It’s so ridiculously cold, y’all. We’ve spent our winter break attempting to do almost nothing and we were successful! I took a complete (and rare) break from work, and slept in. We played video games, built legos, and worked on puzzles with the boys. I read five books, and watched a bunch of movies. It was wonderful.
Now we are back to school and work in what, I believe, is a northern winter of some sorts ( -1?). I’ve been doing a bit of baking, one of my Christmas bakes that I thought was a total flop:
Turned out to be a winner with the addition of whipped cream.
And then I made everything bagel biscuits (from the new smitten kitchen cookbook) for lunch:
That I could eat again and again.
And I loaded up on groceries from Trader Joe’s:
I’m hoping this will hold me for a few months.
My Mom, sister, and I shopped the after Christmas sales:
And I stocked up on some of my Sephora favorites:
B and I celebrated our eleventh wedding anniversary and in true form of two parents in their thirties, I don’t have any pictures of just us, so this will have to suffice:
And that’s a bit of our life lately! Happy Wednesday!
Link has been hanging out:
We checked the Galaxy of Lights off our Christmas to do list:
I’ve started baking some holiday treats:
We’ve been shuffling between basketball games and practices:
I’ve got hot cocoa ready to go for movie night:
And A went hiking with his Cub Scout den:
And that’s a bit of our life lately!
Whether you make apple pie:
Or turkey cookies…
We hope your Thanksgiving is especially sweet!
J and I watched Wall-E for the first time and he loved it:
But before that he was my wedding date, while A and B were at Cub Haunted:
A turned nine:
And went to The Phantom Tollbooth play with his class (and Granna!):
We graduated to full Monopoly:
And the boys hiked Monte Sano for Cub Scouts:
And that’s a little of our life lately!
One of A’s favorite camp outs of the year is Cub Haunted. They get to use sling shots, practice using BB guns, go on a haunted hay ride, and all kinds of other fun activities. He had a blast!
I love these camp outs. It gives A and B a chance to just hang out, away from all of the hustle and stress of work and school. A always returns full of stories to share and brimming with excitement about their trip. It’s the best!
This past weekend J and I joined in our very first camp out. Let me just say, I am not a camping person. Unless it’s a desert. Or a beach. Or a place devoid of all plant life. However, A had very much been looking forward to us joining him, so I took some extra Benadryl and hoped for the best.
It also happened to be in the middle of the end of September heat wave, so it was ridiculously hot. Insert eye roll.
However, we put together Ninjago stickers:
Explored the flat trails (we opted out of the 800 elevation hike):
And found a new friend!
It was a blast getting to spend time with the boys and B. And now I’m going to go take some more allergy meds, as I recover from the trip. Ha!
We’re at the point in the year where all of us are two feet jumped in with work, school, volunteering, sports, etc. so my blog is on a bit of the back burner at the moment. However, in a few weeks I’ll have some fun fall posts to share, so stay tuned! Until then, I’m playing catch up with our weekend highlights.
J got the golden star at his soccer game for scoring five goals! This kid LOVES soccer.
We celebrated B’s birthday and I surprised him and the boys with a Nintendo Switch:
B’s parents came into town for the weekend and we hiked part of Monte Sano during their visit:
And checked out the stream below:
After J did well hiking the Keel Mountain Preserve, we decided to test out the Blevins Gap Nature Preserve. This trail has a significant amount of elevation, and is about two hours round trip. It is quite shaded, which was nice, and has a spectacular view of our city at the top.
The beginning of the trail is sunny and open…
But a few minutes in…
You can see a difference! Much shadier. After awhile on a straight path, we started heading up the incline:
And found a cave along the way:
And after awhile we finally reached the top:
Gorgeous view at the top of the rock!
So besides it being Auburn’s first football game this weekend…
We also celebrated my 35th birthday! Thirty five doesn’t seem right, but so it is! A’s about to be nine, y’all. Nine.
So besides opening presents and general birthday chaos,
B made me an amazing brisket, and I made my own cake with some help from J.
There’s recipe I got from my sister and it’s essentially a combination of this Mix and Match Mama recipe (minus the vanilla bean paste), and this Kevin and Amanda frosting (with butter instead of Crisco). I made it in sheet pan form and followed the lowest time on the funfetti box. It is so good! Especially with ice cream. Perfect for celebrating half-way to forty!
Technically summer is just getting started in the south and will continue until mid to late October. However, the boys summer break is drawing to a close and we have just a mere week left before it’s back to school, sports, Cub Scouts, piano lessons, and more. We are currently living summer break to its fullest including,
A final trip to the library for story time:
We finished swim lessons and the boys improved by leaps and bounds:
We had dinner at a hibachi grill and the boys loved it:
We checked out the hay bales prepped for the winter:
And speaking of winter, the boys had their first blizzards:
The boys played some evening catch:
And ran through the sprinklers:
Enjoying those last bits of summer before they are gone!