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Saturday we had a fun filled day! We started out by hitting the local farmers market and buying a whole bunch of fresh fruits and vegetables. S loves checking out everything for sale, and this time was no exception! After that we headed to the park for a fun walk along the boardwalks and by the creek. S’s favorite thing was the playground, of course, which we enjoyed for a while at the end of our walk.

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S @ the park

After lunch and a nap for S, we went over to my aunt’s house for dinner and to enjoy her pool. It was S’s first time in a big pool and he had a lot of fun! My parents and brother were there as well, and we all had a nice visit.

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Pool time

Sunday morning we went out for breakfast with friends. It was great to get to see them, and the food was delicious! Shortly after we left, S developed a fever and did not feel well, so we took it easy for the rest of the day.

Today, S’s fever has gone down a lot, but he is still a bit crabby and tired, so we will be taking it easy.

How was your weekend?

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We had a nice weekend, relaxing and not worrying too much about our To Do lists.

Saturday morning we were all in recovery mode. B had been out of town for work this week and he was tired from traveling. I was tired because S has been getting up at 6:15 AM everyday for the past two weeks (what happened to my baby who sleeps in?) and we were all extra tired because S woke up at 12:30AM scared of the thunderstorms.

In the afternoon we went to the park before heading to my parents’ house for dinner.

S with ducks

S with ducks

S really liked seeing all of the ducks at the park. I remember going to the park to see the ducks when I was a kid too, back when you used to be allowed to feed them! It was neat to see my kid enjoy a park I love.

S and Mommy at the waterfall

S and Mommy at the waterfall

It was really hard to get a nice shot of S at the park because he was so busy with the ducks. About three seconds after this was taken he tried to break away to get back to them.

Sunday was our usual day of errands and doing stuff around the house. We played outside a bit, which was nice since it had been way too hot all week to do that.

I guess we didn’t really do too much now that I’m writing about it. Sometimes you need a weekend like that though!

How was your weekend?


This weekend we had planned to try to take it easy and build in some relaxation time, but we still found ourselves with plenty to do!

Saturday we went to the Farmers’ Market, bought lots of produce for not a lot of money and also bought the most delicious, ridiculously low priced baked goods I have ever tasted! I didn’t get the name of the vendor, and they aren’t listed on the Market website, so I am hoping they are there next week! I hadn’t seen them there before either, so please, please, please come back next weekend! I need more raspberry almond whatever-those-were! So delicious!

While S was napping, my dad came over with his van and he and B went to Target to pick up our new patio table and chairs! S woke up just before they got back, so we hung around outside and “helped” put the table together. S enjoyed playing with his water table while we ate wheat thins with my parents at our new table! S was SOAKED, which seems to be the way it goes when he plays with the water table, but luckily he was happy about it and didn’t seem to mind at all.

Sunday was a much nicer day that Saturday, but B wasn’t feeling well. I took S to Target to get a price adjustment on the patio chairs (they of course went on sale for $9 less than we paid the day before!) and to get a few things we had forgotten at the grocery store. We also went to Kohl’s to get baby sandals (finally!).

We also ‘celebrated’ S’s half birthday. He had picked out a Melissa & Doug puzzle when we were at the mall to get my drivers license renewed on Thursday, so I wrapped it with old newspaper and let him have at it! He was very happy about it!

Later in the day we played outside while B grilled up some chicken for dinner. We had an obnoxiously large feast for our first family dinner on the patio! Chicken, asparagus, watermelon, garlic bread, a few leftover grilled potatoes, and guacamole. Yum! It was so nice eating outside and my attitude towards the patio is all positive now that I have seen how much we are going to enjoy it all summer long!

B and S enjoying dinner

B and S enjoying dinner

Family self portrait

Family self portrait

What about you? How was your weekend?

 


So, our patio has been “done” for about six days now. We were told we could walk on it right away, but that all furniture had to stay off of it for a week. That’s fine, as we don’t really have any patio furniture anyway. We’re looking at something like this from Target, only we’d just buy the table and get different, stackable chairs.

Anyway, I had been putting off taking a picture of the patio because the way things were handled by our contractor left a bad taste in my mouth. Every time I try to describe it to someone, they just say something along the lines of “Yeah, so?” or “That sounds like a contractor.” or “That’s not really that bad.” so I won’t go into it here. I know how I felt and that is all that matters. In short: I wish B had been home to deal with the whole thing, but he was away on a business trip.

As I mentioned previously, the concrete is still drying and I guess it can take up to a year to have its final coloring. Today it is all splotchy, but I took a picture anyhow!

18'x23' concrete patio in 'Pecan'

18’x23′ concrete patio in ‘Pecan’

B wants to buy some brick to line the concrete and make it look fancy. I don’t really care as long as it is done soon. S comes to a complete stop at the edge of the patio, afraid to step over the gap to the grass. Hopefully this weekend!

Different angle

Different angle

So now all we have to do is decide on a patio set, buy it, build it, grill up some hot dogs, and enjoy!

You can see what we had started with here.

 


Yesterday we went to Hidden Valley Animal Adventure with my parents and brother. It is a neat place where you get on a trolley pulled by a tractor and all of the animals come up for you to feed them as you drive through the park. They have over 30 species, and I was most excited about the ostriches! They just look so funny to me, so I love when I get a chance to see a real, live ostrich!

A lot of the animals had just given birth recently, especially the bison. Their oldest bison calf was five weeks old, and they had plenty that were even younger!

Bison mamma and calf

Bison mama and calf

None of the mama bison or baby bison were interested in our food offerings. I guess they were too busy protecting their young, or too young to know about the delicious food people pay to feed them!

S and Me!

S and Me!

S was having a blast checking out all of the animals! It was hard to take a photo of him where he was looking at the camera because he was too interested in everything else, and who could blame him!

B feeding an elk (I think)

B feeding an elk (I think)

They had a lot of elk at Hidden Valley. There were also a bunch of baby elk, yaks, and bison in this area.

An elk (I think) sneaking up on my brother

An elk (I think) sneaking up on my brother

There were also some zebra. I could not believe the size of their teeth! Holy cow! My dad and I both had food held out for a zebra, but when I saw the size of its teeth, I opted to just let my dad do it! Ha ha! I wanted to save some food for the ostrich after all.

Longhorn

Longhorn

We were told to be very careful when we stopped to feed the longhorns, as their horns could easily poke at someone if the longhorn turned its head.

S was totally into it all, taking everything in!

S was totally into it all, taking everything in!

We drove by some emus and llamas and alpacas. Not sure why we didn’t get to stop to feed them, but oh well. Finally, we got to the ostrich, and we didn’t stop to feed them either! Bummer!!

Ostrich!

Ostrich!

Afterward, we checked out the petting zoo, opting to carry S through most of it. He did pet a miniature goat of some sort, but then I huge goat came over and he was VERY interested in S so I picked him back up! S really liked the bunnies though, and they had some inside the petting zoo, and then they had even more outside of the petting zoo. We were able to let him really take his time looking at the ones outside, as nothing was going to come up and nibble at him out there!

S LOVED the petting zoo rabbits

S LOVED the petting zoo rabbits

Lastly we enjoyed a nice lunch at their restaurant. I had a nice bison burger, and B enjoyed an elk melt.

All in all, it was a great time, and such a neat place to take a kid to!


Today I took S to the Stroller Strut program at the local DEC run woods! I had never been to this program before, but we have been to the woods. It is the same place where the goose hissed at us a few weeks back. This program was for kids 0-3 years old, so we fit in perfectly!

Anyhow, we had a lot of fun! There were 10-12 kids and their adults there, and we were led on a walk through the woods on one of the shorter paths. Along the way our guide would stop and show the kids interesting things like cottonwood fluff, soft leaved plants, mustard garlic that was super smelly, insects eating a morel mushroom, turtles sunning themselves, flowers, etc. She took the time to walk around to each kid with each thing so they could touch it or smell it or look at it themselves. It was a lot of stop and go walking, but it was a nice day and a mostly shady path so we stayed cool.

Of course my camera died while we were there, but I managed a few shots…

S looking into the woods, but holding onto his "Tree cookie", or basically a slice of tree to explore.

S looking into the woods, but holding onto his “Tree cookie”, or basically a slice of tree to explore.

S shaking the imaginary cottonwood off of his hat, mimicking me shaking real cottonwood off of his hat

S shaking the imaginary cottonwood off of his hat, mimicking me shaking real cottonwood off of his hat

Lily pond

Lily pond

Afterwards we went into their visitor’s center where they had a kids discovery area set up. They had all sorts of nature things to feel and explore, books, animal toys, etc. S loved it! He loved it a little too much and kind of pushed his way past other kids and moms to get to what he wanted faster! Oops! Now I know how the moms of the kids that did this to S at other programs a few months ago must have felt! No one seemed to mind though, and I just redirected him to look at other things.

I will be signing us up for next month’s program for sure!


Oh my goodness did we have a fun weekend! We went for a nice walk through the nature trails at a nearby park and we saw wild turkeys, chipmunks, a raccoon, Canada geese, ducks, bluejays and several other birds. Oh, and squirrels. S loved the turkeys the best. He noticed them before we even pointed them out to him and he happily pointed at them and called out to them. It was cute.

Strutting across the path

Strutting across the path

We were so close!

We were so close!

We also went to a Touch a Truck event with our friends and their little boy. They had full size trucks of all kinds there for kids to climb in, touch and explore. S liked the city bus and the school bus the best, but he also enjoyed the Zamboni, digger, fire trucks, dump trucks and the ice cream truck!

"Riding" the school bus

“Riding” the school bus

I took lots of pictures, but then discovered when we got home that I zoomed in too much on my kid, rather than focusing on the truck and my kid. Oops.

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“Driving” the Zamboni

Little Man enjoyed his very first ice cream cone from the ice cream truck.

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They also had a station set up to make your very own pinewood derby car. S enjoyed coloring it with markers, and B hammered the nails in to hold the wheels on. They had a track to race them on, and S was so proud of his car that he held on to it all day!

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S & B and the racecar!

At home I showed him how the hallway is a great place to “vroom” cars, and we have been playing “vroom” and race ever since!

What did you do this past weekend?

 

 



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