What a Marvelous Family Weekend

25 Feb

We have something marvelous to share with you on this beautiful Monday morning. It is our exciting weekend with our family! They came between 2-5 hours away to see our new apartment and visit us! Spending the weekend with our family was such a blast. We have the details below.

First, we are linking up with Healthy Diva Eats! Her page features tons of blogs who link up to share their favorite parts of the weekend with readers. You should definitely check it out and share what was marvelous about your own weekend!

http://www.healthydivaeats.com/

Our family arrived Friday evening bearing gifts to make our apartment just a little more “homey”. They all were beyond perfect. We have come to the conclusion that there is just something about both of our Aunts that help make everything feel a little bit more like home. We think it is because we find such a comfort in their homes because we spent so much time there as kids. Whatever it is, we are thankful they have brought some of it into our home.

Our Aunt Tracy got us a beautiful bunny rabbit to watch over us. We think our dad was reincarnated into a bunny rabbit. We were the first to discover a bunny rabbit watching over us and appearing places where we least expected it. Soon after the rest of our family started noticing bunny rabbits in their lives. Now everyone has a ceramic bunny rabbit somewhere at their house to remind them of our dad. It is comforting for us to see our dad in the form of a bunny rabbit but the feeling cannot be explained unless you have experienced it yourself after the death of a loved one.

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A homemade picture to hang in our living room. It matches perfectly!

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Homemade coasters. Our Aunt Dawn is so crafty. They are perfect for our dining room table. Every time we use them we are instantly reminded of her.

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You can put them all together for a centerpiece when you are not using them! We would of never thought of this! Thanks Aunt Dawn!

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We also received another set of funky bowls from our Aunt Tracy because she knows how much we love unique kitchen bowls. Of course we used them for breakfast the next morning! They are perfect for oatmeal.

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Here are some more details from our weekend with a few of the photos that helped capture the moments.

Friday nights dinner before our guests arrived was a spinach salad with white beans, sprouts, cucumbers, fresh salsa, greek yogurt, raw crackers, freekah (it’s kinda like brown rice but better) and a drizzle of fat free balsamic dressing.

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Fun drinks (Alcohol free due to our no alcohol policy during the pledging process)

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Refueling during our shopping trip at Panera. Panera is usually our favorite lunch option whenever we go shopping with our family. This is the second time we got the Chicken Hummus Power Bowl off of their hidden menu. For less than $8 this is the perfect bowl filled with the best hummus we have ever tasted. Seriously, we  were licking the bowls by the end because it is that good.

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We cooked a healthy dinner together after our long day of shopping. When we say long day we mean really long day. We did not get to eat dinner until after 8PM! We were all starving at this point and really enjoyed what we made.

We stuffed chicken breasts with 1 herb laughing cow cheese wedge, spinach, red onion, and salt/pepper. This was so easy and with our combined team work came together really quickly. It was cooked at 425 until we were done shopping. Estimated time: 1 hour but you can adjust temperatures based on your own schedule. Just make sure the chicken is cooked through completely.

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Fresh brushetta had tomatoes, basil, salt, pepper

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Finished product! We added the brushetta to the tops of 1/2 of them with 7 minutes remaining

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Yesterday’s Breakfast was Greek yogurt with a banana, 1/2 clementine, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, cinnamon spiced almonds, chai seeds, and fresh granola from Dessert’s Etc. (HEAVENLY)

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Yesterday’s Lunch was a salad with a little bit of everything (literately). Spinach, mixed greens, 1/2 orange, strawberries, blue cheese, peppers, onion, cucumber, carrots, Canyon veggie chips, 1/2 black bean morning star burger, and Panera’s fat free poppyseed dressing.

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We had time for an afternoon study snack. We spent almost the entire day catching up on school work and studying for our French Exam. Kayla also has a literature exam today too.

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We did find a little time to update Dev’s bathroom though. The new shower curtain adds so much color into the small bathroom and reminds us of spring. Please come faster!

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All this leads to the closure of our weekend. It was fun but boy did it go by fast. We have just one more week of classes before we get a week off for spring break! During our break we are looking forward to staying in NYC, meeting up with friends who are home for the break, cooking, and relaxing!

What did you do this weekend? Did you go shopping? Did you spend it with your family? We would love to hear your favorite part.

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6 Responses to “What a Marvelous Family Weekend”

  1. HealthyDiva (@HealthyDiva31) February 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Favorite part of the weekend was date night with Mike and then a Saturday night at home with him and my son ❤

    Happy week! ❤

    • doubletakelove February 25, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

      Sounds like such a great weekend! Date nights are always fun. And it’s great you got to spend some time with your son as well.

      Have a wonderful Monday!!

  2. Jess @ JessieBearWhatWillYouWear February 25, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    love unique kitchen bowls. I always get crazy coffee mugs from my family 😛

    • doubletakelove February 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

      They make meals just so much more exciting! We need to start our unique collection of mugs next!

  3. lifeandfitnessbyashley February 27, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    I’ve heard of Panera’s hidden menu, but have never ordered off of it. I hope they start adding it to the regular menu because I always forget about it!

    • doubletakelove February 27, 2013 at 1:32 am #

      A lot of people forget about it when they get into the restaurant! Maybe you could remind yourself before you go in next time so you don’t forget to order off of it! Trust us, it’s so worth it!

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