April 24, 2013

Before and after the shower we filled our weekend with lots of fun. Matt A’s family was visiting and my Matt’s dad and his wife came to visit as well!


On Friday night we planned an epic cookout


I prepped the fruit salad


And enjoyed a Cheerwine. My parents’ house is one of the few places I drink diet sodas guilt free. They have every flavor imaginable!


But an hour after these photos were taken, it stormed like crazy. We were forced to pretend it was Christmas dinner in the dining room instead



Burgers + salads + chips


Saturday was chilly but sunny

Egg, fruit, banana bread made by Candace!


Mimi and Papa came over for a morning with Mazen


After the shower, we all headed to Durham for drinks and Matt’s soccer game




I enjoyed an arugula salad


The soccer game was great – Matt A. scored a PK and had an assist! Go Duke! [They won against UNC]


Mazen Duke liked his first sporting event


And snuggled in with Aunt Larbs when it got chilly


On Sunday we did more playing, ate a fantastic brunch


and drove back to Charlottesville to see daddy!


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1 Paige @ Your Trainer Paige April 24, 2013 at 8:11 am

What a cute Mazen is :)
I love the big red door! into the house!


2 Ali @ Ali Eats Clean April 24, 2013 at 8:17 am

That looks like such a fun weekend! I love weekends filled with family (and good food).


3 Pauline April 24, 2013 at 8:31 am

I know how you feel eating your BBQ indoors, just come to the UK and the unpredictable weather will be a real treat haha.


4 Elise @ Expeditions of Elise April 24, 2013 at 8:31 am

Going home is the best feeling. I like that you don’t deprive yourself of diet soda 100 percent when you want one…that’s sort of my idea of eating: nothing is ever off-limits completely but some things need more moderation than others!


5 Anne Weber-Falk April 24, 2013 at 8:40 am

Your child is so beautiful. Love, love, love those juicy arms and thighs. Oh, and that fuzzy little head of his. So cute!


6 Lis April 24, 2013 at 8:40 am

I love your edgy little jacket that you have on at the game.
Where did you score that??
Looks like another fantastic weekend.


7 KathEats April 24, 2013 at 8:52 am

I think Loehmann’s


8 Ali @ Peaches and Football April 24, 2013 at 8:42 am

I’m dying of envy over the flowing trees!! We’re several weeks late on everything and I can’t wait until the shrubs and trees are in bloom. The smell is so fabulous – it’s one of my favorite times of the year.

Mazen certainly gets a lot of love. I so enjoy all the family shots. It’s clear he’s adored. What a cutie! :-)


9 Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon April 24, 2013 at 8:48 am

I love making a big batch of fruit salad and having it for breakfast for a few mornings- so easy! That bread also reminds me that I need to make a batch of banana bread with my sad bananas soon :) I’m glad you had such a great weekend!


10 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats April 24, 2013 at 8:56 am

Omg cheerwine!!!! I miss that so much! I used to get it every once in a while in college (I went to the College of Charleston) and anytime I visit NC or SC I keep an eye out for it!


11 Ashli @ The Sweat Revolution April 24, 2013 at 8:58 am

What a gorgeous back yard your parents have! And I just love the cute, red front door.
You look lovely in that photo with Mazen – love the jacket too!


12 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane April 24, 2013 at 8:58 am

I love how happy babies make every single person!


13 Elizabeth April 24, 2013 at 9:05 am

Such a fun weekend. Does Matt A play for Duke? Mazen is so adorable!!!


14 KathEats April 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm

He plays for the Fuqua team and played Div I at Davidson


15 Jenn April 24, 2013 at 9:06 am

Love your parents home! How old is it?


16 KathEats April 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Built in the early 1800s : )


17 [email protected] April 24, 2013 at 9:22 am

He seriously gets cuter and cuter every day!!! Love the end pic!


18 Kim April 24, 2013 at 9:41 am

Hey Kath,
Have you seen this? Made me think of your recent sleep struggles


19 KathEats April 24, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Absolutely hilarious!!


20 Karen April 24, 2013 at 9:59 am

That final snapshot of your little guy on the bed is soooo precious, instantly changing my mood from sour (blame the lack of sun today in Chi-town) to cheerful…wheee:)

Have a good hump day, Kath!


21 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl April 24, 2013 at 10:07 am

Mazen is getting so big! He’s as handsome as ever!


22 Jennifer April 24, 2013 at 10:38 am

I make the same exception for diet soda at my parents house too! Maybe because it reminds me of being a teenager – which was when I was a diet soda addict.


23 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin April 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

Those burger buns look so good! I love seeded buns more than the typical plain ones.


24 sara @ fitcupcaker April 24, 2013 at 10:43 am

I love cookouts, we have had a few this year already! Fruit salad and pasta salads are the best at cookouts! Also, I now want brunch!


25 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body April 24, 2013 at 11:13 am

It sounds like the perfect weekend. Mazen is getting so big! Have you written any baby food recipe posts yet. If so I would be seriously interested.


26 KathEats April 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Not so much real recipes, but I have two baby food posts on BERF: Part I & Part II.


27 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health April 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

I’m pretty sure you can only get Cheerwine in a few (if not one) eastern states, that stuff is pretty rare! Looks like a fun weekend with family and Mazen just keeps getting cuter every day! He looks so much like you!


28 sandra April 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm

What a cute baby boy! He is adorable! You look like such a proud mom – with every right :)


29 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries April 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Our little guy has that same polo onesie Maddux has on! It’s one of my favorite outfits!


30 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh April 24, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Sorry your cookout got rained out but it looks like you still had some amazing eats, as usual! I have fruit salad every day, love it!


31 Michelle R April 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Nothing better than spending a weekend with the Family. Our Daughter just had a new addition to her family last week. Things have been super exciting around here. It’s great to see that all things are going great your way as well.


32 Susan H @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 24, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I am always amazed at all the different types of ‘soda’ you have in the States…never heard of Cheerwine. What is it similar too? Too bad about the storm…bet the food still tasted great though! :)


33 KathEats April 24, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Cherry Coke?


34 Alyssa @ Road to RD April 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I love that last picture of Mazen! So cute!


35 Lucy April 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I just want to say that mazen has got to be the happiest most content and genuinely calm and sweet looking baby I have laid eyes on! He just looks so happy and innocent it is truly touching to see Kaths you inspire me with confidence when the time comes to have a baby!


36 Barbara Dutton April 24, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Mazen is so very adorable! By the way, I just saw your screened porch on Pinterest! I recognized it immediately.


37 KathEats April 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Oh yeah!! That’s cool


38 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance April 24, 2013 at 4:17 pm

He is too cute for words, just the most cheerful smile!


39 Stephanie @ Steph's Miles April 24, 2013 at 7:19 pm

How adorable! He’s growing a full head of fuzz! I LOVE Cheerwine, but only get it when I’m in the Carolinas.


40 Spice Chicken April 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm

I was excited to see Cheerwine, too! Pops outside Oklahoma City carries it.


41 Clairerose April 24, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Stop!! Mazen is just TOO cute!! Hehe…I’ve always enjoyed your blog, but it has gotten SO much brighter with Mazen .There is just something uplifting about happy babies:-D cc


42 Mary April 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Are you concerned about the salt and sugar in Cheerios? Nestlé’s name brand cheerios has 190 mg of sodium per serving (if I remember correctly) Or is this a “Kleenex/tissue” type thing and sweet Mazen is having some healthy organic “oh” type cereal. I thought babies under the age of one shouldn’t have any sodium at all..

I am probably driving you crazy with my label reading LOL, but it is the on’y way I can keep my family eating clean with as little processed sugar as possible and helping my prone to high BP husband keep to his healthier low salt diet.

The red door is fab…


43 KathEats April 25, 2013 at 8:22 am

I’m not really that concerned. While I won’t be sprinkling salt on Mazen’s food any time soon nor would I feed him very high sodium foods like canned soup or soy sauce, I’m not worried about the smaller amounts of sodium in food, especially since the majority of his diet is based on whole foods that I have made myself.


44 Katherine April 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm

How fun!

Wanted to share the link-up post with you. :) Here it is:



45 Kenneth April 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm

looks like a super fun filled weekend. btw, snaps of the food look great. =)


46 Neil Butterfield April 25, 2013 at 4:32 am

Great post, nice to see Americans enjoying soccer!


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