On Sunday it was my husband's family reunion on his mother's side. His family did the planning and set-up. We had awesome weather, great food, and amazing company. We enjoyed watching the kids do a sack race, three legged-race and golf ball on a spoon race. Then the best part, tug of war. I faced off with all the other nieces against the aunts, and I guess when you have been carrying babes around more recently your muscles are a little stronger; that's right, the nieces dominated! It was all in good fun though! It was a potluck, but you brought your own meat. I had a delicious turkey burger, and my husband managed to scrounge some avocado and tomato for it, YUM! I had chips and dip, delicious salads, a good pasta salad that the babe ate most of, and lots of ooey gooey desserts. I had made some chocolate chip M&M cookies, as pictured at the beginning of this blog, which seemed to be almost gone by the time we had to collect our container to leave, so I suppose they went over like gangbusters!
Monday the babe and I made our way into Waterloo, where we stopped by the library for Beach Babytime. The theme of this week was infant massage, which helped me on later in the week when the little one was gassy and her teeth were hurting. It paid off huge going. Also, the babe saw one of her friends from Baby Connections at McCormick, and they had a riot crawling around and grabbing the egg shakers. At one point the babe just plopped herself down in front of the woman running the program and went about grabbing her shakers and staring at her. I was so happy I went and that the little one had such a blast. Will most likely be making this a repeat event.
Wednesday we went to Stars & Strollers at Cineplex to see Despicable Me 2. I really enjoyed the movie, while the babe really enjoyed the looooong nap she had on me throughout the whole film. I don't know what it is, but as soon as we enter a movie theatre she just goes limp and sleeps for almost two hours; maybe it's the lighting, the other babies cooing, or just being able to sleep on me and not in her crib.
Then the babe and I went for a run and it was so refreshing and relaxing. I found it a bit hard to run with the stroller, as I seem to be one of those people that like to keep their arms up and moving. Sometimes I wonder how I look when I run; red face, arms flailing, legs going at a slow rate but running none-the-less. My baby is my motivation, she keeps me on the level with this stuff.
When the babe and I came in, I saw an update on my facebook feed from Honey Bake Shop; they were telling people to vote for the finalists of the Best of Waterloo Region, being run by the Cord Community Edition. I remembered I had gone to it and voted for some of the people, places, events in the Region and thought I would check it out. To my surprise, I was listed under Best Local Blog. My smile was immediate and I could not believe I was one of three finalists for Best Local Blog (vote for me here: http://www.community.thecord.ca/best-of-waterloo-region-voting/) . I knew my husband had entered my blog in the vote, but some other people must have also entered me. I was on cloud nine when I took the little one to the grocery store, and the weather outside was beautiful.
As the movie was about to start, we were surprised by the appearance of the Screenwriter and Director of the film, who both grew up in Kitchener and wanted to attend this outdoor event to introduce their work. Talk about amazing!
The film was very well done, very funny, and cute in all the right places. Perfect family viewing! Of course, after ten minutes of the film the little one was fast asleep in my arms, wrapped up in a blanket and her dad's sweatshirt. I got to spend the whole of the movie cuddled up with the sweetest little baby I know, best end to a GREAT day! :D
For dinner, I made my famous potato soup. I say famous, really it just got rave reviews from my family and a request to send the recipe along. I knew it was good when my picky little sister went for thirds the first time she tried it. You can top it with bacon and cheese, which I do. I also made toasted baguette slices with pesto and feta, plain cheddar, and roasted red pepper and dill havarti. The girls seemed to like it (dessert included), and the baby loved using her Aunt as a training device for walking around. It was a great visit, and a great finish to my splendid week.
Now here's to a great weekend!
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