With the scheduled arrival of our second little guy, we called in the troops and requested lots of help for the first six weeks settling into our new world with two little kiddos. We have no family in Chicago so “all hands on deck” requires flights from various cities across the country (from Boston and Philadelphia to Minneapolis, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and San Diego). Fortunate for us, we have family willing to make the trek from all these locations to help us weather the storm and even give us a few hours of a complete break.
On this lovely night, M and I snuck out of the apartment leaving T and J with my mother-in-law and father-in-law who had flown in to town for the week. We had waited far too long to enjoy a childless evening and thoroughly appreciated the few hours of time we spent together having some tasty food and good drinks.
For our casual date night, I threw on this new number that I purchased knowing it would allow some room for a shrinking baby bump over the next couple of months and still fit when I’m back to my normal pre-baby body (fingers crossed I get there and didn’t just jinx anything…). I love the dress, but it’s sparked some “denim jacket / blogger integrity” internal debating…
Random question – would you consider this dress nautical? I haven’t consciously invested in any “nautical” trends despite it being high on the popularity list as of late. So when I saw Laura’s Nautical Link Up, I scanned through my recent and upcoming posts in search of something to fit the theme. As I searched, I realized that, other than the obvious anchor or sailboat hanging on a necklace or stamped on a sweater, I didn’t have a clue what “nautical” entailed. So I did the obvious next step – looked it up on Pinterest!
My search yielded a gazillion shirts, dresses, and sweaters and the unifying theme, aside from anchors, seemed to be stripes, especially navy stripes. So now apparently “navy stripes = nautical” which, by the transitive principle of mathematics, means my navy striped dress must be nautical. Cool! So I linked up today’s post with Laura’s Nautical Link Up. (While we’re talking about the link up, if you recently wore something with an anchor or navy stripes on it, go link up!)
But back to dinner…
We started our evening with a drink (I chose a Reisling, my sweet and entry-level wine I always choose because my wine palette is limited, to say the least). And we LOVED the pizza fondue, our go-to appetizer any time we stop by La Madia.
After quickly scarfing down the pizza fondue deliciousness and leaving our plates and glasses empty, we meandered on over to Theory for some good old American sports bar food. Not long after asking my in-laws not to order from the kid’s menu for T (because we’d rather not introduce him to those types of foods just yet), I ordered chicken fingers and tator tots from the “adult menu” (yep – basically ordered a kid’s meal – but I don’t care if anyone was judging).