Sunday, August 18, 2013

Weekend Recap

There's a slight chance I'll have a case of the Mondays tomorrow, because we had such a fun filled weekend!  Usually we have plenty of house projects to get done, but this weekend we put everything on hold and just enjoyed our days with Liam.  {If you follow me on Instagram, then you've already had sneak peak of our weekend shenanigans!}  The fun really began Thursday night when we went to Sunset Safari at the zoo!  The zoo stayed open until 9pm, so we had the opportunity to see the monkeys & elephants falling asleep and the cats & grizzly bears coming out to play!  Liam loved it per usual, and so did I!  Conor rarely gets to come to the zoo with us, so it was a real treat!  A few of our neighbors also joined us, just adding to the fun!

On Friday, I took Liam to a reservoir with a beach area somewhat close to our house.  It has been incredibly hot here lately (upper 90s), so it was nice to be outside in the cool water.  Again we joined some neighbors for this little outing, so Liam spent plenty of time chasing around the bigger kids.  He always wants to be doing what they are.  I love seeing him growing up and interacting more with others.  My baby has disappeared and I have a full fledged toddler on my hands!  We actually spent a couple of hours here, so little L was absolutely exhausted come nap time.  I love the days that he falls asleep immediately, and I don't have to play this little game of getting him to sleep.  And for an added bonus, Liam went to bed early that night, so Conor & I enjoyed some cocktails outside with the neighbors as the sun went down.


Saturday we kept the fun going with some more neighbor time!  If I haven't mentioned it yet, we have an awesome neighborhood!  Life in Utah would be pretty lonely if we didn't have these families to spend time with.  There's plenty of young kids around for Liam, and many beer/wine drinking adults to keep an eye on them!  Anyways, Saturday we took Liam to his 1st water park!  There is one fairly close to our house that has a baby/toddler section and the water is heated, so it feels like you're in the bath!  Liam was loving everything about it.  We took him down water slides (I'm not sure if he was thrilled about that, but he didn't hate it), spent time just floating through the lazy river, and splashing around all over the place.  Liam didn't have a nap before this adventure, but he still powered through a couple fun hours in the water!  We ended up buying season passes since they are good through next year, so I think me might start making regular trips to the water park! Especially since it is only a few miles away.


This morning I got to sleep in (there's nothing better) while Conor & Liam made breakfast.  I used to dream about these days, and now that they are here I am taking in every second.  :-)  Conor called this an "Olympic" breakfast (notice the apple rings); we're preparing for Sochi I guess!  We even made the morning a little more special with some sparkling rose.  I love these big "just because" breakfasts!


In the afternoon, we drove up to Alta for a hike.  It's about 20 degrees cooler in the mountains, so the temperatures were perfect for a mid afternoon hike.  We recently purchased an Osprey Poco Plus carrier just for this purpose!  I still love my mei tai, but this more structured carrier is better for hiking with a heavy baby (Liam is about 22 lbs now) and it keeps you cooler since the baby is off your body a bit.  Conor loves it and uses it all the time while doing yard work.



We just did a short hike (under 2.5 miles) up to Cecret Lake.  Liam loved being up on Dad's back and taking in the scenery.  Next time, I'll definitely be more comfortable doing a longer hike since Liam handled it just fine.  I think this will become a weekly event for our family, at least while the weather allows.  It's feels great to get some exercise together and be up in the fresh mountain air!  We might as well utilize our time in Utah and explore the mountains while we can.



Tonight we barbecued some blue cheese & mushroom stuffed burgers before joining Liam's best friend Max and his parents for some Cold Stone ice cream.  Every Sunday should end with ice cream...it should just be a rule!  Now little L is tucked into bed, while I spend the last couple hours of my weekend relaxing with a glass of wine.  This weekend was one of our best here in Utah!  I feel like an awesome Mom tonight, like
 I just got everything right this weekend.  There are too many times that I am hard on myself and can feel like a bad mom (we all have those times)...  So I love the moments when you really believe that you've got this parenting thing down and your kid is happy as can be!  Yay us!!!

Now, the challenge this week will be to keep up all the fun.  I worry Liam will be bored out of his mind after all the exciting adventures we had.  Hopefully I'll come up with some fun activities for us; suggestions are welcome!  :-)

6 comments :

  1. Wow, looks like such a great weekend! I would love to have group of young, fun neighbors to hang out with.

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    1. Our neighbors are the best! We got to know them all by just spending time outside with Liam. People in Utah have been very friendly.

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  2. Looks like a fun weekend! You look awesome!

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    1. Thanks Tamara! I feel great but still need to get my butt back in the gym and gain some muscle.

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  3. I have been thinking about getting one of those hiking backpacks! Do you love it? Looks like you had a fun weekend, your little guy looks so happy!

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    1. We LOVE the Osprey backpack, can't say enough good things! They are a bit of an investment, but well worth it!

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