Thanksgiving 2020

If you know me in real life or have been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I LOVE LOVE LOVE Thanksgiving. Christmas is great and all, but have you ever tried a holiday centered around food that doesn’t require you to buy any presents?? Wonderful!! This Thanksgiving was definitely not what we thought it would be. Back in June, we thought we’d finally finally be able to host (and put our dining table to use!), but Corona Virus had other plans. My parents were going to join us, but at the urging of my sister, a nurse who’s had first hand experience working with COVID patients, we came to our senses and decided to cancel. Still, we were able to do a quick food swap (and photo shoot), masked and distant in our back yard. We did a few FaceTime calls too, so we still got to “see” everyone.

I know we could not have the traditional Thanksgiving weekend we had hoped to have, but man does having a baby make up for any COVID disappointment. We still got to have our Thanksgiving Eve ramen, we still got to eat that big old T-Day meal, we still got to watch holiday movies and bust out the Christmas decorations. I wish we could have done all of that with our families, but baby cuddles more than made up for it!

I mean, we were probably going to get take out this year regardless of restaurants being open to indoor dining or not. Uncle doesn’t seem like the easiest place to bring a baby. And I could finally enjoy a bowl of ramen without having to fish out the egg and sprouts. My first full beer too!

Thanksgiving Day photo dump!! I picked up a pumpkin pie and breakfast treats on Wednesday and it made it feel so holiday-y to be running errands, even if it was in a mask. We ate our pastries and semi paid attention to the parade — mostly what we do now is stare at Dempsey and briefly glance up at the TV, ha ha — before heading into the kitchen to cook. We were in charge of turkey, gravy, rolls, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and vegan gravy. I think it all turned out really good!!! Mom brought stuffing, cranberry sauce, carrots and bacon and wine. Oh and a Baby Yoda hat! It was slightly too big so that it kept falling over Dempsey’s eyes and it was too funny. I hadn’t seen my sis in so long, so it was nice to finally see her face in person 🙂 Post-meal, we took a walk (I’ve always wanted that to be a T-Day tradition) and FaceTimed with Lori, then we settled onto the couch to watch Happiest Season (guys, I’m sure it had its faults, but I liked it!) and have dessert (Joey made use the best whipped cream!). Our two sleepy boys were OUT!

Friday involved couch cuddles and Christmas decorations. We ordered all new personalized stockings for the family and now I’m like “wait, do I have to fill these now??” We also ate lots of leftovers, watched so much TV (two episodes of the Amazing Race and the finale of Great British Bake Off) and topped it all off with Hillbilly Elegy, which Joey liked but I thought was just okay and I can’t really pinpoint why but it didn’t super excite me.

Saturday was super unproductive and I think I let the ennui get to me because I wasn’t in a great mood. We did break out and take a walk though and when I felt like I couldn’t eat yet another plate of leftovers, we took advantage of a gift card my friend Kate sent us and ordered a small feast from Mizu. I was trying to rev up the energy to make turkey soup and couldn’t find it, so this take out felt extra nice. Oh and earlier in the day, we watched The Family Stone which I’d seen pieces of but never the whole thing and good god was it sad and uncomfortable!!!

Sunday already?? As I write this, I’m sipping my second cup of coffee, watching the baby nap and listening to Joey work outside. We ordered Stowaway for breakfast and even though we were annoyed at having our order cancelled TWICE and then having to go pick it up, the crullers were amazing, the Colorful Colorado was perfect as always and they gave us a free coffee for our troubles. In other words, they got us again!!! I think I’ll spend the rest of the day with caffeine jitters fitting in shower for me, a bath for the baby, maybe some reading (but more likely, just watching crappy holiday movies) and we’re FaceTiming with my brother and fam later! I hope you have a great holiday weekend and the Sunday Scaries aren’t treating you too badly today!

Weekend Things & Our Drive By Baby Shower

I woke up with such a happy feeling in my heart ❤ We had our baby shower yesterday afternoon and even though it had to be reconfigured to a drive by affair (life in the age of COVID-19 is just so so strange), I thought it was perfect and we had the best time with the best friends and family and felt so super spoiled and loved afterward.

I’ll circle back to the big event, but let’s start with Friday, when my sis and Wayne came over to join us for a backyard movie night. We watched The NeverEnding Story, which I felt like I hadn’t watched since I was a kid but then it all felt so familiar as the movie went on. That scene with Artax will still mess you up as an adult though! Also, not to ruin it for anyone, but Falkor gives off a weird vibe. Anyway, it’s still a pretty great watch!

Who knows what we did on Saturday (a mere day and a half ago that I can’t fully remember 😂) but I think it involved light cleaning of the house, lunch delivery from Salt & Grinder (we both ordered potato salad as our sandwich side and it came as unseasoned mashed potatoes??), one movie and half of another. I liked The Squid and the Whale a lot actually but one Noah Baumbach divorce movie is probably enough and Marriage Story is better. We started 20th Century Women afterward but didn’t finish it till yesterday. Joey really liked it but the plot felt super weak to me.

Sunday! Baby shower day! We got up (well, I got up and Joey was already up and had waffles made ❤) and got ready and then my parents, my sis and Joey’s mom came over to get set up. I’m not going to lie, it was super nice to not leave my house and just have everyone take care of everything for us. My sis and I picked up 70 donuts and stuffed them in the cutest bags while the moms finished up party favor bags and the guys set up tents and then Lori unveiled this incredible diaper cake she made us. Can you even believe it?! She even put pictures of me, Joey and baby in our seats 😂❤ I love it so much!

We weren’t entirely sure how this would go, to be honest, but we hoped people would show up in a staggered manner and they were welcome to park and get out for a little bit, or stay in their car if they’d rather. I think everyone ended up getting out and it was so nice to chat with all the family and friends we hadn’t seen in MONTHS. We managed to sneak this shower in before Hannah and Becca had their own babies and I’m so glad they were both there! Also, our block has something like four houses on it and one of them is unoccupied currently so we were basically able to take over the whole street, which was so nice. We all kept masks on and it was hot, hot, hot, but I don’t think it was so bad!

Everyone cleared out shortly after 1 and the seven of us moved inside for lunch and presents! My mom brought quiche and salad and I’m so glad because right then, I realized how hungry I was. HIT. THE. SPOT. After everyone was fed, Joey and I tackled our mountain of gifts and wow, just wow. We’re so blown away by everyone’s generosity and love. We got a million Rockies clothing items and baby is set for at least the next two years 😋 I can’t wait to wash all the teensy baby clothes we got and stock his little nursery with all the things he’ll need ❤ Also, it was pretty wonderful to open everything in this smaller group setting.

So now I am just floating on cloud nine feeling so loved and excited and happy and like we have 8 extra donuts to eat! 😋