Oh this is the night, it’s a beautiful night
And we call it bella notte
Look at the skies, they have stars in their eyes
On this lovely bella notte.
Side by side with your loved one,
You’ll find enchantment here.
The night will weave its magic spell,
When the one you love is near!
Oh this is the night, and the heavens are right!
On this lovely bella notte!
When the kids were babies, one of our favorite pastimes was watching Lady and the Tramp. (Dannye Reigh called it “Pframp & Lady”) I always loved the “night out”, when Tramp takes Lady to Tony’s for spaghetti. Each time the song “Bella Notte” began, I took one (or two) of my babies in my arms and we danced around our big living room. I’m not a dancer, but the kids didn’t know the difference, and we loved that “beautiful night” time together.
Last night was a bit of a different “beautiful night”, because I got to have a date night with my wonderful hubby! My initial request was to go to work with Bill on Friday, but I realized Thursday afternoon that it was not going to work out. I simply had too much work left to do at the office which prevented my day off. So, on to plan B. I called Dannye Reigh and she said she would be glad to stay with the folks so Bill and I could go out.
It takes me such a long time to get ready nowadays! I really thought I could be ready when Bill got home so we could get a little earlier start, but it seemed to take me forever! We finally left the house and headed toward The Woodlands. The plan was to find a nice place to eat, then stroll along the Waterway. We even thought about going to Market Street, but as we got closer, and even turned into the square, the traffic was so heavy we decided it would be best to get out while we could!
We then decided to go on back to Landry’s Seafood House. Bill brought his camera (of course) and while our evening slipped away more quickly than we could imagine, he did get a couple of shots of our evening.
When we gave our name to the hostess, I asked if the wait were any longer for the patio than inside the restaurant since it was such a lovely evening. It wasn’t, so that was where we sat. The restaurant was really lovely both inside and out. Neither Bill or I had ever eaten at Landry’s, and we enjoyed it immensely! Out in the patio area there was a lovely gazebo, and a jazz band performing. Jazz would never be even near the top of our music choices, but they were good, and never got too loud or obnoxious.
The sax player was my favorite, but I though they were all good! The meal was leisurely, and Bill and I talked and listened to the music and even sent a video to Emily of our time there. After dinner, it was later than we had hoped, but we went down to the Waterway for a short stroll. It was literally right off the lawn of Landry’s, so off we went.
We got to the fountain area just in time to see the end of one of the shows – water shows, that is. The big fountain shoots and flows to music and different colored lights – it was beautiful! Out from it is a wall of water and colored lights, and there is another area of ground fountains and colored lights where children in bathing suits run in and out. It’s fun, and it’s beautiful. Bill took a few photos, and I’m just not a good model, but you can see the beautiful fountain behind me.
We were sitting there on the lower wall, and Bill had his remote so we could take photos together. A group of kids walked between us and the camera, Bill just snapping away. The ready-light flashed them – the spotlight was on them! They apologized, but we told them we were just goofing around and having a good time.
The fountain is changing colors, shooting to the rhythm of the music – this time it’s “Deep in the Heart of Texas”. It suddenly got very still and muggy, and we were beginning to drip! It was time to head back to the car. Dan had called to say all was well. She had the makings of a nasty cold coming on all day, and was getting so tired. We needed to get home and relieve her.
On the walk down the Waterway Bill had seen this walkway that would make a good photo location. He wanted to snap a couple of shots so Dannye could see it, so here I am again. I see the photo shoots that Bill and Dan do, especially the Seniors, and they all seem to know just how to pose for those shots. Boy, not me!!
As we walked back up to Landry’s to get the car, Bill spoke with the band members to get an email address so he could send them some photos. As they introduced themselves, another member came late – he had been performing a father/daughter dance with his drillteam daughter at the football game – and I recognized him as an old highschool friend! Well, you know what that meant…We didn’t make curfew!!
We got home later than we’d planned, but we had such a wonderful night! Definitely at “Bella Notte!”
God bless your day!