Summer Week in Review

Hot out. Lower 90s and humid.

Some evening thunderstorms. ❤

Enjoying our beach tent and kiddie pool, both in the back yard. Today, I literally tossed the tent off the deck folded up, it popped open mid-air, and was thus pretty much set up for me so the girls and I could hang out by the pool.

Baby C just had a well visit, which confirmed what we thought: she’s doing great.

Week 2 of our CSA included spinach, kale, scallions, Swiss chard, and lettuce. I processed it all the evening we got it, even though we had a late dinner and I didn’t get out of the kitchen till 11ish. It felt good.

I cooked my most successful Glorious One Pot meal yesterday. It was mostly free-styled. Just need to do a better job adding seasoning.

F and I worked together to wrap a present for her best friend’s birthday party tomorrow. F wrote the card and insisted on putting it inside the box before we wrapped it. 🙂

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New dinner clean-up strategy?

We had a nice dinner, and for a treat (to go with fresh strawberries) I made a Dutch Baby for dessert. Not the exact one I linked to, but it’s pretty close. And yes, it’s supposed to be breakfast, but it was quite fantastic after dinner too.

F was super excited about dessert. We told her we’d serve it up after we finished cleaning up dinner.

What we meant was clearing the table. But then I found myself washing up all the pots and pans, loading the dishwasher, etc. It didn’t take long at all, and I had the promise of dessert to keep me on task.

It was so nice to come back to the kitchen after dessert to a kitchen that was 90% cleaned up! This should become a more frequent strategy – bribing ourselves with dessert.

Strawberries

We drove out to a farm and picked strawberries!

It was a gorgeous day and there were plenty of ripe berries for the picking. Even though it was hot and sunny, the breeze and fluffy clouds helped keep us very comfortable. Plus I had packed an unreasonable amount of water.

Highly recommended outing for a 3.5 year old!

Tulips!

red and yellow tulips

This is not my yard!

We took a trip to a public garden a county or two over from ours. We met a couple of friends there with their kids, and F and the others got lots of exercise! Also, it was beautiful. Also, picnic lunches are extra delicious after a lot of walking.

We have a few surprise tulips in our yard too. I’m honestly surprised at all the bulbs in our neighborhood, given the incredible squirrel population.

Alarm-ing Myself

I haven’t been waking up to an alarm clock since Baby C was born. Unfortunately, with one thing and another, my sleep schedule has been creeping later and later. I hate when I have no morning, but I also hate being tired. And Baby C wakes up to feed anywhere between once and four times each night. Even when she doesn’t wake me up, I wake up, and often can’t fall right back to sleep. So I need kind of a lot of “sleep” to cobble together enough of it.

I set my first alarm yesterday, and my second one today. I’m tired, but I’m encouraged that I’ve still got so much of the day ahead of me. I’m hopeful that I’m tired enough to return to my normal, early-ish bedtime tonight. Maybe soon I can start waking up at a reasonable time without an alarm.

Under the Weather

I’m so pleased to report that none of us is horribly ill! F has a runny nose (that I really really really don’t want Baby C to catch…), and J and I have sore throats. So far, Baby C has no symptoms and is happy as a clam.

Also, the basement freezer didn’t close right last night, and so all of a sudden we have quite a bit of cooking to do on our sick day! Frozen pizza, soup, more pho broth, and two sausage recipes (sausage and peppers, and this one with kale and spaghetti squash) will minimize the waste. Bye bye to my small stock of frozen breast milk though.

We’re also planning to rent Frozen! None of us have seen it yet, and today seems like the day. F is beside herself that special movie plans are in the works.