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11th Date of Christmas

17 Jan

Ok sorry this is getting drawn out but I don’t want to leave you hanging and I am almost done.

So although nothing could top the 10th date of Christmas I took Shane on our 11th Date of Christmas which was my morning date. We both wanted to do this but I scheduled it first!

The Zoo in Albuquerque is awesome! And every year around the holidays they give some of the animals presents with food and toys in them so they can open them. They even open the Zoo early so it’s more of a special event.

I took Shane to the Zoo to watch the animals open presents!  We got there super early so we could see all the animals (gorillas, orangutans, cats and elephants got presents) but it was so cold only the cats got the presents.

Next year we won’t get up so early to go unless it’s unseasonably warm. They won’t let the gorillas and orangutans out unless it’s above freezing.

The cats were fun to watch open presents but not as fun as the gorillas and orangutans! Those gorillas LOVED the presents . They had popcorn balls and paper and other fun treats for them on the inside. One gorilla would eat all the popcorn, then throw it up in her hand and eat it again! It was like the never-ending treat!! And sooo gross.

If you live in Albuquerque I highly suggest you visit the animals when they get presents next year.

After the Zoo we had brunch at the cutest most delicious restaurant! It’s called Farm and Table. And everything they make they grow or get locally! Even the milk! It was delicious! And we were lucky enough to run into a friend from high school who gave us a free treat!

Shane had  the Farmers’ Quiche – Made with seasonal vegetables, local eggs, and cheese, served with breakfast potatoes and bacon. I had the Poached eggs over grilled baguette and we split a cinnamon roll. We got a free Churro from our friend Joe.

Yumm so tasty!

gorillas

gorilla enjoying some Christmas popcorn

gorilla enjoying some Christmas popcorn

gorillas

Orangutans - see the baby at the bottom?! So cute!!

Orangutans – see the baby at the bottom?! So cute!!

Orangutans

Cinnamon roll at Farm and Table

Cinnamon roll at Farm and Table

Churro

Churro

Farmers’ Quiche - Made with seasonal vegetables, local eggs, and cheese, served with breakfast potatoes and bacon

Farmers’ Quiche – Made with seasonal vegetables, local eggs, and cheese, served with breakfast potatoes and bacon

Poached eggs over grilled baguette

Poached eggs over grilled baguette

Farm and Table

10th Date of Christmas

9 Jan

On our 10th (and maybe my favorite) date of Christmas it was Shane’s stay at home date.

Shane told me to bundle up because we were going to be outside. I naturally assumed we were going somewhere (I didn’t know it was the stay at home date) so when he went to put the dogs out I followed him. Well I was not supposed to do that because he had this whole set up outside with Christmas music, a fire, food and s’mores! He even put up extra Christmas lights on the tree and the fence!

I ruined his surprise! But it was still really special!

We put chicken and vegetables on pitchfork looking things and cooked them in the fire. Shane made the best tzatziki sauce and we had chicken and veggie pitas! Sooo good! Then we made s’mores with fun candy.

This was so romantic and beautiful! This was my favorite date of all! And it was extra special because Bruce and Rhonda got to go on this date with us!

Lighting the fire

Lighting the fire

Fire

Chicken and veggie pitas vith the best tzatziki sauce!

Chicken and veggie pitas vith the best tzatziki sauce!

Bruce and Rhonda and the fire

Bruce and Rhonda and the fire

S’more station with wine of course!

S’more station with wine of course!

S’mores with Twix candy bars!

S’mores with Twix candy bars!

Bruce and Rhonda in the firelight!

Bruce and Rhonda in the firelight!

 

12 Dates of Christmas

8 Nov

This Christmas I made up a game and the Husband has graciously said he would play! I saw another blog do something similar to the 12 Dates of Christmas but being the competitive creative person I am I decided we needed to step it up a notch.

So this is how it works –

Start whenever you want (12 dates in December can be a lot so feel free to start in November)

You plan six dates of the below categories and so does your partner so basically you should go on the same date categories twice. However, I bet the dates will be very different!

Figure out who goes first and whoever wins the (“coin toss” or “rock paper scissors, lizard, Spock” or “pick a number between 1 and 10”) or however you figure it out picks a date from the date category below.

Then the second person picks any date category of their choice. And so on and so forth until you have each taken your partner on six dates.

Hopefully ending near Christmas!

12 Dates of Christmas Categories

Dinner and a Movie for Two!

  • This can be a rented movie or a movie in a theater. Dinner can be made at home, at a restaurant or ordered in.

Get out of the house

  • This is exactly what it says – get out of the house. It can be anywhere and you can do anything as long as it’s not in the house.
  • Ideas for this – go on a drive, go on a walk with a picnic, go play mini golf,  go to a concert or event, take a walk in Old Town or in Santa Fe

Stay at Home Date

  • This is the opposite of Get out of the House! Stay in and enjoy each other!
  • Ideas for this – cook dinner together or cook for the other person. Light a fire and cuddle, watch your favorite movie or TV show, eat dinner/dessert, watch a movie in bed, take a bath, give a massage, there are so many ideas for this!!

Something New

  • This can be any kind of activity as long as it’s something you as a couple have never done.
  • Ideas for this – eat at a new restaurant, cook a meal you have never made before, go to a  new city and spend the day there as tourists, do an activity we have never done like go to the shooting range or ice skating

Something Old

  • This is the opposite of Something New –
  • To make this better it would be fun to do something that means a lot to both of you. Like visit the first place you kissed or eat where you had your first date or make your partners favorite meal and watch your favorite movie or TV Show

Morning/Breakfast Date

  • Any kind of date as long as it takes place in the AM
  • Ideas for this – breakfast in bed, brunch at your favorite restaurant, find a great place to watch the sunrise

Bonus****

This can take the place of two of the above dates because it will probably be expensive but here it is –

The Extended Date

  • A weekend away – anything qualifies for an extended date as long as it’s trip somewhere where you stay over night
  • Stay at a bed in breakfast, go to close city and stay there, if you want, hop on a plane and go on a mini vacation
  • Like I said this is a bonus option. It’s the Holidays and things can get expensive so this is only if you find it within your budget or get a great deal

Shane and me on New Years 2011!