Can someone bring me a vat of coffee? Stat?
Our weekend started off well with easy days of work on Friday, and just nothing too exciting. Some days like that are just nice, right? I picked up some lovely eggs from our CSA farmer on my lunch break. We're not getting our CSA share yet, but he parks his truck & trailer in town to sell eggs & meat until the produce really kicks in.
Saturday we slept in a little, got some stuff done around the house, and then headed up north to the in-laws to celebrate Mother's Day there. Travis is also working on making us some raised garden beds, so he wanted to make some 2x4's with the gadget I got him for Christmas. Don't ask me what it's called. All I know is that you can take a rough piece of timber - like an actual log with the bark still on it - use this tool and cut it down to 2x4 size. It's pretty cool. Since Trav's dad logs all winter long, he had plenty of logs for Travis to use. Some of the finished boards were about 10 feet long, which sell for around $20. He made 6 total, so figure he saved us about $100-120 on this project. Gadget has already paid for itself!
We had a lovely dinner of grilled burgers, brats, and salads. The weather was supposed to be really nice on Sat, which is why we planned on going then rather than Sunday. Well, it didn't really cooperate and stayed chilly, overcast, and windy. So we mostly stayed inside. Oh well. Still a nice dinner and time with family.
Sunday I woke up early to get my long run in. I told Travis that for Mother's Day, I just wanted to run, watch a webinar on marathon nutrition, and relax. Check, check, and check.
I was really wiped out after this run - mostly running into a headwind all the way back - so I did end up spending much of the day on the couch relaxing. Totally fine with me.
Once I got back and showered, I opened my presents from Emily. She went to a "make & take" event at our local photographer's last weekend, and this is what she made:
Adorable! Dad did a good job getting her dressed in a cute outfit, too. She told me that she got to "paint" over her picture. It's decoupaged on with clear coat.
They also made cookies and decorated them. I love this girl. Load up the sugar! It was really good. Emily secretly told me that she also got to eat one when they were there. Haha! Big secret, right? She also decorated a little card and colored the gift bag that all of this was in.
They also made cards at daycare:
Love these little hand prints!
We ended the day with a yummy dinner: Picadillo tacos from the Skinnytaste cookbook, topped with a cabbage slaw. The picadillo is a bit putzy to make, so I asked Trav to make it for me knowing that we had plenty of time and no plans to get in the way. The picadillo is really good with an interesting mix of ingredients - tomato sauce, red peppers, and alcaparrado (or olives & capers). You make this in the crockpot, but it only needs to go in there for 3-4 hours. I think you could probably make this stove top too, but the flavors really meld together if you let it sit in the crock pot for longer.
We ended the evening with popcorn and the move "Wild", based on the book by Cheryl Strayed. I know the movie has received some poor reviews, but I liked it. Of course, it wasn't as good as the book, but book-based movies never are. I was ok with the way they put the story together. It was longer than I thought, though, so I got to bed a bit later than I would have liked.
I have to say that it was a lovely weekend. I had a great Mother's Day and felt very loved all day long!
How was your weekend? Did you spend Mother's Day with your family?