Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Luke said his first sentence!!

Uncle Jerry shoots nerf darts out of a dart gun and Luke loves to go grab them off the walls, tv, etc and bring them back to Jerry to shoot again. Sunday evening we were in Jerry's room and Luke was trying to find the dart that Jerry had just shot and said, "Where is it?" clear as day!! I was so excited because I had never heard Luke put 3 words together before!!! So that was his first official sentence, "Where is it?"

Side bar: my mom bought Luke and Asher matching overalls and I want them to wear them Easter egg hunting this weekend. I think Luke's overall are a little too small but I also think it's hillarious because he looks like a little German boy. What do you think?

My love for Denton runs deep- Especially for KEIICHE'S SUSHI

Every couple of weeks I want to do post called "My love for Denton runs deep" and write about all the great things Denton has to offer. I am not from Denton but I definitely feel like I am. I moved here right after I turned 21 to transfer from SFA to UNT. I fell in love with it immediately because it reminded me of a small Austin. The people were so nice and "down to earth"- not pretentious at all. I loved the way the town revolved around the Arts-tons of live music-photography, paintings, hand-made clothing and jewelry, plays..etc. You get my drift.

These are things that I still love about Denton but now that I have been here almost 10 years I have found so many more things that appeal to me and others when they visit this great big/little town. I find myself getting defensive when people cut Denton down which makes me laugh when I think about it. I don't own Denton and I'm not the Mayor but I really do love it. Jeff and I met here and fell in love and are growing our family here and that's got to play a part as well. He started his businesses here and they are thriving in this great community so Denton has blessed us in many ways. The people here love the local businesses and try to support them as best as they can. The colleges here, UNT and TWU, are also amazing and so well diversified. Anyway, I could go on and on about why my love for Denton runs deep and that is why I am going to post on it every now and then.

This post will focus on KEIICHES. Keiiche is a man who was born and raised in Japan until he was 18. At that age he was working in a Japanese restaurant when some men came in to talk with him. They were actually "American sushi recruiters". Is that even a true adjective or name or job?I don't know but this is what Keiiche told us. Anyway, they recruited him to come to America to work in their sushi restaurant in Dallas and he went!!

Years and years later he ended up buying a small building in Denton (on the outskirts of the square) through Scott Brown Commercial. He renovated this "little hole in the wall" and turned it into the most fabulous sushi restaurant imaginable. He only seats 10 people at the sushi bar at a time and has another table for 4 on the side and then a bar on the opposite side that seats 4 people. The bar and table on the sides are more private. The sushi bar for 10 surrounds him as he cooks and makes sushi for all to see and it is a true, raw form of entertainment. Did anyone get that? Raw entertainment..hehehe.

He makes the BEST SUSHI AND STEAK IN THE WORLD!! It is melt in your mouth goodness. He has fresh fish flown in daily. It is such a treat to go and Jeff surprised me a couple of weeks ago and set up a double date for the two of us and Jerry and Robin. We sat in the private bar so I didn't get a ton of great pics of Keiiche and his sushi making skills but I will when we go back in a year-because that's how often we go now because it's pretty pricey but so worth it!

The Address is 500 North Elm Street Denton TX 76201. Call (940)382-7505 to make a reservation and then when you are done eating post a comment on my blog to thank me for introducing you to the best steak and sushi you have and will have ever eaten in your life :)

Jeff, me, Robin, and Jerry are excited!
Keiiche likes to be called "K" by his friends so we call him "K"

K is hard at work! He makes his own wasabi from the root right in front of you! Fresh wasabi is the best!

This is the tenderloin sushi die for.

Futomaki roll

I took lots of pics of Robin because it was her first time to ever eat sushi. I am sure she was so freaked out because it was also the first time she had really hung out with me and Jeff before. She was such a trooper though! Sorry Robin!

My favorite rolls are the snow crab & avocado roll and the shrimp & asparagus roll

Jerry was trying to teach Robin how to eat with chop sticks but she was a pro and didn't need any lessons :)

Robin's official first bite of sushi ever! I am sure she is thrilled that I captured this moment for her.
In the name of KEIICHI- I HAVE NEVER DROPPED A PIECE OF SUSHI ON THE FLOOR-until that night :( And i did it twice when I was trying to transfer it over to Jerry's plate. I felt so bad about it...yes it is that good.

Jeff ordered the "melt in your mouth goodness" steak and mashed potatoes.
K even makes his own SHERBERT and it is INCREDIBLE!
Last but not Least- K is also famous for his Tiramisu! The best desert I have ever eaten! Yes-it is an Italian desert and he has Italian pasta on his menu that i didn't even get a chance to talk/write about but it is also OUTSTANDING!!

Thanks for a great surprise date hubby!!

I hope I didn't scare Robin to the point that she won't want to hang out with us again :)

Thanks K for another fun and tasty night at the best restaurant around!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Luke + Asher=best friendcousins

Asher is Dustin's little boy and Dustin is my brother! Asher is my very first nephew and he is the cutest-curly-headed kid you've ever seen! I laugh every time Luke and Asher get together because 1)They look completely different from one another 2)They act so silly around each other and constantly giggle 3) They are so close in age and live so close and that makes my heart smile.

Dustin and Asher came over a couple weeks ago to visit and we had such a great time! I love this age where Luke and Asher actually try to communicate and play with each other! It is so much fun!
Dustin and I were very close growing up and went through a lot together so seeing Asher and Luke together makes me so happy. I hope that they will continue to grow closer and always love each
other as much as they do now!

Asher looks so sophisticated coloring and...
Luke looks like a drooly ragamuffin.

Luke wanted Asher's bunny ears so we gave him a pair and but he only wanted Asher's-go figure.

Jeff took a photo shoot of us with our bunny ears on- i know- dorky but that's me

I love those cheeks!!!
There Luke is with his tongue out-again! He loves his tongue :)
Time to play outside on the 4-wheelers!

No matter how many times we tell him not to- he always go straight towards the street.

I'm pretty sure they were up to something or they just heard the ice cream truck.

Ice Cream Break! you scream i scream we all scream for ice cream!

My favorite little nephew!

Ice cream truck ice cream is the best but is it "real" ice cream? The gum balls for the eyes are marvelous too-remind me of childhood
Time to go inside for dinner, bath and bedtime (even though they just ate ice cream!)

This picture cracks me up because Asher is such a snacker!

Luke's secret hiding place- under the seat of his Handy Mandy car (Do you see what he has in there?) I can not tell you the numerous things I have found in that seat-from toothbrushes to earrings! If I can't find something, that is the first place I look and it is usually in there.
He thinks he is sneaky and hides around corners to stuff things in the seat while "no one is looking"

Do you remember this record player from when you were a kid?

Bath Time!!!
Look at this face Asher is giving me "Aunt Nat, why are you taking pics of us in the bath?? Leave us alone woman!!!"

Tow Little Monkeys Jumping on the BED!!! Uncle Dustin had a great time "scaring them"-They would all count together "1,2,3" and the Dustin would go after them and growl. It was hilarious to see their reactions!

I love Asher's facial expression in this picture! BAHAHAHAH!

They were worn out! Time for BED!

The Adventures of Luke And Asher will continue-so until Next time-Adios!