Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for date night!

Fresh Oysters at The Table Tacoma

I would say one of the things we are not great about is date nights. I’m not complaining in the least it takes effort to plan, schedule the babysitter, afford the babysitter, and afford the activity. And, I really like being home…it takes a lot to get me to want to leave my house. Especially when we have pretty great food options at home, good wine, and a fire pit on the patio. Sounds like a great date night to me!

Surf & Turf at The Table. Elk chops (cooked to perfection) and Halibut

But, Mark and I were Mark and I for a really long time before Sky, and we will be Mark and I again once Sky is off living her own life. It’s important to remind ourselves that we still like being Mark and Jen. To reconfirm that our relationship is not dependent on being parents, it’s dependent on love and respect for each other. To remind ourselves that we have to be a strong couple in order to be strong parents.

Really great live music at B Sharp Coffee House!


Mural outside the entrance.

I love that no matter how much time goes by between dates (not going to lie we have maybe averaged 2 a year the last 5 years…counting true date nights, just the two of us) that we pick up right were we left off. It’s easy to slip back into Mark and Jen and leave Mommy and Daddy at home for a few hours.

The hallway leading to the bathrooms is sort of the best part of the whole place. Lot’s of interesting things to look at, and lounges to rest on. would seriously consider having a party in this space! 

As parents parenting goal(s) tend to focus on what kind of kiddo we want to raise, and what kind of parent we want to be, understandable so. But, one of my biggest parenting goals is to make sure that when the nest is empty my heart isn’t. Make sure we know how to be Mark and Jen when it’s just Mark and Jen again. Not only important to our marriage, but important for Sky to see as well.

Mural and lounge on the way to the rest room.

P.S. The Table has a small menu, but everything we tried was amazing (not pictured was my appetizer…it was really good but just didn’t photo well) the wine selection is smaller, but again well curated. And, B Sharp Coffee House may be the coolest little spot in T Town. The vibe was really chill, it was open to all ages, which may sound annoying for a night out, but having under 21’s there made it way less about the alcohol/meat market and more about just relaxing with good music, wine and friends. Maybe I’m getting old, but it was pretty perfect! For those that are local it has a Swiss vibe, but without the crazy crowds/drunks and is more of an acoustic music venue.

What are you thankful for today?

Final Note & Some Firsts

The final day of 2015 was cold, but so sunny and beautiful. Days like this are what make living in the PNW worth enduring the gray, rainy days we have. Sky and I had to get outside and enjoy it while we could. The prefect way to close out the year!

Chambers Bay…can’t beat the view!

wp-1451701911340.jpgEnded our park time with hot chocolate at Starbucks…exactly how Sky and I spent the last day of 2014 as well…park and Starbucks, on a sunny, cold day. PNW is consistent I guess. 

Three days later…the first snow of the year! It was sort of perfect… snowing all day, with just enough sticking that the kiddos could play in it, but was totally melted by lunch time Monday. Not too bad January, not too bad at all.


Sky had her first official, non family, big-girl sleep over with a friend. And, guess what…she didn’t want to come home, like at all. She’s still talking about Selah non-stop, and asking when she can sleep over with her again.

Selah and Sky…Ryan and Elya’s hood is awesome…everyone came out to play in the snow, so much fun!

We had our first date night of the year, and we actually left the house, for a real date. Sushi and Star Wars, followed by champagne. None of that was Whole30 approved, but you know what I don’t care. We have maybe 3 nights out, Sky-free, a year, so when it’s totally unexpected and spur of the moment you enjoy it! Star Wars…go see it! That’s all I’ll say about it.

So far I’m liking what 2016 is offering!