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Catching Up

Last week was miserable and lonely. Nick was out of town for work and not only did I not have the Internet all week (mind you all my mom's club info in online), one day the carbon monoxide detector wouldn’t stop beeping. I blew on it, unplugged it and it kept beeping. Then, when I put it in another location it stopped. So, I freaked out. I put it back, it beeped again. With Nick out of town, I called my neighbors and they weren’t home. So, I ended up putting the kids in playpens on our back porch to keep them safe while I waited for the Fire Department to come and make sure we weren't in the middle of a toxic death trap. As it turns out, all was well, and they were happy to come out and check it. I guess we have a faulty detector. But these situations are very stressful, especially when you are on your own.

Nick got home late Thursday evening well after the kids went to bed. When he did get home on Friday we had a nice long weekend (though it felt really short). On Saturday we had a lazy day. No long run for us. We went to Yoder's Country market and let the kids feed some goats as well as check out the turkeys and such. The place is pretty neat, it's a Mennonite run store and they have a lot of homemade goods and delights. My favorite find of the day was crisp fried green beans.

Find video of the goat feedin' below:


Above: Photo of goat walk at Yoder's

On Sunday, our friends Hilary and Mike came to visit. We have been reluctant to turn on the air condition just yet and temps were in the 80’s. I hope they had a comfortable time in lieu of the warmer weather. I love those kind of temps. They are perfect. I love trotting around in skirts and t-shirts.

Above: Photo of Mike and Hilary at Barboursville Ruins (a house designed by Thomas Jefferson)

Sunday afternoon we visited Barboursville Wineries and tasted 15 out of 18 wines available for tasting. We hired the expensive babysitter and made her really work for her $14/hr money as she watched not only our children but Hilary and Mike’s twins (also two and half) as well. We did make it easy on her and left when they went down for naps. The babysitter did well. When we got home she looked a little worn out. We spent the remainder of the evening grilling out and talking. I just love summer.

Above: Photo of Nick and Green Eyes

Hopefully, next week while Nick travels, I won’t have such a hard time. In an effort to try to be a little less resentful (yes, of late, I admit I have felt this way), I’m planning on spending it away from home, i.e. in northern Virginia. Thank goodness this will be the last trip for a couple of months! I'd seriously need hired help or something if it wasn't.

Anyway, on a completely separate note, I made some cool deals today. Total OOP for the bounty below: $0.37!!

I bought four things of Kashi waffles at Target for 29 cents a piece too, and some pull-ups from Kroger for 2.75ea. (mind you these were 8.99 on sale, so I had to do some major deal combos to get them down to that!) Love it! I hope I really don’t need the pull-ups. Lately, ladybug has been 100% perfect when we go out of the house… Let’s hope the trend continues and I can feel confident in leaving her in underwear when we leave the house!


srbaynes said…
Sorry things have been so hectic ... maybe you should take them for a vacation here! I'm glad to see pics of the kids ... we can't wait to see them this summer.
SamJ said…
Sounds like your weekend with Hillary was a nice respite.

In a few weeks, H will be in Wisco for about 14 days straight. Granted, my dogs are not close to kids, but I understand the dichotomy of you feelings of angst, and gladness that N. makes enough.
Aliceson said…
I hear ya! sometimes being the mom is so much work. Not having Nick around must be hard. I wouldn't know what to do if something strange like the CO detector would alarm. Jesse usually takes care of that sort of thing. Scary stuff!

The garden looks great! You'll be eating tomatoes and beans in no time. We have had some weird weather here too. I'm watering the garden right now because some of the plants look a little droopy.

Way to go Ladybug! Finally being able to switch back to a regular purse from a diaper bag was huge for me. I know you still have a while with Green Eyes yet but the end is near.
Marie said…
Coucou Merrit !
j'ai fait un passage sur ton blog aujourd'hui; je vois que tu vas bien quoique fatiguée.
Ce n'est pas étonnant avec tes 2 babies.
Tu as mis de jolies photos et vidéos.
J'aime bien celle de Raley avec les chèvres.
Gros bisous à tous les 4
PS : aujourd'hui, c'est le D day, j' ai regardé le reportage à la télé in memory...

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