Monday, April 22, 2013

The Anniversary Celebration

We celebrated our 10 year anniversary in February with a night away.  We chose to do this a couple of weeks ahead of time, since our anniversary was during Lent this year.  Dan's brother and his wife graciously kept all of our kids overnight for us.  This was a first for us in 10 years!   It was hard to choose a restaurant at which to eat dinner.  The first criteria was finding a place where we would never take the kids!  We decided to try the Chapada Chophouse and Churrascaria.  We had never been there before, which was also a plus.

The Churrascaria is an all-you-can-eat experience where the gauchos come to your table with all sorts of delicious, slow-roasted meats which they slice off for you right there.

Here is one of the gauchos slicing off pineapple.  They give you little tongs to grab the food as it is sliced off.  It was all so yummy!

Later in the evening, we went to Barnes and Nobles and drank some cappuccinos, then wandered around looking at books.  We found one on raising chickens that was full of pictures, good for the whole family to read.  Finally, we stopped at one of those self-serve frozen yogurt places near our hotel, which was near our hotel.  What a fun evening!

We stayed at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, at the Waterfront.  It was a very nice hotel.
We brought champagne!
The next morning we had a wonderful complimentary breakfast at the hotel.  The food was excellent.  After that we drove downtown and ended up at the Spice Merchant, where we bought some loose-leaf tea, as well as some fresh-roasted coffee beans.  That is definitely a place we would never take kids!  After that, we went to Bradley Fair and walked around, going into a few shops. 

We had a late lunch at Il Vicino, where we often ate while we were dating, though at a different location.  The pizza was not as exotic as I remembered, after all of our pizza-making!

 We almost called Dan's brother to say we just couldn't make it to pick up the kids til the next day,  but we didn't.  :)  They were happy to see us.  If you are wondering if I mean the kids or Dan's brother and his wife,  probably both!  A big thank you to them for making our night out possible!

On our actual anniversary date, we celebrated with wine and cheese after the kids went to bed.

We also looked through our wedding photos.  Happy 10 years to us!

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