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Grandparent Weekend

September 8, 2015

Greetings! Hope you had a nice long weekend!

My parents drove over from Louisiana—my sister and I have passed baby stuff back and forth from Sophie to Lila to Dylan and now back to us with Charlie.  Baby swings, boppies, playmats, clothing—it makes it really nice (especially for us) to get so many hand-me-downs.  My parents arrived with a big trunk full of stuff, which we promptly put in Charlie’s room and will probably not touch again until November.  His room has kind of become the dumping ground in the move for any of the boxes we didn’t want to unpack yet…so yeah, we’re going to have to get on that eventually.  Maybe over Thanksgiving break when we’re stuck here by ourselves because I can’t travel. Sad smile 

Anyway, it was a fun weekend with the grandparents—we went to an outdoor concert, hit up the fair, and took advantage of their hotel pool.  Lila loves when family comes to visit (and so do we):

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The fair was an especially big hit.  See those mini pigs for sale?  One day…

Unfortunately, since I’m pregnant, my mom and Ryan had to ride the majority of the rides with her—they wouldn’t even let me in the house of mirrors!  Oh well.  Winking smile

After my parents left on Monday morning, we spent our morning off at the Botanical Gardens.  Every year, local businesses create scarecrows on a scarecrow trail during the fall months.  Lila was very excited to see someone she recognized:


She then spent the rest of the day complaining, “I wish WE could have a big Twilight Sparkle at our house.”  She said that we need one for our front porch…I’m sure the neighbors would love that.

The rest of the day was spent muddy:



And finally, a few catch-up meals from last week:


Mushroom risotto with roasted butternut squash on the side.  We thought this was delicious.  Lila insisted on literally gagging every time I made her take a bite.  Kids are fun.

Slow-cooker chicken parm (sorry, not so pretty):



We’ve been really taking advantage of our slow-cooker, using it for 2-3 meals a week, and I absolutely love it.  I think one of the misconceptions I had about cooking in the slow-cooker was that it would required putting the meal in at 6am, but all of the stuff we’ve made has worked great being cooked on high for 4-5 hours, which isn’t hard to do at all. 

Hope you had a great weekend!  Back to work!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2015 2:31 pm

    Sounds like a great weekend! And hooray for the baby gear. I”m working on stealing a few pieces from friends (since we got rid of…everything). That chicken parm looks like it turned out awesome. Love the slow cooker

  2. September 8, 2015 3:00 pm

    Can you share some links to your favorite slow cooker recipes? (Including that chicken parm!) With the fall coming, we’re starting to use ours again, and it would be great to add a little variety.

  3. ginger635 permalink
    September 18, 2015 7:45 am

    Just saw this post. Yes, it was a fun weekend. Haven’t been to the fair in ages! Thanks for entertaining us!

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