I cannot tell you how nice it feels to be sitting at my desktop computer right now without feeling nauseated. Last week took a lot out of me and I’m happy to say I think I’m finally on the other side of whatever bug hit our house. And, in even better news, the rest of the family seems healthy as well. I’m hoping all of you out there are staying germ-free and strong during cold and flu season this year. It seems to be a pretty rough one!
Since our family was all healthy and back to normal energy levels on Saturday, we were thankfully able to make the most of my father-in-law’s visit! He arrived in town on Thursday afternoon and will be staying with us through tomorrow and we’re all grateful he made the trip up to see us.
Saturday’s weather was pretty dreary so we limited our adventures to mostly indoor activities. We spent a decent amount of time around the house catering a bit to the boy’s naps since rest seems to be key for fighting off sickness. Our main plans for the day centered around dinner when we hosted our friend Ben and his family at our house for a rainy evening feast! Earlier in the day, we took the boys out to Whole Foods to stock up on some food for dinner and Ryder had his first experience in a car cart which pretty much blew his mind!
I wasn’t sure if he was big enough for it, but once he was buckled in, there was no prying that steering wheel out of his grabby little baby hands. He was ALL IN and we joked that the car carts at grocery stores are Ryder’s version of Disney World right now.
Chase also seemed to love having a driving buddy and it made the whole grocery shopping adventure feel fun which is saying something when it comes to shopping with two kids under four years old. Mini victories! We kept the menu for Saturday night’s dinner pretty simple and made carnitas in my Ninja Foodi to serve with tortillas and all the fixings. I also made a double batch of my crockpot chicken corn chili which we all loved! (If you haven’t made that chili recipe yet, please do so ASAP because it’s seriously the easiest recipe on the planet and always a crowd pleaser!)
Of course Sadie was never far from the action and made her presence known just in case we felt like tossing a little bite of pork or chicken her way.
Ben is originally from England and we loved spending time with his family when they made the trip over from England a year ago, so we were excited to see them again on Saturday night.
(Chase requested a seat next to Mr. Ben of course. His love for Ben runs deep!)
The highlight of Saturday evening occurred after dinner when we broke out our deep fryer and made zeppoles for dessert! Gosh, I love those things so much! They’re easily in my top five favorite foods EVER and Chase had a ball rolling the fried balls of dough and mozzarella cheese in powdered sugar for everyone. He called the zeppoles “snowballs” and was an instant fan as well to the surprise of no one.
We had a great time with Ben and his family and I’m so glad they made it a point to spend time with our crew during their visit!
Sunday morning began bright and early! Ryder was up early enough in the day that he was ready for his morning nap by 8 a.m., so I hung back at home with him and the baby monitor while Ryan, Chase and Greg went out for breakfast. It was really nice to ease into Sunday and I streamed our local church service and prepped a batch of collagen baked oatmeal for the week ahead. Once the oatmeal was done, I dug into a slice as I sat down at the computer and played catch up on some things I neglected on the computer last week.
Once the guys were back and Ryder was awake, we were ready for some family fun and spent the rest of the morning at the local bowling alley and arcade. Ryan and his dad used to bowl together when Ryan was younger and Chase seemed to enjoy it as well!
The rest of our Sunday was pretty low key. We made it back home for the boys’ naps and then spent the evening at home watching The Incredibles 2 after dinner and digging into a big bowl of popcorn before heading off to bed.
As for the week ahead, it should be a relatively normal week around here! We have a birthday party for one of Chase’s friends on the agenda for today (he doesn’t have school today in honor of President’s Day) and we’ll be doing our best to make the most of the rest of my father-in-law’s visit as well.
I hope you guys all had a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by the blog today!