This past weekend, I finally decided to take my friend Amanda up on her offer to babysit for us. It's hard when you're far from family and you don't feel like you know anyone well enough to leave your only child with them. But we've known Amanda and her husband Jim now for almost a year and they are expecting their first baby in May or June, so we figured we would let them practice on Owen for a few hours.
|Here we are all dressed up for our date! And yes, Momma is wearing some eyeliner!|
|It's a onesie with a picture of milk and cookies on it that says, "For Santa, not Daddy."|
After dinner we drove down to the Columbia River to park and wait for the Lighted Boat Parade. It was really interesting. The boats start at Clover Island in Kennewick and sail down the river to Howard Amon Park in Richland and then return to Clover Island. There were at least 12 boats in the parade. My favorite was one decorated to look like Santa was surfing.
|Here's a photo from online that shows one of the boats.|
|These are our photos. Here they come!|
The boat parade ended close to nine so we headed home to see whether Amanda and Jim were successful in getting Owen to bed. We were not too surprised when we walked in to find them still playing on the living room floor. What was the best part was seeing Owen's face when he first glimpsed me coming in the room. Generally I get to see Owen make that face when Tim comes home from work, but it's rarely directed at me. It was just so sweet to see his face light up when he saw Mommy and Daddy come home. After Jim and Amanda left, I got Owen to sleep and we ended our night with Tim playing some Modern Warfare 3 while I read and went to bed early.