weekly highlights {9}

Hey there, how is your week going? Other than Violet being sick on Friday, it's been a good week. Luckily it was short-lived and she was back to her wild and crazy self in no time. You can always tell when she's getting sick because it's the only time you could describe her as "subdued." We recently had a conference with her teacher who told us that her favorite activity in class was any one in which she can pretend she's in charge. Sounds about right.

Anyway, here are last week's highlights.

The joy of going to the park after so many weekends of being stuck inside.


  • Lego Masters - With Jona's Lego obsession, we had to watch Lego Masters! It's been fun for him to see all the crazy builds people come up with, and I think he also likes seeing that even adults enjoy Legos. It's a really fun show for all of us to watch together. 


  • Charro Beans - We had family over recently for a Mexican food dinner, and I made these beans. I used the stovetop version, and although they took longer than what the recipe called for, they turned out full of flavor and delicious! (Just be prepared to add to the cook time--I added a good couple of hours on the stove.) 
  • Pineapple Cashew Fried Rice - This was a unique take on stir-fry, and it was so good! We had it with pork but it would work with any protein I think. 


  • Currently Reading: The Golden Earbud Awards - I think choosing audiobooks can be challenging--the narrator can make or break it, and some books just don't do well on audio. In this episode Kaytee and Mindy round up lots of audiobook favorites. 
  • The Lazy Genius: Feeding Picky Kids - Another excellent episode! In this episode she talks about her take on intuitive eating, and applying that concept to our kids. Trusting them to eat--or not eat--based on what we provide. It's not about letting them eat whatever they want, but instead about focusing on what we can control: the food we serve, vs what we can't: what they actually eat. So insightful. 


  • The Home-Maker - I loved this story, written in the 1920s, about an unhappy housewife and her husband who struggles to provide for their family. We've come a long way, but there was still a lot to relate to in this book. 
  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich - This was clearly written for someone in a different stage in life than I am, but he does have some smart, practical advice about money that I want to remember. I didn't love his tone or his repeated references to "hot girls" but I just rolled my eyes at those parts and moved on. 


  • Living room dance parties - Our music last week was The Black-Eyed Peas, which called for some impromptu dance parties for Jona, Violet, and me. 

What were some of your highlights from the week? 

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