While Ella ate her cereal & fruit (her request), I whipped up my own breakfast of eggs, ham, & cheese.
After we ate, we headed right out for our morning walk! Ella was pretty excited about it...
Normally when we get home from our walks, we chill out & relax. But on Friday, we had afternoon of fun planned, so we had to get ready & set out for our errands first thing! Thankfully, I was able to get everything taken care of with one stop at Target...
At this point, my Aunt Babs, Grandma, & Ella's cousin Ethan were on their way to our house for lunch & a trip to the zoo. We decided it'd be easier to feed the kids at my house than to take everyone to a restaurant, so I got to work in the kitchen. I whipped up a pasta salad, a bunch of cut fruit, and then grilled up some hot dogs. Pretty much the perfect summer meal for little kids...
After lunch, we headed out to tackle an item on Ella's Summer Bucket List - a trip to the zoo!
|I just love her "stink eye" face|
This was Ethan's first trip to the zoo & he loved it!
Ella was pretty pumped to discover that they've added a "fossil digging area" - aka a sandbox. It's pretty gross if you ask me, but she absolutely loved it & I'm sure I'll be there with her often.
Eric arrived home around 5 & we headed out for dinner at one of my favorite restaurants - The Gate House. Ella & I were both thrilled to be seated outside on the patio!
Good conversation, beautiful weather, delicious food - perfect start to our summer!
Upon arrival back at home from dinner, I did some exciting stuff - like laundry & emptying the dishwasher - while Eric gave Ella her bath. When I came back upstairs, I found her happily watching Daniel Tiger.
Then when I came back downstairs, I found her father happily in his recliner, preparing himself for the US game vs. China. Personally, I spent the rest of the evening at my desk, working on the blog & a few other projects. Very low key end to a perfect start to our summer!