Weekend highlights: books, zoo + naps on mama

Hello and welcome to Monday! I hope your weekend was a good one. We managed to squeeze in some fun despite Vera’s lingering cold that turned into a fever yesterday. Ugh – fall sickness is here, I guess.


Mike arrived home from work a little early – yay! – and was able to join us for our Friday afternoon outside time.

We made homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner and made time for more playing before Vera’s bedtime. Once she was sleeping, I picked up my latest book (now complete), The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown. Here’s a description if you’re interested:

Madeleine is trapped—by her family’s expectations, by her controlling husband, and by her own fears—in an unhappy marriage and a life she never wanted. From the outside, it looks like she has everything, but on the inside, she fears she has nothing that matters.

In Madeleine’s memories, her grandmother Margie is the kind of woman she should have been—elegant, reserved, perfect. But when Madeleine finds a diary detailing Margie’s bold, romantic trip to Jazz Age Paris, she meets the grandmother she never knew: a dreamer who defied her strict, staid family and spent an exhilarating summer writing in cafés, living on her own, and falling for a charismatic artist.

Margie and Madeleine’s stories intertwine to explore the joys and risks of living life on our own terms, of defying the rules that hold us back from our dreams, and of becoming the people we are meant to be.

It was a good one! In fact, I just downloaded Eleanor Brown’s NYT bestseller novel, The Weird Sisters. I’m looking forward to it but first I’m changing it up and reading Seriously…I’m Kidding, by Ellen DeGeneres. It’s making me laugh – a lot – so I consider that a win!


Our morning started out slow with chores and playtime until Vera and I headed out for swimming lessons. She did great – getting braver and braver each time, which is fun to see.


After a quick lunch when we arrived home, Vera crashed hard for a couple hours, which gave Mike and I time to relax for a few minutes, conquer some more chores and get ready for our next adventure of the day…the zoo!

We decided to head over there for a little bit hoping it wouldn’t be too crowded and we were right! The three of us enjoyed wandering around, checking out some animals and watching Vera toddle about. Honestly, sometimes it seemed like we could have been anywhere as long as she got to help push the stroller, but she did enjoy some of the animals. The giraffes came up really close, which made her happy, and she liked the meercats and birds.


Also, she kept saying “bumbo” (Dumbo) when we were watching the elephants, which was super cute. Oh! And we got to see the male lion…I don’t think I’d ever seen him before. Vera liked growling at him 🙂


We got home in time for dinner, bath and bed. I dove back into my books while Mike watched football.


Our Sunday was typically low key. Vera started off the day seeming a little warm but ate a solid breakfast and was playing hard, so we weren’t too concerned. She and Mike painted…


…and watched soccer. I baked a batch of Oatmeal Pear Muffins for Vera, cleaned the house and went on a three-mile run. We headed to Mike’s parents’ house for dinner and to hang out for a bit and then headed over to see my parents. Vera started to feel worse and worse as the day went on, even napping on me twice


and starting to reject some food. We gave her some medicine and knew we needed to get her home. She did eat a little something once we arrived home (peanut butter on a spoon saves the day!) and then went right to bed. Hopefully, she’s in better shape today…

Have a great week!


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