I took the kids to a parade a few weeks ago which resulted in a bag full of tootsie rolls and other candy I wouldn’t normally allow in my house. I might be guilty of saving it for Halloween to hand out to trick or treaters, if one ever comes to our house for the first time ever.
My father in law popped in for a visit on Friday so Jeron and I were able to sneak out for a few hours of child free fun. We ended up at a bar/restaurant/coffee shop and were thrilled to run into John and Gillian as well as a few other friends. I ordered whiskey on the rocks and loved it. I hardly even know myself any more. Maybe marriage really does make you become one?
We had the most fun last Saturday. We went with my mom up to Lake City, MN to have lunch with my aunt and cousin. We ate at The Railhouse Grill which was amazing, especially considering what a small town I thought we were visiting. I would much rather go there for dinner because I wanted to eat absolutely everything but wasn’t that hungry since it was lunch.
On the way home we stopped at Lark Toys which is the biggest, funnest toy store I’ve ever been in. I don’t get too excited taking the kids to Toys R Us because it’s just rows of toys on display. This store had tons of stuff out that they could play with, books they could read, and even a carousel. We have an unspoken agreement in our family that we will ride any carousel we come across. It happens maybe once or twice a year and the kids have more fun than any other time in their lives. I was concerned that Strummer wouldn’t be too happy (judging by last time) but he sat on my lap and said “Weee!” the whole time. And Cas rode his own horse! The babies are growing up.
I’ve been trying to balance starting school with soaking up the last days of summer. My mom gave the kids a water table a few weeks back and it has been a big hit. It held their attention for five whole hours last week while I painted the trim on the stairs, made an elaborate lunch, and (shhh) watched Big Love. We pulled it out over the weekend and filled up their kiddie pool thinking we could double down on the fun and make it last all day. They played for literally five minutes before they started fighting and complaining and asked to come inside. I pulled just the table out this week and they went back to fun and games forever. The pool is obviously the independent variable and I know how I’ll be sending them outside from now on. This face is Strummer trying to kiss me through the glass patio door. Seriously, cannot get enough.
As I mentioned above, I’ve been pretty obsessed with Big Love lately. It was slow starting for me but now that I’m in it I love it. I’ve even been watching it at nap time which is usually reserved for computer work (oops). Jeron and I pushed hard to get through True Blood in time for the finale. It was not exactly worth it but at least the ending didn’t get spoiled for us. I don’t think I was as disappointed as most people about the finale, but then again I had low expectations to begin with and had only given like six months of my life to the series rather than the seven years most people did. After finishing True Blood we spent the next night almost exclusively scrolling through Netflix and HBO trying to find something to watch. We watched the first episode of The Leftovers (which I really did enjoy), and episode of BoJack Horseman (which I surprisingly didn’t enjoy), and last night we watched the first two hours (yes, there’s more than two) of Cloud Atlas. Will someone please explain to me what the heck that movie is about? Two hours in I still don’t get it.
I’m back at it with #theliveinkitchentonight on twitter and instagram. If you need a little inspiration for your meal planning be sure to check it out. I was surprised scrolling through it yesterday to see how little I repeat meals. Variety is the spice of life.
So what have you been up to? How should I spend my last weekend of summer? Obviously it’s going to get cold the second September hits. I’m thinking some sort of campfire situation.