a little bit of grown-up time

I’m feeling refreshed on this quiet Sunday.  My parents took Evelyn on Friday night, so Michael and I decided to spend our leisurely Saturday strolling around and shopping.  Before Evelyn (would it be wrong to refer to that time period as BE?) we used to spend one Saturday a month strolling the shops, sipping our coffee, eating out for lunch, and picking up little things we needed (or didn’t need) for around the house.  Now that we have an active toddler on our hands, it’s difficult to do much of anything before she’s shouting “all done!!”  which is her way of saying, “Thank you very much, but I’ve had enough of this stroller/cart/car seat, so unless you’re planning to let me run around and tear up the place, it’s time to go home.”  She does very much enjoy doing this:

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She will stay with the cart and not wander around, but you can’t stop.  Must. keep. moving.  This makes it rather difficult to do any comparison shopping or to mull over your choices.  Michael told me he sometimes will circle the aisle with her several times so that he can look at an item for more than a few seconds…and yet her speed of travel is agonizingly slow.

Anyway, I’ve gone off track.  Or what was I talking about anyway?

Oh, so we got our tax refund and while we are planning to put most of it into savings, we have reserved a certain amount to purchase some things.  Momma needed some new clothes (that fit!) and we needed to get a few things for Evelyn too.  Mainly, a new car seat.  We ended up getting a jogging stroller for Michael and a few other odds and ends.

So, we had a sleeping in, coffee sippin’, leisurely strolling, one-bag toting, napping kind of day and we got to do our grocery shopping, just us grown-ups.  Ah, it’s the little things.  What do you miss about life before kids?  Do you give yourself time to do those things every once in awhile?

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 🙂