Weekend Recap: Rain, Rain, Go Away

by Courtney Sirotin on May 6, 2013

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It rained on and off all weekend, but we had a cookout and prepped our backyard for the summer anyway. Take that, rain!


Saturday morning was pretty chill. We did normal morning things like eating breakfast and taking showers. I woke up early and did a little cooking in preparation for the cookout we had planned in the afternoon, but that’s about it. Around 10 a.m. we set out to run a few errands.

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Our errands included a liquor store and toy store. Dylan scored a mini-trampoline and I scored some wine. When we arrived back home we tidied up the house and prepped for the cookout. Dylan helped put out the straws…

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Okay, I’m lying. I spilled the straws, but I like to blame my messes on Dylan.

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We had a fun afternoon with our friends!

Here they are:

That’s Bridget on the left, her niece, Riley, and adorable Jude. Jude is Natalie’s son. (You’ll meet her in a second.)

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This is Savvy, Bridget’s husband.

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Here’s Natalie, Jude’s mom:

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And Brooke, Bridget’s twin sister and Riley’s mom.

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Not pictured are the two teenage boys (belonging to Brooke and Natalie) who were playing video games upstairs!

I usually like to share the food I make with you guys, but I plum forgot to take pictures this weekend! The only two items I remembered to snap are carbs, of course. Here’s a beer bread I made from this recipe. I highly recommend the recipe if you are looking for a good one to try. Beer bread could not be easier to make and it gives the house an awesome, yeasty smell while its cooking. (I know that sounds weird, but you know what I mean.)

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I also got a picture of these blondies, which were soooooo good. I used this recipe from the Smitten Kitchen blog. Its super easy, requires only one bowl, and you can customize it in infinite ways. I made this double batch with white chocolate, semi-sweet and dark chocolate chips. They are dangerous. (Mom, remind me to make these the next time I visit.)

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The kids were so cute together! When it was time to eat, they collected three chairs from around the house and dragged them over to the coffee table to set up a makeshift dinner table. We didn’t even tell them to sit there!

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I like candids:

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Another cute thing the kids were doing was wearing each others’ shoes. They kept switching.

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Towards the end of the day we all ended up in one bed. I’m not sure how it happened, but it was fun. We had an impromptu storytime for the kids and then Dylan and Riley shared a ride in a laundry basket.

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This looks so fun, right?


We didn’t leave the house until after lunch on Sunday and only ran one quick errand when we did. We are having a fence built in our backyard next week and needed to pick up some paint from Home Depot. Once the fence is built, I’m going to paint it white. I’m actually looking forward to this task because I really like repetitive busywork. I plan to get a good audiobook for the event.

Dylan was on a tear at the store so I didn’t get many pictures; Jay and I were way too busy keeping track of him and preventing catastrophes. While I was selecting paint, Jay split off with Dylan and apparently Dylan opened up every single refrigerator and stove in the store, peered inside each one and said, “Wow.”

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Later in the afternoon I organized a bunch of pictures we had printed recently and put them in envelopes to send to our families. These simple tasks are the kind that take me forever to do. All I need to do now is address the envelopes and put them in the mail, but that will probably take me another three weeks to accomplish.

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The rain cleared up in the afternoon and we were finally able to spend some time outside. It’s a lovely time of year in Georgia because flowers, trees and shrubs are all in full-bloom. These are some of the shrubs on the side of our house…

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It took me awhile, but I eventually convinced Dylan to go swinging. Whenever we go outside to play, all he wants to do is get inside my car. We stand in the garage and I beg him to play with bubbles, balls or walk to the playground with me, but he’s set on getting in the car and going through my glove compartment (even though I never put anything cool in there and its boring contents never change).

Anyway, once Jay joined us outside, Dylan conceded and got in the swing. As I suspected, he had a great time once he gave in. He should really just trust me with these things.

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And then came the time when I was ready for him to get out of the swing and he refused, naturally. Such is the push and pull of everyday life.


I kinda like the challenge. Smile

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The pond was full of fish, geese and turtles today!

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I guess we all come out of our hiding places once the rain, rain goes away…

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

KATIE May 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I like the Emily Giffin books. I have read every one of them. They are mind-numbing chick-lit. http://www.amazon.com/Emily-Giffin/e/B001ILIC6O I got you the website, as I know you love amazon. I would like a blondie too, please. 🙂 Also, I felt that you would need this video before you begin your painting journey. It’s inspirational. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R37pbIySnjg


DONNA CUSHING May 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Looks like a weekend well spent with good friends! I was thinking the same about the blondies…. Dad’s favorite dessert! Dylan looks like he really enjoyed the weekend! He is so cute! I miss you all!


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