Rainy Sunday Stuff

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Hello everyone! Hope you are all enjoying your weekends. We are having a rainy, lazy kind of Sunday over here today.

Yesterday, however, was a beautiful, warm January day and so we took advantage and met up with my parents and 5-year-old nephew at the Richmond Zoo. We LOVE the zoo. We actually have season passes, and I highly recommend it to anyone local. It’s relatively small, but still has a ton of animals. My favorite part is that a lot of the animals are mixed in together like they would be in the wild (giraffes with wildebeest type deer, rhinos with gazelles, etc). Plus the animals are always super active and engaged, probably because you are allowed to feed most of them. There are just so many cool things about this zoo, like how you can feed giraffes out of your hand, or the enclosure where a dog and a cheetah live together (they’ve been best buds since they were babies, I mean come on) or all the sweet baby animals sprinkled around (like the tiniest baby monkey cuddling with its mama). And if nothing else, it’s a great place to take a toddler to run amok around all the hilly paths. Ryland, unsurprisingly, had a total blast trying to keep up with her big cousin.

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We laid pretty low the rest of Saturday after all the zoo excitement, but I did make this really yummy Thai Chicken Peanut Buddha Bowl from Damn Delicious.

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Obvi not my photo, from the Damn Delicious site
We also enjoyed the super, super yummy Pippin Hill red wine that we were unable to enjoy on Friday.

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And we started watching the Netflix show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (from Jerry Seinfeld). We watched the episodes with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Alec Baldwin and Sarah Jessica Parker. And I care nothing about cars and am not a massive Seinfeld fan (calm down, I LIKE it, I just am not obsessed like so many), but I really like this show. Turns out funny people hanging out together make for a funny show.

Today started off with our normal 5am wake up. Bobby typically wakes up once in the night, around 1-3, and then again closer to 5, I could feed him in bed and put him back to sleep but by the time I did that it would be not too far off from Ryland’s wake up and not really worth me trying to go back to sleep. So, I’ve gotten into the routine of coming into the family room to feed him and I have to say, the hours between 5-7am have quickly become some of my favorite of the day (I NEVER thought I would say such a thing about pre-dawn hours). It’s just Bobby and me. It’s quiet. I can watch my Bravo TV and enjoy a cup of coffee and breakfast in peace. And we get some one on one time, which is really nice because the rest of the day my attention is pretty divided. I think Bobby likes mama snuggle time too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Of course when big sister wakes up she gets plenty of her own special snuggle time with mama too. She has gotten into the habit of wanting to snuggle in the Boppy with me.

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I made it to the 8:45 Cycle Bar class, and it kicked my butt in a really good way. They email you your “stats” after class and I burned 100 more calories than I did at my last class, which I definitely could tell during the class. I loved the instructor today. She was that perfect mix of perky and mean that you really need in a spin instructor. Like one second you want to be best friends and gab over coffee and the next you want to cry because she’s screaming at you that you can do better and making you question your life choices.
I’m not sure what it says about me that I respond better to the meaner spin instructors.

Granted even though I did better than last time, I still was ranked 30…

in a class of 32…

I try to remind myself that my body spent the better part of last year growing a human. But still, when the septuagenarian next to you in class absolutely crushes you, it’s a slight blow to the ego.

After class I ran to Aldi for the first time. And for all moms out there who have kids with baby fruit/veggie pouch addictions (these things are toddler crack, Ryland jones for them big time, and we go through like 4-6 a day), get them at Aldi. They are organic. They have a variety of flavors. And they cost .79 cents!! Normally these things cost like 1.29 a piece. And that’s on sale. So .79 a piece is by far the best deal you can find on these things, even compared to Amazon and Walmart. So far Ryland has heartily approved of the new brand.

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I have always been a little intimidated by Aldi (with the carts you have to check out by paying a quarter, and the bag your own groceries thing), but the deals there are insane. They had a gallon of organic milk for like 3 bucks! I actually am planning to go back tomorrow on my big, weekly grocery trip. In the spirit of the new year we’re trying to work on our budget a little bit and trim some of the excess that has built up (like ridiculously expensive baby food pouches). One of the things I’m working on is really meal planning for the whole week, because that tends to be where I fail with a grocery budget (multiple trips or Instacart deliveries throughout the week tend to add up pretty quickly).ย  So this week at least I’ve got a solid game plan.

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Yes, I have the handwriting of a 3rd grader.
The Bahn Mi bowls and Chicken with Cous Cous are both from the Skinny Taste cookbook, and I’ve made them both and LOVED the results.

โ€‹The curry noddle bowl recipe is new for us and I found it here. Found the crockpot lentil soup recipe here, also new. And the chicken quinoa tortilla soup is from here. I’ll let y’all know how everything goes! Damn Delicious and Pinch of Yum rarely lead me astray so I think they should turn out yummy.

And that’s pretty much the big excitement for our Sunday. I’d love to hear about all of your weekends! Any fun activities? Anyone else do Sunday meal planning? Any tips? Fall back recipes that are always in your weekly rotation?

Oh and one last thing, I had another piece published on Scary Mommy yesterday (!!). You can read it here.

Happy weekending everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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