Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Week 5 - The Date That Broke the Bank

Veggie Pizza

Manhattan Pizza
 This week was John's turn to plan.  On Monday we met for lunch and he told me what his plan was.  I immediately started laughing because it was exactly what I had planned for my next turn.  When he asked why I was laughing and I told him, he decided to let me have it and plan something else.  I'll let you know what it was when we actually get to do it.  So that left him to come up with something else for us to do.  It was Valentine's weekend, so he decided that dinner would probably be a long wait or hassle and decided on a lunch/afternoon date. 

Our date started at the Apple Store.  John had been thinking about getting a Mac laptop for some time and wanted to go check them out.  He also thought I might enjoy having an iPad and wanted me to try one out for size.  I won't bore you with all of the gory details, but let's just say that a MacBook Air, an iPad and a few accessories later, Mr. Visa was moaning our names in ecstacy.

By then it was late afternoon and we were pretty hungry so we headed to Sam & Louie's Pizza in Gretna.  We had planned on using a Living Social $20 for $10 that I had purchased, but when we got there we found out they were having an anniversary special - 1/2 price on all pizza and draft beer - but you couldn't combine with the discount certificate.  We decided to take advantage of the special and save the certificate for another visit.  The pizza was delicious - I got a small veggie and John got the Manhantan with alfredo, meatballs and Canadian bacon.  The service, on the other hand, left a lot to be desired. 
After fueling up for more shopping we headed to the outlet stores.  I was in the market for some new jeans, which I found and got an amazing deal on at the Van Heusen store.  We also got a few items at Osh Kosh and Carter's for the little guy, including some swim trunks for his swimming lessons that start next month.  Then it was home for family nap time.  We are so wild and crazy!

Although this was another riff on our standard dinner/shopping date, it was, at least, different shopping. 

Date night fund: $84 + $50 weekly contribution - $30 for pizza = $104 current balance

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Week 4 - Who has time to date?

John, Corbin and I did some traveling this past weekend, so there was no official "date".  He's a quick recap of our weekend:

Friday afternoon we loaded up the car, picked up the little guy from daycare and headed south.  We were headed for John's mom's house in Fulton, MO.  It is normally about a 5 hour drive from our house and this was Corbin's longest car trip so far.  It took us a little longer than usual, but Corbin was a trooper and did awesome.  We stopped a little over half way there at a random Wal-mart, got him out of the carseat (and into dry pants) for awhile, but other than that he snoozed or played quietly with his toys the whole way.

While in Fulton we got to spend time with John's mom, sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew.  We also went to O'Fallon, MO on Saturday to attend the 3rd birthday party of a cool little man who happens to belong to some great friends of ours.  It was a great time and we got to catch up with some of our St. Louis friends. 

Saturday night we had dinner at a restaurant called "Stephanina's" in Wentzville, MO with John's family.  Since we weren't going to be able to squeeze a date in, we decided to pay for our dinner from our date night fund.  It's still John's turn to plan the next one, and I look forward to seeing what he's come up with.

Date night fund:
previous balance          $ 81.00
weekly contribution         50.00
Saturday dinner            - 31.00
GC purchases              - 16.00  (groupon, etc. deals for future dates)
Balance                          84.00

Corbin and Cousin Kate

Me having a beer with the girls....

.....while the boys catch a quick power nap.