I’ve got a little bit of everything for you today: some pictures from our trip to Bloomington, a glimpse into what we’ve been up to this week, and a few book recommendations.
Sarah and Brian moved to Bloomington 13 years ago (is that right?!) and have been without a Trader Joe’s ever since. The purpose of our trip was to see the new house they moved into this past summer, so the girls and I put together a house warming gift full of all the delicious things TJ’s has to offer.
Look at those naughty faces!
They kept banging their carts together and knew that they shouldn’t be doing that!
How many bows can one four-year-old wear to the playground??
Whenever possible, I try to clean the house right before we leave for a trip. There’s nothing better than coming home to a clean and organized house, and I’m happy to report I was able to make that happen last week . . . with a little help from my girlies!
We woke up the girls bright and early Friday morning to hit the road for our six hour drive to Bloomington. We made it two hours and then stopped for breakfast.
I have to say, Matty and I were DREADING the drive because Emmy is a total nut in the car. We were expecting the worst and hoping for mediocre at best. We were blown away by how great the girls did! We did the drive there with just two stops! Lucy even snoozed a little bit!
Emmy started losing it about ten minutes before we arrived, which was totally understandable. (For reference, I was in the car with her yesterday for 30 minutes, and she cried to get out the ENTIRE time. That’s what we were expecting to have to endure on our drive to Bloomington.)
We had the best low key weekend. The kids were content to play with all their toys together. There was relaxing, reading, some tv watching and ipad time, and some outdoor play. We did a little bit of everything!
This was 6:00 on Saturday morning. Sleeping in a different location combined with an hour earlier time change definitely messed with their sleeping.
Sarah and Brian live in a great neighborhood, and we braved the chilly temperatures and unbelievable wind to walk around the neighborhood and hit up the park. They live in the middle of farm land, and it’s flat and wide open for as far as the eye can see!
We stuck it out for awhile, but it was COLD!
These two play so sweetly together!
Warming up together on the couch.
We braved the weather a bit later on in the day to have some snack and scooter time outside.
Emmy was thrilled.
The drive home went just as well! Emmy passed out about ten minutes in to the drive . . .
. . . and Lucy joined her not long after! They only napped for about an hour, but it’s better than nothing!
And then a lot of the rest of the ride looked like this.
We got home past the girls’ bedtime on Sunday night, so Monday while Lucy was at school Emmy and I had to hit up the grocery. But not before we stopped for a ride on the penny pony!
I decided to go to Meijer to do our grocery shopping for the first time in like a year. I was so excited to find these baking chips there! The girls and I have some fun looking cookies in our future!
We had no plans on Tuesday so I let Lucy tell me exactly how she wanted her hair done.
Sister time at the park!
Lucy was attempting to build a campfire in our backyard!
I had an eye exam the other day and brought Miss Roses with me. We had some fun trying on glasses while we waited, and I can’t get over how cute she looked!
Sometimes mama needs to join in on rest time too! Emmy is officially done with naps, but boy does she love to snuggle at rest time!
Yesterday was a cold, rainy day so we took some time to empty out, clean, and rearrange the toy room. Lucy helped with the dusting and wore her goggles “in case I accidentally spray my eyes instead of the shelves.”
And finally . . . two more book recommendations for you! For some reason, I’ve been cursed with a cycle of insomnia lately. Bad for functioning throughout the day, but good for cranking out lots of reading between the hours of 3:30 and 6:30am!
I flew right through The Unhoneymooners.
This is about two members of a bridal party who somehow manage to avoid getting food poisoning from the wedding buffet. The bride and groom are too sick to go on their honeymoon, so the sister of the bride and the brother of the groom take the trip instead. Was it as predictable as the day is long? Yep! Did it play out like a Hallmark movie? Yep! But I liked it anyway and couldn’t wait to see how it all played out . . . even though I pretty much knew how it would end!
You’ve Been Volunteered is actually the sequel to Class Mom, and you definitely need to read them in order. It follows the escapades of a mom who has been volunteered for different jobs in her son’s school. It’s snarky, sarcastic, and a tad bit inappropriate, but very funny and enjoyable!
Phew, that was a lot!
We’re ready for a weekend of zero plans and great weather. Sounds like a good combination to me!