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Awesome Weekend and a New Sensational Sunday Idea!

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This weekend was fantabulous!

I kicked it off Friday with a short trip to Lancaster to hang out with a friend for happy hour. Then it was movie watching with The Husband. Of course I fell asleep during it but it was still fun. We watched A Most Violent Year and I woke up the next morning to finish the last 30 minutes — I really enjoyed it! Slow but an interesting variation on a gangster-style flick.

Speaking of Saturday morning, it was glorious! For the first time in a long time I was the first one awake and got to enjoy a couple of hours alone while all the boys slept. I feel like I’m entering the next stage of parenting older kids. With Evan on the border at 4 and Ryan really becoming more and more independent I’m kind of excited about the transition over the next few years.

Saturday night we had plans to celebrate our anniversary with a few friends in the city. We went duck pin bowing and just hung out for a few hours. It was fun, although it almost didn’t happen. Babysitters are hard to come by anymore!

With Ryan at his friend’s for a sleepover, today started slow. Evan and I had breakfast.


I had a couple of hardboiled eggs and some grapefruit. It was around this time Ryan started eating eggs this way and now he loves them. Evan was hesitant at first but he now eats a bit of the white.


Exactly how his brother started. I’ll get him to eat those yolks sooner or later!

He also tried the juice from my grapefruit, which resulted in this face.


Another thing I used to do with his brother who now loves the juice from my grapefruit.

The rest of the morning we played. He loves “doing letters” on my computer.


And I love building new tracks with him.


I picked up his brother who is now totally too cool to be photographed.


We have a policy that I’m not allowed to share any photos of him without his permission. He is so cute about it, too, yelling, “You’re not allowed to use that one! Ha ha!”

He was so tired after the sleepover he passed out in his room. I have a really cute photo but I can’t share!

While he was sleeping Evan and I had a snack.


Apples, cheese and crackers and I made a batch of Raw Beet and Apple Salad for dinner tonight.

We invited over some friends we haven’t seen in awhile. For a few months now I’ve been pondering the idea of inviting people over for a new Sunday dinner tradition. So many people we know have kids and eating out with them is expensive and frankly, not fun. Especially when you are trying to entertain the younger ones.

Why not invite people over? They can bring a dish, the kids can play and the adults can actually talk! Genius! Right? I mean, maybe people do this all the time and I’ve just been living under a rock or maybe I’m just really unpopular and no one has ever invited me. Either way I was really looking forward to it.

But first… chores!

The Husband headed outside for lawn care.


I tackled the inside with my little helper.


All while Ryan sleep. He was WIPED from that sleepover!

Before I started dinner I made a batch of Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cups with added flax and hemp seeds for the week.


I’m really trying to bake at least one thing on the weekend so the kids have a homemade go-to snack. It helps keep them out of the pantry.

Then I started dinner. I made steak like this, roasted potatoes like this, roasted cauliflower and the raw beet salad. Oh! and I made a batch of cucumber green tea.


Everyone seemed to love it! I barely have any leftovers. My plan also worked, the kids entertained themselves and we ate in peace. This is definitely the start of a new tradition.

Now it’s time to settle in for Game of Thrones!



Saturday’s Food

  • 7:10 a.m. Oatmeal with frozen blueberries and honey
  • 9:30 a.m. Post-workout shake (1 scoop).
  • 11 a.m. some veggie chips on way home from the store — the ones from Aldi. I love them!
  • Noon 2 eggs scrambled with sausage and lots of broccoli and drizzled with sriracha.
  • 4:30 p.m. An order of hot wings out with friends — I didn’t drink because I was designated driver. :)
  • 8:30 p.m. Pizza with those same friends after a couple of hours of duck pin bowling
  • 10:30 p.m. a little fro-yo with The Husband when we got home.

Sunday’s Food

  • 8:30 a.m. 1/2 grapefruit and 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 10:45 a.m. a small taste test of the raw beet salad I made for dinner and some cheese, crackers and apple with Evan
  • 2 p.m.Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cups
  • 5:30 p.m. Steak, potatoes, cauliflower, and beet salad.
  • 9 p.m. popcorn with coconut oil while watching Game of Thrones.

Saturday’s Activity 

  • 8 a.m. workout: Warmup — 500m row and some stretching
    Worked on Snatch from the high hang – ended with 3 @ 73 lbs
    Workout was with a partner we did the following which was modified for our level:
    100 Wall balls (14 lbs)
    100 Double Unders <– I did 50 unbroken!!
    80 Box Jumps (20 in)
    80 GHD sit ups
    60 ring rows
    60 Burpees
    13 Cleans @ 83 lbs <– there was more but that was as far as we could make it with the 20 minute time limit
    Afterwards I ran 2 miles with another friends who’s nursing an elbow injury.

Sunday’s Activity 

  • Rest Day


  • I didn’t take my supplements Fri. or Sat. but remembered today.
  • Water pretty good all weekend especially considering I was designated driver on Saturday so I sipped on water all night at the bar.

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    April 27, 2015

    I love your new Sunday dinner tradition. Last fall, I read this this article: And I loved the idea! Most of my family lives several states away, and with kids, it is just so hard to spend a lot of time “out” making new friends. So we’ve started inviting people over once a month, for a low key dinner party. The house might not be clean and the food might not be fancy (and it takes a LOT of work my part to be okay with this), but we get to spend time with friends, which is the most important part.


      April 27, 2015

      I also have to “get over” the fact that my house may not be perfect or anything. It’s hard because I’m type A personality!!! Most of the time, though, I find out that my friends’ houses aren’t perfect either and they feel more at home.


      April 28, 2015

      I’m getting over this as well. It’s a very #wycwyc attitude. Plus…. a lived in house is a happy house, no? <- How I justify it to myself. ;)


      April 28, 2015

      That’s what I’m thinking. The work is worth it!


    April 27, 2015

    Hi Roni – I have been following your blog for about a year, and I absolutely love it. I can’t believe that my first comment is about something so random… What do you use to clean your stainless steel appliances?? They are gleaming and gorgeous!!


      April 28, 2015

      Honestly, I wipe it down with a little baby oil. Just a touch!


    April 27, 2015

    I want to come to YOUR house for dinner. All our friends serve us like spaghetti or lasagna because we have 4 kids. Ha! We are having some homeschool friends over during the day tomorrow. Clean, clean, clean! That’s the worst part, but I do love getting a clean house for at least 5 minutes. :)


      April 28, 2015

      SO funny as I told the husband NO PASTA! That’s what everyone does. lol