Hello hello folks. Let’s just ignore the minor fact that this Monday Morsels is being posted on a Tuesday ok? I fully intended to publish it yesterday but then life and a sick baby happened and I really didn’t want to wait another week to post it SO lets just pretend. K thanks. I appreciate the make believe cooperation!
Two weeks ago we took a trip up to DC so Jason could attend some meetings for new diocesan youth ministry employees. We stayed with our family in northern VA and had some fun adventures! I forgot how beautiful that area is in the spring. Clare and I took some nice walks around the neighborhood since the weather was perfect and enjoyed all the blooms.
On one of our free days, we took a family trip to Gettysburg, PA. Jason is a Civil War buff and wanted to visit the area again plus give Clare and I some history lessons. It is a gorgeous area – we did the self guided driving tour and really enjoyed the step back in our nation’s history. There is something incredibly eerie but amazing about visiting battlefields where so many lives were lost years and years ago. Plus it was neat to see the place where Lincoln gave his famous address. Definitely visit if you ever have a chance!
While Jason worked, I got to go out and play a bit! First, I met up with my friend Lauren and her 3 kiddos at Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream in Old Town Alexandria. The ice cream was SO delicious (I got red velvet cake – yum!) and then we walked around by the Potomac and let the kids run around while us moms caught up on life. I also got to see my friend Kate and meet her baby boy! We realized that we hadn’t seen each other in person since my wedding (going on 7 years) which is crazy. But she’s one of those friends that you don’t skip a beat with and it feels like you hang out every week. We were going to meet in Baltimore but with the rioting and all, ended up meeting elsewhere in MD for lunch at Nando’s Peri-Peri. I’ve been there a few times and besides their infamous chicken, I was excited to order my fave side dish on their menu which I’ve been meaning to recreate. It has butternut squash, onions, cranberries, grilled corn, chilis, and cilantro. So so good.
Did I mention that the weather was perfect during our trip? Aunt Linda and I took Clare to the nearby Lake Accotink Park where we enjoyed some playground time, a ride on the carousel, and a nice long walk on the lakeside trail. The fresh air and gorgeous scenery were just divine.
Then the day after our return, little miss Clare turned one! My oh my did this year fly by. I may have gotten a bit emotional at one point, thinking about how big my baby has gotten and how much I love her. We had a nice day and my friend Mary Pat came by for a visit with her son who turned one just the week before. We had a fun little celebration with plenty of play time, bubbles, lunch, and I baked some #1 cookies for dessert. My cookie monster Clare went after hers while I tried to get a photo together. Pretty sure they enjoyed them!
Then this past weekend, we hosted Clare’s first Birthday party combined with our housewarming party finally. We had a great turnout – lots of family and friends were able to come and it was so fun having lots of kids running around too. They mostly ran around upstairs and while it’s always quiet up there right now, it was awesome hearing them play up there. Better get used to it because that’ll be our normal soon enough!
Clare love love loved her Birthday cupcake! I couldn’t wait to see how she reacted to it and she didn’t disappoint. At first, she just kinda picked at it and took some tiny tastes. Then she realized how fun the frosting felt in her hands and kept squishing it around. Then the chocolatey fingers made their way to her face, hair, and everywhere so I had to run her to the bath tub for a quick wash down and outfit change.
I hope that all of you moms (in every form and fashion) had a wonderful Mother’s Day! And know that I was praying for all of you who might be struggling with infertility and faced the day with longing and heavy hearts. I’d been baking up a storm for the party – besides the cupcakes, I made a TON of mini flower cookies and loved how they turned out, along with some number one shaped cookies. While I was in cookie mode, I made a pretty bouquet for my mom plus the “Mom” cookies. Also, just to brag on my wonderful hubby, he came home early from work on Friday and surprised me with a massage he’d scheduled for that afternoon. What a treat!
And finally, to that crazy life and sick baby thing I mentioned before… Clare started having tummy troubles on Saturday night (I’ll spare you the lovely details) and by Monday morning, had a fever and some red flag symptoms that made me worry. After a visit to the local doctor, they sent us to Cooks Children’s Hospital to look more into it. We ended up spending the whole day there and poor Clare was a trooper. I couldn’t get over the hospital bracelet on her tiny wrist and though she was tired and fussy by the end of it all, she looked pretty cute in that little hospital gown. We’re still waiting for some test results but she seems to be on the upswing thankfully!
Now for some linkage and warning, they’re all mom/motherhood related this time around!
An amazing video about making a blind mom’s ultrasound extra special.
This post about feeling like you’re too good to be a mom and wishing for another lifestyle. So real and honest!
Some history behind Mother’s Day that I never knew.
This couple who have a special beautiful baby though many criticize their choice.
When you want to do big things for God but realize that motherhood is pretty huge.
Lastly, I loved this article because it made me think of my wonderful and low maintenance mom.