Monday, August 3, 2020

First Trip to the Pool!

Today we made it to the pool! I had a to make an appointment 2 weeks in advance and I was nervous that this incoming tropical storm would ruin our plans but it didn't!! We were able to swim for an hour and then get lunch! It felt like such a treat and a relatively normal day - we really needed it!!!

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Dinner on the Potomac

July has been a long month with lots of family time and lots of isolation. We've been fortunate to be able to eat dinner on our patio a lot but even that is getting a little old. Tonight we surprised the kids with take out from Chipotle and a picnic dinner along the Potomac. We drove down to the Lincoln Memorial and spread out a blanket right along the river! The ducks and squirrels thought they would join us! It was a nice night - a little cooler and breezier than it has been. It was really easy and fun - definitely will do it again!

A Hike with Declan

Today Declan and I took a hike down to the Potomac - just us! It was so fun to spend some one on one time with him. He is so funny and has so much to say and he really liked being the tour guide and showing me where to go. He is so sweet and was very concerned about making sure that I was OK and knew where all of the slippery or unstable rocks were!  
We hiked all the way down to the river - which is actually relatively challenging since it's not really a path but more of a pile of rocks that you have to climb over. We were sweaty but walking through the cool water made it really nice!

A Visitor to our Garden

I wasn't able to get the sunflowers to grow this year like we were last year BUT we do have a couple of really tall ones and this morning a beautiful butterfly decided to hang out for quite a while! It's always a little magical!

Monday, July 27, 2020

First Honey Harvest of 2020

Our adventures with the bees this year have been pretty unpredictable! From swarms to requeening, it's felt a little crazy! Brendan was able to get our first harvest out of Hive 1 today - it wasn't a ton of honey but really fun to see it and always delicious!! Hopefully we can do a full harvest of both hives in a few weeks.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Brendan's Second Attempt at Brisket

Brendan was successful today with his brisket! After a frustrating first attempt, today was much more successful. It's not easy and takes a LONG time but it came out perfectly today and we are going to eat A LOT of meat over the next few days!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Emmy's Baking - Cream Puffs

Emmy has gotten really good at baking! Today we tried something a little more out of the ordinary - Cream Puffs!!  We got the recipe from King Arthur Baking - here's the recipe link. It was really fun and something that I hadn't done in a LONG TIME! They turned out great! We made pastry cream too - probably didn't cook is quite long enough - and filled them with it for day 1. After that we turned the remainder into ice-cream and filled the left over puffs with that the next day. They were delicious - very fancy looking and not hard at all!