Thanks for the compliment?

I totally forgot to write the funny part that went with my blog from last night…

So, thanks to the menu planning, I make a pretty decent meal every weeknight.  It’s usually pretty healthy and one of my kids might even eat part of it.  But Friday night is always the easiest when I’m menu planning.  I just write “pizza” every week.  Sometimes it comes out of a box, sometimes it gets delivered and sometimes we go out.  But it’s a pretty good bet that we’re eating pizza on a Friday night.  (Also, pizza on Friday does not preclude pizza on other days of the week.)  
Last week we tried a new pizza place called DiCarlo’s.  I’m always leery of being the one to suggest a new place.  It’s so much pressure…if it’s not good then it’s all my fault, although I don’t think anyone would actually tell me that.  I had already backed out of the new place and decided to go with tried-and-true the week before.  So, I finally decided we were going there.  I had just noticed it at the end of a little strip mall and though it might be good.  When we pulled up, I had mixed feelings…there were only a few tables in there and it didn’t look like many people actually ate in there.  But it was bright and clean and looked like a typical pizza place.  And, bonus for Pat – there was a nice flatscreen in the corner and it was tuned to ESPN.     
I stepped up to the counter and ordered a cheese pizza.  Then the lady explained to me that they don’t make their pizzas “the usual way.”  They cook the crust, then put the sauce and cheese on after it’s baked.  The cheese doesn’t melt and it’s less greasy.  She said I could have it the normal way if we wanted.  But, having already embraced the new pizza place, I went with their style too. 
It was so good.  The cheese was actually provolone and it was a great, salty contrast to the crust.  And very filling.  I’m not even sure we ate a quarter of the pizza.  2 points to me!  I’m so glad we tried it. 
So we had leftovers.  Pat took some to work for his duty day and Jack, Casey and I had some for lunch too.  I warmed it up in the toaster oven.  Obviously the cheese melted, but it was still good.  And while Jack was eating his, he looked over at me and said, “Mommy is a good cooker.”  So cute and something I probably wouldn’t ever get tired of hearing.  Except it was about a pizza that I didn’t even make…and just warmed up in the toaster oven, not something I planned and slaved over!  
On a side note, I just figured out how to make links on my blog.  You can click on DiCarlo’s and get directed to their website.  However, it’s a good thing I checked to make sure I had the right website.  There is a big difference between http://www.dicarlos.com and http://www.dicarlospizza.com.  The former looks like a lovely gentleman’s club, but I’m not sure they sell pizza.

Pizza and a Movie

Friday night is usually pizza and a movie night, especially when Pat has duty.  I throw a pizza in the oven and Jack picks a movie…Cars every week.  Occasionally I can get him to watch Finding Nemo, but it’s on the DVR and I have to be ready to fast forward through the commercials which is not as relaxing to me.

You wouldn’t think it would be that hard to coordinate a pizza and movie night, but it’s taken a little bit of trial and error to get the timing right.  We put Jack’s chair in the living room and put his tray on it and he hops in.  The nice thing is that it doesn’t matter if the pizza is ready…he sits in that chair and is mesmerized for a good hour.  Casey, on the other hand, does not wait patiently for her pizza.  I have to have “hors d’oeuvres” ready for her while the pizza cools.  I have tried taking Casey’s high chair into the living room but it was too much work and too much stress for the poor carpet.  So Casey and I sit in the kitchen and eat while Jack eats his pizza and watches Lightning tear up Radiator Springs.
In the past couple of months, I have convinced him to watch The Lion King and Shrek on two different nights.  Both evenings have then become chaotic.  For some reason, we can’t hear the voices on these movies.  I have pushed every audio button there is, on the tv, on the DVD player/sound system and through a menu on the actual DVD, and I can’t get the voices to be audible.  I even pulled the sound system out and played with the wires.  No luck.  As I am pushing all these buttons and trying to get audio menus to work, Jack is whining, “No like this.  No Lion King.  No Lion King,” and on and on.  The menus then seem to take a freakishly slow amount of time in coming up and allowing me to select things.  Casey then chimes in and starts crying for more food.  Finally I give up and we go back to Cars.  So, despite the fact that we watch it almost every week, I’m okay with that because I know we can hear Lightning say “Ka-chow” and that makes Jack happy.
Bath time is usually optional for Jack on pizza night but Casey is so covered in pizza that she definitely needs one.  Sometimes Jack stays and watches more movie or plays with his toys.  Tonight he brought his new planes up to the bathroom and flew them around while Casey played in the tub.  
And that’s an exciting Friday night with a 2 1/2 year old and a 1 year old!  Soon enough, we’ll probably have to alternate between Cars and Cinderella.  As long as we can hear it that is.