Sadie’s ninth birthday was on Friday and ever since her very first birthday, Ryan and I have always made it a point to celebrate our special girl on January 20.
(Puppy Sadie! My heart might explode.)
I can still remember when we brought Sadie home and did our best to teach her not to pee on the couch, take food off our plates, chew on our coffee table and learn how to ring the bells hanging from the door knob if she needed to go out. We taught her basic (dog)life skills but she has taught us so much more.
It’s no secret that we’re absolutely obsessed with Sadie in our house but it’s more than just her personality, cuddles and playful demeanor that we love so much. Every single day Sadie serves as one of the best reminders to look for joy in the simple things – a sunny day, a long walk, snuggling, STICKS!!! – and we did our best to make her ninth birthday a special one!
For Sadie, I’m pretty sure the highlight of her birthday every year is her annual birthday challenge when we pit two delicious foods against each other and place bets as to which one she will go for first. This year the Whole Foods hot bar dictated our choices and we came home with pulled pork and pork belly for our girl!
Once we plated the contenders, Ryan and I each took a bet as to which pork dish she would go for first. I opted for pork belly (it’s basically thick bacon, I mean c’mon!!!) and Ryan went with the pulled pork.
And heeeere’s how her ninth birthday challenge went down:
*** I’m having issues uploading the video directly to the blog but if you click the above link you should be able to view the video on YouTube! ***
Spoiler alert: The pulled pork was the winner! Apparently Sadie inherited both Ryan and my intense love for pulled pork because she immediately went for that plate and licked it clean before polishing off the pork belly as well.
After Chase went to bed, we spent the remainder of our Friday night snuggling with Sadie on the couch before calling it an early night since Ryan and I were both struggling to keep our eyes open downstairs.
Our Saturday morning began with his and hers workouts which we completed separately after swapping playtime with Chase. We were both done and showered by 9:15 a.m and ready for our family activity of the day! We’ve been wanting to take Chase to the Sea Life Aquarium in Concord for ages and since it was raining outside, it seemed like the perfect day for a fun indoor activity.
We purchased our tickets online (<— for the locals, that will save ya $5 per person!) and arrived at the aquarium right when it opened at 10 a.m.
Though the aquarium was not very large, it was perfect for Chase because it wasn’t overly crowded (meaning he could easily roam and explore without being trampled) and many of the tanks were low to the ground which was perfect for our tiny toddler.
Chase was really into the aquarium and loved watching the fast little fish dart about and the stingrays gracefully glide through the water.
We stuck around long enough to do the behind-the-scenes tour and since I’ve always had an interest in marine life (I actually wanted to be a marine biologist as a little girl), I loved learning more about how the aquarium feeds and cares for the animals and also helps with rehabilitation and conservation efforts.
(This is a totally random tangent, but did any of you guys ever watch The Voyage of the Mimi in grade school? Oh my gosh, I was OBSESSED.)
Once our tour was done, Chase was still going strong, so we took advantage of his energy and stopped for some food before heading home and putting him down for a nap.
While Chase slept, Ryan took Sadie out for a walk while I got a jump start on some blog work since we’ll be traveling again toward the end of next week.
By the time Chase was up, the rain returned and it was pouring buckets outside. We debated heading out to the library or bookstore but decided an evening at home sounded perfect. While I got started on dinner with the help from my sous-chef Sadie who is never far from my side when I am cooking, Ryan and Chase played with cars and read books until it was time to dive into some homemade lasagna.
Once Chase was bathed and in bed, Ryan and I decided to try watching Minimalism, a documentary on Netflix that seems to be getting a lot of great reviews. It started out interesting and while I love the concept (parts reminded me a lot of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up), Ryan and I both got a little bored about 45 minutes in and decided to head up to bed and finish it another night. (I was kind of hoping they’d share practical tips and insight into how they approached minimalism when they first began living a minimalist lifestyle.)
Our happenin’ Saturday night concluded with reading in bed and I started a new book! As I briefly mentioned a week or so ago, I started reading Pretty Girls and holy cow that book was intense. Truth be told, when I mentioned it on the blog, I had yet to reach some the most grotesque, violent and extremely disturbing parts of the book and I cannot say it’s one I would recommend after reading the whole thing. It was just too much at times and after finishing that book all I wanted was an easy, breezy read.
Sarah Jio’s past novels fit the bill for what I was looking for so I looked to see if she had released anything I had not read yet and immediately downloaded Goodnight June. I’m about halfway through it now and it was exactly what I was looking for – intriguing, light and entertaining.
Sunday morning began with church as we made our return to the church we found before Christmas that we really liked a lot! Chase did well in childcare again and Ryan and I loved the guest pastor’s message.
We arrived home ready for lunch and I made us a butternut squash and curried white bean stew topped with marinated Brussels sprouts that was so, so tasty and perfect for a dreary and chilly afternoon.
After Chase’s nap, our Sunday afternoon took us all over town where we picked up some stuff we needed for various home improvement projects.
We spent the rest of the day working around the house and hanging out as a family before digging into leftover lasagna and Moose Tracks ice cream and calling it a night.
I hope you guys all had a great weekend!!! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!