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Pitfire Pizza

With dear friends and family gathered together for such a special event as Maddie’s sealing, we had to celebrate afterward with some good eats. I trust my friend Sarah’s opinion of food completely, especially when it comes to pizza, so when I asked her for a recommendation, she suggested Pitfire Pizza. It was 2 minutes away from the temple, had a good variety, and would accommodate noisy children. I was sold.

Oh my! This was fantastic. Great pizza, great panini (thanks to those who let me sample), and phenomenal freshly baked chocolate chip cookies (thanks Billy and Ingrid for the splurge!). We’re talking chocolate grated and mixed into the dough in addition to the overflow of chocolate chips. Sarah said she knew of an even better pizza joint, but that seems hard to believe. I think we’ve found ourselves a new must-visit restaurant for when we attend the temple. This and Diddy Riese.

Friends and Family, thank you for sharing a wonderful event with us. We sincerely missed those of you who tried but couldn’t come. We felt you there in spirit.

P.S. We are finally over our illnesses. Thank goodness!

Gorditos

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One of our favorite restaurants in the Emerald City is Gorditos. “Healthy” Mexican eating, they proudly tout, though it’s home to “The Grande” burrito, whose consumption by one individual is anything but healthful. Oh but they are delicious. Without a doubt, this is one stop we must make before leaving Seattle.

We took Tami, Joe, and their kids here for a goodbye dinner as well as a thanks for watching Ren and Maddie during the game.

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The kids waited patiently, as did the grownups, for the food to be served.

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The dads took care of the ordering, babies in hand. What men!

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“Cesar” was the handy marker used to designate our order. No boring, old ordinary numbers used here.

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One “Grande Burrito,” shown to scale, fed two comfortably. Colin and I always share, each one starting at one end until we both reach the middle. So disgustingly Lady-and-the-Tramp-cute, no?

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And I can’t show her face but I can show her shoes (thanks, Christy!):

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Thanks to the car upgrade we made back in April of this year, we could fit all 5 kids and two adults inside. A picture of Americana.

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And if that burrito wasn’t enough to kill us off we made this when we got home:

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Death by chocolate, or in other words, Lava Cakes from The Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbook. Scrumpdiddleumptious!

Remind me again why we live so far from you guys…

Pinkberry Is for Girls

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Girls’ Night Out, that is. We headed to Pinkberry for a little treat and conversation. After spending most of the week at the hospital, I needed some time away.

Geri, Michele, Katie, Brenda, Gina, Ingrid, Hilary, Jodi
Geri, Michele, Katie, Brenda, Gina, Ingrid, Hilary, Jodi

As stated before, I’m surrounded by fantastic women.

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Thanks for organizing this, Katie! It was nice to just get out for awhile. And Lee, we really missed having you there!

Pioneer Chicken

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This was a somewhat historic day. We lunched at “Pioneer Chicken,” an establishment I thought went the way of all cholesterol-raising greasy spoons. But lo! There it was on Sunset Boulevard, in all it’s tacky 1970’s decor and glory.

Pioneer Chicken was a mecca for me and Julianna, my best friend growing up– for all intents and purposes, my sister. As little girls, we begged our moms to let us ride our bikes down to the corner of Saticoy and Louise to pool our quarters together for some french fries (probably where my obsession started!) and chicken strips. We marvel now that our moms let us go at all knowing now the fretting that motherhood brings!

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I don’t make it a point to frequent “B” grade restaurants, but this was an exception. I’ll never forget the devastation we felt the day that they closed our neighborhood franchise down. It was even worse when they eventually demolished it and turned the space into a parking lot. When I spotted this one just down the street from Maddie’s hospital I couldn’t believe it could be true! I called Julianna right away.

It was exactly as we remembered it: same twisty brown chairs, same pictures on the menu with the dude in the wagon, same BBQ sauce… We might as well have entered a time warp!

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We passed the joy of the fatteningly delightful breaded chicken and crispy golden fries on to our children. The legacy lives on… except we’d never let our kids ride their bikes here in this neighborhood!

The Habit

Every Monday night, as part of Family Home Evening, Colin and I reconcile our money transactions on our computer. It’s really helped us stick close to our budget.

I think most of you know of my french fries obsession and overall love of all things fried. I thought that this addiction was fairly under control until Quicken prompted us with this message the other night:

“Do you want to schedule these?”

If you are at all familiar with computerized money management programs, then you’ll recognize that these handy applications will indeed suggest creating a routine payment schedule for merchants or bills that are regular transactions.

The only item on the list: The Habit

Um, yeah… The habit, indeed.