Monday Morning Coffee Date

Monday Morning Coffee Date

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a lovely Father’s Day weekend.  We really enjoyed ours, and it seemed to be the perfect blend of family time, relaxation, household chores, and yummy eats.  What could be better?  That being said, I figure we could catch up this morning over a cup of coffee (or tea, or lemon water).

My coffee of choice would be brewed in our new french press.  Luckily Nathan has turned into a coffee aficionado, so he brews ours fresh each morning.  Here is mine yesterday morning in my new camping mug from our trip a few weeks ago.  Did I mention we have a campsite booked for Columbus Weekend (in October)?  Can’t wait!  Anyway, here are some things I would catch you up on if we were having coffee.  Feel free to play along in the comments.

Strawberries!  I know I’ve mentioned this before, but our garden is doing AWESOME so far!  And strawberry season is at its peak.  Nathan brings in this amount of strawberries every few days, and we are in strawberry heaven!  Except Graham – he doesn’t like strawberries – I have no idea what happened there…

Arts and crafts fun from Grandma!  Nathan’s mom sent the kids a care package last week, and it contained all sorts of awesomeness, including books, shark tooth necklaces, and this tiara craft (although Graham called his a crown). They had a blast decorating them, and have been wearing them around the house nonstop.  And they refuse the leave the house without their beloved shark tooth necklaces.

It’s almost the end of school, and Graham been so busy lately with all sorts of fun end-of-school activities.  Last week his class performed The Very Hungry Caterpillar for all the parents, and it was just so darned cute.  Although I’m not sure acting will be his future career – he spends half the time fiddling with his pockets on stage…

Reagan and I went to visit her 2 younger cousins last Friday, and she was in heaven playing Mama Bear.  This is Braxton, my sister’s older boy.  The younger one (Colton) is 3 weeks old, and is just the sweetest thing.  Can’t wait to spend more time with those boys this summer!

Thursday night runs (and faster paces).  My new favorite time to run is on Thursday nights after Nathan gets home from the gym.  I’m so happy it’s summer so I can do this!  I originally planned on running 3 miles, but when I got to 1 1/2 miles (where I would normally turn around) I felt good so I went on to 2 miles before heading back.  I felt like Forrest Gump!  Looking at my pictures from the prior Thursday, I knocked 8 seconds off per mile.  I’ve still got a ways to go before I’m where I want to be for my October half, but I’m getting there.  I know I need to add in some speedwork in order to really get my pace down.  Sprints and hill repeats – here I come!

Our kids play dress-up ALL.THE.TIME, so it’s not out of the ordinary to be preparing breakfast for a pirate (or fire fighter, or Darth Vader).  And she insisted we make a face out of raisins on top of her yogurt – we had just read a Bearenstain Bear book where Mama Bear did that…

Graham has been so sweet to Reagan lately, and actually brought her home a prize he got at school.  Here he is saying “close your eyes and put out your hands.”  She was so excited!  And no, he didn’t just get out of the shower. This is the result of 90 degree heat, gym, and a non-air conditioned bus!

Thursday night I decided to surprise the kids with a fun adventure.  After we got Graham off the bus we headed to the park so the kids could play in the brook and throw rocks.  Then we headed to the library with a list of recommended books for the summer.  Then dinner at Panera.  That evening Graham said “you’re the best mommy ever because not all kids get the opportunity to do what we do.”  He’s our deep thinker.

Father’s Day was really nice, and the kids sat very nicely in church.  After that we headed to my parents’ house for brunch, where the cousins got to play hide and seek while the adults enjoyed lots of yummy eats.  Dinner was burgers and fries at Nathan’s request, and he followed that up with a HUGE bowl of cookies and ice cream!

At Father’s Day brunch my brother-in-law Kyle was sitting across from me at the table.  He sneezed, and I was immediately hit in the face with something “chunky.”  As I was wiping off my face he casually said “did I get you?”  YES.YOU.DID!  After enjoying quite a laugh (and sanitizing my face) he asked if I was going to write about the story on my blog.  So I insisted on a picture to document the event.  Luckily he’s the kind of person who can easily laugh at himself.

I fear he’s going to be the class clown, and am already dreading the calls about all the pranks he comes up with.  But at least he keeps us laughing!

I am the least crafty person around, but the kids insisted on doing something for Father’s Day.  I got this idea from the library, and I cut out various shapes and the kids glued them on to make a cute art project for Nathan (and for Pop Pop).  Picaso I am not, but THIS I can do!

Soccer Saturdays are now over, and Graham had his last official day on Saturday.  He was SO proud of his trophy, and has been carrying it everywhere he goes!  I don’t think I’ll be coaching in the fall, as he has decided he wants to play lacrosse (which I know less about than soccer).  But it was a really fun season, and I enjoyed being a big part of his first soccer experience.

Father’s Day after brunch we helped my brother and his family open their pool.  Nothing says summer more than a water gun fight!

In with that, I’m going to leave you with a picture of my plate from yesterday’s brunch (this was plate 1 of 2).  I hope you all have a wonderful day.  Tomorrow is Graham’s last day of school, and he’s excited for a sleepover at his cousin’s house to celebrate the occasion.  Camp starts on Thursday!

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I'm Taryn. Welcome to my blog! I'm a runner, hiker, and fitness enthusiast working every day to model these behaviors for my 2 young children. I have a passion for preparing delicious and healthy food for my family. Keep reading to see how we define our version of a healthy family.

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7 thoughts on “Monday Morning Coffee Date

    1. Love this time of year! And love experiencing life through kids’ eyes – so much more exciting that way! Thanks for visiting (and commenting)!

  1. Such a perfect day! Even though the dads didn’t get to rest as much as they’d like, it was so rewarding to all work together and have fun in the meantime!
    Sorry I missed the giant SNEEZE!!

    1. YES, I agree completely! And I think the dads all enjoyed working together. It was a family-filled weekend and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Maybe next time Kyle will get YOU with his sneeze 🙂

  2. SO happy to hear about your garden! Speaking of, know any good farms to pick strawberries from, near us? Planning to take my friend next week sometime and go strawberry picking

    1. LOVE strawberries! We always went to Peterson Farm in Flemington, but I just checked their website and yesterday was their last day for picking 🙁 You might be a little late in the season unfortunately. Our strawberries are almost done as well.

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