Sunday October 18, 2020
I woke up to the loving arms of my husband and the sweet little noises of my son playing semi-quietly in his room. We bustled around until both babies diapers were changed and I was able to make my way downstairs to start Spotify and mosey on into the bathroom. I love listening to uplifting, contemporary Christian music in the house. Especially on Sunday mornings during my shower routine, this is my time to be with God and get a few minutes to just have some peace before the chaos of the day ensues. It was nice. Plus, Spotify doesn’t have any ads with their subscription which is SO NICE! During the week, I usually wake up at least an hour before the kids to read my Bible, on Sunday, things look a bit different so getting this shower time really means a lot to me.
After we finished up our “getting readies” we all hopped in the car and went out for breakfast. This is something that seems to have become a bit of a weekend habit of ours. We swung by Costa and I got a ham & cheese toastie, which was delicious by the way. I brought a coffee that I had pre-made at home but not gotten to drink yet. So, since I had coffee in hand, the toastie was all for me this morning. Then we went to McD’s for Hubby and Boy to get some food. We like to go in and sit, talk, laugh, and just be together.
This morning was so great, I took my phone into McD’s and my husband and I got the chance to talk Bible for a bit, using the good ole internet. And, I’m sure a few people overheard us haha. We tend to get excited when we discuss the Bible. We noticed one person seemed to move further away as if we were annoying them (whoops), but I do hope if anyone actually heard us, that it maybe lit some kind of spark in them.
Ecclesiastes is where we focused mainly. Which brought up a ton of questions I will certainly be looking into soon and probably creating a post around.
So, after breakfast, which for us ended around 11:30am, we drove to Costco! They had called me while we were in McD’s to tell me that my glasses had been fixed and were ready to be picked up! Oh, I was so excited. I wear my glasses pretty much every single day, either in the morning and evening or just all day long. I like wearing contacts if I’m planning to leave the house and go somewhere, but not so much any other time if I’m honest. So I was uber excited to get the phone call that they were ready.
Possibly one of my absolute favorite things to do, especially in Fall/Autumn, is to get out of the house and just drive. The colors of the leaves here in the UK bring such joy to my heart. The drive to Costco in Milton Keynes is actually really beautiful. We pretty much went straight to Costco, about a 25 minute drive or so and I went in alone since both kids were napping by this time. Costco is probably one of the top “happy places” for me around here. It reminds me so much of home, America. I remember walking around Costco with my parents or my aunt, and even just seeing the Kirkland brand brings back so many memories. I only wish I could find the Kirkland Chicken Salad!
I’m glad I live in a world where there’s Costco! HAHA
In all seriousness though, if you go through lots of anything in your home, it is worth it to get it from Costco if you can!
So, I got my glasses from the eye center part of Costco first. I am so happy to have them back! I’ve worn them all day today (Monday).
I looked around for a bit in Costco to see what all they had, I can’t believe Christmas is taking over already! I usually really like it in Costco, but today it was PACKED, so I just sort of skimmed most things.
Of course, the bulk of my time was spent in the books and nuts sections! I love having nuts in the house for snacking, we love almonds and cashews most of all. And if you know me, you know I’m somewhat of a serious book collector. Meaning I LOVE books, and buy them often… only I don’t always get around to reading them before another book catches my eye. It’s not a great habit I know, but there are just so many good books!
So, I made my way out of Costco after my quickest Costco trip ever, and we headed over to Starbucks to get some hot water to make Girl’s milk since the babies had just woke up. Of course, I did not come out of Starbucks with only hot water! My morning coffee, as good as it was, was no pumpkin spice latte with whipped cream and a heavy caramel drizzle. My days. Y’all this drink gives me life during this season! The lady who made my drink must’ve channeled my excitement because she topped the whipped cream so high and put a wonderful amount of caramel to the point that it spilled over the side a bit, but I sure didn’t mind. It was so so yummy!
And you know I’m already dreaming of everything peppermint to come in the next couple months!!
Now, this is where things got exciting!
After we had taken care of diaper changes and milk/snacks, we took to the road. There are still so many nooks and crannys that we have yet to find here around the surrounding areas. Some of our most fun filled days are when we ditch the map for a bit and just DrIvE. Wherever the road takes us. And today it took out to a little town called Woburn.
We found horses, places that felt like we were in the mountains, a store/little village it seemed that was called Frosts, Paris House restaurant, a deer wildlife type park… a flipping deer park! I mean, I felt so at peace there. We were standing outside the car at Paris House and Boy could’ve run as far as I could see and been 100% safe, playing in the grass and under the trees. We didn’t let him since this wasn’t our property of course, but he *could* have.
At one point, I closed my eyes and could hear… nothing! Nothing besides wind, birds, rustling of leaves, my little family, and that was pretty much it. Y’all I felt filled with peace and joy. Like this little adventure into the countryside just brought LIFE back into me. I am really not a city girl at heart. I’m content where we are living at the moment, but this, out in the countryside. Some how. Some way. Some Day.
The countryside, the trees, the fields of hay, all the beauty of God’s creation. No horns honking, no high pitched sirens, no drunkards clamoring down the sidewalk at midnight, no nosy neighbors, no traffic down the back roads, actually seeing a couple dirt roads! Yes. I am so happy every time we find little hidden gems like Woburn. So, with that under our belts we headed back in the direction of the house. Going off the beaten path as much as possible.
As we got closer to the house, around 3:45 which seemed so early to me, we decided to make a quick trip into Sainsbury’s. I thought we were just running in for bread, needless to say we waked out with quite a bit more. Including my first ever Roast In The Bag Chicken “Crown”. I didn’t even know that was a thing! Nothing but the breasts on the bone. In A Bag. The whole shebang goes right into the oven for 40 mins, take it out of the bag and cook for a further 30ish mins. My taste buds have never tasted such tender, juicy, delicious chicken probably ever. I paired it with some roasted broccoli and – crispy on the outside – baked sweet potatoes. This meal was most definitely a hit and will be repeated sooner rather than later.
After dinner, we hung out and enjoyed the yummy rice crispy treats I had made while the chicken was roasting. It was the perfect dessert to a pretty perfect Family Fun Day Sunday.
Till next time,