Me llamo Rocky

Visiting The Old Man

As most of you know, I travelled back to Wisconsin last weekend.  Before I went up to Ashland, I made a pit stop in Appleton to visit my dad and finally see his house.  THe morning after I arrived, we slept in, ate breakfast then had some visitors.  My great college friend, Miranda, her husband, Mike, and daughter, Brenna happened to be visiting her family only a half hour away on the same weekend, so we were able to get together and catch up for a bit.  They came to my dad's house, where Brenna got to wrestle with Bo and Buttons (my dad's dachsunds), and Mir, Mike, and myself talked about the days soon to come, once the baby arrives.

After they left, my dad and I went for a walk on the CE trail that I use to run on when I stayed with my dad for a couple summers during college.  We got in some good conversations and plenty of excersize.  It was just what we needed to jump start the rest of our day.  We later went to the mall, where I was desperately looking for a pair of maternity jeans that would fit (mission accomplished!), then stumbled into Children's Place, where grandpa treated his soon-to-be granddaughter some adorable new clothes.  Since we were enjoying the mall together, we didnt' want to stop there, so we walked the rest of the mall just to check things out.  It might not have been a good idea because my sweet tooth kicked in, we found Target, and then it was all over.  I found candy corn, blow pops, and mini blow pops, which I had to buy all of.  I dove in and got my sugar fix, giving my dad a good chuckle about the whole situation.  Don't worry, I didn't dive into the candy corn like some of you would imagine, and only had 3 blow pops :)  Anyway, we had a great shopping experience together and I told my dad how I forgot that he has always been my favorite shopping partner.  Why?  Well, he carries all my bags for me, and patiently waits for me to check out any store I am interested....what woman wouldn't love that?

After shopping, we met with Tanya and we all went out to Victorias, an old time favorite Italian restaurant that we use to go to when I lived with them.  They hadn't been there since I left about 10 years ago, so we were all excited to see if it was still as good and the old days.  Well, not only was it good, but wow, the portions were huge.  My dad, who always finishes his plate, even left with a doggie bag.  Here we are, leaving with our doggie bags:

What a good time we all had together.  And, before I part, I have to mention my little brother, Bo, and sister, Buttons.  My dad's dogs, who keep him busy during the day, were a complete delight to be around.  Being that I didn't have Rocky to have with me, it was nice to have a couple loving dogs to cuddle up to and play with while I was at my dad's.  Here is Bo, soon after I gave him his new toy from Rocky.

Gotta Love Him :)

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