While Bella spent the day with Grandma Ruth, Ian and I ran errands all day. We left the house around 11am and didn't return home until 6pm. It was a long day, but it was a productive day.
We went to Regions Bank and Bank of America to close out several accounts. We've been meaning to do this for quite some time, but we've never both been available to take care of it during normal business hours. We have been members of a credit union and would like to consolidate our checking and savings accounts. We opened a savings account for Bella, using the money we received when we closed our other accounts. That little girl has a pretty nice chunk of change for only being 18-months-old, what a lucky girl!
We stopped and had lunch at the Italian Kitchen, a favorite restaurant of ours. The food is always delicious and the service is always great. I actually prefer their lunch menu over their dinner menu and we devoured the sandwiches we ordered. It's not that I don't like their dinner menu, it's just that you can't find a decent meatball sub or Italian cold cut sub around here.
Our afternoon consisted of registering for a few items for Bella and baby #2 at Buy Buy Baby. Normally I wouldn't have registered, but Buy Buy Baby offers a 10% completion coupon which can be used on brands not covered by their normal coupons. The double stroller I want is available at Buy Buy Baby and the normal 20% off coupons exclude the Baby Jogger brand. I registered for the stroller and a few other things we need, which turned out to be a lot of fun. There's something about walking around a store with a tagging gun that is such fun. I don't expect nor do I want a baby shower, but family members will ask what we want or need for baby #2 and it will be nice to have a few necessities on a registry for them to buy.
I was planning on getting a pedicure today, so I took Ian with me and we got pedicures. At first, he wasn't too keen on the idea, but once his feet began soaking in the warm water, he was sold! It was fun having Ian there with me and we both left feeling refreshed and relaxed. I'm not sure if Ian will be returning for a pedicure any time soon, but he seemed to enjoy himself today. He said he liked the massage chair and the foot massage he received. Not to mention, his feet look so much better! It's amazing what a little pampering can do to a person's feet!
We went shopping after our pedicures. We headed to Pearle Vision to buy a new pair of sunglasses for Ian. He bought an awesome pair of Oakleys, using our insurance and paid only $85! He had LASIK done several years ago, so he doesn't need prescription sunglasses. It's pretty great that our insurance will still cover a percentage of the frames. We love Pearle Vision and love the service we receive there. The ophthalmologist, Dr. Pierce is awesome and the optometrists are also awesome. I have a feeling we will be patients/customers for years to come. We then went to the mall so I could buy a few pairs of new flip flops with a Groupon a purchased a few months ago. Papa needed a new pair of sunglasses and mama needed a new pair (or two) of shoes.
We had an early dinner at a new Japanese restaurant called "Sakura" in Riverview. They offer an unbeatable happy hour special and since we were Bella-less, we decided to give it a try. It was AWESOME! For $25.95, we each had a crab rangoon appetizer, miso soup, ginger salad and teppanyaki steak with fried rice, noodles and vegetables. The food was plentiful and delicious, and the price was great. We will definitely be going back to "Sakura" in the near future.
Our day was busy, productive and fun. It's very rare that we actually have fun while running errands. Tomorrow Ian is scheduled to get a massage and I plan to sleep in. Being on vacation (while at home) is so relaxing! We will pick up Bella tomorrow afternoon and I can't wait to see that little girl! We spoke with her on the phone several times today and she was so cute! But until then, I'm going to make the most of my toddler-free evening and enjoy some mindless television.
Ian, Kim, Bella & Baby #2