This weekend kicked off with some cuddle time on the couch with Olive. She's been extra clingy lately. As it turns out, this is a phase I just read about in the weekly email I get about her. I know we probably shouldn't, but in the evening when we're relaxing before bed, we let her watch a little bit of Classical Baby on HBO. She loves it!
I've been painting a lot. I LOVE the Bob Ross set I got. It was the floral set. I didn't follow instructions. I've just been painting. I do 1 painting each day. I've never been good with things like adult coloring books, knitting etc...they are so precise. I realize painting is wonderful because of the freedom. I tried a new recipe from Half Baked Harvest which has quickly become one of my favorite recipe sites. It was pretzel chicken tenders, they were good, but nothing tops fried chicken tenders haha.
I also got my envelope filled with my swabs for Be The Match. I posted about a story with a little girl who is 18 months old. Her name is Zoe, and she has a rare form of cancer. She needs a match. If I can help any person, but especially a baby, I will absolutely donate my bone marrow. The kit is free, and they mail it to you. You swab your cheeks then send it back. It's processed in 6-8 weeks, and then you're in the database to see if you're a match. I spoke to a friend who did it. She was flown to DC for the procedure. She said she was sore after, but it was just amazing to have saved a little boys life. They covered the expenses of course.
We mowed the lawn, got groceries, but more importantly, I finally chatted with my neighbors. They've lived in their house down from me for 27 years. I've lived in mine since 2014. We discussed how we all should have introduced ourselves sooner. Everything going on has been bringing our neighbors closer, and that is one of the many changes I've witnessed and have been so thankful for.
We set up Olive's baby pool for a little fun in the sun (Jake enjoyed a delightful brewski), and I forced her into one of my baby outfits. I took the bonnet off after this picture. haha
It was so nice today we had to get outside. We decided to go to Stillwater to see the new bridge and walk around. It is SO crazy to see how different Hudson is when it's so close to Stillwater. Wisconsin had just about everything open, restaurants with tables full next to one another...no masks. It was shocking. Stillwater was different still following the MN guidelines. We did grab ice cream at MN Nice Cream. They have to-go/order windows outside.
Jake's sister volunteered this weekend, and I've seen so many friends and social media friends that helped out in the community this weekend. It was amazing. I'm thankful for this community.