Sunday, April 10, 2011

Our Weekend

Hi, my friends!
I do hope you had a happy weekend!
Thought I'd share a few pics of how we spent ours.

Last week marked the Spring arrival of the weekly lawn care service,
reigniting Charlie's obsession with lawn mowers and back-pack blowers...

I was able to break out some spring clothes
and bravely expose my ultra pale legs to the world
and I am happy to report that no one fainted at the sight.

It felt so good to be making Sunday dinner, barefoot, in a spring skirt and short sleeves, the windows open and Kenny Chesney's greatest hits blaring on the stereo while Jimmy and Charlie worked in the yard and Andrew played with a friend.  I'm not a huge country music fan, but every now and then I pop in a CD and it instantly takes me back to dating Jimmy in high school and college.  Especially Kenny Chesney, singing about homecoming dances, football games, and first loves.  The high school years were kind to me.  It helped that I was dating the best looking and nicest guy in school (I'm only a little biased) and country music can make the memories come flooding back.  So I sang and chopped veggies and reminisced.

We ate many meals outside
(the one below was grilled lemon & thyme chicken with
 roasted veggie orzo and smores for dessert).
We invited friends to join us...

I spied my lilac bushes bursting with buds...

We played ball and rode bikes.... 

And I gave great gratitude for smiling, rosy cheeked children...

We read good books...
Andrew and I are reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
I haven't read it since I was little and I'm actually enjoying it more as an adult.
 For those of you that have read them with your children, did you opt for the chronological order or the publication order?  There seem to be a lot of view points both ways.
 I'm thinking we'll go the publication order route, but I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

I've been reading heavier stuff and this is a welcome change of pace. 
 Total fluff, but fun.

And now it's off to start the week. 
I have a long to do list that includes mailing in our tax forms,
which were finished weeks ago but are still awaiting stamps...
playing Easter Bunny and getting something to put in the eggs  
(I'm trying to be a little bit more proactive on that front and not wait till the day before) ... 
we've got playdates and soccer class ...
 and I need to look into summer camps for Andrew. 
I've also got a new decorating project in the works and will share plans later in the week. 
Let's just say it's LONG over due!
Now I'm off to tuck Andrew in, then paint my toe nails and make a cup of ginger and peach tea. 



  1. What a perfect weekend! So glad you are getting some good weather! We did much of the same this weekend. Today I planted a few flowers and got sunburned. It was 85 and gorgeous out. Have a wonderful week!

  2. Such a fantastic weekend. That movie looks so cute! Too bad you, Lorri, Katie and I didn't live closer to one another, we could all see it together.

  3. Looks like you had a great weekend! I just feel so much better when the sun shines:) I also sported a similar dress this weekend (navy & gray stripe), your belt was much more stylish than mine. I hope you have a great week, even though it will be busy.

    Amy R.

  4. Love the dress you gave us a peek of! We are spending so much time outside, too. I love the time of year when we are outside more than inside. I need to read that book. I try to read classics, which I enjoy, but a good fluff read is nice every now and then. Have a great week!

  5. How hilarious is Charlie with his backpack blower?! Ha! I'm dying! I'm loving your dress - and don't worry, you can't be any paler than I am!

  6. Your weather looks so envious am I?? Oh to cook barefoot with the windows open...I can't wait.
    The roasted veg orzo looks really good - can you pass along the recipe?!
    I love all of your pictures. Love the pic of your little one as a "grass guy" - or at least that's what my kids called them when they were little.

  7. What an ADORABLE dress! Belt? Love!

  8. Hi Tessa,

    A quick question? Did you ever get the items that you were bidding on? Just wondering, and if you did get them, what are your plans for them. I thought the items were just beautiful. Thanks!

  9. Hi, Julia! I did get several of the items I bid on and I'm working on a post for later this week about my plans for them! Stay tunned! :)

    Hi, Ashlyn! I just posted a link to the orzo recipe. It is one of my all time favorites!! Enjoy!!


  10. We ate outdoors a lot, too, this weekend - LOVED the weather! Looks like you had a great time. I'll have to check out that trailer, too. :)

  11. Tessa,
    Thanks for the link to the orzo recipe...I just printed it, and can't wait to try it!!

  12. What an abundant post...full of goodness! Love the meal, the Narnia series, playing outside and the fact that you're showing off your pale legs {I bet mine are even whiter!}.

    Hope this means everyone is feeling better! SO exciting: I got the book today! Can't wait to curl up with it!


  13. yum i definitely want to try that orzo salad! if i ever decide to enter the kitchen again - yikes!