Tag: Weekend

Mazen & The Amazing Maize Maze

I’ve waited seven years to write that title!!! When Mazen was born I couldn’t wait to take him to a corn maze. He was made for it! On Saturday we went to Liberty Mills Farm about 30 minutes outside of Charlottesville. We had ideal weather and such a great time. See all that corn behind him below? That’s where we wandered! The mazes cover 33 acres, and there are 3 different ones in 3 difficulty levels. Check out the video I made here!!

Heading Into The Corn Maze

I put Birch on my back, which worked out perfectly, and we tackled the red path (the medium level), which covered about 1/3 of the total maze area. The red maze was supposed to take about an hour, but we were much faster and finished in about 30 minutes. We did use the map though, which helped a lot. It didn’t outline the direct path, but you could choose your turns based on the map and that helped to give a sense of direction.

There were also some check points you could peek into to see if you were where you thought you were. These were great for Mazen to compare to the map.

Mazen’s shirt is from Mini Boden!

We went through the smallest maze at the end (yellow), and we enjoyed walking through the giant letters of “Liberty Mills Farm.”

Kids Activities

Afterwards the boys enjoyed playing in the hay bales, and we picked out pumpkins!

Maze in maze; Birch in birch!

Family Dinner at Kardinal Hall

We had had a lighter lunch earlier in the day, and despite skipping his afternoon nap, Birch was still in a good mood, so we headed to Kardinal Hall for dinner – at 4:00pm!! Why not?!

I had my first Pumking of the season, and we played the game of LIFE with Mazey. For dinner I had a delicious kale salad and french fries – the best combo!

Fall Decorations

Back at home we decorated the house for Halloween with our new pumpkins and spider webs for the bushes.

This bush is now filled with 100 plastic spiders!!

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

We were so glad to get in a lot of quality family time on Saturday because on Sunday I was up well before sunrise to fly to California! I’m writing this post on the way to the Ojai Valley Inn with Beautycounter for 3 days! I can’t wait to share all the details from this trip. 

This is my first time away from Birch (in his LIFE – sob!), and it’s quite bittersweet! I’m very much looking forward to sleeping in and relaxing by the pool, but I felt so guilty putting him in his crib Saturday night knowing he might miss me in the morning. Mazen was sad for me to leave too, but he is old enough to understand that I’ll be gone for a few days and then come back. I hope all goes well while I’m gone with bottles and lots of daddy + grandma time! Thomas has help from Nona and our babysitter (so he can work 2/3 days) and Mazen will be at school and with Matt, so they are all in great hands.

Halfway Weaning

This trip is a big turning point marking the end of the first year. Birch is just a week shy of turning one, so while I do have my pump with me in case I need it (I’ll probably use it once a day) I won’t be saving any milk. Up to now Birch has been nursing morning and night, and he’ll be getting bottles of the last of the milk in the freezer while I’m gone. (I think there are 10 bags of milk, but he might only get morning bottles.) I do hope to continue breastfeeding when I return (maybe just in the mornings?) but we’ll have to see what happens. 

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Garage Banned

Happy Monday you guys! We had such a great solid weekend. I can’t describe what makes me have that feeling by Sunday night, but I do think sunshine has something to do with it. And feeling productive – productive we were!!

On Friday my intern Emily and I hosted a fondue + wine happy hour for a few friends so Emily could give a presentation on facts and myths around dairy. (The presentation was a requirement for her internship.) We made it really fun, and my friends enjoyed the quiz. Everything about dairy is not as black and white as some of the cows that make the milk!

The fondue was delicious and we literally ate every drop of that yummy cheese. Our dippers covered three food groups: fruit, veg, bread! (Good because this was my dinner! I tried to go heavy on the broccoli :mrgreen: )

Wines from my wine club + a few extras. The Zwicker white was so good – my favorite.

On Saturday morning Mazen helped me get Birch up for the day. It’s nice that the Lotus crib sits on the ground so Mazen (and I) can get in through the zipper side without fear of breaking it. (I have a longer post including more on the crib coming up!)

Mazen and I quickly got dressed and raced out the door and down the block to catch Matt running in the Charlottesville 10 miler race. He told us to be there at 8:15. We arrived at 8:03. We heard later that he ran by at 8:02! He was in race mode.

Mazey was sad to miss him, but we saw other friends of ours run by. It was a lovely day for a race! Maybe I’ll run it next year.

Back at home, Thomas and Birch were making us blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes! I cut mine up toddler-style to eat : )

I was actually SO excited to wake up on Saturday to tackle the messiest garage in America. We let the garage go all winter long, tossing this and that in there to deal with later. We were waiting for a mild, wide-open Saturday to tackle every nook and cranny and this was the day! (The bulk of the middle pile is boxes from our treadmill and rocking chairs waiting to be recycled.)

I actually love a good project! We put a lot of stuff (like old sporting chairs and umbrellas we were done with) at the curb with a sign “free” and most of them were gone by the end of the day. We relocated a few things to other storage areas in our house, and everything was removed from the shelves and not put back unless it was marked as an important garage item. Junk is now banned from this garage!

In the middle of the day we took a break from working to take Mazen to his soccer game! PB & J snack before we left.

B took a cozy nap on his dad.

Mazen did a great job on the field! I think he’s going to be a strong defender. He’s got a great kick and naturally gravitates towards a defensive mindset.

It was our day to bring snack. Have you ever seen 12 kiddos surround a cooler of snacks all at the same time!?

Panera was on our way home, and since our fridge was pretty empty, we picked lunch. App order + drive-thru FTW!

Thomas and I got back to work for a few hours while B napped.

I gave the boys an early brother bath because we had a babysitter on the way! Is there anything more delicious than a freshly bathed baby in jammies!?

Thomas and I took showers next and headed out for an early dinner at C&O! This week three years ago we had our first date there. (Just a drink that time.) We had no idea how much our lives were about to change <3

My opal ring finally fits! T gave me the family ring when Birch was born. My fingers are back to normal after pregnancy, and I had the size tweaked too.

C&O has a fancy, upscale upstairs and then a more casual bar on the bottom level so it’s almost like two restaurants in one. We love the atmosphere in the bar. And they have THE BEST BUTTER! We asked why it was so good, and he said it was triple cream butter topped with flakey sea salt. Must find some. I ate waaaay too much bread + butter at our dinner, but it was very much worth it.

We ordered a trio of apps and two vegetable sides for dinner. The best way to do it! + a glass of white wine.

Tuna + grapefruit + mint + jalapeno + olive oil drizzle

Scallops + raisins + cauliflower puree and artichoke hearts + greens + parmesan butter

Duck confit + butternut squash + ricotta gnocchi and roasted beets + citrus + greens + cheese + pumpkin seeds

And the climax of the night – sticky toffee pudding with ice cream and whip <3

We left early enough so that we could be home in time to tuck the boys in (and nurse Birch before bed.) I actually really like going to dinner at 5:30 – you have the whole evening ahead of you!

On Sunday we had sunshine and warm temps!! I tackled the winter clothes in my closet, donating anything I didn’t wear all season. And T and I had back-to-back soccer games.

Smoothie bowl with blueberries, granola, and coconut magic shell.

Hope you guys had a great one too.

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The School Dance

Hi friends! We are slated to have some yucky winter weather ’round here, but I have the false sense of spring because I bought a pair of rocking chairs for our front porch over the weekend. Fake it until you make it, right?!

On Friday night I was Mazen’s date to his first school dance!

Before we left I had a “clean out the fridge” salad dinner. (And he had a spinach + cheese quesadilla!)

Birch ate pretend kale. And milk.

He and Thomas stayed home to snuggle. And keep it simple.

Mazey seemed a bit nervous for the dance, and I had to break out all the embarrassing parent moves to try to get him to smile.

Eventually a cupcake brightened his spirits.

The DJ was great – I was pleasantly surprised that he played a lot of  “cool” songs (like from when I was in college!) and not just kid tunes. Each grade did a little performance to a special song led by their PE teacher, and the kindergartners were the chicken dance!

On Saturday morning I was up with the sun to go to my favorite gym class of the week – my own little dance party!

Brother snuggles before I left. B looks huge, but I think it’s mostly perspective!

I had my usual half banana and peanut butter plus coffee before class. And then more coffee and French toast after!

Thomas’s mom took Mazen out to see the new Lego movie and we relaxed at home for a while. Since I had such a late breakfast, I made Three Bears smoothies for lunch – baby, mama, papa. The small two I put in the fridge for later, and I drank the big one.

When Mazen was home, Matt picked him up and Eileen stayed with Birch so Thomas and I could run over to the UVA game!

It was my first (and maybe only) game of the season! It was a close one but the Hoos pulled it off.

Halftime snack!! I was starving from not having a “proper” lunch.

We got home to this snuggle boy rising from a long nap. We changed him out of his Saturday jammies and into a nice outfit to go out to dinner!

We met up with some friends at Maya for dinner. It seemed like everyone in Cville was out on the town!

Thomas couldn’t wait to dig in to our pimento cheese fritters!!

They are SO GOOD! With red pepper jelly.

For dinner I had crab cakes, collard greens, and cornbread with butter and honey.

Our sweet little baby decided to fill up his diaper right in the middle of dinner, and we had a total outfit blow-out up the back. There was no changing table in the bathroom, and I could only laugh my way through one of the most difficult diaper + whole outfit changes I’ve ever done! Needless to say we both needed a bath when we got home – eek!

After a good night’s sleep, Thomas put on his weekend hat and made this delicious breakfast.

We are obsessed with these biscuits from JM Stock. They come frozen, and 17 minutes at 375 degrees in the toaster oven have them perfectly crispy on the outside and soft and buttery on the inside. I love that you can keep them frozen until you want to have them too – so convenient!

Does Birchie Boo look thrilled with his Kyte sleep sack? We have made some attempts to get from the Merlin suit to sack, and while he falls asleep just fine in the sack, he has yet to make it through more than one sleep cycle. It could just be coincidence because sometimes he wakes up after 34-45 minutes in the Merlin, so we need to keep trying. Sleep sacks are the end goal, and with 4 months on the horizon I’d love for him to be in them soon. I think he is close though!

Mazen and I went swimming at ACAC in the afternoon, and I fit in a workout beforehand.

Hope you guys enjoyed your F + S + SUN!

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