This was one of those crazy weekends where we did a lot and ended the weekend feeling good tired and peaceful. In short, it was ideal.
Friday night, we went to Issa's solo lesson, which went amazingly well after a rough week the week before, the library, and then went to a local market to get fun fruits and cheeses for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. It was lovely. Gruyere and Asian pear on oat bread is heavenly. The evening was nothing extraordinary, but I love that we find such joy in the perfectly ordinary.
Saturday morning, we headed to Evan's baseball game (please forgive the horrible cell phone pics):
He also got a couple of great hits off the tee:
We were supposed to go to the farm after the game, but the rain ended up closing the farm, which gave us the day to get ready for our friends coming over. We had a great evening hanging out, and woke up Sunday morning to head to church and then PetSmart.
Evan's snail didn't make it, and he decided he was done with snails and ready for another frog. Great. To our great surprise, though, Issa decided she was ready for another hermit crab, too:
We spent the rest of the day reorganizing Issa's room (pictures to come after we finish tonight), and then we had our first family Chopped competition. It was the kids' idea, and they chose hamburgers for the first challenge. Brad and I had a blast sharing the kitchen to make our creations, and the kids narrated and judged. It was truly so fun. It may become a Sunday tradition. Brad opted for an Asian fusion burger that was quite good and topped with a great Asian vegetable slaw. However, I won with my BBQ ranch burger. I put BBQ sauce, Worcester, and cheddar in the burger and topped it with shredded lettuce, cucumber, and bell pepper tossed in a thin ranch sauce. Delicious. The kids are plotting the next challenge.
Here's to a good week to follow a great weekend!