Friday Favorites #11

Happy Friday everyone! How are you all doing? I hope that there are lots of things making you smile this week, I’ll be sharing the things I’m loving most this week below. Any fun plans for the weekend? I know it’s not technically fall yet so are you holding onto all of those fun summer activities for as long as possible or diving head first into the fall festivities. I am so tempted to take James apple picking this weekend! I have a feeling it will be a lot more fun for him than last year when he couldn’t even sit up on his own. My how a year can change things! We also have a fun afternoon planned for Sunday celebrating our friend Lauren’s birthday with a mini road trip to get fish fry!

YOGA

I’m not a total yogi yet, but I have found myself enjoying relaxing yoga sessions a few times a week. James and I are gym members again, and looking forward to starting another session of swim lessons next week. I’ve also been dropping him off at childcare a few days a week so that I can enjoy some yoga! I hate to say it but I just don’t have the energy to do a hard-core workout followed by a long day of play with James so rather than burn myself out at the gym I’ve been tuning into Yoga with Adrienne. Shoutout to Sam (woohoo!), for introducing me to this great yoga channel. Adrienne has the most soothing voice and offers such a wide variety of yoga practices on her channel. I did a Detox and Reset practice the other day and it was the perfect amount of stretching with a little bit of burn mixed in. I can’t wait to explore more of her videos!

THE STATE FAIR

Last weekend I was joined by two friends for a trip to The Great New York State Fair! I’ve been going to the fair for as long as I can remember and I have so many fun fair memories from all of the visits I’ve made. After last year’s cancellation due to Covid I was thrilled that a few friends were equally as excited about going this year! We had a jam packed afternoon covering the entire fair grounds and all of it’s buildings. I had heard mixed reviews from people about the status of the fair this year, but I think we were all pleasantly surprised, and it met all of our expectations. We each had certain items (mostly food) that we had our sights on, and the fair delivered! For me it’s all about the chocolate milk (cold, creamy, deliciousness) and fried dough (soft, doughy, sweetness). But I also really enjoyed my lunch of “walking tacos” eaten straight out of a Doritos bag. YUM. Aside from the delicious treats, we soaked up lots of time with animals, saw a horse show, diving show, sand sculpture, butter sculpture, and so much more! I wish that Josiah was a fair goer, his presence was missed. I’m not giving up hope, between me and James we will have him converted in no time πŸ˜‰

THEY’RE HOME!

My parents and their friends arrived home safe late Wednesday night after a two week trip to Croatia. After dealing with multiple flight complications on the plane ride over, we were all hoping and praying for a smooth trip home. As it turns out, their initial flight home got cancelled, which they found out upon arriving to the airport to go home. After an extra night in Croatia, and a long trip home I am so happy and relieved that they’ve made it! It sounds like they had a great trip too, minus the complicated travel. They did a boat and bike tour for most of their time there and I can’t wait to hear more about it. When James saw them yesterday he was beside himself with excitement, it was so cute!

MY LITTLE FAMILY

That doesn’t look so little when I look at current pictures of all of us and realize that I am quickly being outgrown by James! Yikes. I’m used to being the short one, but I have a feeling that James is following right in Josiah’s footsteps with his height. We met up with my sister and her friends who were in town last weekend and took a quick hike down to see Chittenango Falls. It was a beautiful afternoon to visit the falls, the sun was trying to peak through the clouds and it made the water sparkle. Admittedly we are bad about capturing family photos, so I cherish the ones we do have.

Question of the Day: What is one thing making you smile this week?

Have a great weekend everyone!

A Fall-Like Summer Weekend

Happy Monday to YOU! How did the weekend treat ya? I hope you were able to enjoy a couple of days of fun and relaxation. It almost felt like *gasp* fall around here this weekend and I’m still not sure how I feel about it . Hopefully it was just a fluke, and our regularly scheduled summer weather will be back in full swing this week. We’re not maxed out on summer fun just yet!

We had an enjoyable weekend in our neck of the woods. Friday is usually the start of the weekend for us since Josiah has to work Sunday’s, and I can’t say I hate the early start to the weekend.

  • FRIDAY

We kicked off our Friday morning with a hike around Green Lakes State Park followed by play time on the beach and playground for James. While he tolerated the loop around the lakes in the hiking backpack, his favorite part of the outing was by far the 4 girls and their dog that found a fondness with James on the playground. They were helping him down the slide, letting him pet their dog, playing with wood chips, etc. Josiah and I weren’t about to complain about a little impromptu babysitting while we got to sit back to enjoy some peaceful lake views.

Once we arrived home, lunch was in order asap thanks to our rumbling tummies. Fortunately I had prepped a dish of buffalo chicken dip that just needed to be heated in the oven, along with some leftover pizza and veggies. A lunch that includes both buffalo dip and pizza is not one to be neglected around here. We dug right in as soon as our food was out of the oven!

James was more than ready for a nap after lunch, and I was quite wiped myself. While James napped we had a few visitors in the form of apartment maintenance who stopped by to take a look at our semi-broken oven. After a lot of screw driver madness, it was determined that they would need to order a new part for our oven. Womp womp. Household repairs are never fun. Once they had cleared out of the kitchen, I tried to make the most of James’s nap and prepped our dinner for the evening which was a vegan egg roll in a bowl that we served over ramen. I made the entire egg roll part of the dish and stored it in containers in the fridge. When it was time to eat, dinner came together in a flash. After cooking a few packages of ramen and reheating the stir-fry, dinner was done and plated in no time! Cleanup was a breeze as well. I often drag my feet to do dinner prep during James’s nap (because I usually want to collapse myself), but the payoff is always worth it.

James woke up from his nap in a not-so-great mood, which meant it was time to hit the road for a little treat. What did we have in mind to cheer James up? Ice cream! It works like a charm to put a smile on my face so why not test it out on our son? Sure enough, James was a happy camper once he had a big cone of ice cream in his hand…and all over his entire body. And while he was riding a sugar high, we decided to burn some energy at Josiah’s elementary school playground. I’m having so much fun exploring new playgrounds this summer, especially as a family.

Josiah was invited to a boys night on Friday, and I took advantage of the quiet evening by catching up on the latest episode of The Bachelorette. It was Men Tell All which was my least favorite episode of the season, but the first 20 minutes really grabbed my attention (and heart) with a very unexpected and heartbreaking departure of one of my favorite contestants on the show this season. So sad. For those watching this season, what did you think of it so far?

  • SATURDAY

I was hoping we would have a nice slow start to our Saturday, but no such luck. I know there are parents waking up even earlier than us, but a 6:30am start to the day was a liiiitle too early for mama. I quickly made a batch of coffee to get the day going on a more energetic note. The fridge was looking a little bare and I was feeling uninspired, so it was a kodiak cake kind of morning for me and James! I absolutely cannot get Josiah on the pancake bandwagon, but two of us were there for it!

When the weather feels like fall how can you resist a morning drive for some donuts. A solo morning drive to boot! Josiah stayed back with James while I made a family donut run. After dropping off a box of donuts to my in-laws, I brought our box inside and we devoured it in 2.5 seconds. I wish! I’m actually kidding. I have this thing with donuts lately where I prefer to eat them for dessert rather than during the day. There’s a part of me that doesn’t like to eat super sweet things during the day and another part of me that likes to have something extra special to look forward to at the end of the day…like donuts. If you’ve never had a donut for dessert, give it a try!

I reached out to a friend about going for a walk Saturday morning and she was free! We enjoyed another walk at Green Lakes along with great conversation, and James getting dried mango slices stuck everywhere…James was highly amused by the bike rack at the park and after lots of time spent in this exact location, we hit the road in need of lunch and a nap.

I spent James’s nap time working on a few blog posts, and before long James was up and ready for action. It was a beautiful afternoon so we decided to walk down the road to Grandma’s house to visit her and Uncle John. James’s afternoon slump was quickly brightened by seeing two of his favorite family members. After a quick walk home we met up with my parents at our apartment before setting them up with James for the evening. He was more than thrilled to see Grammy, Pappy and Charlotte and literally ran as fast as he could to greet Pappy at the door. I just love his love for all of his grandparents <3.

my best attempt at a family selfie…

Our date night took an unexpected turn when our first takeout option had just closed when we pulled into the parking lot. We ended up getting our favorite greek salads and then met up with friends for a round of mini-golf. Our evening concluded with (too many) donuts, and the finale of season one of Manifest. What an ending!

  • SUNDAY

Sunday morning started bright and early as it usually does around here. Josiah went to the church and James and I did our usual morning routine of breakfast, play, chores, and a quick neighborhood walk before we went to church ourselves.

The rest of Sunday was rainy and cold which called for a relaxing afternoon at home, and a warm and comforting bowl of tomato soup with grilled cheese for dinner. Who doesn’t love a lazy Sunday? Although with a 1 year old in the picture, when is life ever relaxing? Haha.

Alrighty folks I’m off to get this Monday started! I hope you all have a great one πŸ™‚