Hey all!!! Hope you are all doing splendidly. Did you wake up this morning saying, “I really hope I see a picture of an alpaca today?”. If so, this is the post for you!
Before sharing all about meeting those fun
little not so little creatures, I have a few more things to share!
I’ve been really focusing on family meals lately. It’s a toss up if Quinn will actually happily sit in her seat to eat or not, but we try. It’s also just a toss up. Literally. Her food is usually tossed sometime during the meal.
August 21st I made a shrimp stiryfry. Here’s the batch stir fry sauce I made that we all thoroughly enjoyed! I mixed tofu into mine and Quinn’s since we love that too.
We went through a stage where I would put her yogurt in an ice cream cone to get her to eat it. It worked but it was messy, heheh!
This was in the thick of when I had given up coffee, hence it was a matcha latte and oatmeal for breakfast on repeat! I actually should get back to incorporating matcha. It was yummy and sans jitters, it just takes a tiny bit more effort to make with whisking the milk and such.
August 22nd I had a GI appt on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus. I found a delicious poke bowl stop to get in a nourishing meal right before the appt. I felt so silly taking a pic of my hospital cafeteria meal, but it was too pretty (and tasty) not to! 😝
That evening I made us some peach, corn and steak salads for dinner from the Feeding Littles cookbook. It sounds like a weird combo, but it came together beautifully! I added goat cheese as well. And bonus- it was easy. DJ and I agree sometimes the easiest meals also taste the best.
I brought out the stir fry sauce again the next night to put together some leftovers.
August 24th, Moose and Quinn spent some time in the morning chasing each other around.
We also picked crab apples off the tree. I just had to pay very close attention that she didn’t try to eat any said apples.
I made Quinn cheesy broccoli roll ups with lunch that she didn’t want, so I ended up eating them…How it goes most days 😅.
Cuddles with Moose during nap time ❤️. Since I’ve cut out working out entirely now, I try to use any leftover nap time outside of chores to cuddle with Moose and give him some undivided attention.
He’s a big fan of the sun-bathing on the deck!
That evening I made us some pasta alla vodka for DJ and me and a veggie sauce pasta for Quinn. She didn’t want hers with all the good nutrients, only ours 🤪.
I was craving a McDonald’s ice cream cone after dinner, so we treated ourselves to a drive through cone. Luckily, Quinn didn’t even see the ice cream since she’s rear facing in the seat, so we got to eat them as we drove home without her asking for a taste of them lol.
August 25th, Quinn and I visited the Akron Zoo, a small but well respected zoo in our area. It is the perfect size for a couple hour outing. We brought along Quinn’s teddy bear with her that actually used to be my teddy bear when I was little 🥰.
Her favorite part was their goat feeding petting zoo!
I couldn’t believe the size of the grizzly bears up close! The picture definitely doesn’t do justice.
We did the carousel and when it rained we sought cover in a Photo Booth 😊.
That evening I kept it easy with salads, burgers and sweet potato fries.
*Record scratch*- you must be thinking to yourself, “Wait, that’s it?! I thought we were going to see alpacas!”. Hang tight! I promise to share them soon 🙃.
August 26th we had over my brother, SIL and our nephews and niece for brunch!
We ordered Bob Evans, and it was so good!!! Their biscuits are just the best.
We had so much fun, and it’s always a joy watching the kids run around and play together.
August 27th I started the day with making cheddar potato egg cups as an easy breakfast. (Also from Feeding Littles).
We’ve been getting back in the groove to going to church on Sundays too. We so missed it! We would like to get more involved there too now that we feel we have found our home church 🙂.
That evening, we went to Applebees! DJ and I went to Applebees so many times through high school and college (you pick two, anyone?!), but haven’t been back since. It was so fun to go there, and we forgot how darn good it is. Particularly I love that the food comes out piping hot.
Quinn has been loving her shopping cart recently. She pushes it everywhere around the house! I’ll put a bunch of produce on the counter and hand her one at a time to put in her cart. She’ll sign “more” until the whole cart is filled up. It’s a fun little game 😄.
One day when I was cleaning up from dinner, I looked outside and witnessed this adorable scene of Quinn on DJ’s shoulders looking for the ponies.
And very exciting… August 29th I took Quinn to HomeGoods for the first time!! We went there and to the Dollar Tree for some fall decor.
Of course, we had to get Moose something too.
Quinn picked out this fox and blanket that is so soft and cuddly. She’ll point back and forth to the dog and pumpkin on it as I say “Pumpkin!” “Puppy!” over and over… and over again hah.
And finally, (cue 21st Century Fox intro sound)- we are finally to the alpacas!! I’m a woman of my word if nothing else!
On August 31st, Gigi met up with us and we drove to Majestic Meadows, an alpaca farm on several truly majestic rolling green acres.
We bought tickets ahead of time, but you can also buy them on site for a little more. You’re able to buy food for the various animals and feed them too. They’re all so gentle and clearly used to the visitors.
I thought there were only alpacas here, but there were so many (unexpected?) animals too! They had camels, turkeys, goats, pigs, kangaroos and wallabies… and more I’m sure I’m missing!
Quinn was not shy! Besides the alpacas, her favorites were the pigs and the wallaby!
Being sweet with the alpaca ❤️.
One of my favorite pics ever of her and Gigi!
All the different alpacas had different personalities, it was kind of funny to see.
As we were leaving, we noticed a little playground for the goats. It’s hilarious to watch them climb around on them! They also do goat yoga here- something I’d like to try sometime.
On our way out, we stopped in the gift shop and Gigi got Quinn this adorable little camel we named Cami!
Well I hope this post gave you your animal fix! Have a great week friends 😊.
Questions for you:
– What’s your favorite animal?
– What’s your favorite chain restaurant? (I think mine may be Cheesecake Factory!).