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Hello buddies! 

One other Monday already?! This weekend glided by approach too shortly as they all the time do. We had a principally enjoyable one – a number of adventures and outings, though we’ve been coping with some toddler perspective currently that could be a bit powerful (extra on that on the finish of the publish… associated to the second a part of the weblog publish title)!

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

On Saturday afternoon, our good friend Shane invited us and our different good friend 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 obtained some childcare and got here solo. 

It was such a deal with, you guys. Attractive 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 perfect afternoon ever. 

We grabbed dinner within the marina space earlier than heading house. 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 obtained for Riese – don’t fear, she obtained some pizza too), so I had one slice of pizza and we introduced the leftovers house. 

del ray pizzeria

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

One other spotlight: having buddies 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 social gathering.

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 combined up the components 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 huge pans of it so we’d have some leftovers and we might ship our buddies house 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 vibrant and early out in Reston which was fairly the haul from Del Ray, however value 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 to visit to maintain me and Riese firm post-nap. 

We determined to take Riese to Previous City Alexandria – such a cute space and I 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, however it was nonetheless actually enjoyable… she beloved all of the motion – geese, boats, individuals, airplanes, oh my!

We determined to seize dinner at Advantage Feed and Grain, one among my faves, earlier than strolling again to the automobile, however Riese was a sizzling mess – at first she was superb 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 unique 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 telephone to get her to take a seat in her excessive chair. I felt just like the world’s worst mother as a result of a minute later just a little woman 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 after they all regarded 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 reply to it. I typically resort to bribery (aka giving her a snack if she agrees to get within the stroller within the morning, as a result of now we 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 highway or get knocked over whereas I used to be distracted). 

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

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

Not less than the dinner final evening was tasty – I had my traditional 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 buddies!