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Hello mates! 

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

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

On Saturday afternoon, our buddy Shane invited us and our different buddy Shane out for a boating journey! Final 12 months we introduced Riese out with us as soon as on his boat, however this 12 months 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 residence. 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 residence. 

del ray pizzeria

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

One other spotlight: having mates 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 occasion.

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 blended up the substances 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 massive pans of it so we’d have some leftovers and we may ship our mates residence with some, too! They’ve a child so figured it could 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 manner too lengthy!

We met vivid 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 visiting to maintain me and Riese firm post-nap. 

We determined to take Riese to Outdated City Alexandria – such a cute space and I like the waterfront. She refused to go within the stroller (new section that isn’t my fave) so we pushed an empty stroller round all afternoon, however it was nonetheless actually enjoyable… she cherished all of the motion – geese, boats, individuals, airplanes, oh my!

We determined to seize dinner at Advantage Feed and Grain, considered one of my faves, earlier than strolling again to the automobile, however Riese was a scorching mess – at first she was fantastic 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 distinct 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 cellphone to get her to sit down in her excessive chair. I felt just like the world’s worst mother as a result of a minute later a bit of lady 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 actually we don’t know how to reply to it. I usually resort to bribery (aka giving her a snack if she agrees to get within the stroller within the morning, as a result of we’ve got 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 street or get knocked over whereas I used to be distracted). 

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

When you’ve got any recommendation for determining deal with toddler perspective with out bribery, I’m all ears. Thanks prematurely. 😉

A minimum of the dinner final night time was tasty – I had my common fave, the salmon with creamy quinoa. It’s so good. 

virtue feed and grain dinner

I’m off to sort out the workday… have a great one, my mates!