Perfect Picnic

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We were in the mood to do something special and couple-y today, but I didn’t want to: 1) spend any money or 2) go anywhere.  Hah.  What can I say, it’s one of those days.  So we decided to have a picnic in the backyard.  And it was so, so nice.


Remember a few weeks back, when I talked about my penguin phase and how everyone gave me penguin gifts as a result?  Yup.  This blanket is circa penguin craze phase.


Even though we’ve lived in the house for about two and a half months, I am still not used to it.  For so long, owning a home and having a backyard was ‘the dream.’  It was the goal that we had focused on since were 20 or so.  I still feel like it isn’t really real.  I actually had a nightmare last night that the bank knocked on our door and kicked us out!


It’s nice to do things like this – it makes homeownership seem more… well, more real.  Our dream of a backyard finally came true.


Veggie burger, salad, fries.


Chips and hummus:

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Soooo…. This might be a little mean.  But it’s really funny.

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We play a game with James because he is obsessed (ob-sessed) with squirrels.  I call it, “Look! Look! A Squirrel!”


The Husband shakes a tree…


The leaves rattle…


I scream, “Look! Look! A squirrel!”…


And James freaks out.

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He’s a really smart pup.  He’ll figure it out eventually.





  • Katheryn June 9, 2012, 4:10 pm

    Have you seen Pixars animated movie Up? Your squirrel story made me think of this movie. If you haven’t watched it, check it out!

    • Caitlin June 9, 2012, 4:13 pm

      hahaha no, do they do it in the movie too?

    • Claire June 9, 2012, 9:55 pm

      Up is such a great movie!

      I say to my girl dog ‘get the birds’, and even if the nearest bird is a tiny speck in the sky she still does her best to get it. She is really good at patrolling the airspace above our backyard, she thinks it is her job. Even now that she is old and half blind and arthritic.

  • Grace June 9, 2012, 4:29 pm

    Aw…what a nice little picnic! It looks amazing!

  • Silvia @skinny jeans food June 9, 2012, 5:06 pm

    You are doing a Kim Kardashian-like reality show on poor James — “Look look, I am married!” haha.

  • Hannah June 9, 2012, 5:34 pm

    I do the same thing with my dog, if we’re on a walk and shes sniffing for too long, I’ll say “where’s the squirrell?!” and she bolts upright and gets moving 😛

  • Sana June 9, 2012, 5:44 pm

    LOL James is on to you guys!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 9, 2012, 5:50 pm

    Haha James is too cute. And just imagine, you’ll be playing with your baby in the backyard soon! I loved my backyard growing up, we had a big play set that we turned into a fort, we also got to sleep out in the back yard in the tent a few times! A lot of my childhood memories are from playing in the yard!

  • Kris June 9, 2012, 5:52 pm

    My first dog used to always run to the window when I said “squirrel”, and she’d be jumping around, so excited. At 13 she became blind, and I’d say squirrel for our second dog. My sweet girl would still run to the window and dance around (she had absolutely no problem figuring out where the window was, or anything else in the house — even moving from one house to another and staying in hotel and apartment between). Our third dog has no idea what a squirrel is 🙂

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 9, 2012, 6:07 pm

    Cute idea! The best dates are the simplest ones. Relaxation…mmm.

  • BroccoliHut June 9, 2012, 6:25 pm

    Hah! Love the squirrel game–definitely trying that out on Margot.
    What do you think of that horseradish hummus? I personally love the unique tang it has 🙂

  • Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut June 9, 2012, 9:14 pm

    Have you seen the movie Up?? Squirrel!! Hilarity.

    I can’t wait to own a home! And you guys got one at the perfect time huh? It would stink to have to move with a little one!

    Have a great weekend!

  • Jessica June 10, 2012, 9:35 am

    For my dachshund Bella it’s, “LOOK, LOOK a lizard!” (We live on the coast!)

    Enjoy your Sunday!

  • Amber K June 10, 2012, 2:47 pm

    My husband’s and my big dreams for this year is to finally become home owners. And a picnic in the backyard seems like a great way to celebrate once we finally do!

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 10, 2012, 6:14 pm

    Ooooh veggie burgers + fries for a picnic sounds wonderful! Were the fries homemade?

  • Ali @ Around the VeggieTable June 11, 2012, 9:06 am

    haha I went through a penguin phase too and I have that same blanket 🙂

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