Weekend Recap: Food For Dreams

by Courtney Sirotin on April 16, 2012

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Our weekend started early as Jason took Friday off and we went to Zoo Atlanta.

(I’m using the term “off” loosely here because he spent most of the day on the phone putting out a work fire.)

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I’ve been wanting to take Dylan to the zoo for months and was pumped that it was finally happening! (Thank you to our friends Jase and Davina for loaning us their passes!)

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Whenever little kids are doing something new and magical, like seeing massive animals in the flesh for the first time, my mother calls the experience “food for dreams” because it gives them fanciful new images to call upon in their dreams.

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I love this concept and try to give Dylan these moments whenever possible in our everyday life.

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The zoo made my job easy.

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Although, if you were to poll Dylan on the order in which his mind was blown by the zoo he would probably tell you:

  1. Eating Nathan’s French Fries for lunch
  2. Riding on the carousel
  3. Seeing the animals


For a parent, watching your child ride on a carousel is pretty magical. Food for dreams for me.



I made Paleo banana bread and muffins for breakfast. The bread turned out raw in the middle and the muffins were burnt. I really need to get better at baking with almond flour! Its very deceiving in the oven.

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There was an art festival a town over that we went to in the morning before Dylan’s nap. The weather was perfect  – 70s and breezy – and we had a lot of fun walking around and enjoying the, um, local color.

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We happened upon a water fountain filled with colorful balls, Styrofoam rings and sand pails that Dylan immediately started playing in.


Until we overheard someone say that it was only intended to be for viewing and not for playing. Dylan, and every single other kid in the vicinity, had other ideas.


The highlight of the art fest was when we found the Fun Bus.

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It’s a kid’s gym and play area inside a bus. Your kid climbs aboard, works his or her way through the bus while engaging in all the games and then shoots out of the back on a slide. We bought a day pass for $5 so that Dylan could go ‘round and ‘round to his heart’s desire.

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After the art fest we went home for lunch and Dylan’s nap. Jason went to a wedding solo in the afternoon and, for lack of anything better to do, I took Dylan back to the art fest to get the most out of his all day pass on the Fun Bus.

Dylan was on a mission when we got back to the bus. He strode up to it like he owned it,

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climbed aboard and took no prisoners.

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We also went back to the fountain. By the time we got there in the afternoon kids had completely taken it over. Luckily, the artist had embraced the situation and was finding the kids amusing. Again, Dylan splashed water like it was his job. He also kept trying to climb in…

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He got so wet he required a full wardrobe change, which I did right there on a bench.

It was a fun afternoon. We even got to watch a train go by up close. Dylan is very into trains right now so it was awesome.

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Food for dreams…


Today has been low-key. During breakfast I noticed that Dylan’s hair is getting longer and curly-cute again:

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Jay is suffering from bad allergies and spent most of the day on the couch.

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Dylan and I only went out once. I took him to a park four minutes from our house just to tire him out a bit:

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This afternoon I decided to try to organize a cabinet that’s been driving me crazy for ages.

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I say “try” because, as you know, organizing doesn’t come easy to me. I have all the wrong instincts. Case in point, mid-way through my efforts I happened upon an old bag of Israeli Couscous and thought it would be fun to dump it into an empty oat container and let Dylan stick his hand in it because it was an interesting sensation.

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Dylan was more than happy to stick his hand in the container but of course his immediate reaction was to throw the couscous everywhere. I then had to pick up my own mess…

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and a floor full of couscous.

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See? Horrible instincts. Further proof of my organizational inadequacy is the final product. The cabinet hardly looks any better!

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Anyway…another weekend all wrapped up and a good one to boot!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

MICHELE (POULIOTTE) VENNARD April 17, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Upon careful review of your ‘after’ photo of the cabinet…..I have one word for you…Canisters!! You have a ton of items that would do great in them. Keeps everything fresh and looking pretty!! Ps…I love your blog.


COURTNEY April 18, 2012 at 2:54 am

Michele! First of all, it’s pretty much the awesomest thing ever to hear from you on my blog and second of all…I like this canister idea. How many do I need? What exactly do you put in them? p.s. next time I’m home (prob July) we have to hang out for real!


MICHELE May 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Courtney! Sorry for the leaving you hanging on the canister situation! So I started off with a multi pack of acrylic canisters from Walmart. I think there were five…and were different sizes. Then I bought a few singles afterwards…they are quite addicting actually. I keep ground flax, coconut flakes, nuts, flour, sugar, chocolate chips, etc in them. They are great for anything….especially things that come in packaging that you can never re-seal properly or have to use a clip to close. We actually have one full of lolli-pops right now which, I might add, looks adorable on the counter. Just start accumulating them and you will always think of something new that can go in them!! And Poof! Organization happens!
Can’t wait to get together this summer!!! Keep up the great blogging….can’t wait to listen to the 1st pod cast after work!!


DONNA April 18, 2012 at 2:24 am

I enjoyed reading this post so much! It is great to see you all having so much fun! Dylan looks so adorable and happy! The zoo pictures are amazing! The whole post was food for dreams for me!


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