Fact: Adele has some great songs.
Fact: If I have to hear “Rolling in the Deep” one. more. time. I am going to throw the radio across the room.
Dear Body: Once again, you haven’t failed me. Yesterday’s outing was hardcore and you screamed “bring it on!” You are terribly sore today but in a good way. Dear NY Boxing: I’m officially a member! I need to get toned and fit ASAP and I think you just might be the solution. Dear Holiday Weekend: I can only squeeze so much in but I am thankful I didn’t commit to going away. The weather has been surprising.
It is pouring out. And when I say pouring, I mean it’s coming down so hard it wakes one up out of their sleep. It makes me afraid to get up out of bed in fear that my kitchen may be flooding. And although I am bummed that it’s raining during my four-day weekend, I can’t complain because I do have a paper that I need to start/finish for my summer class (that is due on Tuesday). It would be super hard to sit and finish if it was 85 degrees out and sunny… so I might just suck it up and get it done.
That and I am extremely sore this morning waking up; I completed two more peaks with Marla yesterday! I was nervous about going yesterday only because it was supposed to be 85 degrees, and it was, but it was perfect on the mountain. For the most part, both trails were covered and there was running water in various sections of the trail. I never felt overheated (sweating because of exhaustion, yes) and the bugs were surprisingly very tolerable. Unfortunately, I didn’t take many photographs but it was a trail that required at least one hand on the rock ahead of you at all times. But here are the few I did take:
It’s exciting knowing I’ll have two months off from class and will have much more time to spend the weekend in the Adirondacks. If anyone would ever like to join me, just give a holler!
And Pedometer Challenge Update: yesterday’s hike KILLED the competition. I’m not releasing any numbers but the total was my highest yet.
This past week I also got so see the kiddos! Their mom wanted a night out with her friends and I wanted an opportunity to catch up with each of the kids. Unfortunately, Daniel had a friend over, so I didn’t see much of him. Fortunately, he had a friend over = although this means one extra 8 year old running around, it’s a whole lot easier to handle. And I got to spend more time with Rocco and Bino. (Bino = Agostino)
While Daniel and his friend were running around with the squirt guns and Ava was completing her cupcake order (this, I will explain later), I took the two little ones outside to explore. And first we came across this little guy:
Once he was in a safe place on the side of the driveway, we had to check out the newest occupants of the Vitiello property:
And then Bino heard something. Pirates? No. A moose? No. Tadpoles! Bino could hear the tadpoles hopping in the pond– I didn’t have the heart to tell him that at this phase they swim, but I was up for the adventure.
But before we made it to the pond, we stumbled upon a strawberry patch… or strawberry land as they were referring to it.
And then we saw the “millions!” of tadpoles in their pond. There really were a lot of them along the edges of the water, and if you were patient, you could scoop them up in your palm. After a few tries, Rocco got the hang of it.
After dinner and bath time, the boys settled in to watch a film. I then learned about Ava’s new business: Little Miss Cupcake. The last babysitter was obsessed with cupcakes (as I was with lobsters) and apparently passed it along to this ten year old entrepreneur. All kidding aside, she has a menu and gift cards printed up. She even has her own kitchen aid mixer. I was hesitant to leave her alone in the house with the oven on (unheard of when I was around), but Lisa insisted that she does this on a daily basis. And I can’t complain really, she didn’t burn herself, has a special timer to remind herself to turn the oven off, and even does her own dishes afterwards. I missed the mixing/baking process, but joined her just in time to watch her decorate. That evening’s order: chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting, topping required to be simple but determined by Ava.
She then had to decide what to use as the topper. She pulled me back into the pantry to show me the huge box of goodies aka candy treats she could use. I suggested the jelly bean, she agreed it was perfect for this client.
She then boxes them up and personally writes thank-you’s on cute little cards with cupcakes on the front. AC Moore is now her favorite place to shop.
In all seriousness, if you are in the Saratoga area and would like to support this gal, I’ll hook you up. It’s a $1.50 per cupcake and to be honest, I don’t know where she gets her recipes, but this was delicious. It’s funny, although the order was for six, she made about 15. Perk of being a younger sibling I guess! I’m thinking about making her a stamp that she can use on these cards and other products… maybe just the perfect birthday gift.