In Real Life: Week 32+

Happy… Tuesday! As I mentioned, last week’s photo recap was delayed because we were camping. But fear not! The photo dump is here!

Last Monday was kind of the Monday of all Mondays. I wound up having to take a sick day from work to watch the kiddos, and managed to spill my coffee all over my work bag. And then this little princess decided to throw up her breakfast all over Robbie’s desk chair. When it rains it pours, right?

I tried to make the most of it, and kept busy during nap time by making banana bread. My recipe makes two loaves, so I made one with walnuts and one with chocolate chips.

Here’s the before…

…and the after!

I also made homemade totchos because I really wanted to eat my feelings that day.

In hindsight, I guess it wasn’t so bad. The boys and I got to goof off all day, and play around with the new Instagram filters!

How adorable is this?! Sorry if anyone’s ovaries just exploded.

It’s true, I am pretty smitten with him.

Do these ears make me look fat?

Then when Robbie got home from work I ran off to get a much-needed pedicure. Happy toes!

I updated our fridge with new photos this week! I was only able to fit like a quarter of the photos I wanted on there, so I took a bunch to work and redecorated my desk space, too.

Truth.

Jack’s been doing lots of big-boy things this week! Like trying to stand on his own…

…loving on the kitties…

…and enjoying some corn on the cob! Well, not really… I just gave him my cob to play with after I was done with it. I wish I had gotten a picture of him gnawing on it, though, because it was sooooooo cute!

Taking a picture of me taking a picture of him.

Progress.

Nobody looks good in a bunny suit.

Time to go camping! My tetris skills are strong.

It was long drive to Tahoe, but the boys were real troopers.

Lake Tahoe is absolutely gorgeous. Photos don’t do it justice.

I’ve never camped within walking distance of town before, but being close enough to walk to the lake made me not care about how cheesy it was.

At first I thought that getting Jack his own kiddie-sized chair was a dumb idea, but clearly it was totally worth it.

He wasn’t too sure about going to sleep in the tent, though. He didn’t want to miss any of the fun.

Look up!

Working up the courage to get all the way in. The water was pretty cold at first, but it actually got much better once you just got it over with.

We spent lots of time swimming. I wish we could spend every afternoon there.

Jack was tired and unimpressed by the cold water.

I didn’t mind too much, though. It was pretty nice to just sit on the beach and relax with him on my chest.

The sand was impressively black, too.

Perks of being so close to civilization…

…ice cream! The salted caramel was divine.

Baby approved of mint-chip, too.

Reflection. (Please ignore the fact that you can see me taking the picture, lol.)

Since we were right there, we decided to hit some of the casinos for buffet dinner and games one night.

Pretty sunset.

Camping baby!

“But we don’t want our picture taken…”

Home sweet home.

I am always happy to be the camp cook. And it was nice to finally try out our backpacking cookware!

Look at that smolder… these two could be Calvin Klein models.

Pensive Pato.

Action James!

My little explorer!

Not a big fan of Josh, though, much to our amusement.

Chillin’.

Seriously. Could not get enough of the lake.

Apparently old lift chairs make good benches.

Walking through life together, hand in hand.

We tried to go on a hike to Angora Lake, but found that too many people had had the same idea and there was nowhere to park. So we stopped at the lookout on the top of the ridge and enjoyed the view for a bit instead.

Family photo time!

C’mon… act like we like each other…

The Stenders, circa 2017.

Ride or die.

I totally made Robbie pull over just so I could take a picture of this pretty meadow.

Hershey’s with Almonds makes a good s’more a great s’more. Next time I’ll go big and go for Reese’s peanut butter cups.

Alex helped me finish a bunch of word searches.

I’m so used to the danger being extremely high that I was almost shocked to see Smokey toning it down to only moderate.

It comes in cans?!

The fixin’s for dutch oven dump cake!

Step 1: REMEMBER TO PACK A FREAKING CAN OPENER.

Step 1.5: Get resourceful.

Step 2: Dump in the pie filling.

Step 3: Dump in the dry cake mix.

You can totes get creative and mix and match whatever combo of pie filling and cake mix you want. Cherry-chocolate, and strawberry-yellow cake are also excellent combos.

Step 4: Dump in the Sprite/7-Up (one regular-sized can or ~12 ounces). Try to pour it somewhat evenly over the dry mix. DO NOT STIR.

Put the lid on, and BAKE!

This was our cake after about 1 hour of baking. I haven’t made it in a while, so I’m not sure if I didn’t use enough briquettes or if the temp was affected by the fact that my dutch was separated from the charcoal by a grate… anyway, it’s usually a little more done than this. But that’s ok. It’s usually somewhat underdone anyway, and it was still tasty. Plus no eggs means no salmonella to worry about!

It’s camping, so it’s totes acceptable to follow cake with more roasted marshmallows.

On our last day, we decided to let someone else do the cooking (and the dishes) for breakfast.

My little boo bear.

Then it was time to hit the road again. So many lakes!

We took a short detour to meet Robbie’s dad for lunch.

I scrubbed and scrubbed, but I still couldn’t get all the black dirt off my feet. Oh well.

Phew! That was a lot of photos!

Now it’s back to reality… time for grocery shopping and ALL OF THE LAUNDRY.

Keep it real, friends!

-Jess

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