Good morning and Happy Tuesday! I hope you have all had a great week, mine has been pretty great.Our family started out with a fun night out to celebrate my brother-in-law’s 16th birthday. Ben had so much fun seeing everyone and eating cake. He said his favorite part about the trip was being able to stay up late and that he was allowed to drink orange soda with his cousin. Typical 8-year-old.
I spent most of Wednesday prepping for Friendship Club and I did something that I typically never do, I went and got a fancy manicure at V-Tech Nail Spa. I have talked about trying to treat myself and take care of myself more often by doing things like getting my hair colored at a salon and I feel like getting my nails done was a pretty good way to get some “Me Time”. My nails were not in the best shape and the nail artist told me I need to work on making my cuticles healthier which is a very true statement. I am always working with my hands so I don’t think about how bad they get. I ended up getting a gel manicure in light pink and got some tiny little mickey’s on them. I will definitely be going back to get them done again in the near future.
Thursday was so much fun! It was International Women’s Day and I got to celebrate it with all the kids during Friendship Club. I found these amazing printables at Education.Com of famous women in history such as Sacajawea, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cleopatra, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks and many more. The sheets not only had the women to color but they also had their stories explaining why they were famous and what impact they had on the world. It was so cool to watch the kids reading and learning about them and I loved the questions they asked me about them. One little boy asked me “Why isn’t there a Men’s Day?” and I explained how we just celebrated some amazing Men in history on their honorary days such as Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and that Women don’t usually get their own special days so this is one to celebrate them all. He seemed so pleased with that answer so hopefully I explained it well enough. I am so lucky to have a school that lets me help these kids learn and make friends in a safe and exciting environment. It was definitely a successful Women’s Day!
Friday was so cool because it was donut Friday and we got to try a brand new spot right by our home, Judy’s Donuts! It was the first week of it being open and it was kind of busy but the selection was amazing. I got a very decadent donut due to it’s Instagram worthy appeal, lucky charms cereal topped with a marshmallow frosting. I couldn’t finish it but I was glad I got a chance to try it. Ben got a dozen donut holes and was thrilled to see so many of his classmates there before school. It looks like we have a new fave spot for our Friday’s together! On Friday evening I was feeling like I had major cabin fever and needed to get out of the house and have fun so we all went to try Dave and Busters. It was intense. Ben had an amazing time in the arcade area, we even played a bigger than life sized Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots! The food was pretty basic but got the job done. I realize that this is kind of an “adult” fun zone as well but it was really weird to see so many people drinking beers in the arcade area with all the kids around. My family doesn’t drink at all for our own personal choices and I definitely don’t judge those who choose to do so, but I wish people would use better judgement around children, especially after someone nearly spilled their drink on me when we were playing arcade Monopoly. All in all it was fun though, and Ben was happy he got to select some cool prizes with his arcade tickets. In the future we will probably stick to places catered more to kids.
Saturday Ben and I had a lunch date at Yoshino’s in River Park. I had a vegetarian style lunch, my effort to eat healthier and consume more veggies and I have to say it was amazing. Veggie eggrolls, miso soup with seaweed and tofu and a Shirley Temple hit the spot, while Ben had the teriyaki chicken and steamed rice. We indulged in a See’s candy free sample afterwards and browsed some of the stores before heading to a movie. I finally got the hang of using our MoviePass and it was a snap this time around, and it has already paid for itself! Totally worth it. Ben and I saw A Wrinkle in Time and it was WONDERFUL! Mindy Kaling is my spirit animal and I was so excited to see her in this movie and she brought her A-Game. The makeup, the costumes, the acting and visuals were quite literally out of this world. It sent a clear message that hit home with both of us and Ben was so excited he has already asked to go back and see it again, so we need to take Chris with us next week hopefully. If you haven’t seen it take your kids! I believe kids as young as 4 could probably understand the plot and message behind it.
We continued our wild weekend with a trip to Merced on Sunday to celebrate our nephew’s 7th birthday at Rockin Jump, a trampoline and party center. It was fun to watch all the kids jump and play dodge ball and eat a giant Minecraft themed cake together. Afterwards we went to La Nita’s in Atwater. La Nits’s is and will always be my all time favorite place to eat. The people all know me and my order by heart and they are so welcoming and the food is perfect. I always end up getting a bag of ships and a huge thing of salsa to bring home because La Nita’s salsa is the best salsa in the universe and I could eat it everyday. When we got back to Fresno we stopped at the new Tractor Supply Co by our house and watched the employees feed the baby chickens. Chris said we need a farm someday because our son is obsessed with animals.
I spent most of Monday cleaning and budgeting before Ben came home from school. He has a biome project in class and has chosen the African rain forest as the location. We did a lot of research about the Congo Basin Rain forest and this week we are going to build his biome. It is so exciting to see him working on these projects and learning how to do the research involved. He loves science and nature and I am obsessed with crafting do this is the perfect assignment.
Thanks for checking out the blog and keeping up with my little corner of the universe! Until next week, have a great one!