A Lot

Well, I think we tried to pack in as much as we could in one weekend. Sheesh. Friday night we got home from work and frantically cleaned and prepped for friends to come over for dinner. We made nachos. Yum!

Ground turkey meat cooked with taco seasoning, then of course cheese, black olives and red onions. Our friends made guacamole (it was really good) and we ate dinner, caught up on stuff and then played Cards Against Humanity. Randomly Michael decided to call the 1-800 number for the game and it was the funniest thing ever. If you’ve never called the number, you should. It was actually worth going through the phone tree. πŸ˜‰

Logan fell asleep reading his current favorite book and it was too cute not to share:

On Saturday I went to the gym and then the three of us went out to lunch before naptime. Nap time was definitely needed! A bunch of chores and errands later…it was time for Saturday dinner and another pair of friends came over. Sam and John got married in August and they came over to our place Saturday to tell us all about their amazing honeymoon to London and Paris!

They took a cooking class when they were in Paris and I am so ridiculously jealous! πŸ™‚ It sounded amazing. Anyways, I poured us all a glass of the Sokol Blosser sparkling rose to celebrate and we had the chicken that Michael smoked.

Sam made a really delicious slaw (fennel, granny smith apples, red cabbage and carrots) –seriously so good! And I made a Trader Joe’s harvest mix–it was red quinoa, Israeli couscous and baby garbanzo beans. Then I mixed in diced green onions, chopped almonds and dried cranberries. It all went really well together.

Dinner was delicious. Dessert was freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

Sunday Michael took Bella to the vet to get her stitches out. She’s thankfully feeling better and back to her normal self! While they did that, Logan and I did some art. πŸ™‚

My brother got Logan a finger painting kit for Christmas and I figured it was a good time to test it out. He had a great time and then realized he could clap his paint-covered hands together and make splatter like Jackson Pollock. The entire kitchen had splatter. Guess who got a bath immediately afterward?

Oh my god. So dirty! It looked like a crime scene. There was paint splatter EVERYWHERE.

After that I went swimming, had lunch and then met an artist I’ve been following on instagram for awhile. Her name is Caroline Allen, you can check out her instagram or website. I drove out to her studio in the Estacada area and got to check out her space. It was really cool! She has a yurt in the woods set up as her studio. I bought a painting that she’s going to matte and frame for me. I can’t wait to pick it up and hang it at home.

Finally, for dinner Sunday night Michael did a pulled pork in the Traeger!

The pork was perfectly cooked! It tasted so good. We made pulled pork sandwiches with sweet potato “chips.”

Overall it was a good weekend, just way too busy. I hope next weekend we can find some time to chill!

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

11 thoughts on “A Lot”

  1. That fingerpainting looks like so much fun! What a neat experience for Logan…well, not neat in the cleanliness sense LOL And all your great food pics have got me salivating at my desk! Sounds like a busy, fun weekend πŸ™‚

  2. We have done β€œart” in the bath tub more than once.

    I also keep a couple of those hard plastic kiddie pools for all kinds of things. Used to use them for play areas (no water, just contain the stuff) for kids. Now I use them with a few inches of water for the dogs. Throw in sink and float dog toys and they have a great time.

    I have noticed β€œbig boy bed” in your pictures. How did that move go?

    And I don’t think I have seen a pacifier in a while, how did that go?

    1. My mom told me that when my brother and I were little she made paint (her own recipe) for the bathtub and we used to paint in there and then take a bath. πŸ™‚

      Both the big boy bed and binkie went great! He loved his big boy bed and we haven’t had any issues. As for the binkie, we went cold turkey and he had a hard time for a day or so and every once in awhile he’ll ask about the binkie but he moved on from that really quickly, too. I am so glad it wasn’t a battle!

  3. Can you write out both couscous and slaw like a recipe so I can send it to one of my daughters please? (My baby. She is almost 21, chem engineering major, three roommates, one is from Japan. And they like to cook, but like simple).

  4. My middle (24) daughter just reminded me – I put birdseed and sand toys in a kiddie pool and they played for weeks and then we used it to fill the bird feeders. I think in the garage. She says I timed it with winter. And we did it for years.

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