One of my favorite things about blogging is that it encourages me to take more pictures of what’s going on around me. Big Kid and Peanut love this, too, since it gives them an excuse to “help” (and yes, both Big Kid and Peanut can take pictures with my phone…and yes, they’re still three and one) me find things on our walks and whatnot to photograph (iPhone=professional camera obviously). Joe is not nearly as amused as the boys when it comes to taking pictures of anything and everything is tasty and/or entertaining to me but goes along with it very well at this point, and everyone else in my life is just used to me liking random pictures. Where was I going with this? I have not the slightest clue, but here are some of the recent happenings in our neck of the woods.
Best dinner ever. Buffalo burgers on pretzel buns, cocktails with cherries (obviously), pita chips, and the most amazing hummus known to man. It’s made by a store right around the corner from Big Kid and Peanut’s house and is eaten by the spoonful when it gets to ours. I love Friday dinners.
Ah, my little tour guide. That was coincidentally the nickname my parents gave me anytime we went on vacation growing up because I was determined to plan every minute of every day that we were away. I was a blast let me tell you. One of Big Kid’s new favorite things to do is look at the map of any park we go to around his house and plan out our walks. He also likes to say “Have you heard?” any time he tells me something new “yeah, yeah, yeah” anytime we’re having a conversation or I’m talking with his mom. Mini teenager to a T.
Apocalypse now. Ok, fine, not really, but I am always the first one to finish their meal. Always. My reign ended on Saturday afternoon during lunch at The Urban Tap (surprisingly good food for a pub/bar). Joe said he was really hungry. I thought he was kidding. He was not. I was shamefaced for the rest of the afternoon.
We found this on one of our park excursions. I thought it was cool because the last time we were here, this bench was painted to resemble an American Flag. Big Kid thought it was cool because we are in the midst of making every type of turkey known to man to decorate his house for Thanksgiving. Peanut thought it was cool because he loves animals and calls each and every one “kitty” because they have cats, so that’s the animal he sees the most. So we were all made happy by this bench for incredibly different reasons, and we all went home for lunch with smiles on our faces. Win.
6 miles finished by 6:15. A.M. with Joe. I love this man, but he loathes getting up early. He whined two weeks ago about getting up after 9 on a Sunday to go run with Danielle and her man at 9:30 because it was “too early.” Now who is this person who has gotten up before 5:30 three weeks in a row (and twice at 4:45, including yesterday) to run before work with me? I have no idea, but methinks he’s pretty fab :)
My mind was blown on Sunday evening. I had gone upstairs to write Monday’s post because I was getting too distracted by whatever Joe was watching on tv. I came back downstairs an hour later and found the above basket waiting for me. Usually household laundry is on my weekly chore list, so I expected to have to go downstairs, change everything over, and fold it later. This was not the case Sunday, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled (I loathe folding any and all laundry). Thanks babe :D
Best Target find ever. Even better alongside warm milk or hot chocolate. This was the first sweet thing that Joe and I ever reached for at the same time during our shopping trip. Actually, it was the first time I’ve ever seen him reach for a sweet thing, since we all know I have the sweet tooth in the relationship, and he handles everything else. Definite winner here.
I thought the colors on this tree were absolutely gorgeous. Big Kid completely disagreed but had fun taking the picture anyway. He’s very against the color red right now because it’s not a “Pirates color” (black and yellow), but he’s always happy for an excuse to play with my phone ;)
Rest day Mondays= pancakes for breakfast. I made the batter Sunday night (using this recipe…hands down, my favorite, go-to recipe for regular pancakes….only switch I make is Greek yogurt for sour cream, since we always have the yogurt and never have sour cream) and only had to cook them on Monday morning, making this easy peasy (there’s a reason I work with children). It was a great way to start off another week and will hopefully become a weekly tradition from here on out!
Thanksgiving explosion. For someone who wanted nothing to do with Thanksgiving crafts, Big Kid sure warmed up to them once I showed him how fun they are to make in so many different ways (and bribed him to sit still for ten minutes with candy corn…he loves it even more than I do…I didn’t think that was possible). Now his favorite after nap time activity (if we can’t do for a “night walk” of course) is to make turkeys with his hand prints and then add them to his window display. Peanut likes the “kitties,” too. Oh, and when I asked Peanut what a cow says yesterday while holding up a toy cow, he replied, “Ding ding ding ding.” We may have a problem on our hands.
I started reading Running and Being by George Sheehan this weekend and was incredibly intrigued by the last paragraph in the prologue. Thoughts?
BEST. BROWNIE. EVER. As much as I love to bake and try out recipes I find online, I have never left for work early to stop at the grocery store on the way so that I could go straight home from the boys and recreate a recipe. That changed yesterday morning after I read Becky‘s post containing Triple Layer Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownies from Monday. Many spoons were licked in the making of these brownies, and I have the patience of Peanut when it comes to sweets, so no the ganache is not fully hardened (read: not at all), but they were amazing regardless; Joe said so, too, and he doesn’t like sweets nearly as much as I do (I know, weirdo), so you know it really means something. Make these immediately and enjoy with a huge glass of milk :)
Big Kid and Peanut are wild men on the swings. Their shrieks of laughter fill the air and leave no doubt to anyone that the park is occupied. Puts a huge smile on my face every time.
Have a wonderful Wednesday.
What’s new in your neck of the woods? Do you enjoy hand print turkeys and maps as much as Big Kid? Favorite new Target find and/or recipe?