This past weekend was the start to a week-long furlough from work for Eric. Even though it means we have to tighten our budget belt a notch or two, it also means we have Eric here with us for ten whole days! Exciting, right? No matter how much or how little we plan, we always manage to unintentionally do the opposite, the time flies by either way.
Last year, we were productive in getting the kitchen painted, a color that I have grown to dislike by the way (always get samples of your paint!). We didn't plan to do a lot, but we ended up with a week full of random activities. This year, we "planned" what ended up being too much, including painting the living room, making a coffee table and visiting family. But, after careful thought, we will save the DIY for later and focus on priorities. That priority is FAMILY. We decided that since this would be the kids last summer as preschoolers (They're BOTH starting their first year of school next month), we would make a point to visit with out of town family and plan some special outings before the school bells ring.
We spent last weekend with Eric's family down in Florida. It was so nice and relaxing, and hot! Thank goodness we had a pool to swim in. The kids really enjoyed being fish for a weekend, exploring Dinosaur World, spending quality time with our long distance relatives, and Guy even received a new nickname, "Banana Peel".
Upon our return, I somehow had a ton of laundry to do. Thankfully, the rest of the house was in pretty good shape and the cats were reluctantly glad to see us.
Wednesday, was our first ever trip to the beach as a family of four, the kids first time seeing the ocean and walking on the sand.
I grew up where my family would make a four hour drive to Panama City every summer so we could vacation at the beach. And now, living just 45 minutes away from the beach, our family rarely goes. Reason being, my husband isn't a "beach person". I love the beach though, and I hope that as long as he goes to the beach with me and our little ones, that he enjoys it the slightest bit. After all, he did take it upon himself to take some sweet pictures when I didn't even know.
The waves were super, as we have a tropical depression passing by our coastline, so there was a red flag swim advisory. The kids and I didn't go deep in the water, we just sat along the shoreline and let the waves reach us. It was beautiful to see open skies and a blue horizon, to feel the cool breeze along with the warmth of the sun. It made the world seem huge, and it made me feel as though the loved ones that have passed on were right there with us. Our first family beach visit was indeed unforgettable.
That evening we closed out our beach day with a fish dinner. Before sitting down to eat I received the typical, "But, I don't like it" from Kay, even though she never had this dish before. But it must have been love at first bite because homegirl cleaned her plate. She tells me she's part cat.
Balsamic Mahi Mahi
4 mahi mahi fillets
1 16oz bottle balsamic vinaigrette dressing
1 large red/purple onion, sliced
1 can sliced pineapple
Cavender's all purpose Greek seasoning (we use the salt-free version)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 13x9 baking pan with parchment paper. Place fish fillets in pan, avoiding overlapping. Season fillets evenly with Greek seasoning. Place pineapple rings on top of fillets, then layer onion rings on top. Pour balsamic vinaigrette dressing over dish, making sure to coat the all fish and pineapple. Bake for 20-25 minutes, fish will flake apart with fork when done. Serve with green veggies and side of rice.