The Holiday Weekend

by Rachel on July 5, 2011

What is it about three-day weekends?! I feel supremely relaxed today, like I was just on vacation. And honestly, being in Houston sometimes still feels like vacation. All those palm trees and pools, ya know?

I don’t typically get that into the Fourth of July, but with my mom and brother in town, I felt more festive this year. I did all my errands on Saturday, and while it made for a long day, it was so worth it to have Sunday and Monday free of obligations.

I love having brunch on holidays, so I decided to go that route for the 4th. Sunday I made the Pioneer Woman’s banana bread and her blackberry butter

…and Monday I got up to put that butter to good use by making her delicious yolks-only French toast.

I also made lots of crispy bacon and a big fruit salad.

Once we’d had our fill of breakfast, we got back to the business of relaxing. I went and got a manicure, Eric and I went holiday sale shopping, and then we all headed to the pool for the afternoon. It was so hot but being

I told Eric I needed him to help peer pressure Preston to stop holding his nose when he jumps in the  water. My mom and I have both been on him about it — I mean, it’s totally pointless and dumb — but we’ve only been able to get him to jump in a few times without holding his nose. Then he goes back to holding it again. I figured Eric might be able to help.

We had been at the pool for a little while when Eric said, “Hey Preston…I’ll give you a dollar if you jump in the water without holding your nose.”

I liked where this was going. “I’ll throw in a dollar too!” I said.

Preston was into the idea, but not before negotiating a little bit. “How about three dollars?” he said.

“Fine, but that’s our final offer!”

So off he went to jump in without holding his nose, and, of course, he was fine — no water up the nose.

“How much would it take to get you to not hold your nose for the rest of the time we’re at the pool?” I said.

Apparently, Preston thinks big, because he said, “A hundred dollars!”

“How about you turn your three dollars into ten dollars?” I said.

He agreed to my terms and for the rest of the day, he jumped in over and over and over again (how do kids do it!?!) and didn’t once hold his nose. As we got ready to head back to the apartment to fire up the grill for dinner, he declared that habit of plugging his nose when he was swimming had been totally broken in Texas.

I gave him two fives and felt like I had totally outdone myself as the cool older sibling. Then I told Eric if he wants to break me of bad habits, like leaving the bathroom floor totally soaking wet after I step out of the shower, I was also open to negotiations. He didn’t take me up on it, unfortunately.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dori July 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Love your French toast and fruit photos. They both came out amazing looking! I am very prone to water up my nose for some reason… it has always been a problem for me!


2 Jennie July 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm

This cracks me up because my 16 year old still plugs his nose when he jumps in the pool. :)


3 Mary @ stylefyles July 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm

awww I still plug my nose when I jump in the water. Too bad I didn’t have a cool older sister to bribe me out of the habit as a child. I’m definitely too old to change my habits now. Sounds like you had a fun weekend! How did the blackberry butter turn out? I was considering making a batch myself but had no idea how the boyf. and I would consume a whole log of it by ourselves…


4 [SMASH] at Sweat. Style. Swoon. July 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Apparently I need to come have swim lessons with you two! :) Glad you’re having a fun time with your family in Houston. Has Eric’s family visited you two yet?


5 Krista July 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I’m 31 yrs old and I still hold my nose. =) Otherwise, my nose & throat fill with nasty chlorine or salt water. I’ve never understood how people can go underwater and NOT get water up their nose/throat! Clearly, no one cared enough to throw dollar bills when I was a kid at the pool. ;)


6 Phoebe July 6, 2011 at 11:51 am

That looks like the best brunch EVER. I love putting bananas in fruit salad. I’m 24 and still hold my nose. I don’t have to when I’m swimming laps because I can control my breathing then, but water always gets way up my nose when I’m just swimming to and fro underwater. Have always blamed that on the fact I have a deviated septum though! If Eric figures out a way to train a person not to leave the bathroom floor soaking wet I could definitely use it.


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