We are a married couple who adopted our little Russky, Nikita {aka Nicky, Nicky noodle, little man, Nikoli, the Nickster, crazy dude, goofball, puppy love, etc...you get the picture!} from St Petersburg, Russia four years ago. Join us as we stumble through the joys and perils of parenthood, while our son teaches us a few things along the road...


Look at you...you have a baby...in a bar!

We have found that being parents has it's pros and cons. 
Pros:  the pure joy you feel when you see your child blossom; hugs and kisses from said child at random; and being reminded of the pure innocence of being young again. 
Cons:  there's no more going potty by yourself; your wants and needs are a thing of the past; and it's hard to find a hip place to hang out when toting around a little fella!

So, we figured who cares?  Let's throw caution to the wind and go ahead and take the little Russky with us to an otherwise adult-friendly hang-out.  A pub called the Londoner recently opened up in our neck of the woods (we had visited the Dallas location in our "sans child" phase of our marriage) and a few weekends ago we decided we should check it out.  I figure, if they have a section of kid's meals on their menu, they asked for it, right?!  We apparently weren't the only parents with that idea either - there were several other families there as well...whew!  It had been a long week at work, and a few pints were definitely in order. 

The food was pretty tasty; there was plenty of good ol' fashioned people watching for the hubby and I...

(seriously?  you're wearing practically identical shirts...shouldn't you sit on opposite sides of the table?!)

(hmm...at first glance, one would think he's merely holding the purse for his chick...however...the comfort and grace with which he threw it over his shoulder - and stood there like that for SEVERAL minutes - sends the message that he's permanently lost his man card!)

...and best of all, the place was loud enough to drown out any nonsense that Nicky tried to throw our way!  We've also come to realize that not only are our iPhones fun for us to play with, but Nicky's a big fan as well!

(he's "playing" solitaire...who needs a babysitter?!)

We all had a fun night and we learned that it's apparently ok to bring your kid to a bar (good thing they're all non-smoking now).  Look out North Texas...the Johnson's have a lot of new bar/restaurants to check out!

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