Weekend Recap: Holiday Jump Start

by Courtney Sirotin on November 19, 2012

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We had a great weekend with friends and family!


I organized a kind of impromptu dinner party/play date Friday night so I used Dylan’s nap time to prep the food for dinner. I like the food that Tracy from the blog Shutterbean makes (I also love her podcast which I wrote about here and here), so I went to her site for recipe ideas and decided to try her celery salad.

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I made it according to her recipe (celery, toasted walnuts, Parmesan and dressing) but with the addition of dried cranberries. They added a great pop of color and made it a great holiday salad option because of the red, white and green ingredients.

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Salad, tossed:

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I also prepared a Paleo-friendly cherry crisp during Dylan’s nap and cooked it during dinner. I used this recipe from a site called Primal Green. I altered it by only using cherries, using more of them, and making way more topping than it called for. If a little topping is good, a lot is better, right?

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Cherry crisp, baked:

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Other items on the menu included roasted broccoli, hot dogs, burgers, chicken breasts and lasagna made from this recipe.

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Dylan had such a great time playing with Zara and Olivia!

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The crisp was a hit too!

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The fun continued on Saturday because my aunt Gina came for a visit! She splits her time between living in Massachusetts and California so it was cool having her in our neck of the woods while she was in town for business.

We all went to an afternoon showing of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. It was awesome, but then all the performances there are phenomenal! We snapped a few pictures on the way out but I have to share this series in particular because Dylan kicked Jay in that, um,  place where men don’t like to get kicked and I just love Jay’s facial expressions here:

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We grabbed dinner at Hankook after the show and then went back to our place to hang out and work on a photography project. Dylan loved messing around with the camera equipment.

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He’s a natural! He also has a great teacher.

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Case in point: Here’s one of my favorite videos ever of Dylan learning how to grip (light a set) under his dad’s direction. I feel like this is a glimpse into his future…

Oh, and I rocked this random and totally scary Romney mask that Jay picked up as a joke from the drug store! Believe it or not, Dylan was totally unfazed by it!

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My aunt and I had a great time digging though this bag of old jewelry. When one of my grandmother’s died a couple years ago I inherited a portion of her old jewelry.

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It was a mix of real jewelry and costume jewelry. I haven’t done anything with the collection since I brought it home so we dug through it on Saturday and discovered a lot of cool and/or weird pieces!

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Dylan enjoyed this activity more than anyone!

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Sunday morning started quietly.

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We haven’t begun potty training yet (I’m in no rush…) but Dylan is definitely showing an interest!

Later in the morning I took Dylan to the park while Jay rollerbladed (he had watched Dylan earlier while I did the elliptical). I spontaneously invited our friends and their kids (the same group we had over Friday night) and they were all able to pop by the park so Dylan enjoyed another unexpected play date!

Dylan really enjoys hanging out with Trey.

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I sort of loved this one swing that is set really, really high off the ground for no reason. I have to use my whole body to climb up into the swing.

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A final notable thing that happened at the park was that Dylan learned how to roll down a hill for the first time. Here he is doing so with Olivia:

Dylan’s babysitter came over this afternoon while Jason and I shot another installment for the documentary project we are working on. A few glimpses…

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Love the background here:

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The documentary is coming along and I had a great time working on it today, but the real story I want to tell from my afternoon has to do with my outfit. I tried something new. Wait for it…

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Wait for it…

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Skinny jeans!

Well, technically they were skinny pants, not jeans, but still. I have been afraid of skinny pants for years (mostly because Jay always says he doesn’t like them) but I tried this pair on at H&M recently and they felt comfortable so I bought them. I felt very spiffy in them today and think I might begin dabbling in skinny jeans waters. I’m only hesitant because I don’t have any casual shoes to wear with them and I like to wear casual shoes. I usually wear sneakers, but according to my Google-research, only a few styles of sneakers and sporty shoes can work with skinny jeans (Toms, Converse, Sperry’s…) and I don’t have any of them. Anyway, I’m working on this pant situation so I’ll keep you posted as I sort it all out.

(Yes, I’m totally aware that I’m about five years late to get on the skinny jeans bandwagon; that’s my typical timeline for fashion trends.)

That’s it!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

DONNA CUSHING November 20, 2012 at 2:58 am

I enjoyed reading this post a lot! Everyone looks like they are enjoying life and it makes me want to be there too! Your wonderful recipes and hospitality made it a great weekend for everyone, friends and family alike! I enjoyed watching Dylan work with Jay and roll with Olivia. I enjoyed reading your thoughts about the weekend. I love your appreciation if the small moments of life. Also, your outfit looks great!


COURTNEY November 20, 2012 at 3:00 am

Thanks, Mom! Although, I am sad to report that my attempt to find another pair of skinny pants (jeans this time) ended horribly. They are all the stores carry now but I just don’t like them (other than that one pair)! Ugh.


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