A Colorful and Sparkly Lunch Date / by Leslie

Chris and I rarely go out. So when we do, it's just wonderful. We don't have any rules about not talking about the kids. We like talking about them, and it's nice to have uninterrupted time to chat about what they are doing and how they are growing. But eventually, we move onto things that are more about us, our dreams, our creative plans and the things that we want for our future. 

We talked about planning a weekend trip, just for us, to Berlin or Big Sur or Banff (all B's!). We talked about Chris's book (Pre-order on Amazon or watch a short video on YouTube) and my photography and writing here on this site. We inspire each other. I think we have always done that well, encouraging each other to move past our comfort zones with our creative projects and try new things. I'm so grateful to have that in my life every day, a sounding board and someone to bounce ideas off of.

The food at Nina was delicious, the decor was colorful and sparkly, and the drinks were so yummy. We got full and a little drunk and we felt good not having children climbing on us or pulling at us to play. This recharge time is so important for us, for ALL parents. We really don't do it enough, but we should try to do it more.

In a normal day, it's so hard to just stop paying attention to all the things that need to be done, and to just gaze at each other and plan the future. We really enjoyed it.

Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II & EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens
Exposures: Colored Lamps - 1/60 sec at f/2.8, ISO 1600, Chris - 1/50 sec at f/3.5, ISO 100, Leslie - 1/60 sec at f/2.8, ISO 200, Pasta - 1/50 sec at f/3.5, ISO 100, Glass Globes - 1/80 sec at f/3.5, ISO 2500, Roses - 1/60 sec at f/2.8, ISO 1600, Chandelier - 1/60 sec at f/2.8, ISO 800, Drink - 1/80 sec at f/2.8, ISO 160, Nina Sign - 1/400 sec at f/7.1, ISO 100
Lighting: natural light