Then my parents came over to baby-sit so that Terrell and I could enjoy a date on his birthday. It was so nice to go out and spend time with each other while the little man stayed home with Granna and Papa. (We're still on track with our date nights and meeeting our goal of one every month... yay!) Since it was a Friday night and we didn't want to be out too late, we decided to go to Amici's on the square in Covington. It was our first time there and it was really good. It has an atmosphere and menu sort of like Loco's, but with an Italian twist. We both love Loco's and have missed it a lot since college in Athens and when we were first married and living in Gainesville. They have live music and we were able to eat and then hang around for the music before walking down the street to Scoops for some dessert. Once we had our ice cream we decided to go back over to Amici's and sit outside and listen to the music while we had dessert. It was just a really fun, relaxing birthday date for us.
Saturday we woke up early and got ready to head to Duluth for Allison's 3rd birthday party. Garrison wanted to take a couple of books in the car and we caught him reading several times, so we finally made a picture.... of course he looks at us instead of at the book.
Allison's party was held at a place called Monkey Joe's. There are tons of inflatable/bouncy/jumping things everywhere. Garrison wasn't too sure about it at first. He was actually sort of ill when we first got there, but I think he was just tired from the ride. Once we finally got him on some of the slides, he loved them and couldn't get enough of them. He figured out how to get off the slides by himself and then ran over to get back in so he could slide again. He had a ball and wore of us out! The little man is officially a HANDFUL. Since turning 18 months he has more energy, he's into more stuff, he's more demanding, he's testing the limits more, etc. etc... I feel like I could go on and on. Welcome to a whole new ball game. He is running me ragged! The good news is I've had this feeling before (when he started crawling) and I survived just fine... and if nothing else, he's keeping me in shape!
My favorite action shot
After we left Monkey Joe's, the family all went over to Denny and Kara's to watch Allison open her presents from all the family members. Garrison was pretty tired by this point but did a good job of just hanging out while Allison opened her presents.
The big unveiling of the dollhouse (made by Pops, painted and decorated by Denny and Kara)