Well, we didn’t make it to Philly as planned this past weekend unfortunately – my friend’s son got pink eye!
We rescheduled for 2 weeks from now when the kids will all hopefully be well and able to play together. Fingers crossed.
It ended up being a gorgeous weekend to be in DC, though, so it all worked out!
One of the big highlights was a little family hike on Saturday afternoon.
It had been awhile since we got out for a hike and it felt so nice to be out in the fresh air together.
Especially because we basically had the trail to ourselves!
We didn’t want to bother with our huge hiking backpack/carrier, so I just used my old soft carrier that was in the car and had Riese on my back.
I kept Riese in the carrier for about 45 minutes, and then when we got back to a flatter section of the trail, we took her out and let her hike with us because she was starting to get restless.
She started out holding Matt’s hand…
And then quickly just started walking fully by herself.
Now that she can walk, she’s obsessed with it! So fun to have her hike with us for the first time for real. Many more hikes to come!
By the time we were done it was about 5 and we were all hungry, so we dropped our dog off at home and then went and grabbed dinner at Lebanese Taverna.
We shared a big hummus, veggie, and pita sampler and grape leaves (unpictured) to start.
Riese LOVES hummus and pita – and theirs is especially good!
And then I had the kale tabouleh with grilled shrimp, which was delicious and really hit the spot because I was craving some greens.
Then we raced home because Riese was starting to melt down a bit/be ready for bed ASAP.
On Sunday morning, I met my friend Sokphal for a run date!
Running when it’s in the 40’s or 50’s but super sunny is my absolute favorite running weather.
Felt so good out there!
Once I warmed up, I ditched the jacket. I love the feeling of the cold air on my skin when I’m heated up from working out!
I was actually pretty sore from our hike the day before – we didn’t go that far, but it required some steep stairs for part of it and doing those with a 20 pound toddler on my back was apparently a legit workout!
Once I warmed up my legs felt okay, though, and we made it 4 miles.
Post-run lunch back at home was tuna salad sandwiches – Lebanese Taverna sent us home with some extra pita, so I stuffed the tuna salad in those.
I mixed the tuna with guacamole and added a bunch of broccoli slaw for crunch. Plus string beans on the side, and an unpictured celementine!
Once Riese was up from her nap we spent the afternoon hanging outside, too – had to take advantage of the sunshine!
For dinner last night, we enjoyed marinated flank steak that we had waiting in the freezer.
It was one of the meals we prepped ahead at the meal prep party I went to – be sure to check out the meal prep party blog post for the marinade recipe because it was really delicious!
You can either prep it ahead and freeze it like we did, or just use it as a normal marinade right before cooking.
We defrosted the steak earlier in the day, and once it was fully defrosted Matt grilled the steak, and I roasted some potatoes (with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and dried parsley and basil) and broccoli to enjoy as sides.
Have a nice day, and I’ll see you guys back here on Wednesday with a delicious new sheet pan recipe!
What’s your favorite activity to take advantage of nice weather?