{Weekend Glimpses}

so happy to have this long weekend.
i think we all really needed it.

riley had a sleepover friday evening. not really sure how i feel about all this sleepover business (this is only her third...but still). i remember sleepovers when i was a kid and they were always so much fun. i don't remember being quite the grouchy zombie the next day, but maybe my mom would say otherwise!:) i just miss her when she's gone. and i don't sleep well. and the house feels empty-ish. so i guess basically all these negative feeling are all about me and i should get over myself.:)

janey was so sad to see her leave.
i mean really sad.
real tears, and real sobs and lots of hugs...and then more hugs.

it was so cute, riley and dave had soccer practice first, so riley and jane texted each other the whole way there. funny how they can't even stand to be in the same room with each other one minute....then head over heels in love and desperate to be together the next.....girls!:)

janey and aubrey decided they needed a "sleepover" too.
which was really quite adorable.

janey stayed up late with us watching silly tv till about 10:30.  when we were getting ready for bed and brushing our teeth janey jumped up on the sink and said "what were your favorite things to play with when you were young"?  i proceeded to tell her about my love for my cash register and my clock radio and she said "when my kids ask me what my favorite thing to play with was...i'm gonna say you!"
janey brooke you have my heart forever!

i snapped this picture right after she said that to remember that moment.

the sleepover must have been a success because when i came to pick riley up in the morning they begged to play some more, so they came over to have lunch and jump on the tramp. our weather was just beautiful. i think we even saw the 50's!!!
girls are so cute.
they vegged a bit and played tangled on the wii.
instead of really playing they just "played house" in the forest and rearranged all the flowers into little rooms. so sweet.

we had some friends over for dinner saturday night and dave made the most amazing pizza!!!
seriously our all time favorite.

and that is saying a lot...cause we are kind of crazy about pizza over here.

he started with this pesto recipe:

Katsinas Restaurant Spinach PestoCourtesy of John Katsinas

30 ounces fresh spinach (3 10-ounce bags, or slightly less than 2 pounds), washed and dried
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (or to taste)
1/2 cup pine nuts
3 tablespoons fresh garlic, peeled and chopped (or to taste)
1/2 cup best-quality olive oil, or to taste—enough to smooth out the pesto

Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until the pesto is the consistency you like. Mix with hot cooked pasta, spread on pizza, use as a base for appetizers or a dip for vegetables—whatever makes you happy!

{he has been looking for a pesto recipe that uses spinach instead of basil and finally found one.
can't wait to try it later this week on pasta!}

...and made this pizza.
he used tomato instead of red pepper and i think that made it better.
crazy, crazy, crazy good!!!!!
the flavors were amazing.
please try this one.:)

sunday we added some love day goodies, relaxed and chilled.
riley had a late afternoon soccer game and the poor thing ended up hurting her foot.
i'm thinking a trip to the dr might be in our future.
dave made this soup to have warming in the crock pot when we got home.
homemade bread sticks from left over pizza dough and we are set.

monday the big girls slept in, so aubrey and i got to baking.
we made these which are one of our go-to muffin recipes.
i love it because it calls for melted butter which is great for a quick school morning recipe.
and of course we can't bake without a little pandora on.
james morrison station.
first three songs had us movin and groovin.
kind of hard to bake when you keep running to the computer to see the next song and turn the volume up.
shakin and bakin.
perfect monday morning in my book.
{see that red heart on the wall...aubrey taped doilies all over the place...!}

hope your long weekend was a wonderful one!have a happy day,

well, we were right, riley needed a doctors visit and a set of xrays.
we go back today to see what's up.
for now we are hobbling around on crutches.

{thankful for}
1. crutches
2. yummy food made by a hubby who loves to make yummy food!
3. special moments with jane
4. our fireplace (it's 4 out right now!!!)
5. sunshine


  1. Cindy. I love all the love in your home...and I hope all is well with your sweet little one. Stay warm, it is freezing here too!
    P.S. love hearing about your weekends!

  2. Cute love day decorations. Your pizza looks wonderful! I am the same way about sleepovers...we do not have them very often. I like when we are all together at night.

  3. poor Riley, hope she is okay. It's no fun to be on crutches! Your weekend sounds perfect, fun and relaxing. I really wish we always had 3 day weekends that extra day is so nice to lounge around.

  4. I love the picture of you and Janey, and what she said to you. Heart melting for sure! Your paper hearts are so cute strung up like that, and you know I want a piece or three of that pizza! I hope Riley is ok! Poor thing.
    See you soon.

  5. Long weekneds are the BEST! Just some plain old time together. Someday it'll be me and my little family knocking on your door on Dave's pizza night. I make "his" dough and "his" sauce faithfully every single week but it never turns out like that. Someday I'll have to see in person! :) Love that sweetness from Janey; lovely! And sleepovers... I know what you mean... the emptiness and the house just not feeling right. I'm lucky that Anna doesn't really like them. She can't fall asleep for hours unless she's in her own bed. But Abigail (one day) may love them; we'll see.

    Thanks for sharing your weekend. Have a lovely week. ~tara

  6. I don't know how I feel about sleepovers either. My kids don't ask very often, so for that I am grateful. The last time my son tried it, he called home at 9 pm for me to come get him! I am like you and just like my kids in their beds at night!
    Now you have me hungry and ready to cook! I am off to go check out the recipe links...thanks!