Weekend Things

Whew, I knew we were starting off our April with a bang but I didn’t realize we’d be 10 days in and I’d already feel exhausted! Last week, we celebrated Joey’s birthday, went to Opening Day for the Rockies, attended Lauren and Adam’s wedding dinner and yesterday, celebrated Easter. Probably doesn’t help that Lydia has been thrashing around in her crib at 3 AM for the past few nights, so we’ve been playing game after game after game of paci pong and I think I’m still recovering from Dempsey skipping his nap on Opening Day 🤪😂 But it was still such a nice weekend. Nothing like warm weather and spending time with family 🤍

Can’t believe I got to share another Opening Day with my baby and now, another baby! It was cold until the sun reached us and then it was HOT. We stayed to sing during the 7th Inning Stretch, then peeled out and once Joey left for bowling, all hell broke loose. I finally got Dempsey in his crib and he asked “what was happening to me?” Dude, I do not even know 😬

Had a very low-key Friday, thank goodness. Demps has been fighting a cold for what feels like a month. It’s left him so stuffy and just really wiped out but it’s near impossible to get toddlers to rest, so he’s been going about his days as usual, just whinier and more prone to tantrums 🤪 Got him to bed, then assembled Easter baskets and watched Top Chef. I’m loving this international group of chefs this season!

Saturday started with lemon poppyseed pancakes and a trip to the park — we got a new double stroller and WOW, it’s so nice! — then ended with Lauren and Adam getting married! We were back at home in bed at 10 o’clock last night when I realized I didn’t get a picture with the newlyweds OR with the four of us. I’m so sad and mad about it! But you can sort of see the kids’ outfits in the pictures above. Those shoes didn’t really fit me or Lydia very well 😂 Joey and I got to be the witnesses on the marriage certificate and I felt so honored! What a lovely celebration for them 🤍

Here’s a slew of Easter morning photos! I think Dempsey had more fun going through his sister’s basket than his own 😂 And it’s a toss up on who’s more excited about his new knife set, me or him! Did a little egg hunt in the backyard after breakfast and he was too cute. Made me excited for Lydia’s second and third Easters.

Post-afternoon naps, we let Demps and Lydia open their Easter gifts from Grandma Lori. Dempsey got a basketball hoop and let’s just say he may have inherited Mom’s athleticism instead of Dad’s 😬 Back inside, I had a toddler’s help making deviled eggs and needless to say, they didn’t turn out the prettiest 😂😂 I laughed at him arranging the plate with the little pieces he’d chopped up though. Headed to my parents’ for dinner and Dempsey complained about the egg smell the whole way. He’s not wrong! My mom spoiled us all, as usual and I’m so excited to dig into all of it. She knocked it out of the park on dinner too! Dempsey ran off from the table minutes into the meal but returned later in his “wrestling mask.” This kid! King Cake for dessert and then the most overstimulating car ride home, featuring a screaming baby, a talkative toddler, “We Don’t Talk about Bruno” blasting and me feeling like I’m about to lose my mind. Whew, I’m beat!

Hope you all had a good weekend and got to spend time with family yesterday 🤍

Weekend Things

Happy Birthday to Joey! Dempsey has been practicing singing “Happy Birthday” to him for two months but we finally got to do it for real this morning 🤍 And even though a Monday birthday is weird, I think we did a good job celebrating this weekend. It was WINDY on Friday but we had really beautiful weather on Saturday and Sunday. The boys had a lot of outdoor play time and it was the sweetest to see.

I picked the kids up at 4:30 and we got a quick visit from Aunt Bean! Afterward, Joey picked us up ramen from Uncle and you have no idea how happy my heart is when I see Dempsey diving (almost literally) into a bowl of ramen and a plate of steamed buns. He absolutely loves that poached egg too and he’s getting legitimately good at using those chopsticks! Sadly, both children were an absolute mess come the bedtime hour. I was downstairs with a screaming Lydia and Joey was upstairs with a screaming Dempsey. It felt a bit insane. Eventually they both calmed down and went to sleep though and we watched Thursday’s episode of Top Chef then took ourselves to bed.

Saturday started with whole wheat banana waffles. Since I feed Lydia in the morning, Joey and Dempsey have been the ones to start our Saturday breakfast lately but they had time to finish these waffles before I was done, so I got to just come sit down to a fully made plate of waffle 🥰 They were really good! Afterward, a little play time with Sis and then Joey and Dempsey went to Home Depot for their monthly craft time. Dempsey already knew he wanted to paint his birdhouse blue, green and white! It turned out so cute 🤍

Such a nice Saturday afternoon. Lydia doesn’t really have a set schedule right now because her nap lengths are a little all over the place but we got naptimes to line up and enjoyed a little kid-free afternoon time. I used mine to look into the SEVENTEEN mayoral candidates and filled in my ballot, so that felt good. Once both kiddos were up, we loaded them into the stroller and headed to the park, where every other parent and child in the neighborhood already was 😅 Dempsey showed Lydia how to go down the slide and then he let me push him in the swing for a long time. Back at home, Lydia took another nap and Dad and Dempsey played outside. I could see them from the front window and it was totally the cutest. They both looked so happy! Naanza for dinner and Dempsey did such a good job putting his and Joey’s together. He took a little bite out of every piece of pepperoni before adding it to Dad’s pizza 😂 After the kids went to bed, we watched a little bit of Poker Face then SNL and went to bed.

Sunday started with breakfast at Sassafras! Beignets are always A+ but I did not love my shrimp and grits. Good thing I can get a re-do in New Orleans when we’re there in a couple of weeks. Stopped back home to start laundry and change Dempsey out of his jam-covered outfit and into shorts and a t-shirt then headed back out to Bass Pro! Joey and Dempsey are going to give fishing a try this year, so for his birthday present, Joey requested a shopping trip. That place is huge! Dempsey picked out his own pole and then the kids and I wandered around and looked at the big fish tank and all the animals mounted around inside while Joey gathered up the rest of their supplies. Back at home, Joey took Lyds upstairs for a nap and I got Dempsey’s lunch together and tried to get him to eat it while he played outside. He kept ordering me to “rake!” 😂

Dempsey’s new toys arrived via Amazon while he was down for his nap, so once he was back up, he got to go outside to use his rake and hoe and gosh, the look of happiness on his face when Joey pulled them out of the box 🥺 I was inside tending to a little girl who didn’t want to go down easy for her nap, so I missed out on the outdoor time but it seemed like they had fun. Leftovers made for an easy-peasy dinner and then we put the kids to bed and watched a bit more of Poker Face. Some of the episodes I really really enjoy and others are just so-so. I think we’re down to the last episode, so we’ll see how they wrap it all up. We have a busy week ahead, so wish us luck and cooperative children! Happy Monday 🙂