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As last week’s not-so-great weekend (all that sickness!) a fun weekend was a welcomed change.  The best part was my blogging buddy Kath and her family came to visit us!  We try to get together at least once a year.  <3


Kath and I went to the Zac Brown Band concert on Thursday night.  I only know one Zac Brown song but still had a good time.  They were really good and did an awesome cover of Bohemian Rhapsody.


Check this out – we started with lawn seats, but then a random woman who had to leave the concert early came up to us and gave us her seat tickets!  It was amazing!  I think I’m too old for the lawn life… I like to sit in real chairs.  Hah. 


On Friday, we woke up and the boys played, played, played.


Oh, I have to mention that I AM SO THANKFUL that our air conditioner was repaired on Friday.  We reaaaally lucked out with unusually cool weather all week, so being AC-less wasn’t too bad.  But man – you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.  The temperatures climbed back to normal summertime levels this weekend, so I was super grateful it was repaired in time for our guests. 


Also – serious shout out to home warranty insurance.  I used to think it was a racket, but we’ve used ours for several big things now with success.  This AC repair would’ve cost almost $5000 without it!  But with it – only $100 copay + the yearly insurance (around $750). Grateful times a million!


Okay – back to our visitors.  On Friday, Kath and Matt went to their college reunion, so Kristien and I babysit Mazen.  I knew I needed some planned activities for the boys (otherwise they would surely eat us alive!), so I came up with this.

water gun play

They had so much fun shooting water guns at homemade “targets.” I covered large foam playmat pieces with aluminum foil and then I spread baking soda out – when they hit the baking soda, it fizzled and popped!  Too cool.  I’ll admit that part of the reason that I did this was to redirect the potential for shooting each other in the face…  That happened too, but only a little bit.


And what was Miss Claire doing this whole time?  Eating, crawling, and PULLING UP on furniture.  Dear God.  6 months and already pulling into a standing position?!  I have my work cut out for me…

eating solids

I finally found a puree she likes!  We mostly do Baby Lead Weaning but it’s nice to use the jarred purees every now and then too – much less prep work for me.  I followed Beech Nut on Facebook after seeing a post about how they give you the exact % breakdown of each ingredient in their purees (so it’s not like “peas and spinach” with 90% apples, 5% peas, and 5% spinach – it’s actually 75% peas and 25% spinach).  Also, it’s organic and GMO-free. 


And on Saturday afternoon, I did something SUPER FUN, but I’ll share the details of that later this week.  Here’s a hint…


Hope you had a fun weekend, too!



  • Elizabeth Beil June 8, 2015, 9:24 am

    I love the idea for the kids! So fun! Clair is ADORABLE!! She is like your mini-me!

  • Amanda June 8, 2015, 9:49 am

    Looks like a fabulous weekend… can’t wait for your recap later this week so I can see how it compares to the experience I had 😀

  • Katalina@ Peas and Peonies June 8, 2015, 9:55 am

    I am always looking forward to read about your get togethers with Kath, your last year beach vacation looked like so much fun 🙂 The water guns with targets is a brilliant idea, all I need is a yard now 🙂

  • Kath June 8, 2015, 10:05 am

    Lol at M under the couch!

    Fun times… 🙂

  • Katie @ Operation Happier June 8, 2015, 10:30 am

    Caitlin, I’m so glad your weekend was so much better than last weekend!

    It’s so fun seeing two of my favorite bloggers together! Looks like you two and the kids had a great time.

    What a fun idea with the squirt gun targets! I’ll have to remember that idea when our little one is old enough (I’m 8 months pregnant now!).

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul June 8, 2015, 11:41 am

    What a fun idea for a water game!! Yay for time with blogger friends!

  • Laura June 8, 2015, 1:00 pm

    I LOVE that wall art in the second picture behind your desk. Is that wood painted with metallic paint or what material is it? Where did you get it?

    • Caitlin June 8, 2015, 4:24 pm

      It’s a canvas with metallic paint. Found at home goods!

  • Hannah Hawley (@sirenical) June 8, 2015, 1:00 pm

    I cannot wait to hear about Warrior Dash!

  • Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood June 8, 2015, 1:08 pm

    So lucky with the tickets!!! That stuff NEVER happens to me! Also the squirting gun thing is so smart and too cool! Can’t wait for my dude to be a littls older so he can try it out!

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