Happy Monday friends, what a week we have ahead of us. I like to keep politics off this blog, but all I can say is I’m praying for peace – between friends, neighbors, politicians, countries. I hope whatever the outcome we can come together to make this country a safe and prosperous place for our precious kids.
On to our weekend. When you live in a new city, and haven’t experienced seasons in over a decade, it’s hard not to fall in love with autumn all over again. This weekend was one of those – Clint’s dad was in town visiting to go to the Ohio State game and to see the boys, of course. We had a wonderful weekend enjoying the cool fall weather and exploring more of our new city.
I enjoy having guests at our new home – there is so much space and lots of room for everyone to feel comfortable. Over the holidays we’re expecting lots of visitors and it’s exactly what Clint and I were hoping – to have a home where everyone gathers. There’s something special and memorable about a full home of people especially on the holidays.
Shep was so excited for his Pops to visit, he wore his shark hat and mittens all day despite the fact it was unseasonably warm this weekend.
We ate one of the Homechef meals I had this week and it was the first time in my life I have ever made fried chicken! Clint and Jim said it was delicious, and I really appreciated how easy it was to follow the instructions. Another win!
The boys went to the morning Storytime at our local library, which actually resulted in them wrestling one another on the ground (how is this starting so soon!) The rest of the afternoon was spent “getting the energy out” like most other afternoons – park, lunch and enjoying new toys from Pops! (pictured this wagon and this scooter, both big hits!)
We headed down to German Village, which everyone has been telling me we needed to check out. Schmidt’s was supposedly one of the best restaurants, and we were in the mood for some great German food.
Clint’s parents went to Germany last fall, so I know it was enjoyable for Jim to reminisce about the fond memories of that trip. While we had to wait quite awhile (even for us 11:45 early birds) it was well worth the wait. And I will definitely be back – they had the most delicious looking German chocolate cake and cream puffs, it took every ounce of will power not to get one to go. On another note, I’m finding that eating out with little ones is getting easier at this age, which I’m extremely thankful for. Shep’s attention span is getting longer (finally!). Our biggest dilemma lately is always, do we order him a meal or not? He always picks at it, but other times acts hungry and wants his own meal. What do you all do, give your toddler food from your plate or order them their own?
Their naps were a little funky (started late and ended early, wah wah!) but I guess that’s to be expected with daylight savings time. We all relaxed while they did, and then I cooked up some marinated chicken, sweet potatoes and beets (here’s the recipe, so easy!), and Brussels sprouts. We needed a healthier meal after our delicious German feast for lunch. Even better, fresh veggies always make so much food, so I had lots extra and whipped up some for Beau with my baby Magic Bullet, so he has some fresh sweet potatoes and beets for the week.
All in all, it was one of my favorite weekends so far exploring more of Columbus and every weekend it starts to feel more like our permanent home. What was your favorite thing you did this weekend with your family?