Monday, April 2, 2012

What a weekend!

This weekend was one of the best I've had in a long time. I think the extra-greatness came from a combination of finally starting to feel better, warm, warm weather down in Phoenix, and being able to spend two whole days with my family, both immediate and extended. My Uncle Brian and cousin Daron Grace flew in from New York and we spent the weekend eating way too much, looking at so many old, amazing photos, and catching up. My sister and I also decided we were feeling brave and took Daron shopping for some clothes. Keep in mind that she is 12-years old- that should help you make sense of the "brave" part. I had no idea it was so difficult to find modest length shorts for a little girl!

Saturday was also my sweet mama's birthday, and she turned 58! My Aunt Pat and Uncle Bob came up, and we all celebrated together with a big meal and a delicious ice cream cake. Afterward Henry had a bit of an early Easter and made out like a bandit, thanks to my parents. He's super into Elmo right now and my sister and Abe got him the cutest little singing Elmo doll too. He's a lucky boy.

Some of my most favorite parts- the long walk my Mom, Hank, Henry and I took Sunday morning, the Greek yogurt onion dip my Mom made, watching Henry get so excited over his new treasures, dinner at Nando's Friday night (I could live on guacamole), and seeing how happy my Mom was to be surrounded by almost all of her family. It was such a good weekend. 

We have a busy, busy week ahead and I can't say enough how excited I am to be (almost) back to normal. If you remember I had that crazy food poisoning in San Francisco, followed by that weird prolonged sickness, and then this whole wisdom teeth thing. I'm never, ever sick, so it's been a very weird past couple of months...and to to say I have a new appreciation of feeling healthy and happy is an understatement.

Here are some Instagram photos from the past couple of days. Enjoy!

Picnik collage
my still swollen face on Day 9, Mexican food with the whole family, smoothies and shorts- it almost felt like summer! shopping with Laur and Daron, Lauren's "I'm done" smile, the guys and the dogs heading to the park to throw around the football.

Picnik collage2
the birthday girl, Carvel ice cream cake- so good! Uncle Brian and Daron, our 2nd frozen yogurt trip of the day, our big family Sunday dinner, and Henry zoning out while watching basketball in his new chair from Grandma and Grandpa.


  1. I love the "I'm done!" photo. Glad you're on the mend!

  2. Haha I can do relate with "I'm done" little girls shopping!!
    Looks like such a great weekend, this has gotten me so excited for my family coming to visit over the next couple of months!
    Amy xo

  3. I'm so sorry your wisdom teeth experience was the pits. =( Glad to hear you're feeling better though! Henry's zoned out face is priceless =D

  4. Yes, familly gives a great power:)

    greetings from far Poland ;)

  5. Looks like you had a lovely time!! :D

  6. Im so glad you are feeling better, I still have nightmares over my wisdom teeth surgery which left me with a fractured jaw and a split lip, where the surgeon slipped with a scalpel!! gota laugh!!
    Can we please have your mums lovely sounding dip receipe??
    lots of love and hugs from Meli x Folkestone, Kent, UK XXX

  7. I'm so glad you're feeling better, Danielle. That must be such a great feeling!

  8. looks like you had an awesome weekend!

  9. I'm glad you're feeling better :) I used to have a sinus infection every month until I had surgery. Being sick really does make you appreciate the times when you're not! ♥Lindsay

  10. Hey! Your blog is sweet and you seem to have a pretty pleasant life. :)

    My husband is also tattooed, although I'm not, I have many friends in this vintage tattoo scene... but in Germany.

    Kisses. ;)

  11. There is NOTHING better than family time! It looks like you had a really great weekend! There is something to be said about "unplugging" and devoting your time to actually being around others. =)

    Love your blog!


  12. Your weekend sounds great! Family time is always so awesome.

  13. Have you seen the Elmo documentary "being Elmo"? My little girl is elmo obsessed too and I decided to check it out. Worth a watch as it will make you appreciate Elmo so much more and probably shed some tears! Cute photos too!

  14. Looks like you had such a great time with your family! I'm moving closer to home this May and am so excited to be closer to my fam!

  15. Looks like a wonderful time with your family! I agree about the weather here in Phoenix. It's nice that it's warming up but I'm not ready for it to be in the 100s yet.