I’m getting a head start on my “week in the life” because I think my camera battery may have died on me for good yesterday. And no I don’t have an iPhone.
This weekend was better than most in the recent past. This winter has been sort of shit. First there was the holidays, the first without my Dad. Then there was the general misery of Jan. and Feb. in MN, with the exception of a wonderful trip to visit my grandma in FL.
When March finally came, with the possibility (that did not end up happening) of nicer weather, Nathan had surgery to reconstruct his torn ACL, and the recovery was a lot harder than either of us expected.
So he is finally feeling better and despite having record snowfall and Feb.-like weather this April, we managed to have a fun time for his birthday.
Friday I surprised him by getting a sitter (through my awesome neighborhood co-op) when he got home from work and we went out to Dangerous Man Brewery. It’s one of the new microbreweries to open in our neighborhood and especially awesome because they encourage you to bring your own food.
I made this AMAZING Artichoke Spinach Dip with a few tweaks – I just chopped canned artichokes and added them at the end for more texture, and added a couple tablespoons of nutritional yeast and a few shakes of onion powder.
So we show up at the taproom and the place is just busy enough that every table and barstool is taken. We’re standing there awkwardly holding our food, wondering where to set it down while we get a beer, and this young guy comes over and says “you can have our table, we are only drinking and don’t need to sit down”. Such a random act of kindness! We refused taking their table, but offered to share our food if we could set it down there and ended up having a great time talking to them.
A video of us singing happy birthday to Daddy.
Saturday morning we let Daddy sleep in and took off to deliver our Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupckes to the local Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale.
Feeding cupcakes to the duck:
Then after naptime we went to Nathan’s parents’ house for a belated Easter since they were in FL all of March. Jane has 4 cousins on that side and Oma always arranges fun games and an egg hunt for them.
Feeding Mama Jelly Beans – repeating what I told her a minute before “chew them realllly good mama!”:
Nathan opening his b-day present from his parents, a seed starter kit – I can’t WAIT to have veggies and herbs growing right outside my kitchen door again! (And isn’t it great when your spouse gets gifts that you love too?)
After the family party we left Jane there to be put to bed and we went to a dinner party at a nearby friend’s house. He’d just returned from a trip to Colorado and made a Mexican feast with special chilies you can only buy locally there, and then arranged an extensive IPA tasting with some beers you can only buy in CO.
It was great to catch up with them, we got home around midnight and I immediately crashed.
My day to sleep in! Nathan took Jane on a morning outing to Target and the pet store because she loves to look at the animals. He admitted to almost buying her a fish and I was thankful he didn’t.
Then Nathan went to the gym, I got Jane down for her nap and lazed around drinking tea and reading the paper.
Nathan came home, I went to yoga, came home and showered, Nathan went to play poker with some friends and I had a girlfriend over for awhile after Jane went to bed.
A typical weekend for us of relaxing and switching off parenting duties, but with a bit more socialization than has been going on lately, which I really needed.
Some random pics…
Her “sad face”:
Trying to use the potty… no success yet:
My big girl….she can do this 16 piece puzzle all by herself!:
And onto the next week, we have a winter storm warning for Monday but should be near 70 by next Saturday!
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