Weekend Things: Hello, 2021

Hi! I hope you all had a good end to 2020 (as good as 2020 can give at least) and celebrated the beginning of 2021 as best you could. I hope you did not, like me, end 2020 by deleting years worth of pictures from you blog on accident?! HOW. I literally cannot think about it at this time. We bridged the gap from 2020 to 2021 with a puzzle, lots of movie watching, a homecooked New Year’s Day dinner, an especially crazy Sunday because we waited until the last day of a three day weekend to get all the things we needed to get done done and extra baby snuggles because my maternity leave is OVER. Waaa! But 2021 is feeling okay so far. I’m feeling cautiously hopeful and I hope you are too 🙂

Joey wrapped up work around 4 on Thursday and we pulled out a puzzle! We’d been wanting to do one for a while but the dining room table is also his desk so we had to find the right time, aka when we’d have time to start and finish a puzzle before the work week started again. Around 6, Joey left to pick up our NYE dinner at Cart-Driver. Seems like we’ve celebrated most ends of the year in that shipping container, so while we contemplated going elsewhere, it just didn’t feel right. They had “Nashville Hot Brussels Sprouts” on the menu, so of course we had to order them. SO GOOD. And the pizza is always the best.

Queued up Tenet for our viewing entertainment and there’s a line toward the beginning of the movie that felt like a directive. “Don’t try to understand it, just feel it.” I feel like I got the gist of the plot, but as with all things, I’m not content with the gist. I need to fully understand the details of stuff, okay?? But my brain is tired from 2020, so I mostly just enjoyed the way the movie looks and damn, it looks good. Christopher Nolan sure knows how to create/direct an action set piece. Guys, most nights we head up to bed around 8:30 so I was fully prepared to not make it to midnight but then it was somehow 11:30 and even though I tried to do a fake countdown half an hour early, Joey wouldn’t celebrate it with me so I just stayed up another half an hour and then we whispered “Happy New Year!” to each other and Dempsey, who was already asleep in his bassinet. So different from most years, but it felt perfect 🙂

New Year’s Day! Woke up and cuddled the baby then decided we couldn’t bring ourselves to make breakfast and ordered sandwiches from The Wooden Spoon. If that’s not the best start to 2021, I don’t know what is! It’s been our tradition for the past few years to watch a musical on New Year’s Day so we picked Singin’ in the Rain for this year. We’d never seen it, can you believe it?! I was DELIGHTED!!! Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds can sing, act and dance. What talent! They just don’t make stars like that anymore do they? Also, for as good as the two leads were, how about Donald O’Connor?! His “Make Em Laugh” number blew me away!!! Spent the rest of the day puzzling, going on a short run/walk (my legs are feeling much better!) and busting out the cloth diapers finally. They’re still bulky-looking but they fit at least.

We’ve been cooking New Year’s Day dinner for my family for the past five or so years, so it was sad not having them over this year, but we made short ribs, twice-baked sweet potatoes with bacon-sesame brittle and roasted broccolini and it all tasted so good! Ended the night with Luce, which we’d seen trailers for last year and totally forgot about until we saw it available for free. Still sorting through my thoughts on this one but I do think Kelvin Harrison Jr. is a really exciting actor. His performance was so unnerving in the best possible way. Really hope to see more of him in the future! I was EXHAUSTED from staying up till midnight and was so excited to go to bed that night, ha!

Told Joey I could do with a day off from ordering take out, so we made Saturday morning pancakes. Afterward, I texted my mom telling her I REALLY needed a massage and, what luck, she had a 2:00 appointment available! The idea of leaving the house sans baby sort of caught me off guard but the timing was going to work out, so I couldn’t turn it down. Since I’m basically home all the time, I haven’t even really thought about pumping but I couldn’t leave Joey and Dempsey hanging, so I did it. I’m glad I had that early introduction in the hospital, so doing it once in a while doesn’t feel like any big deal. MY MASSAGE WAS SO NICE!!!! My mom asked me if anything hurt and I listed my wrists, my neck, my back, my ankles and my knees so I guess I’m falling apart. Felt so so good to have some of those kinks ironed out and of course, to spend a solid chunk of time with my mom. Even if I was laying in a face cradle with a mask on. Dempsey was all out of sorts that evening (I’m telling myself it’s because he missed me :P) so we spent most of the night trying to calm him down. He finally PASSED OUT (what a relief when they get good sleep) and re-watched Waves because we hate ourselves and like being sad. Instead of actually crying 15 times, I only almost cried 15 times. What an improvement!

Sunday was so busy! But at least it started leisurely. I hung with Dempsey while Joey picked up our Sunday breakfast. I put him in his bassinet to brush my teeth and get dressed and he was CHATTING IT UP in there. It’s absolutely my favorite! Finally ordered the skillet from Sunny’s and it was cheesy, carby, meaty bliss! And look, we finished our puzzle afterward! Then a million things occurred. We cleaned up our Christmas decorations (apart from when we literally chucked our Christmas tree over the front porch railing on Friday, ha!), cleaned all four bathrooms, took the boys on a walk, gave Dempsey a bath, ordered groceries, watched the Cowboys game, made slow cooker apple pie oats and cooked dinner. Felt hectic as it was going on, but then it felt so good to have it all done come 6 PM. Sat down to eat then watch Better Call Saul to end the long weekend.

I’m back to work today, but it’ll be half days for the next couple of weeks so I can still snuggle that little baby lots 🙂

Christmas 2020

I hope you all had the best Christmas 2020 could offer and that you were able to safely celebrate with loved ones in one way or another. For us, it was a lot of FaceTiming with family members and was otherwise just a quiet celebration with the four (Andi included!) of us. Growing up, it was always just the four of us — all our extended family were in other states — so this year definitely reminded me of my childhood Christmases and I sort of loved it! I certainly missed all our adult traditions and physically being with our families but it sure was nice to not have to leave our house. It’s the last week of the year and the last week of my maternity leave, so I’m feeling all the emotions but I’ll distract myself by posting our Christmas weekend 🙂

P.S. Please hang in there through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day pictures. There will be a SEVERE decrease for Saturday and Sunday!

What a good Christmas Eve! Lori got us two sets of matching pajamas, so set #1 was worn that morning and yes, we’re now the kind of parents who insist upon a family photo in said matching pajamas. The best! I made a cranberry simple syrup in preparation for Christmas cocktails and Joey wrapped up his work day around noon, so we could enjoy the rest of the day together. It was 55 degrees (!!) so we took a nice long walk. Dempsey does NOT enjoy having the sun in his eyes, but he didn’t like wearing Joey’s sunglasses much better! My parents came over around 2 so we could swap presents and they could hold their grandson. Check out the RGB collar earrings I got my mom! We got tons of stocking goodies and a burr grinder, so our coffee snobbery continues!

After my parents left, we chilled for a bit then got going on our Christmas Eve activities. First Joey put Dempsey in this too small Santa outfit and proceeded to make him take pictures in it, even though he clearly HATED it. I rescued him but taking that thing off over his head gave me a panic attack. Thought I was going to suffocate him! Never again, Joseph! Made Christmas Eve fettuccine a la The Holiday for dinner and watched… uh The Holiday. Dempsey passed OUT at the table and Andi tried his hardest to snag a twirl of pasta as I ate it. Little man got to hear his dad’s attempt at a Cajun accent while he read us Cajun Night Before Christmas and I could not for the life of me tell you the plot of this story because I was too busy laughing at Joey’s pronunciation 😂

Merry Christmas! Joey got up early with the baby and when I came down, we did coffee, stockings and breakfast. Joey and I’s big gift to each other this year was a treadmill (romantic, right??) so we just got each other little stocking stuffers and Santa left a few things for Dempsey, including a SnapBack that he hated almost as much as the Santa onesie. He got me a MAMA sweatshirt that I basically haven’t taken off since and the cutest mug ❤️❤️❤️ I prepped a French toast bake for breakfast and it was amazing!!!

The rest of the day was so so chill. We watched White Christmas — I truly live for the dance performances in that movie! — FaceTimed with my sister and Wayne, Lori and Joey’s dad’s side of the family, opened and assembled some more presents and took another long walk. We cooked our first ever prime rib for dinner! Plus Duchess Baked Mashed Potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts and cranberry gin fizzes! It all turned out really good. Man do I love prime rib. My mom bought us that meat, plus one for herself and for my sister and Wayne, so we got to see how everyone’s turned out. I think my sis won! I really wanted to watch Wonder Woman 1984 but Joey wanted to fit in one last Christmas movie, so It’s a Wonderful Life it was! I’ve seen bits and pieces of that movie a million times but I think was the first time I’d ever sat down and watched it start to finish and… I don’t love it. I can’t believe Clarence doesn’t actually show up and show George the world without him until the last ten minutes of the movie?? Talk about too much exposition. I think I would have felt more sympathy for him if he hadn’t been acting like a total jerk right beforehand. Oh and did I mention Dempsey was fighting sleep ALL DAY?? It’s his new favorite thing to do and he was being SO fussy all day. Poor little guy. Luckily, he’s still been a really good sleeper at night. Nevertheless, the best Christmas because it was with him!

Saturday! That little babes fell asleep at 7:30 the night before — I really tried to wake him up to feed him one last time before I went to bed but he was OUT — and slept until 3 AM! So when he woke up at his usual 6 AM time, I felt plenty rested and let Joey sleep in. He’s a fun little coffee-making companion it turns out! Lori and Adam came over later on so we could give Lori her Christmas present and they could both visit with Dempsey but I honestly don’t think we did a ton else. It was Wayne’s 30th birthday and we couldn’t even get together to celebrate ☹️ We grabbed tacos from Dos Santos and cheersed margaritas in his honor. And then we watched WW84! Seems like the first one was pretty well liked but I thought it was just okay. David Thewlis all muscled up was so ridiculous to me, so the entire ending just felt like a joke. Anyway, I thought the second one was somewhere between fine and whatever. Definitely didn’t hate it but definitely didn’t love it either. Just can’t get over how gorgeous Gal Gadot is though!

We’d had enough take out for one weekend so we opted for a homemade Sunday breakfast with apple cider pancakes that at first seemed too thin so I added some more flour and then we ended up liking the thin ones better anyway, go figure! My parents came over for their usual Sunday visit and I didn’t even argue that they’d already been over once that week 😋 Who knows what else we did that day but I think I remember feeling exhausted by the time dinner rolled around. We ate Christmas dinner leftovers and started Better Call Saul! I like it already.

I literally cannot believe it is New Year’s Eve tomorrow!! Wasn’t it just summer??? Not even going to mention what kind of year it’s been for us personally because I know it’s been such a shit year for so many others, so here’s to better times for ALL of us in 2021!