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.
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 😉
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.
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 🙂