Sunday, May 9, 2010

Petit Bistro

John & I love food & are always looking for somewhere new to eat (preferably, not a chain). We had seen a new little restaurant pop in what many would recall as the old Ozark Smokehouse, a cute little rock house off 71B in Bentonville-The Petit Bistro! I had never been to the Smokehouse, but thought it was a cute little building for such a place. Our 8th Wedding Anniversary was Tuesday, May 4th, but John's parents had the girls Thursday, May 6th, so we decided we'd try it out. The weather had been beautiful that day. As we entered the restaurant, we noticed they had a patio out back w/ tables so we didn't even hesitate to ask to be seated outside. John ordered a beer & I had a glass of wine. It was so nice to be able to sit outside, have a drink & a conversation without having to yell over the noise of a crowded resteraunt. We looked over the menu & as the name was PETIT. A nice list of appetizers, a few salads, only 5 entrees, & a few desserts. Since we didn't see a whole lot on the entrees that peaked our interest, we decided on a few appetizers that we could split & then dessert. They were great! We even took a little walk out back while waiting on our dessert to check out the old barn. However, beware of the price. It's a bit steep, especially if you do consider the entrees. I was impressed by the food & the atmosphere thus far, but have heard disappointment about the service from a few. Perhaps we got lucky. I'd definately go back again, but probably for just a nice quite evening w/ a glass of wine & an appetizer. If you plan on drinks, apps, dinner, & dessert...bring your wallet!
Flowers from John!
Complimentary Breadsticks & Sweet Pepper Dipping Sauce
Salmon Pizza w/ Capers & Dill
Mini Kobe Sliders w/ Caramelized Onions
Sea Scallops w/ Rice
Crab Cakes

Tinsley Tries T-Ball...

Springtime what does that mean...Baseball Season! Well, T-Ball in this case. We got word that sign ups were taking place & asked Tinsley if she wanted to try it out. She said yes. As you can image, John was pretty excited. Tinsley is already in gymnastics, so when she said she wanted to give this a try, he was all in. He even got recruited to help coach!
John & I eagerly headed off to the store to buy her first glove, pants, & even a hot pink & white t-ball bat! Her practices were every Monday night, with games every Saturday. Keep in mind, we have gymnastics on Tuesday night already, so our week just got really crazy. What are we going to do once Avery is old enough? Anyway, we headed out to the first practice. She was a little shy, especially considering there was only one other little girl (Bella), but she did pretty good. John & I took turns helping her out while the other watched Avery (it's always a family affair). She learned to catch, throw the ball, & hit. I must say, it was HIlarious watching all these little kids. Talk about chaotic! It's hard enough to hold a 4 year old's attention for long, much less tell them to stand in the outfield & wait for the ball to come their way. Most of them played in the dirt & started picking grass!
Practice ended & coach pulled everyone together in a huddle. He handed out hats & jerseys & taught the kids their team name & cheer...THE ORIOLES! Imagine my surprise when coach also tells us their first game is that Saturday!!! Um, what did you say. They've only practiced once & most of these kids have never even practiced before today. This should be interesting...

Avery got a little bored watching practice & decided to check out the stroller basket...

What a good stance!
So, Saturday comes along & our first game is at 9:00am. Of all days, it had to be cold & sprinkle here & there. It had been nice all week. The kids were freezing & Tinsley's teeth were chattering. Not sure if she got intimidated by all the people watching/cheering or the combination of mostly boys & miserable weather, but she did not want to play! Poor girl. We tried & she did get out there (with Daddy not far away from her). She had a pretty good hit once we finally got her get up there. I had to promise her a cupcake. In the end, I think she had fun, but decided she didn't want to play anymore. She said she wants to play with girls. So, we're gonna wait for a girls t-ball next season. Soccer starts this fall...Maybe we'll give that a go!
Go, Sissy, Go!!!

Matt & Bethany Get Married!!!

I am not a professional photographer, by any means, nor do I claim to be. I've only shot one wedding (my best friend's-Jenny Harral Tripp) & love taking pictures of my girls & friends kiddos! So, when I was approached by my cousin, Bethany, to take pictures at their wedding, I was super honored & excited. Matt & Bethany are an awesome couple. They got married on March 13, 2010 in the First Baptist Church in Russellville, AR. They also asked if Tinsley & Trinity would be flower girls. As you can imagine, the girls were super excited as well. Everyone looked beautiful. Matt & Bethany are both a little shy & it was really cold & windy out that day. However, weather aside, everyone relaxed & cut loose as we headed out to shoot some pics right in the middle of the street. Needless to say, we really stopped traffic! Thanks again to both of them for allowing me to be such an important part of their special day!