We had a full house this weekend — our good friends from grad school came to visit from out of town, along with their two daughters and two dogs. We always like cooking for guests, so we grilled a big meal for everyone, and got to enjoy eating outside on the deck since we finally had a warm, sunny weekend. After dinner, Chris read stories to the girls before bedtime, and then the grown ups got to stay up late (almost 10pm!). The next day we had a big breakfast and went to the park near our house. The girls enjoyed the playground, and the dogs enjoyed barking at other dogs. It was nice catching up with old friends since we only get to see them a few times a year.
This past weekend we helped dog (and chicken) sit for friends of ours. They had a wedding to go to, so we stopped by their house to feed and look after their dogs. They also have a chicken coop with eight chickens, so we had to feed them and collect their eggs (we got to take home the eggs we collected!). In the picture, Seth is giving Rosie the belly rub she asked for. Her sister, Riley, is not in the picture – she was much more shy and was actually hiding under a desk at the time. After spending some time with them, we came home and got to crack open our latest batch of home-brewed apple cider. Luckily this one tasted much better than our last one! We also got our first harvest of rhubarb for the year from the garden.
It was a cold and rainy weekend here, so we decided to work on some indoor projects. We recently started home brewing hard apple cider, so we tried a couple new recipes on Saturday. We set up a small batch of acerglyn (kind of like wine, but made with maple syrup instead of grape juice). We also started a batch of peach-flavored apple cider to drink when Seth’s mom and stepdad visit later this summer. We got up early the next morning to watch them beginning to bubble. Now we just need to wait a few weeks for them to finish fermenting.
We had a busy week—Seth’s dad and stepmom stopped by in the middle of the week. They were on a road trip to drop off some alpaca wool from their farm at a fiber co-op in Massachusetts. We went to a local brewpub for dinner and drinks. Then Chris’s parents arrived on Saturday to help us do some work on the house. We fixed the trim on some of our windows and had a nice grilled dinner after working all day.
We just got back from a weekend trip to Washington, D.C. We walked around the National Mall and explored some museums (we even got to see Dorothy’s ruby slippers in the Smithsonian!). We also participated in the March for Science with some of Chris’s family. Bill Nye the Science Guy spoke at the event, which was exciting as Seth remembers watching him on TV as a kid.