I can’t remember the last good rainy day we’ve had here in north Alabama, but this weekend we had two days in a row of glorious steady rain combined with comfortable, mild temperatures. Jamie and I really enjoy a good rainy weekend every now and then because we find that it slows us down and makes us want to stay mostly indoors and relax.
Ahh, the good life.
Before we holed up for the night inside on Friday, I got a wild hair to take the girls outside to play in the rain. Steady, heavy rain but no lightning equaled the perfect condition for some puddle splashing! Plus we had nowhere to be that we had to stay clean for. 🙂
Splashing in puddles is so much more fun with friends, so they grabbed their bestie Brinley to join the fun too.
The girls cleaned up around 5 p.m., put on jammies, and then we all took turns helping ourselves to some shredded chicken from the crock pot and mixing it into our dinners. Jamie made the girls shredded chicken and cheese quesadillas, and I put some chicken in a pita pocket with a little shredded cheese and vegetables.
After dinner Jamie made good on his promise to do an indoor campout with the big girls. He set up our small tent in the living room, popped some popcorn, and made hot chocolate. He is pretty cute! This was totally his rodeo so I let him take it away.
They laid on their sleeping bags (P.S. – these sleeping bags are the BEST investment!), watched Willy Wonka, and eventually calmed down enough by 8:30 to turn off the movie and lights and call it a night. It took Sadie a hot minute to get her giggles out and relax enough to fall asleep, but overall they did really great and definitely earned the chance to sleep in the tent again in the near future.
At 5:20 Saturday morning I was bright-eyed and excited for day #3 of Orangetheory’s Hell Week (a.k.a. a week of extra intense workouts that earn you a free tank if you complete five of them). I met my friend Leah there only to find out that we were twinning in our Mark Ingram jerseys for “team day” (each day is themed, which is so fun!) She brought along our old “AOII Loves the Tide” pins, which had me ROARING! We were in the same sorority years ago, so these pins are a blast from the past. Ha!
I bounced in the door on an adrenaline high around 7:15 and found the girls nearly finished with their pancakes, with Jamie flipping the last few. “What time did y’all get up?” I wanted to know.
He said the girls started moving around at 6 a.m., when he heard Sadie whisper “Had-E, we are still in the TENT!” (He was sleeping on the couch nearby.) So funny. So they all went ahead and got up and he made his traditional Saturday morning chocolate chip pancakes.
After breakfast, they darted back for the tent and Jamie and I went out back on the patio to drink our coffee together. We ended up sitting out there for an hour, which got us a little bit behind with the rest of our morning, but the quiet time together was awesome.
Jillian slept until 8 a.m. and then joined us for the last 20ish minutes or so. 🙂 Morning, sunshine girl!
After our coffee date, I took a quick shower and got ready for my mom to pick me up at 9:30 to do some shopping! This was our second year to attend a local Christmas market, but this year we added another one to attend too. We agreed this is something we will definitely try to keep up and do together each fall. We didn’t buy a thing but had a lot of fun window shopping.
Jamie and I relaxed together on the couch early afternoon Saturday watching football, until my neighbor Alyssa and her two kids came down to hang with us. She had texted me about something random and I told them to come down and hang and keep our kids company. 😉 We knew we’d be home the rest of the day, so we cracked open a bottle of wine for a spontaneous happy hour and enjoyed some hang time while the kids all did makeovers on each other.
I knew these stars would end up in Hadley’s eyes, and sure enough one did and sent her through the roof. The hysterics were no joke, but I used some coconut oil to rub the makeup off and carefully got that one pesky star off her eyeball. It was traumatic. Yeesh.
But good thing Alyssa knows my family and all of our crazy and doesn’t judge us when all heck breaks loose trying to get some play makeup out of my child’s eyeball. 🙂
After nap time, my mother- and father-in-law came over to hang with us for the evening. We ordered a couple pizzas and they brought brownies and mint ice cream. We watched the first half of the Alabama vs. Arkansas game together and just had a good time hanging and relaxing.
I think they left around 7:45 and all the kids went to bed. We called it a night around 9:30 ourselves in anticipation for attending the early church service the next day.
The 8:30 a.m. service was on the docket for us, so we were up and out the door by 8 Sunday morning. All smiles from our littlest girl!
After church we ate lunch and relaxed until my parents came by with a couple doughnuts for the girls on their way home from church.
I was sitting on the couch in the living room working on this post when they came by, so I snapped this picture over my shoulder of the girls hanging and talking with my dad.
We attended our Sunday life group at church that night and then called it a day in anticipation for a big week ahead – Red Ribbon week for Hadley, a field trip also for Hadley (and me), Halloween fun on Thursday (though it could be a bit slushy!), and finally our big women’s conference at church Friday and Saturday with Rebekah Lyons as our speaker. Can’t wait!!
Did you enjoy camping with your parents as a kid? My dad brought us once or twice when I was younger, and I remember thinking it was the coolest to sleep in a tent.
If you’re an Orangetheory member, are you participating in Hell Week? Where is your location and what are your themes?
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