June Weekend Things

It’s June now! I remember it being winter and feeling like summer was soooooo far away, then I blinked and here we are! And even though it was in the 90s on Saturday and I was not prepared for it to be that hot this soon, I just really love the month of June ā¤ Our flowers are in full bloom, all of our veggies have started to pop up, we are sitting outside all the time and, most importantly, Dempsey just looks adorable in little shorts and t-shirts šŸ˜

Demps and I were on our own for the very first time on Friday! Joey had a golf tournament and I was nervous about the idea of taking care of a baby and getting ANY work done, but then I remembered I have a dream child, who napped super well and I ended up getting a lot done! Thank you, Dempsey!!! Plus, it was super fun to have a good chunk of one on one time with him. We took our weekly walk to the coffee shop (he was “talking” and smiling the whole way!), hung out outside, played inside and my heart was just so full hanging with that happy baby. Joey made it home later that afternoon so we could still all have dinner and baby bedtime together ā¤

Saturday was a full on summer day! As in, it was freaking hot by 9 AM. I went on a run and thought I was going to die! But it also meant summer outfits for Mom and Baby both, plus our first trip to the Union Station Farmers’ Market as a family of three! Dempsey was not impressed and honestly, neither was I. What happened to all my farmers’ stands?? There was ONE stand selling actual produce and only a couple of food tents, so I don’t even know what all those other tents were selling but it was such a disappointment. No cherries, no garlic scapes, no tomatoes, not even any greens?? Ugh! Anyway, we got a popsicle that we maybe let Dempsey try and some mint, rhubarb, radish and really good looking asparagus and beef, so I guess I’m excited about those last two things.

We all cooled off back inside and while some of us napped, others of us made strawberry-rhubarb simple syrup and worked in the yard. Guess which was which! Then we went over to my parents’ for dinner!!! We hadn’t been there since I was 37 weeks pregnant!!! A couple of weeks ago, a picture of a really good-looking salad and marg showed up on my TimeHop and I immediately sent it to my mom asking her if she would make me that dinner again and she did just that! Those margs were good and strong and sweet thanks to that simple syrup and even though it’s easy enough to host at our house, I forgot how nice it is to go to someone else’s house and not make any of the food šŸ˜‹ We gave Dempsey a slice of lime to see what he would do with it and he kept putting it in his mouth, then making the sourest face šŸ˜‚ Literally love seeing him with my family! He was in a good mood and was the life of the party šŸ™‚ Had brownies and ice cream for dessert, then took that cute baby home, where he really easily went down for bed and then we watched the second episode of The Underground Railroad, which has been BRUTAL but also really beautiful? Barry Jenkins is just so good at what he does.

Sunday was A DAY! We have been trying to feed Dempsey lunch for the past few weeks but the timing is always weird — right BEFORE a nap so he seems tired or late in the day so that it feels too close to dinnertime — so we changed things up and have decided to try breakfast time (and then we can all eat together!) and he had his first taste of oatmeal yesterday! Like with most things, he was super into it right away but lost interest not long after šŸ¤·ā€ā™€ļø He took a loooooong morning nap, so Steve and Lorna were forced to hang out with just Joey, Andi and I until he finally woke up. They stayed for a bit and then after they left and Demps went down for Nap #2, I made some mint-pea puree for him for the week. I vaguely remember being asked if I was going to make his baby food and laughing about it and now look at me… to be fair, he barely eats anything right now, so one puree lasts us all week (and I even put some in the freezer) but it’s actually really easy and fun and has completely replaced my desire to prep food for Joey and I šŸ˜‚

Sunday Funday plans with the King Krewe! We met them all at Zuni Street Brewing and it started off rocky when we pulled up and noticed the food truck that was supposed to be there was definitely not there. We were so distracted that we nearly ran into a biker, who was NOT happy with us. Sorry, stranger on a bike!!! The good news was it wasn’t too busy at Zuni, so we got a shady table on the back patio and even though our Plan B lunch took what felt like forever to arrive, we were happily distracted by babies and a threenager. Only one drink was spilled in the process and thankfully, it was just a water in a plastic cup. Once everyone was getting tired, we peeled out, but not before Hannah gave us three boxes of baby clothes that I could not be more thankful for, because our summer wardrobe could use some beefing up! Back at home, we all relaxed then did our usual bedtime routine with Dempsey before feeding ourselves a later dinner and watching another epi of The Underground Railroad. Quite the day, quite the weekend!

MDW 2021

If you guys know me at all, you know I love love love Memorial Day Weekend, but I’ll be honest this one was a total mixed bag. I usually consider it the kickoff to summer but we had such un-summer-like weather, so I think that definitely contributed to my funk. Plus we just did too many adult chores that took up too much time when we should’ve been relaxing. Going to do my best to let go of those less fun moments and remember Dempsey was in a GREAT mood and none the wiser about anything that didn’t go as planned šŸ™‚

Friday and the happiest baby out for a walk to the coffee shop! Usually Dempsey is very bored and stone-faced in his stroller but man oh man, was he just having the best time in there that morning. Smiling and babbling away. It was the best! Also the best was when Joey made me an egg sandwich for breakfast when we got back šŸ„° We worked until 4ish, then called it quits to start our MDW! Black bean plantain bowls for us and baby’s first tofu for Demps! He hasn’t had any reaction to any of the allergens we’ve given him and I’m soooo thankful! He chowed down on those little tofu strips too! After we put him to bed, we threw on the much-anticipated Rebecca and wow, I was pretty blown away!!! I did think of Maxim de Winter as a bit older and I thought it was weird that they left out the part where he was basically a shell of himself from all the trauma he’d suffered by the end but I thought everything else was SPOT ON and just so perfectly creepy.

Just when I thought Dempsey couldn’t be any better of a sleeper, he’s started sleeping in till 7 AM (well sometimes at least)! Which means he’s awake through breakfast and it’s very fun having him with us while we do our usual Saturday morning thing. Can’t wait till he can eat a waffle with us though! These were peanut butter banana, aka Elvis Waffles and they were very very good. I had a noontime manicure and props to my manicurist for being gentle on that finger I cut last weekend šŸ˜¬ Back at home, Joey was cleaning the house for us and I quick made some BBQ sauce and a potato salad and it all felt slightly scrambled because we had early movie plans but we got it all done, phew!

My sis and Wayne came over to babysit so we could go see A Quiet Place Part 2 and have dinner at Fish N Beer. Joey made them a bath tutorial and Dempsey’s face in that picture is legitimately so funny. They fed him a bottle AND solids AND bathed him AND put him to bed and I’m so glad they exist!!! As for the movie, we liked it! I will say I’m much more into the family/emotional connections and less into monster suspense moments and oh my gosh, the part where Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy are whispering to each other was so hard to hear! That beginning action sequence looked so good though! Fish N Beer was amazing! I was painfully full afterward but it was worth it. When we got back home, we got to chat with my sis and Wayne and see all their Dempsey bath photos and it made me the happiest ā¤

Sunday and THE RAIN. Guys, the rain. I love green grass and thriving plants as much as anyone but I do not live in Seattle for a reason, okay? Enough is enough. We knew the forecast for Sunday looked bad and yet AND YET, we choose to try to do the Bolder Boulder anyway. My mom was stressing out about it all week and we basically blew her off thinking it might mist or maybe it would drizzle for a few minutes but no, it was a full on downpour. Mom, you were right!!!! It’s crazy that we just managed to choose the exact worst part of the weekend to do an outdoor 10K. You couldn’t plan it that way if you tried! The race was already weird because they split it into a handful of locations and then you could pick any day that weekend at almost any time and it was so NOT like the real Bolder Boulder even if it hadn’t been raining. We were all immediately soaked and when Dempsey started crying like he was in pain, I made us all (well, except for Lori who totally stuck it out for the entire course!) call it quits. I guess it’s a Bolder Boulder we’ll never forget (though I’d maybe like to šŸ˜‚)!

Back at home, we all changed out of our wet clothes and then both Dempsey and I took a nap before everyone came over for our traditional post-BB BBQ. An indoor version this year! We made honey-chipotle chicken thighs and fingerling potato salad and then everyone else brought sides and Mom brought a red velvet cake that she would not stop knocking because she made so many mistakes baking it but then it tasted literally perfect, so Mom, you were right about the rain but you were so very wrong about the cake! I think this was the easiest most stress-free BBQ we’ve ever thrown too! Demps took a ride around the living room in his Benz and I think he is smiling at my dad’s foot in that second shot šŸ˜‚ Have I mentioned that I love him very much?? Everyone left around 5:30 and after Dempsey was down for the night, we queued up Bo Burnham’s new comedy special, Inside. It was hilarious but also real/depressing/relatable? Also just very very cool and interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at someone’s creative process. We dug it!

Sunday started with breakfast burritos for two and Joey and I looking over our June calendar. I’m never super ready for summer busyness but I’m extra unready after spending a year in quarantine, doing nothing and having to be nowhere. This homebody is extra resistant to having to leave the house and socialize, but let this be a reminder/oath to at least try to put myself out there without too much groaning. It’ll be good for us all! Dempsey got to eat his very first strawberry and his strawberry-loving mama’s heart was so happy seeing him gnaw that little piece! When I see him eat his first peach, I shall simply die of happiness. Joey’s dad was having people over for an impromptu gathering but the timing just didn’t work out nap-wise and we had plans to make red beans (actually on a Monday!), anyway. Why is it we had the entire day off but still didn’t start dinner till later than desired?? Oh well! We dished ourselves up bowls post-baby bedtime and they were literally perfect. Plus, the rice cooker is a game changer! Oh and we’re just about done with the third season of Master of None. It is soooo different from seasons past but good nonetheless and I’m interested to see how it wraps up.

Okay, that’s enough from me šŸ™‚ Please tell me how your MDW was!