Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day Weekend 2020

Hello! Happy Memorial Day!

Blogging in almost real time here!

After work on Friday I picked up the girls at Danielle's where Mira had a 100% successful potty training report (yay!) and the girls were giddy post golf-cart ride. Danielle and I sat on her beautiful patio and chatted while the kids jumped on the trampoline.

After dinner, Ina and I were sitting outside. I was sitting on the picnic table and she was laying with her long blonde hair in my lap. She looked up at our tree and asked if the berries on it were poisonous. I told her I didn't know. She looked thoughtful for a minute and said, "I think what I need to do is find a berry I know for sure is poisonous and a berry I know for sure is not poisonous. Then I will compare the data between the two berries. Then, I can take that data and compare to all the other berries to find out if they are poisonous or not."


I proudly sat there in awed silence with my little scientist and she said, "I don't know. It might just make me famous."

Poor Mira's perfect track record did not continue for the rest of Friday, but that could have been a little bit my fault for being distracted with dinner, cleaning, Marco Polo-ing, etc. BUT, the rest of the weekend up until now (as I am typing this while watching Descendants 3 late Monday morning) she hasn't had one single accident...unless you count when we were swimming and she looked at me with an ornery smile on her face and said, "Momma, I am NOT peeing in the pool right now."


Thank God for chlorine. One week of potty training and I can now send her into the bathroom on her own! She has been the easiest to train out of the three, and I think this was because I waited for obvious signs that she was ready.

Saturday morning I worked and shortly after my sister and her kids came over for lunch and swimming.


She brought some tie-dye, which was a huge success with my craft-loving girls.


I am slightly obsessed with my red, white, and blue tank.


For the rest of the afternoon and evening, friends trickled in for swimming, tacos, and games.





We stayed up waaaayyy past our bedtime and had an absolute blast with our non-party Memorial Day party. The cousins stayed the night and after my Sunday morning walk I brought home donuts to a still sleeping house.


Once everyone woke up it didn't take long before we were sitting in front of the pool again, which we did until Brooke invited us to her mom's pool. One would think that it wouldn't make sense for us to leave our pool to go to another pool...but Brooke's mom pool is heated, has a water slide, and is not positioned next to my house, which has the habit of beckoning me with pesky chores and responsibilities. I was able to mostly sit and relax at Brooke's mom's house, which the occasional sunscreen application or goggle adjustment.



We came home to even more swimming, frog catching, and card playing with Dan's boss (who just happens to also live down the street from us) and his amazing family.


The girls have been catching frogs all weekend and Cora is simply precious holding these slimy creatures. She giggles every time they hop out of her hand and then she patiently follows them around until she can scoop one into her hands again.



This morning started with a modified Murph at the gym - I did TRX rows instead of pull-ups and most of the push-ups were from my knees and it still kicked my butt.


After a late breakfast we are watching a movie and online shopping (swimsuits at primary are 50% off right now!). Ina is still wearing her swimsuit from yesterday, so things are moving pretty slow around here.

Recipes from the weekend:

I accidentally purchased grapefruits instead of oranges last week at the store, which I only discovered after I had peeled and separated three 'oranges' the girls refused to eat. So, I took this opportunity to create this grapefruit margarita on Friday. 

Friday: Vietnamese lettuce cups with roasted carrots- my current favorite weeknight dinner. I add coconut aminos (or soy sauce) for more salt/flavor.
Saturday dinner: taco bar (with double-decker making potential) with Mexican watermelon salad and slaw. Three different people texted me afterwards to ask for the watermelon salad recipe.
Saturday lunch: Grilled Asian Chicken
We had leftovers yesterday and tonight we are having burgers, roasted fries, and cucumber salad

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