biscuit) and I ordered the Eggs Mornay.

Eggs Mornay....yum!

Eggs Mornay….yum!

Both of our breakfasts were excellent and our waiter really made the experience that much better.  Even though the place is in the middle of ultra-liberal Madison. Michael’s words, he said he’d go back!

After breakfast we ran a couple of errands to pass some time.  We stopped at Harbor Freight so that Michael could pick up some buffer pads for his new buffer.  Then we made a quick stop at the Bavaria Sausage House (a place I’d seen for years and never stopped) in hopes of finding some sausage similar to the Jalapeno and Cheese Opa’s we like so much.  No luck!  Unfortunately, I think we’ll have to wait until we get back to Texas this fall.  🙁

By the time we finished our errands it was time for us to head over to the movie theater for the 9:55 am showing of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.  It was just us and one other couple in the theater, which was nice….although I did pick seats in the very back where no one could sit behind us…can’t be too careful these days.  We both enjoyed the movie and look forward another movie in the near future.

The last item on our agenda for the day was to pick up our weekly groceries at Hy-Vee (what a NICE store) before heading back home.  Oops…I lied…we made a pit stop at Jimmy John’s to pick up sandwiches for the ride home.

Amanda had an OB appointment so we watched the boys while she went to that and then I made Amish Haystacks for dinner.  I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again…a nice easy meal that will feed a lot of people.

Michael’s been working quite a bit on the underbelly.  He’s rerouting wires and pipes.  Tightening fittings.  Replacing parts.  We’ll have the best looking underbelly out there….not that anyone will be able to see it!  :-/  But Michael will be happy.

Paityn running her first soccer drill

Paityn running her first soccer drill

Our granddaughter, Paityn, moved from ‘daycare’ to preschool this week and also started playing soccer and even had her very first game on Thursday!  Hard to believe she’ll be 5 in February…time flies WAY too fast.

Cam being SO good while he had his splint put on.

Cam being SO good while he had his splint put on.

Paityn’s 2-year-old brother, Cameron, has been telling his Momma very imaginative stories about crocodiles, tigers and dragons this week!  Poor guy had a bit of an accident at ‘school’ on Thursday and ended up going to Urgent Care where they took x-rays and put him in a splint as he may have a possible fracture in his foot.  They have to wait for the radiologist to read the x-ray but will keep him in the splint and off of it until they hear back.


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