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Weekending 31

I realize this post is happening CLOSER to the next weekend than the previous one, but I hate having back to back topic posts and there were more interesting things to discuss this week. So here we are, weekending on a Thursday. A hat tip to last weekend, and here’s to tomorrow being FRIDAY!

What happened last weekend? First it went by too fast. TOO FAST. SLOW DOWN WEEKENDS. Saturday we were up pretty early, breakfasted and began normal weekending chores and then ran out the door to make it to the zoo damn near opening. It was great! Less crowds! The baby lions were out! Gabe walked a LOT …. toddler physical exhaustion can only benefit oh, um, everyone?

We had a sing along/dance party to Sound of Music, we walked up the street and had a sit down dinner, Saturday ruled.

Sunday was good too! Kamel and I went on a rare movie date in the morning to a discount theatre showing Into The Woods! You know how much it costs to get in? $2 A PERSON. CAPSLOCK. It was great! We were home before Gabe woke up from his nap (Thank you Claire for babysitting). And then we went grocery shopping, made nachos for dinner, and I made raspberry scones just because I could.

And then of course we lamented the coming work week, as you do.

What are everyone’s plans for this weekend? MY CHILD IS TURNING 2. So that’s all I’ve got really.

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(Find the monkey!)

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(Stroller maintenance)

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Welcome to Lauren’s outfit for the rest of winter: This yellow hat.

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Skype with Miami family!

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My first ever dropped egg!!!

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Kamel: Suck it in though… oh shit you’re pregnant.

Me: Duh.

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SUNDAY DINNER OF CHAMPIONS!

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A Daughter

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Who the hell is she?


Lauren

I am a writer living in Seattle and I believe that life is a grand adventure and only boring if you believe it to be. Plus! You don't need money to have fun.

I live with my husband, a photographer by education and a maker-of-video-games by trade, and a baby named gabe in an apartment on the hill.

I am romantic about most things and I cry... about almost anything. I tell stories to entertain you, I spread stories to keep you in the loop. I am not a grammar freak, but I do know how to spell it. I am exceedingly proud of my scrambled eggs and I really could eat an entire pan of cupcakes. If I met me, I would be my best friend. I tend to be irreverent.

If you would like to chat with me or see what else I'm up to you can follow me on Twitter (betterinrealife), on facebook, or email me at betterinrealife at gmail.


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