Saturday, June 13, 2020

12 Years Staycation

Good morning and Happy Weekend!

We are making the mad rush out of the house to go to the lake and you know we will forget everything. Here's hoping all the kids have a matching pair of shoes...

The last time we talked Dan and I were getting ready to celebrate our 12 year anniversary with a kid free stay-cation. Thanks to Grandma Frankie, who graciously agreed to keep our three hooligans. 

Just look at those well rested faces. After reading What Alice Forgot, I have wondered what 2008-Racheal would think about 2020-Racheal's life. While I think she would be surprised about the road it took to get here, I think she would be pleased. :)
After I dropped the girls off on Friday night, I picked up Dan and we headed to Somerset Winery Tasting Room to meet our friends Ryann and Kevin.

Yes, the patio really was that beautiful. 

We have tried to arrange a kid free double date with them for years and we finally pulled it off without a kid being sick. We adore them and had a fantastic evening eating amazing food truck food (<- get the paella),

sipping on delicious hard cider (not too sweet!), and listening to live music. When Dan sweat through his shirt we decided to head back to our house for a night swim. 

Saturday morning Lola and I enjoyed a leisurely long walk, 

I worked a little, and then Dan and I did what any kid free married couple would do - headed to Academy to shop for pool floats. We stopped by for Greek on our way home - delicious.

After relaxing in the pool the rest of the afternoon, Dan and I showered and met our friends Brad and Chessa for another delicious dinner out. 

Brad and Chessa were both in our wedding, so celebrating our anniversary with them seemed fitting.

We woke up on Sunday terribly missing the kids, so while I went grocery shopping for the week Dan drove to pick them up and we were all swimming together by lunch time. 

(Notice the new floats.)

It should be noted that in those 2 days without kids I curled my hair and went out to eat more than I had the entire 2 months before. I'd say we came out of quarantine with a bang. 

We spent the rest of Sunday in the pool, swimming with various friends, which is how we have spent the rest of this week.

The girls play and swim all day at camp and them come home to play and swim some more.  Ina had dance twice. We hosted a small-ish small group swim party. Our door continues to open with friends smiling on the other side, which makes me so happy.

We are making a very quick trip to the lake this weekend and coming back home in time for the re-gathering of our church on Sunday! We are so excited.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Recipes to share: 

Eggroll in a bowl. Every time I make this recipe I wish I made it more.
Crack dip - not ever a little bit healthy but oh so perfect for a pool party, particularly when paired with Aldi's street corn chips.
Sheet pan tandori chicken and cauliflower with cucumber and onion salad - another perfect quick dinner. 

Friday, June 5, 2020

Frog Jumping into Summer Camp

Hello and Happy Friday! 

Although that first sentence may sound and look cheerful, my heart is heavy with what is (has) happening (happened) in our country this week (centuries). I will admit that my natural response to any conflict is to bury my head in the sand, but I understand that is not helpful to anyone. I am making an effort to listen and learn and be uncomfortable. Thank you for reading here and letting me continue to document my precious bubble of a life, which I have recognized as such more and more with every day. 

Monday was Ina and Cora's first day of summer camp. This was the same camp I worked for in high school and college, so I was a little giddy dropping them off the first day. True to their natures, Ina gave me the peace sign and went to join her friends while Cora hesitantly clung to my leg until I convinced her she would have fun without me there.

I picked them up after work and learned they had gained a few more freckles and a few more friends. Cora reported that she has a 'new BFF' whose name she couldn't quite recollect and Ina told me she traded the pretzels I packed for Spicy Doritos, that her favorite counselor was a guy named Vince because he was the most 'instructive' and that she was brave enough to go down the big slide at the pool. 

Something I didn't anticipate was Mira waking up and yelling, "We're going to summer camp! I can't wait to go summer camping!" Poor girl has a few more years until she is old enough. Until then she gets to pick strawberries with Nonnie. 

I have a feeling our new summer routine is set - dinner, swimming, listening to Harry Potter. 

Lola has yet to jump in the pool, but she has come close a few times. Really, it is just a matter of time before it happens. 

Tuesday I again picked up two red faced, tired, and very hungry campers. We came home, turned on the AC and a movie, and I cooked dinner for a few friends to celebrate Valerie's birthday. We ate cookie cake and watched the kids swim until the sun started going down. 

We didn't even make it through an entire chapter of Harry Potter we were so tired.

On Wednesday I squeezed in a long overdue hair cut and eyebrow wax before picking the girls up from camp, quickly chopping a salad, and heading to small group, which the Thomas Family graciously volunteered to host to celebrate Graham's retirement from the marine corps. 

As we left Cora picked up a frog on the sidewalk. Nothing delights her more than holding a frog, and likewise, nothing upsets her more than losing a frog. Bless her heart, she lost that frog no less than 10 times in the van on the way home. I made the mistake of letting her keep the frog in a makeshift aquarium overnight, but after researching how to take care for the creature, the internet strongly suggested we let the wild frog free.

Cora was not happy with this at all and her heart broke into a million little pieces when she had to watch "Polly" hop away without following after it. She cried so hard through my patient explanation of how Polly was better off on his/her own. The only thing that stopped Cora from spending the day in tears was me mentioning the possibility of going to the pet store and getting a pet frog. A pet frog? Who am I? HALP.

Thursday night some neighbor friends came over to swim, we had steak and my favorite salad, and Ina had dance. When I picked her up she strutted to the car and confidently announced, "We have our dance DOWN. Miss Donna says we are professionals!" I think the extra socialization gave her a new found energy, because when it was time to go to bed she kept on saying, "My body is exhausted, but my mouth is energized! I have so much I want to talk about!" as she told me about wondering what goes through others' minds and asked me if I had any boyfriends before Daddy. 

Whew! The girls are going to their Grandma's for the weekend and Dan and I are going to enjoy a little anniversary stay-cation. We have been married 12 years on Sunday! I am so looking forward to the next 48 hours.

Have a great weekend!


Korean beef bowls - seriously love this recipe
Grilled chicken with Peruvian green sauce - another Kendrick family staple
Kale Cesar salad with this dressing recipe and roasted chickpeas 

Monday, June 1, 2020

Matching Tie Dye

Hello and Happy Monday!

I came home from the gym, watered the tomatoes, started a load of laundry, and am typing away until the girls wake up.
Friday Dan and I rode together to pick up the girls from Danielle's, which of course led to chatting, and the Kendricks staying way longer than we needed to.

When the fridge broke, the chorizo in the freezer defrosted, which forced us to make huevos con chorizo. Darn. Brooke and the kids came over and Dan pushed us out the door while he made dinner. The pool looked so inviting but is still so cold, so this was another night of getting all of the swim suits located and donned, finding the puddle jumpers and putting them on, and then sitting on the deck staring at the water and wishing it was warmer. 

Brooke and I went on another short run on Saturday morning. If you count Murph, that is three runs in one week - who am I? 

After a few hours of me working, Dan making a homemade pool heater, me re-planting my kale sprouts, and the little girls crumbling styrofoam all over our yard and and garage (seriously), we loaded up and headed out to Dan's dad's camper open house.

Dan's dad sells the coolest light weight campers and this is an event we look forward to every year. We ate great food, talked with friends and family, and explored all sorts of 'camping things' as the girls like to call them. 

I saw this trip out in public as the perfect opportunity to wear our matching tie dye shirts. The girls insisted that each needed a picture on my shoulders. If they grow any more, I will need to start increasing my weight at the gym. 

We got home just in time for some swimming with the Champs. We ordered pizza and wings, I made a quick kale salad, and we watched the kids swim. Then some more friends stopped by, and we ended with another unintentional Saturday night party where everyone was up way later than we needed to be.

Because the girls and I don't have the ability to sleep in, staying up late is never a good idea, and even though I loved the time with our friends, I regretted the decision most of the day on Sunday when everyone was in less than favorable moods. 

Ina, Dan, and I played Five Crowns, Dan mowed, I did laundry, and we sat around most of the morning, swam in the afternoon, ate an early dinner, listened to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and went to bed before 8 PM, just the way I like it. 

Some good news from Sunday - Mira has started to tell us when she needs to go use the bathroom! This girl potty trained like a rock star and even though potty training with the pool leads to so many logistical issues, I am so thankful we figured this all out within a week! 

The big girls start summer camp today, so I emptied out backpacks, filled water bottles, and packed snacks. I am so excited for them and beyond thankful the community is opening up this opportunity with certain restrictions in place. My girls need some activity in their lives!

I hope you have a great week! <3


Energy Balls - I made a batch of these for the girls to take to camp.

Easy Kale Salad - I didn't have the mangos, but I wish I did!

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