Monday, July 5, 2010

A relaxing weekend- finally!

This past weekend was wonderful. Our friends Erin and Amanda came down from Dallas on Friday evening for a few days. Unfortunately they experienced some awful car trouble that included a blown out tire, a dead battery and a torrential downpour. Yuck! The 4-hour drive turned into an over 6 1/2- hour drive for our friends. And to top if off, Amanda is 8 months pregnant! But, they finally arrived at our house late Friday evening. Safe, sound, and needless to say, exhausted.

We spend our weekend relaxing, catching up and smoking a lot of meat.

Saturday morning Amanda and I went to a baby wearing class while the boys went to get the car situation taken care of. The class was wonderful. It was held at a local store here in Houston called Nurtured Family. The owners also design slings and I ended up purchasing one of them, called a Hava sling. I LOVE it! The sling I originally bought for Aidan had little padding and would give me some severe back pain after only wearing it a short while. My new sling has just the right amount of padding, is user friendly and is very comfortable for Aidan. Amanda bought the same sling and she's excited to try it out on her little boy once he's born.

Saturday evening we feasted on smoked chicken, boudin, corn on the cob and potato salad. In case you haven't heard of boudin (and chances are, you haven't!) it's a southern Louisiana specialty. Wikipedia describes it as, "A white sausage made of pork without the blood. Pork liver and heart meat are typically included. In Cajun versions, the sausage is made from a pork rice dressing, (much like dirty rice) which is stuffed into pork casings." Sounds kinda gross, but it's awesome! Jason travels to Louisiana about once a month and brought home 5 pounds of frozen boudin with him last time. It's a great treat and something I'd never be able to make myself.

Sunday the boys smoked chicken wings and ribs while Amanda and I played with Aidan. Later on we went for a walk and then enjoyed a visit with my friend Andrea, her husband and her baby boy, Alonso. Aidan and Alonso are "friends" and it's so cute to see them interact together. Aidan is very interested in Alonso and wants to touch him and be close to him. Alonso on the other hand, is not always so sure of Aidan's intentions! Jason had never seen the two of them together and it was a lot of fun to watch them.

That evening we headed out to a local Mexican restaurant for dinner. On the way home we were surrounded by fireworks in every direction. We were a little worried about the state of panic and fear Flippy would be in when we got home. If you've read this post, then you know what I'm talking about. Poor little guy was scared to death. It also didn't help that our neighbors set off fireworks into the wee morning house and really messed up Aidan's sleep. He woke up FOUR times last night, which hasn't happened in a LONG time. My little man was a crabby camper today as a result.

Our friends left this morning and I spent the day running errands and preparing for our trip back to Ohio. This evening we took our friends Eric and Holly out to dinner. Holly has accepted a contract job as a claims adjusted up in Minnesota and they are leaving this Friday. They'll be gone for 3 1/2 months and we'll miss them terribly. They are our closest friends down here and it will be hard not to have them around.

On a happier note, I can't believe we leave in a day! I'm excited to see our family and friends, although I know it's going to be an exhausting trip. We're squeezing so much into a small period of time. I guess that's what happens when you only get to go home a few times a year.

Time to get some sleep before a crazy day tomorrow! Story time, errands, packing and checking of my lists!

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