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Hello associates! 

One other Monday already?! This weekend glided by approach too rapidly as they at all times do. We had a largely enjoyable one – plenty of adventures and outings, though we’ve been coping with some toddler perspective these days that could be a bit robust (extra on that on the finish of the put up… associated to the second a part of the weblog put up title)!

First up on the listing of highs, although, was boating!

On Saturday afternoon, our buddy Shane invited us and our different buddy Shane out for a boating journey! Final yr we introduced Riese out with us as soon as on his boat, however this yr with Riese strolling we determined it made extra sense for everybody if we acquired some childcare and got here solo. 

It was such a deal with, you guys. Beautiful climate and it was so enjoyable to be out on the water! 

We took the boat all the best way to Mt. Vernon (fairly far south) after which frolicked within the water with beers. It was just about the very best afternoon ever. 

We grabbed dinner within the marina space earlier than heading dwelling. They’ve a lobster roll stand – enjoyable!

One other spotlight from the weekend was dinner out on Friday with Matt and Riese. We headed to Del Ray Pizzeria and began with salad + wings (as a result of… why not). 

del ray pizzeria

Plus pizza!

I used to be, unsurprisingly, fairly full from the salad and wings by this level (and from broccoli that we acquired for Riese – don’t fear, she acquired some pizza too), so I had one slice of pizza and we introduced the leftovers dwelling. 

del ray pizzeria

Riese is a lot cooler than us already. (Shout out to my associates at Cabot Cheese – we nonetheless love the sun shades… and your cheese!)

One other spotlight: having associates over for brunch on Sunday! 

We purchased a ton of fruit, veggies, and different enjoyable stuff on the farmers’ market on Saturday morning and I used a few of it to throw collectively frittatas for the brunch occasion.

Farmers’ market produce haul!

These peaches are sooo good. 

Plus different enjoyable farmers’ market finds:

For brunch, I adopted my Smoked Salmon + Veggie Egg Casserole recipe as a information, however blended up the substances a bit – no salmon, and the veggies have been zucchini, peppers, and onions (I pre-sauteed the onions and left the others uncooked).

I made two massive pans of it so we’d have some leftovers and we might ship our associates dwelling with some, too! They’ve a child so figured it will be useful. 🙂 

Plus bacon and farmers’ market zucchini bread!

One other weekend spotlight was a enjoyable run date: I met my buddies Mary and Sokphal, who I hadn’t run with in approach too lengthy!

We met vivid and early out in Reston which was fairly the haul from Del Ray, however price it to see these guys.

reston running

They did a future and I met up for the final 4, which felt actually good!

I used to be distracted by telling them a protracted winded story and the miles flew. 

Matt sadly needed to work all of yesterday afternoon and night, so my mother came visiting to maintain me and Riese firm post-nap. 

We determined to take Riese to Outdated City Alexandria – such a cute space and I really like the waterfront. She refused to go within the stroller (new part that isn’t my fave) so we pushed an empty stroller round all afternoon, but it surely was nonetheless actually enjoyable… she liked all of the motion – geese, boats, folks, airplanes, oh my!

We determined to seize dinner at Advantage Feed and Grain, considered one of my faves, earlier than strolling again to the automotive, however Riese was a sizzling mess – at first she was nice with going within the excessive chair, however then we realized it didn’t have a strap, so she climbed proper out… and by the point they got here again with a distinct excessive chair she refused to get into it. 

I ended up having her in my lap for awhile, however I lastly caved and bribed her with a YouTube video on my cellphone to get her to sit down in her excessive chair. I felt just like the world’s worst mother as a result of a minute later just a little lady on the desk subsequent to us was like “Daddy, how come SHE will get to look at TV and I don’t?!” I felt a lot disgrace once they all appeared over, you guys. #momfail

We’re actually beginning to get into defiant toddler land over right here and truthfully we don’t know how to answer it. I usually resort to bribery (aka giving her a snack if she agrees to get within the stroller within the morning, as a result of we now have to stroll the canine and I can’t deal with strolling the canine with Riese strolling on her personal – too harmful as a result of our canine will get loopy if one other canine comes by after which I’d be scared Riese would run into the street or get knocked over whereas I used to be distracted). 

The one time I usually bribe with a video on my cellphone is throughout poopy diaper adjustments – it’s only a full sizzling mess in any other case along with her flipping out and making an attempt to climb off the desk and run away whereas coated in poop. You’re welcome for that picture. Significantly although, why do they at all times act like you might be torturing them if you change their diaper?! Ugh.

If in case you have any recommendation for determining deal with toddler perspective with out bribery, I’m all ears. Thanks upfront. 😉

A minimum of the dinner final night time was tasty – I had my ordinary fave, the salmon with creamy quinoa. It’s so good. 

virtue feed and grain dinner

I’m off to deal with the workday… have an excellent one, my associates!