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Barefoot Summer

One of my favorite memories as a kid was spending summers on my aunt’s farm south of Salem. The annual family reunion was the highlight of the year for us kids! We’d run around like we were feral. Playing, swimming, eating, jumping into hay in the farm, playing with cousins. So much fun!

On Saturday we got to go down to my aunt’s farm for a birthday party for my cousin Adam. He turned 40 (holy cow! I’m not far behind and holy cow his kid is now 16 and driving!!! God we all got old…) and we got together to celebrate.

I was excited to see everyone and also excited for Logan to get to experience “farm life” a little bit and running around barefoot in the grass.

He got to try an Otter Pop for the first time. Not sure if he liked it. He seemed a bit confused by it at first. Hahaha!

My cousin Carrie, expert mixologist, made this magnificent drink:

Fresh raspberries from their garden blended with ice, 7-Up and Peach Vodka. It was so good and refreshing and easy to drink too many of!

Logan LOVED the cows and chickens! In fact, if you saw my Instagram, Logan got to feed the cows! He LOVED it. He spent a lot of time feeding the cows and laughing. πŸ™‚

They set up the sprinkler for the kids. It was 95 degrees out and I thought Logan would love running through the sprinkler (I know I loved it as a kid) but he didn’t seem to be too much of a fan. Maddie the dog loved the sprinkler, though!

My uncle grilled up sausages, hot dogs and the best hamburgers you’ve ever had (they are very fresh and organic if you know what I mean…but we try not to think too hard about where they came from….!). It was a potluck and everyone brought something. I made my Greek Orzo Salad again. There was a pasta salad, coleslaw, potato salad and a fresh fruit salad with strawberries, blueberries and mangoes.

And of course birthday cake:

Logan LOVED the cake and ice cream, of course. And man he was SO filthy.

He was covered in dirt from running around barefoot, cake and ice cream, Otter Pops, and just summer. LOL I loved it. I loved seeing him running around playing with his cousins and having fun outside. Thankfully my aunt let us give him a quick bath in her amazing clawfoot tub (original) before we headed back to Portland.

It was such a good weekend and so much fun!

Weekend Food Face

My weekend was pretty uneventful. Saturday morning I went for a really hot, sweaty run. Michael and I also went over to some friend’s house to hang out. It’s been 95+ degrees in Portland since Friday. Luckily we have central air in the house, so I really only feel uncomfortable when I leave the house. Our friends were hanging out in their backyard resting their feet in the kiddie pool. POOL PARTY!

Sitting in the shade with our feet in the cool water was surprisingly comfortable! It was a comfortable afternoon and very relaxing!

They all drank PBR. I am not a PBR kinda girl. I drank white wine instead. πŸ˜‰

The boys went to pick up pizza and I had three slices. Since I’d burned an insane amount of calories that morning during my run, I felt no guilt having that third piece of pizza!

The boys went to rent a movie and surprised us with ice cream cones for dessert! That was a totally awesome surprise and just wanted I needed! One scoop of vanilla ice cream and one scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough. Heavenly.

The movie we watched wasn’t that great. “The Green Zone” had it’s moments of really exciting action, and of course Matt Damon. But all in all it wasn’t a great movie.

Sunday morning Michael woke me up at 9:30 and surprised me with breakfast in bed. Scrambled eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, and half a bagel. So good! Sorry the picture is so dark. I wasn’t quite awake yet.

After breakfast, I went to the pool and enjoyed a really nice, quiet swim. I love it when I have the pool to myself. While I don’t think I made poor food choices this weekend –and I balanced them all out with exercise– I still didn’t eat the best food. But once in awhile, it’s kinda nice to eat “bad” food. For example, Michael and I made nachos for lunch on Sunday:

And they were pretty darn good! Sliced black olives, chopped jalapenos, chopped red onion and lots of Colby Jack cheese. Bake it in the oven for about 5-8 minutes. The only thing missing? Fresh guacamole…oh well, next time!

Also trying to silence the voice in my head reminding me I need to do my monthly weigh-in this week….YIKES…….It might not be a very good number after a month of eating.

Michael watched the golf on TV, I sat next to him alternating between reading my book and taking a nap. Clearly, that’s what my body needed today!

NOTE: If you are reading this post in your Google Reader, please take a moment to check out my actual site. Michael did a FANTASTIC job creating my new header on the page! It looks fantastic and I couldn’t have done it without his help. πŸ˜€ THANKS SWEETIE!

QUESTION: What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday?