Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The weekend that was good for my soul


This tree in front of our house blossoms beautifully in the spring.



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I intended to post this quite some time ago but Izabella ended up getting hospitalized (thank God she is getting better everyday!) and then the ever ending disregard for Black bodies just took over and it was all I could think about. I just wasn't in the mood to talk about that one good weekend. Although my mind seems to be thinking of one thing (justice for Black people) these days, I still want this post to be here as a reminder of good days. That although life can sometimes be so ugly that there is still beauty and we can always find good if we choose to.

I think that weekend was the best one since quarantine began. As time drags on because people refuse to do their part (I know this because I can compare where other countries are compared to where we are) we’re having to find ways to do the things we enjoy while still being safe. Friday evening, we took the dogs for a drive (they love car rides!) and it just made me so happy to see how thrilled the dogs were to have their heads out the window. They truly savor fresh air.

Saturday morning we woke up to perfect weather so I started meal prep early that way I could enjoy the rest of the day in the sunshine. I made this dish and I found it to be an easy recipe and so delicious. Burrata cheese is my new favorite.

In the afternoon, the pool company came out and set measurements in our backyard that way we could see exactly where the pool is going. It’s kinda crazy but it’s happening. We were actually suppose to have the pool done Memorial Day weekend but with all the restrictions that were put in place that had to be placed on hold. Construction begins on Friday!

(That's how long ago I wrote this post because the pool is done, lol!)

We took the dogs out for another ride and then to the lake since it’s their favorite place to be. OK, maybe Izy’s favorite place to be. When we dropped our dogs off, Sean and I went for a walk with my camera in tow and I snapped the three images below.




When we got home I made guacamole for the first time. I know, what?! I've just always ordered at restaurants and didn’t bother to make at home. It was sooo good and probably one of the easiest things I’ve ever made. I’m going to make some again this weekend because now I’m obsessed. It’s definitely going to be a regular thing now.



The tomatoes were for the dish I mention above with burrata cheese.


We also made strawberry mojitos and they were so good! Sean said, "I'd pay $12 for this drink". It’s actually incredible to me all the things we are figuring out to do by ourselves now.

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In the evening, Sean grilled burgers and hot dogs for dinner which we enjoyed out on our deck. At the end of the evening, our kitchen definitely showed the evidence of a rather great day. It looked like we threw a party for just the two us.

Sunday morning, we had BEC on a bagel and then worked on our front lawn. Watering plants and trimming our overgrown Japanese maple tree were the highlights. I won’t say we did an amazing job but it definitely looks better than it did.

After the yard work, I completed meal prep and then sat in my hammock (even fell asleep) for the rest of the day. My sister recommended that I read “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” even though I’ve watched the movie on Netflix way more than I can count. I started on Sunday afternoon and was done Monday evening. It was actually the fastest I’ve read a book in the longest time and I was pretty surprised. Now I’m going to get the second and third book because I can’t leave myself hanging.

I hope you all are finding ways to keep yourself sane and happy and that you all are having wonderful weeks! ♥ xoxo

** And while on that note, I'm going to try my hardest to get back to updating this blog on the regular.
I can't let something I enjoy doing slip away the way I have. **


  1. Life has been so hard ... it's been a hard year... I coun't my blessings that my kids are healthy, we have a roof over our heads, and I still have a job. I have so much to say about BLM and Covid .. we've talked at length about both .. I'll save it for my own blog, if I ever decide to write on it again.

    I'm glad Izabella is getting better every single day! The kids and I do long car rides now too. Dom likes to play Pokemon Go, I like to just drive and zone out. Sam seems to enjoy it for the most part too.

    That pasta looks amazing. I don't think the kids would it, but I may make it just for me sometime. I love making guac! The mojito loks good too... do you have the recipe for that by chance ? I haven't made the Sangria yet, because I don't have a pitcher.

    Lovely photos <3

    1. It really has been a hard year. I'm hoping that it doesn't get any harder but I have a feeling it will. But yes, also trying to count my blessings as I'm aware that I have many.

      There's so much to write about right now but it's hard to do it because so much is going on. Whenever you decide you want to write again, I'll be there to read it.

      Thank you so much, she is such a trooper! The pasta is so good ... thinking about doing it again this weekend. Guac is my new favorite to make, I've been doing it every weekend since the first time, haha. I'm obsessed. I don't think you need a pitcher to make the sangria to be honest. I believe I found the recipe on pinterest. I'll search it and send it to you through pinterest if I saved it.

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