Happy Tuesday to you! I hope you have had a wonderful holiday weekend. We had some crazy thunder Sunday morning (I even asked Scott if he thought one strike might have been a bomb!), and a great afternoon shower yesterday, but otherwise it’s been mild and warm and wonderful. We had a wonderful start to our summer if you’d like to know the details!
We started out the weekend right with school getting out, and then having our third annual Welcome to Summer Party once we got home!
We got the bouncy house out (which, sidenote, is seriously one of the best gifts we’ve ever received- have your parents, in-laws, aunts, and uncles, etc. go in together (or just go out of pocket yourself) and get one for your kids! You will not regret it. We have this one and love it), our little blow-up pool, and the kids changed into their swimsuits and played for almost four hours in the pool and the bouncy house! I sat in the driveway on snake lookout patrol ( we haven’t seen one yet (KNOCK ON WOOD) but with snake bites already up 50% over last year, I am terrified!) and listened to them play, and laugh, and sing, and it was such a great afternoon.
They ate popsicles and we kept dinner easy for the kids with pizza (Scott and I grilled steaks and had broccoli and a salad) and I think they went to bed pretty excited for the rest of the summer!
Saturday morning we SLEPT IN (hallelujah!!!), but then got up and headed to our favorite Farmer’s Market in Monroe. We got lemonade and cookies for the kids, and then picked up a bunch of local produce for some yummy dinners. I got a bouquet of the most beautiful local flowers, too, a splurge that I always envy but never get at the market!
We strolled through Downtown Monroe, and walked through our favorite bookshop too.
We headed home, rested a bit, and made a yummy vegetable plate for dinner with all our Farmer’s Market finds (and some homemade biscuits on the side)! And Ben and Scott worked on the green beans and ribs for Sunday.
We had homemade biscuits, roasted beets and roasted parmesan romanesco, sauteed squash, zucchini, and onion, fried potatoes, and fresh tomato slices.
Sunday we were up and went to church, came home and took it easy! The kids played inside and outside, I actually laid down for a quick nap (which was a mistake- I was groggy pretty much the rest of the day, hence the reason I rarely nap), and then made potato salad, corn, and green beans while Scott grilled the ribs for dinner. A much needed slow day to start out the summer!
And yesterday, we took another slow day and celebrated Memorial Day, and those men and women who gave their all in defense of our country and our freedoms. My family and I will be forever grateful.
We headed a few miles down the road to Dacula, where they’ve hosted one of the only Memorial Day parades around these parts for almost 25 years! We had a great time, and the rain held off for us to enjoy the beautiful (but slightly humid) morning. I was so proud to see all the grateful friends, neighbors, and citizens out celebrating and honoring our fallen heroes. We live these amazing lives and we owe all our freedoms to those that made the ultimate sacrifice.
After the parade, we got home, had hotdogs, and then the sky opened up and we had an epic rainshower. While it rained, we played Headbandz, then turned off all the lights, popped popcorn, made chocolate-banana milkshakes, and had a movie afternoon! We watched Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, and we rested and relaxed the rest of the afternoon and evening. What a great few days we have had as a family, kicking off our summer.
Since we’ve been indulging over the weekend, we are trying to eat as best we can this week, and even considering a juice fast (and if anyone has any suggestions or recommendations, we’re all ears!). Also, a friend of mine who has been trying Blue Apron meal delivery service sent me a coupon for a FREE week of meals, so we’re trying it out (why not, for free!!). I am so excited! So three nights this week, I’ll be cooking nice healthy meals for Scott and I (I chose three 2-person meals for the week) and also fixing simple and easy meals for the kids. I can’t wait to see how we like it! You can skip weekly shipments whenever you like, so it might be nice to have an account available and order meals when we have particularly busy weeks. Anyway, I’ll let you know how it goes! Here’s what we’ll be having the rest of the week:
Sunday: Ribs, Potato Salad, Green Beans, and Corn on the Cob
Monday: Lasagna and Garlic Bread
Tuesday: Nancy’s Italian Chopped Salad
Wednesday: Blue Apron Meal- Salmon-Dill Burgers with Marinated Cucumber and Roasted Potatoes (Kids- Pizza)
Thursday: Blue Apron Meal- Thai Steak Lettuce Cups with Spicy Green Beans and Sushi Rice (Kids- PBJ’s and a Raw Veggie Tray with Ranch)
Friday: Blue Apron Meal- Honey-Rhubarb Chicken with Asparagus and Fingerling Potatoes (Kids- Spaghettio’s)
I hope that you have had a wonderful long weekend with your family. And three cheers for a great kick-off to summer!