Friday Fun.

It is 10:57 on a Friday night, and I am sitting at home watching Kitchen Nightmares and eating my way through an enormous bowl of steamed edamame (u-pick from the CSA!). Toss in a mug of jasmine green tea, and this lady’s got herself a rockin’ Friday evening! Seriously though, I begged off every invitation for drinks, dinners, coffees and walks. I’m still in recovery from last night…

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Dear god. Hilarious. I. love. my. friends.

It was a lazy week for us. I’ve been studying my heart out for the GRE- hello, PowerPrep and all things Kaplan! It’s really difficult for me to study at home- way too distracting- so I’ve been leaving at night and going downtown. It’s actually been very pleasant, and I’m able to get my evening yoga in right beforehand. Win!

Tuesday was supposed to be my big study day, but I ended up taking a much-needed break from Newtown and making the impulsive decision to drive down to Wildwood and spend the day at the beach!

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So, so good, I can’t even tell you. It just felt better to get out of town for a day. I needed it desperately, and the kids LOVED going on an adventure together. We got to Wildwood, and ended up passing the boardwalk on our way to my friend’s hotel. Jack spotted the roller coasters, and for the rest of the day all I heard about was the rides and how much he wanted to go on them. It was adorable 🙂

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They were both really into the whole beach scene. They were (justifiably) afraid of the water, although they did brave it a few times with the adults.

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We had fun sitting in the shallowest part of the shore and letting the waves roll over our legs. Mostly, though, they were loving the sand 🙂

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We left the beach around 5(ish?) and went back to the hotel to dip in the pool, followed by showers for everyone, and dinner at an Irish pub. They had the most amazing french fries- giant potato wedges baked to perfection! Also, a grilled veggie wrap and homemade potato crisps. I swapped the mayo for some herbed vinaigrette, and it totally rocked my world. All throughout dinner, Jack talked about the rides at the boardwalk, and even though it was getting late, I knew I couldn’t in good conscience drive him home without letting him on a few rides. It killed me, how much they meant to him!

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One of the sweetest parts of being a mother, at least for me, is seeing how much the simple things mean to Jack and Cal. Their desires are so pared down right now, and even a few spins in a motorized tractor is enough to make Jack’s whole day. The purity of their wants is so, so sweet.

Carolyn was too little to ride most of the rides, so she sat out, although not happily.

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I felt terrible about it- I know she wants to do what Jack is doing, and it was sad to have to hold her and watch her watching Jack. We did get her on the carousel, though!

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Next year will be her year 🙂

It was a really quiet ride home. We didn’t pull into the driveway until about 1, but it was worth it to spend the day soaking up sun and sand and waves.

Wednesday I ran around trying to get a few errands off of my to-do list. First up: tires for the Murano! Mine were in really bad shape, and I had been putting it off. I took Jack with me, and Carolyn stayed home with Luis. In hindsight, I think next time I’d leave them both at home…

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It was a challenge trying to keep Jack from ripping apart the waiting room. Imp. We ended up leaving with my Mum and grabbing some lunch during a break in her day, which was timed perfectly with my tire work. I picked up the car, zipped home, popped the kids into their beds for naps, and ran over to the CSA to do my u-pick for the week.

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Check out all that gorgeous garlic!

It was really peaceful being out in the field by myself and picking at my leisure. Wednesday u-pick is definitely the way to go.

On my way home, I stopped to pick up a new tire for my bike. My rear tire stopped holding air and was really worn out. I hadn’t been able to ride my bike for weeks, and I was over it.

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Thursday was so dreary here, so we kept it low-key and fun. Scones with Grammy in the morning…

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…followed by CSA pickup, but just from the barn. Hallelujah, because it was so rainy, it would have been miserable in the fields. One of the girls working in the barn gave the kids each a garlic frond, so they had fun splashing in all the puddles and “sweeping” up the water.

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I gave it my best shot with Carolyn’s hat, but she chucked it into a puddle and it got soaked, so that was that.

The CSA for this week:

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Kabocha squash (KABOCHA SQUASH!), new garlic, 2 heads of lettuce, 1 celery, 1 bunch scallions, 4 hot peppers (1 jalepeno, 2 long hots and 1 cherry), 2 pounds of bell peppers, oodles of summer squash (all different varieties), new onions, a gajillion tomatoes (heirloom and regular), and new potatoes.

U-pick:

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Tomatillos, cilantro, edamame, basil, purple basil, chives, cherry tomatoes, husk cherries, and parsley.

This week’s share is disappearing very quickly. I made two huge jars of fresh sauce using most of the tomatoes, basil, garlic, and onions. I also steamed the edamame and ate it straight out of the pods, in addition to adding it to a quinoa-black bean-cumin salad. Yum!

I biked to yoga last night, and followed it with a night out with some friends, which turned into an epic event. It was great- I keep looking at the pictures and feeling so glad that I have such fun and wonderful people in my life 🙂

Which brings us to…today. Technically, yesterday- it’s 12:37. Today was so lovely, after yesterday’s rain, I knew I wanted to get the kids out and moving. We went over to Milk House to pick up a few items and hang out with the chickens.

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Also, a massive watermelon:

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Followed by a trip to Barnes and Noble for a book they didn’t have in stock. Bummer! But we caught story hour, so it wasn’t a total waste.

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After the kids listened to the story (read: played with the trains), we parked on State Street and walked.

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They held hands the entire time. It was priceless! Someone actually pulled over on the street and leaned out of their window to tell me how cute the kids were! 🙂

Jack loves the Book and Record Exchange (who DOESN’T?!), so we stopped in to say hi.

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I ended up finding a beautiful copy of David Copperfield. Woohoo! It boasts one of my favorite opening lines ever.

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Swoon.

The kids were pretty awesome, so I figured a playground trip had been earned.

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Followed by naps, and a nondescript second half of the day. I rank a lot of tea in an effort to recover myself from the night before, and by the time Luis got home, I was ready to take a few minutes for myself. I loaded up my yoga bag and hopped on my bike- for three miles, over to the Garden of Reflection.

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It was wonderful- yoga, watermelon, husk cherries, meditation, and the spring issue of Chickpea. I loved the ride over, too- the back roads take you past some gorgeous farms. I kept stopping to snap pictures, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was, and how special I felt for getting to experience it.

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I actually really enjoy driving, and when I’m upset or stressed, that’s usually what I go to- I’ll drive the back roads near my house until my gas light comes on, just listening to music and thinking. However, nothing compares to being on my bike, and it has the added bonuses of being a great form of exercise, and also providing me with an openness and a connection that I think a car doesn’t afford. I ended up logging about 12 miles total, just from going to the garden and back and biking a few loops around town. I even stopped to stretch in front of Isaac’s, but I resisted the urge to go in, and instead came home to brew jasmine tea. Which brings me to now, as my eyes begin to itch from fatigue and a post-ride stiffness creeps up my calves. Time for bed- we’ve got another busy weekend ahead, including a trip in to New York on Sunday, and this momma needs her sleep!

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