scenes from the weekend

Though her birthday is a week away, we roused up a little party this weekend to celebrate Evelyn’s second year.  I have been notoriously bad at taking decent pictures when it really matters…like during special events.  I don’t know if I get caught up in the moment or what, but I forgot to take a picture of the cake I made, I barely remembered to get it on video, and all the pictures that would have been great are just a little too blurry.  Like this one.  This one is my favorite, but the stupid camera focused on the cake instead of my girl.  Oh well.  She wore this little grin on her face the whole night and it made my heart so happy to see it.  She just seemed to know it was all about her.

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I admit, I decided to go with a boxed cake mix because I wanted to make it gluten-free and didn’t want to invest in all the individual ingredients needed to make it gluten-free.  I made my own frosting though and decorated it myself.  Everyone raved about it, so I guess it was good.  Evelyn sure liked it.

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We tried to get a photo of all three of us, because there are so very few of them in existence.  I don’t think we have any picture of the three of us in which one of us is not looking away from the camera, has our eyes closed, or just looks silly, in general.  This is the best shot we were able to get and Michael looks like a bit of a creeper, don’t you think?  Well, you weren’t really expecting me to post an unflattering picture of myself, were you?

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We got her this play kitchen for her birthday and her eyes lit up when she saw it.  It kept her and my 2 younger nephews occupied for more than a few milliseconds.

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She also loves the play tent she got from my parents.  She even napped in it on Sunday afternoon.

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Among all the activities of the weekend, we got quite a bit of wintry weather.  Fortunately, it didn’t interfere with my fun.  I woke up to snow on Saturday morning, but by the time I decided to venture out, the roads were clear.  The weekend came to a close with another shot of snow and icy rain.  Sunday afternoon by the fire was a great way to mentally prepare for the busy week ahead.

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And a little bit of snowflake catching was fun too.

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scenes from the weekend

Ahhh, I finally got a weekend at home with nothing to do, nowhere to go, no entertaining, just me and the family and whatever came up.  Well, I had to be at least a little bit productive, so I spent some time in the kitchen, and I whipped up some great food.  Though I’m feeling too lazy to type out the recipes, so I will just link back to the sites where I found them.  I had a hankering for pancakes and I wanted Evelyn to try them, so I whipped up a batch of paleo pancakes (made with coconut flour).  I made half of them with blueberries, but I really preferred the plain ones with a schmear of no-sugar-added apple butter that Michael purchased at a local orchard this week.

Evelyn liked her pancakes I guess.  She spent quite a bit of time picking the blueberries out and dissecting them and when it was all said and done I think she may have eaten 3-4 pieces.

I also whipped up a batch of apple crisp with some of the apples I needed to use.  Oh.my.goodness.  This stuff is incredible…and completely sugar and grain-free.  We topped it off with some coconut milk crema.  So incredibly good, and you’d never know it’s healthy.

I also made bacon wrapped chicken thighs for dinner.  Holy crap, it was amazing!  I didn’t get a picture because we devoured it too quickly.  I didn’t have all the spices that this recipe called for, so I just mixed equal parts of paprika, chili powder, and onion powder, sprinkled it on some skinless thighs, wrapped them in bacon and baked them for about 45 minutes.  We will definitely be making it again.

Michael and I made a thrift store run this weekend.  We usually hit up all the thrift and consignment stores in town about once a month or so.  It had been awhile, so I had high hopes, but I didn’t really find anything exciting, except this little bowl.

I have been scouring Pinterest for ideas for Evelyn’s first birthday and I always see tables set up with lovely cake and cupcake stands.  Several weeks ago I found a variety of white pieces that I had planned to make into a stand for cupcakes and cookies.  This weekend I finally put it together and this white bowl fit in nicely with the stand.  These pieces will eventually hold goodies at Evelyn’s party. 🙂

My sister and her boyfriend stopped by on Saturday evening so we threw a quick fire in the chiminea and took advantage of the nice weather by spending some time on the patio.  We don’t have many pictures of the three of us, so I also took advantage of my sister by having her snap a few shots.

Today was a lazy day.  We went to church, but didn’t leave the house other than that, so today became a time to air out Evelyn’s bum.  She’s been rashy lately, nothing major, but enough to bother me, so I let her run around in her fitted diapers without a cover, so air could circulate around her skin.  I just love using cloth.

Things were pretty dull around here this weekend, but I am looking forward to the weeks ahead.  October is my favorite month and Fall is my favorite time of year.  Soon we’ll be pumpkin patchin’, hay ridin’, spending time with family and friends, and then getting ready for Evelyn’s big day.  So, I’m enjoying this calm before the busy storm of the holidays.  What’s on your plate this weekend?

scenes from the weekend

I had an utterly exhausting weekend.  As I begin to type this, I question whether or not I will be able to keep my eyes open long enough to finish this post.  I probably won’t…just so you know.  Oh well, there’s always tomorrow.

Anyway, Michael and I decided to tear the carpet out of our house on Saturday.  We had actually started this several weeks ago when we yanked the carpet from our second floor hallway and our stairs.  But the carpet remained in our TV room because we had not found the time to move out all the furniture.  Don’t ask me how, but we managed to do this with Evelyn around.  I had originally arranged for a friend to come over and hang out with her while we did the hard work, but those plans fell through so we were on our own to move everything, rip out the carpet, and remove all the staples and tacking strips…all while keeping Evelyn happy and entertained.  In a way I wish I had taken pictures of the TV room because I am of the mindset that a blog is kind of worthless (or maybe just boring) without pictures, but I’m glad I didn’t because I still have a lot of work to do and I’m not ready for the big reveal.  (More on that later.)

On Sunday, I went to a family reunion and then came home to another family gathering on the patio.  Michael stayed home from the family reunion, so just Evelyn and I went together.  It was the usual gathering with lots of food.  Since we were out of our normal element, Evelyn didn’t nap well.  She is just so curious about everything that’s going on…new places, new people, new things to see and do.  She doesn’t want to miss a second.

Ok, so just a few pictures from the reunion…and then bed.

Uncle Nick is so entertaining…

…and Uncle Luke puts me to sleep.

four generations: Evelyn, mommy (me), grandpa, and great-grandma

scenes from the weekend

Oh, the weekends are always too short!  We were busy this weekend.  My little sister and her boyfriend stopped by on Friday and we played some Settler’s of Catan.  Yes, I am a total geek.  Evelyn gave me quite a scare when she got startled by the cat and then cried so hard that she held her breath for way too long.  I eventually had to blow on her face to start her breathing again.  It scared the daylights out of me!

After my shower on Saturday morning, I came downstairs to this:

Ok, my child is playing with plastic storage containers.  The cool part about this is that I had just been talking to Michael about how I thought Evelyn was getting bored with her toys and was I considering buying her some new ones.  So, what did he do?  Yep, he raided the cupboards.  Seriously, why didn’t I think of this?  One of the missions of the education program I work for is to help parents understand that they don’t have to buy a lot of fancy toys to provide meaningful learning experiences for their children.  There are tons of activities you can do with everyday things that are lying around the house.  Case in point.  She spent at least 20 minutes exploring these containers.

Our Saturday afternoon and evening were spent with my Aunt and Uncle.  They were camping about 20 minutes from where we live and invited us to come and spend some time with them.

Despite the ominous clouds in the distance, the weather held out for the most part and we were even able to go for a swim.  I really thought that Evelyn would cry because the water wasn’t very warm, but she had a great time.

Michael had a little mishap and spilled a glass of red wine all over his shorts, an event that I’m sure my Uncle will never let him forget.  I really wish I had taken a picture!

Our Sunday was pretty typical…church, chores, and relaxing as much as possible.  I have a busy week ahead and honestly can’t wait for it to be over.  We have a family camping trip planned for next weekend, so I’m already looking ahead.

Tonight while I was looking through my camera’s memory card and saving some of the best pictures, I stumbled across some great ones that Michael had taken.  Just had to share 🙂