Once Mom arrived we put her right to work:
Just kidding. Well sort of. I mean come on she got to ride in the backseat with Noah for a full hour and a half before we got home!
But in all seriousness I’m pretty sure we only took one day off out of 8 while she was here. She insisted and we obliged with providing her 1,001 things to do and she found another 1,000 herself when we weren’t looking. She climbed, twisted, and bent herself into a myriad of shapes to paint the inside of the cabinets and I pulled dried paint out of her hair the rest of the week when she would style it new ways and pull different hairs out to the top.
She said coming to our house was the best workout program she had been on in years! We cleaned and shined and prettied up this little house like crazy before our first big community dinner night.
In her “spare time” she made curtains for the bathroom window:
And door that leads into the water heater:
Finished sewing new trim on Kevin’s old baby blanket for Noah:
And helped me refocus 1000 times to what was most important that day. Oh yeah.
And between the two of us we prepped, primed and laid the entire center of the kitchen floor. You know. No big deal.
Noah was more than a little excited:
And did I mention we actually shopped for, cooked and threw said huge dinner party?
Phew. She went home for her vacation!
And yet in all the business and things we got done I got so few pictures of her! Bah! Bane of my existence. How I wish my mind could just download into photos and videos for you guys.
I know Mom took lots of photos so hopefully I can get my hands on a copy of them for you guys.
But we did take some time one afternoon to take Noah out to visit the ducks in their new house (full post on the house soon). Grammie insisted that Noah would be fine playing in the grass and so he finally got his first taste (and probably close to last taste) of crawling in the grass. Grass in Georgia just isn’t like grass in Oregon. It’s full of bugs that bite like crazy and its stiff and scratchy.
But Noah didn’t seem to mind. I love how you can see his movement so well in these photos. I can’t get enough of this kid. P.s. I know there’s a ton of photos here….I just couldn’t not show you any of them!
Checking out daddy’s work.
Cutest. Kid. Ever. I can’t believe he’s mine.
By the way…..the ducks grew up just a smidge. Woops. I’m glad babies don’t grow up quite so fast. There are still 5 by the way. The third one from the left appears to be the male, you can see his head starting to darken up more than the girls starting at the beak.
Apparently they should start laying around 20 weeks old. They are a little over 6 weeks old today so we are looking at around September 19th or so for them to be in laying range. So maybe we will have eggs for mine or Noah’s birthday surprise!
After all the craziness died down after the party we decided to just relax for the weekend. We made a trip up to Atlanta for the day and went to Ikea for some much needed household items, thanks mom! 🙂 New handtowels and bathmats, new brooms, oven mitts and our FIRST houseplant! Its a beautiful palm that is in the kitchen corner now awaiting the big kitchen reveal post 🙂
After that We stopped at Jake’s Ice Cream and ate some of the most amazing ice cream and sorbets ever. I read about Jake’s several months ago in Mother Earth News and had it earmarked for a special date because Kevin LOVES ice cream. Our favorite of the day was the Basil Blueberry Sorbet. Out of this world. We had everything from Animal Cracker, Peach, Blueberry Buttermilk to Sour Cream Ice Cream. They were really, really good.
Then we cruised up to Thai Chili for some phenomenal curry dishes. With a voucher from Restaurant.com it made the check that much cheaper too!
Jumbo Shrimp Massaman Curry, which was amazingly creamy and comforting with a subtle spice to it.
Kevin got the Spicy Noodles with Basil Leaves which is basically Drunken Noodle. He had them kick up the heat a notch and holy smokes. It was smoking hot and delicious to boot.
I settled on the Green Curry with Chicken and asked them to make it just a little more spicy. It was not lacking in the spice department that is for sure. But oh so good, just the right consistency, that delicious velvet texture with the oils and spices blending together and perfectly coating the chicken and eggplant. It was delightful.
Even with a little arguing over which crazy bright rug colors to choose at Ikea 🙂 (we finally decided on the green one) we had a wonderful day and it was a great way to end our visit with mom. We can’t wait for her to come back and she promised next time to bring dad too!