Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

This week I’m participating in Ali Edwards’s Week in the Life, an in-depth weekly documentation project. I’m taking lots of photos and writing lots of words each day this week, focusing on a single family member each of the first four days, and then I’ll make a spread for each day to put in my Project Life album. Here’s Saturday.

We started off the morning with an 8:00 AM soccer game. I woke up late, so Eliza and I rushed to get ready and stopped for breakfast on the go at the Filling Station drive through (latte for me, hot chocolate and chocolate croissant for her).

We would have gotten to the game right as it started, but I didn’t turn in at the right spot and drove way out of the way. They’re playing on different fields this season while the main place gets turf, and I missed her first game last week because of my Project Life Lessons chat, so it was my first time here. I had to call Jake to get instructions, and we were like 20 minutes late to the game.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

Eliza had the most fun marking up other players. I think she’s going to want to be on defense when things get more competitive next year. They’re currently working on passing and working as a team as opposed to herding after the ball.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

She read her Doctor Who book to me on the way to the game and home. We also listened to some Robert Delong.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

Eliza changed, we grabbed Jake, Jonas, and snacks, and then we stopped to get apples at our neighborhood farmer stand before driving off to the zoo.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

We were meeting our family there, and we moseyed along. I texted back and forth about our location to Beth to make sure that we’d run into each other. We got to the elephants just in time as they were being fed, so we got to ask the caretakers about the elephants and–really cool– we got to hear their low rumbles, which is how they communicate. Also, one of the elephants is named Megan!

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

We stopped for a quick family photo. (This may be the first picture of Jonas in clothes all week. Hah!)

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

Then we finally found our family close to the baboons. We met up with Beth (my aunt who is more like my sister), her husband Brad, my nephew Nathan (who is the same age as Jonas), Poppy (my grandpa), and his rad girlfriend Bev. We had a picnic, and this is us waiting for Brad to return from taking the coolers back to the car.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

The kids were really excited to take a train ride, so we rode that around the zoo. This is Jake’s on-train kangaroo shot.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

Lots and lots of walking and herding toddlers.

Jake got the coolest part on video: the polar bear doing tricks and pushing off glass into water right in front of Jonas’s face. I’m going to try to learn to pull a still from the video to use.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

The kids liked climbing in stuff almost more than checking out animals.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

I think it’s fun to take pictures of people taking pictures, because with our family, taking pictures is a big part of everything.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

Yep, that’s Jonas in a giant tree. No fear.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

We were completely exhausted by the time we said goodbye to everyone, and Jonas was really grumpy after having postponed his nap for over an hour.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

But we’re crazy, so instead of heading home, we went to Lowe’s to get tools for our brick-masonry project (one of the corners of our house is literally falling apart). So thankful we saved a bunch of gift cards from last Christmas that covered most of it.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

Rita (aka “Abba”) met us at Lowe’s to intercept the kids so they could spend the night with her and Grandpa Timmy.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

Sleepovers there are pretty much their favorite thing. Rita sent me a bunch of cute pictures of things like Jonas in a ponytail to get his hair out of his eyes (Jake seems to think that if we let it keep growing, it will magically start to part on its own), the kids playing with a neighborhood dog, and roasting hot dogs over a fire. I’ll put those in the album, but forgot all about them here (I also forgot to steal the work photos off of Jake’s phone for Friday.)

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

Jake and I finished up at Lowe’s, and I was so so tired afterwards. We drove back to our ‘hood and ate dinner at Freebirds. We headed home, I took a bubble bath and read in the glorious quiet, and I got all pajamafied.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

When I was done, I was happy to find our new niece Avery downstairs along with Krista and Jake’s brother Nick. They were there so we could soak up some baby love and so Nick could pick up his laptop, which Jake fixed for him.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

I can’t believe how tiny she is. I was a total baby hog as we sat around and talked.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

Nick is so cute with her. He calls her his “Little Lady” and it’s the sweetest thing.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

Cat-baby size comparison. Neither party was too happy about it.

Week in the Life | Saturday at the Nerd Nest

After Nick, Avery, and Krista left, I started reading and Jake researched online. I was so tired, I fell asleep on my book a little past 10:00.

Oh, and also, the cat spilled my bedside water on me in the middle of the night, so that sucked. But was also funny. Can’t wait until we get a headboard / shelf built so that I won’t have to deal with these sorts of feline shenanigans.

That was Saturday at the Nerd Nest!