Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Party, Pizza, and Fun

Our weekend looked like this:

On Saturday, I taught a class at PAI, we watched Beauty & the Beast, went to a birthday party at TreeHive Cafe + Play, and went to dinner at Cucinova.  On Sunday, we went grocery shopping, I took a class at PAI, we went to the mall, and I made a tasty dinner that evening.

While Cece napped, Lucy & I watched Beauty & the Beast....she'd been asking to watch it recently so I reserved it from the library

 Cece is hit or miss for a how long her morning nap will be but she is great at taking a nice, long afternoon nap

Cafe space at TreeHive was transformed into a Thomas the Train birthday party for Rexton's 2nd birthday (one of Todd's friend's sons)

It was a great place for a party because the big kids could play in the supervised play area while the adults (and babies) could actually hang out and talk; we were able to relax on the couch and chat with friends while Lucy played

They had brought Chick-fil-A as well as some fruit and veggie trays for the kids to eat

Lucy loves Chick-fil-A nuggets so she was one happy girl (yes, she has a black eye too....she tripped last week and fell right into the windowsill in Cece's room; the actual cut was really small but I think she hit just in the right spot to get a nice black eye)

Peeking into the play area to see what was going on

After the party, Cece was ready to burn off some energy in her jumperoo before we went to dinner

Cucinova is like the same concept as Chipotle but with pizza, pasta, and salads; Todd's pizza had mushrooms and pepperoni with marinara sauce...

and I got half mushroom & pepperoni with creamy parmesan sauce and plain cheese with marinara on the other half (Lucy shared with me)

On Sunday morning, Lucy & Cece were having fun "playing" together

They had a big lego exhibit set up at the Polaris mall right outside the kids' play area so Lucy wanted to check it out before playing

And after playing (it was so crazy there that day), Lucy wanted to stop by her 2 favorite stores: the Disney store & Pottery Barn Kids (where she found this train set to play with)

Made brussel sprouts for the first time for dinner on Sunday evening & while Todd & I loved them, Lucy told me I probably shouldn't make them again; I will give her credit though and was happy she at least tried one before deciding she didn't like them

Pretty low key weekend which is how our next few will look too with some random things planned here and there.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Cold Winter Weekend

It's that time of year where the high temperature of the day is below freezing and we don't venture outside quite as much as we did just a couple months ago.  I swear too, it takes an extra 10-15 minutes to get the girls ready now just because of all the layers we have to put on them to leave.  I'm already ready for summer!  
On my day off on Friday, I asked Lucy what she wanted to do and she said eat at the red chicken place which is what she calls the North Market (they have a rooster logo) so that's exactly what we did for lunch.  I packed a few things for Lucy to eat and then we got pretzels from Brezel and ice cream from Jeni's.  She had so much fun eating there and people watching; on our way home she was already asking when we could go back.  

Lucy eating her pretzel

Brezel pretzels are my favorite pretzels by far and on Friday I tried their Asiago & Spinach one with cream cheese as a dip

Lucy watching all the people down below walking around the North Market

 I love our little adventures we take 

 Treated her to some Gooey Butter Cake ice cream (with sprinkles!)

 Cece was all smiles while we were there too

Todd's parents came into town on Saturday for a family party/get together at one of his dad's cousin's house in Upper Arlington so we hung out there for awhile and saw some family we hadn't seen in 3 years (Lucy was only 3 months old the last time).  Lucy & Cece were the only little kids so Lucy made friends with a couple of the high school/college girls that were there.  She actually asked me yesterday too if her new friends could come over to play and I didn't know who she was talking about until she said the girls she played with at the house where MaMa & PaPa were.  She's just so sweet sometimes and makes friends with everyone.

PaPa with two of his granddaughters

Happy girl

After church and lunch on Sunday, Todd's parents headed back home and we hung out at our house the rest of the day.  The big event that night was Cece trying her first taste of solid foods!  We were going to hold off until later next week when she turned 6 months but since she's been sitting in the high chair for dinner the past couple weeks, she's acted really interested in our food.  I thought for sure she would eat up all her sweet potatoes and want more, like big sister Lucy on her first time trying food, but nope, she wanted nothing to do with it.  Similar to what we did with Lucy, we're trying to do a combination of spoon-fed eating with purees and baby led weaning where she can feed herself with steamed/soft food.   We'll try again with sweet potatoes for the next few nights and then will move onto green beans and avocado before trying fruit next week.

Cece didn't even attempt to pick up any of the sweet potatoes so I had to put a piece in her mouth...

which she spit out

 I attempted the sweet potato puree/baby food next...

and it wasn't much better

She pretty much refused to take another bite...

and looked like she was terrified of the spoon

 First attempt at food = fail

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year's Weekend

Since Todd was off work all week, he was home when I got home from work on Friday and we decided we'd try to hit up an early dinner/happy hour at Forno in the Short North.  Typically, we don't ever go out to dinner on Friday evenings because by the time Todd gets home from work after 6:00 PM, most places would already have a long wait and that doesn't work well with 2 little kids.  We got to Forno around 4:45 PM but unfortunately, for us, a lot of other people had the same idea because there was already over an hour wait for a table.  Since we were downtown, Todd suggested Dirty Frank's for hot dogs, tots, and cheap beers.  We only had to wait about 5 minutes for a table and while it wasn't necessarily what I was hoping we'd have for dinner, I know Todd & Lucy enjoyed it.

Lucy had the Octodog...

which was a hot dog cut up like an octopus on top of some mac & cheese

Cece was content in her car seat

Todd & I each had a gourmet hot dog and split some tots, fries, and small pretzel

 On Saturday, I subbed a Spin/TRX class in the morning and then we spent the rest of the morning/early afternoon at home until Natalie's princess birthday party.  It was nice to spend some time with friends on New Year's Eve during the day since we didn't have any plans that night besides make some food and watching the Ohio State game.  Also, I'm glad that Lucy's likes my friend's kids and these "forced" friendships have actually become real friendships.

Lucy has been spending some time perfecting her drawing skills with her new easel

Natalie opening presents at the party

The birthday girl getting ready to blow out her candles

 Todd (and Cece) hung out with some of the other guys and watched football during the party 

When we got home from the party, Lucy helped me make the icing for the cake I had made for that night


 It turned out great and was super moist
 

We also made Auntie Anne's pretzels from scratch...

 and Four Cheese & Artichoke fondue

 So tasty

We woke up on New Year's Day and were excited we still had 2 days off of work (thank goodness for holidays landing on the weekend)!  I taught another Spin/TRX class mid-morning and besides a trip to the grocery store, we pretty much just hung out at home the rest of the day.  Todd has been working on putting up the backsplash in his beer room in the basement all week and after yesterday, he's pretty much done.  This was the first chance he's really had time to work on it since Cece was born (he tiled the floor last spring and ordered the sink and tables) so I know he was glad to make more progress.  While he was in the basement and Cece was napping, I was able to spend some one-on-one time playing with Lucy.  To top the day off, I felt spoiled when Todd made New Year's dinner for us---cabbage & noddles, kielbasa, and homemade biscuits.  I was hesitant a few years ago when I had cabbage & noddles for the first time but they are very tasty, I promise!

I'm always impressed with Todd's handyman skills and this backsplash (it doesn't actually go all the way up to the ceiling) looks fantastic

Playing with her new dollhouse

Todd & I both had off work yesterday as well so I went to the Y to work out when they opened at 5:15 AM so I could be home, showered, and ready when the girls woke up.  Once they were up & dressed, we headed to Polaris for breakfast at Duck Donuts and some play time at the mall.  We got home around lunch time, watched part of the Rose Bowl parade, and while both girls napped at the same time, Todd was able to get a couple more hours of work done in the basement while I did laundry and read (I'm currently reading The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines).

On Mondays, we take Cece's weekly picture and Lucy typically wants in on a picture also; Cece wasn't having any of it this week...

but these sisters do love each other so much....they were just staring at each other later for the longest time

Lucy watching them make donuts at Duck Donuts

They make plain cake donuts and then you customize the donuts with toppings; Lucy wanted sprinkles (of course), Todd got peanut butter glaze with bacon and chocolate drizzle, and I got almost the same thing but got Oreo pieces instead of bacon

Since Duck Donuts just opened recently, it was pretty crowded and there weren't any tables left so we ended up taking ours to the mall and ate at the food court before Lucy played

I'm pretty sure she was singing and putting on a show

Cece fell asleep

Lucy & Todd playing together

 It's been really nice this past week having Todd off work but tomorrow we're both back to the grind and will have to look forward to next weekend to spend more quality family time together.