CK had us over for some steak, and we had sugar shack for dessert. Delicious, and her back patio is awesome.
On Saturday I went rowing, but the wind was up, so I had to settle for a walk and a nice cigar.
We continued to take advantage of the great weather.
The next weekend was the company family picnic. We had some good food, played some bingo, and had some characters done.
After a few beers, the bounce house looked pretty enticing.
We had a little too much fun…
Then the butt had her first taste of real food (not cereal). She loved avocado.
Monday, I had to run over to Urban Angler to get outfitted for Memorial Day weekend. It turned into a family affair. We grabbed lunch at Eamonn’s Dublin Chipper.
After some amazing fish and chips (with tartar and curry sauce), a Guinness, and a fried mars bar for dessert, FJ and I headed over to Urban Angler. While we waited for our rods to get set up, we grabbed a beer at Murphy’s. I highly recommend Urban Angler for fly fishing gear. Alan gave us a lot of help and really good advice. I wouldn’t have caught any fish this weekend without his guidance. Also, thanks Chris for the advice at the company picnic.
Later in the week I discovered that the VA ABC now has a cool system for showing you which products come from Virginia.
My black cats avoided relegation!
And we had some delicious crabs at the Quarterdeck.
On a cold and rainy Wednesday, HB and I had a nice fortifying Irish meal at Ireland’s Four P’s.
The superchunk used her high chair for the first time.
We dined al fresco and enjoyed more good weather.
EF did her best Founders Breakfast Stout impression…
EF handled her shots like a champ.by rsiv with no comments yet
Saturday we watched Sunderland score a big three points, and then we dined al fresco at Clare & Don’s. We started Mother’s Day with caviar and rose champagne. Then we headed to Georgetown.
Learning from her momma.
FJ sneaking his (unlimited) mimosa into the shot.
Sea Catch’s crab benedict is on point. The snow crab bloodies are delicious.
When Princess Fussybottom is giving you the stank eye…
…just cover it up.
A great time was had by all. Anyone who knows LeBeef knows that she isn’t just a great mom, but a great person. CK and I are very lucky to have her. I can’t wait for EF to learn to talk so she can tell HB that she is, “the best mom EVER!”by rsiv with no comments yet
Right now I’m taking one day a week to watch EF. This past Wednesday was my first day. HB gave me a bunch of instructions, and then rolled out to work.
EF was exceedingly well behaved. After a bottle, she went down for nap. I ordered myself a burger, and it came right after she woke up.
She let me eat the whole thing uninterrupted (either you already know how big a deal this is, or will).
There were lots of bottles and diaper changes, but we made some time for some books and fun.
EF also enjoyed sitting up like a people.
I was a little nervous, but it was a great day. I feel very fortunate to be able to spent so much time watching baby girl grow up. Since I didn’t break her, I rewarded myself with a hot toddy when HB got home.by rsiv with no comments yet
HB’s Bday was this weekend. Since FJ and Swaggy-we were going to St. Lucia, we went over to celebrate early. FJ got some soup and pretzels and beer cheese dip from Taste by Katie. Very delicious. CK made some birthday cupcakes, and LeBeef had us smoke some smores, which were…interesting.
Since my parents were out of town, we had to have a party at their place. HB and I had been craving wings, so I instacarted 30 lbs, got some sauces, 16 lbs of fries, and we were in business. We smoked the wings to defrost them, and then grilled him. I don’t have any pictures of this because it was quite an undertaking. Thankfully, HB and Jodi sent me a bunch of pictures so I could still do a post (thanks again!).
The spicy buffalo did a number on my tumtum. CW loved the bbq, and HB was all about the sweet chili.
HB blew out her candles, and errbody gave EF some love. HB opened some prezzies, my fav of which was the bourbon.
Then, in keeping in the spirit of a high school party while the parents are out of town, someone suggested a drinking game. Things got a little wild, and we did a little singing.
It may look like drunken karaoke, but things got a little slow, a little country, and a little emotional, and HB may have not been the only one to shed a tear…
Later that weekend, HB enjoyed her first hot tubbin since getting knocked up.
Then EF gave her mommy the gift of going out, by getting some vaccines (which will be enjoyed when they kick in in two weeks).
Now, its time for one of those 80s cleaning montages before the parents get back. Fortunately, a lot of picking and cleaning up got done at the party. We have good friends. I saw Ash in particular doing a lot (thanks again). It was a really great party, and to quote CW, “We needed this.”by rsiv with no comments yet
I intended to go to work today, but HB had a doctors appointment, and she didn’t want to drive the baby in the snow, or walk with the carrier though an icy parking lot, so I stayed home with EF. When HB got home, she brought our traditional snow day meal, and then we took EF out for her first snow angel.
It was so pretty out, we decided to take baby girl on a walk. HB wanted a beer, but not just any beer: draft beer. We headed over to Dominion Wine and Beer. They just got taps, and you can see their current list here. We got some growlers of Founders Big Lushious and Uinta Hop Nosh.
The premiership on the tube was an added bonus.
EF got to meet a lot of her neighbors on her walk. She also facetimed CK and FJ, but LeBeef, who still doesn’t have facetime, missed out. Time for a new phone.
I poured myself a glass of the IPA (delicious), and HB went out to get the best burger in Falls Church (from Mike’s Deli).by rsiv with no comments yet
We headed over to the Ritz for a company holiday party. Despite just being an overnight trip, we were loaded down with tons of baby stuff.
I put the pack-n-play up, but Princess Fussybottom preferred the king size bed.
My buddy HW and I started a tradition of going to the Ritz early and enjoying a swim and a steam. HW wasn’t there this year, but I kept the tradition alive.
After some laps, a brief steam, and some sauna time, I enjoyed some refreshing citrus and fruit water.
I broke in a new garment bag, which I highly recommend. It has a cool clasp at the top for the hangers, and plenty of storage room for shoes, socks, pocket squares, cuff links, braces, bourbon, etc.
We left the girls with Mona (thanks again!), and headed downstairs for the festivities.
I broke out the blackwatch draws and bowtie, and paired them with a midnight blue velvet jacket. Very xmas-y ensemble in corridge.
HB won employee of the year, and was super excited. I’m very proud of her.
The next morning, I turned on the tv and Joel Osteen was on. It was strange because I think the TV turned on to the same thing last year. Joel was talking about going with the flow and not letting things get to you (message #636). I can see why hes popular. After a chicken biscuit we packed up and headed home. It was a great time, HB was recognized, and now EF can say her first hotel stay was at the Ritz. I’d sum the weekend up by paraphrasing Marteen, “This has been a banner year for all of us.”
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With the new addition, we couldn’t make it out to the inlaws this year, so they came to us for lunch. I went to the Italian Store for some milanos on hard.
FJ got a nice port, a flight of Madeira, and a fancy new wine contraption for his bday (also, his first grandchild).
We put on some jazz, mulled some wine, enjoyed some leftovers, and then had my sister’s blackberry jam cake.by rsiv with no comments yet
We had brunch at Gypsy Soul just before our daughter was born. While there, Chef RJ graciously offered to make HB some food after she gave birth. HB abstained from deli meat and uncooked/cured meat for nine months, so she was in desperate need of some charcuterie. The team at Gypsy Soul sent over a selection of sandwiches, homemade salt and vinegar chips (that were subtle and delicious), bread, a selection of meats, condiments, and desserts. It was a decadent lunch to say the least.
Nicole was in hog heaven. I can’t imagine what nine months of no prosciutto is like.
We can’t thank Chef RJ and Chef John enough. Everything was amazing. If you missed my other Gypsy Soul posts, check out a dinner post here, and a brunch post here. If you’re in the area, definitely check them out.by rsiv with no comments yet
After a short but stressful wait…
Our daughter was born.
We celebrated the next 18 years of responsibility.by rsiv with no comments yet
I’m sitting on the couch right now, taking a break from getting packed, charging cameras, and just generally getting ready for tomorrow, and the house is quiet and peaceful. Things are definitely about to change. Fortunately, we have a lot of friends that already have kids, and very supportive parents a short drive away. BVVA will not turn into a baby blog, but it will be a little while before you get another restaurant or travel review. In the meantime, perhaps you can see what we’re drinking to celebrate my daughter’s birth by following me on twitter (@bonvivantva)(or if you’re a friend or relative, my personal account, or HB’s FB). Then in the coming months, perhaps I’ll find time to post some old stuff, review some brown I’ve been meaning to get around to, post some dinner party pictures, and stuff about the holidays. I fully intend to keep BVVA going, but we’ll see what happens.
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