Weekend Things

Is this not the best time of year?? Fall by morning and evening, summer by day. It’s the best of both worlds! And aside from enjoying this fall/summer limbo, we did our best to stay busy this weekend and I think we did a good job!

My mom and sister both have significant others who do not eat gluten or dairy and are forever wishing they could just cook some pasta or eat a sandwich for dinner, so we’ve started up a little Girls Cooking Club where they can do just that! My sis was in charge of dinner, so we all met at my parents’ and I basically just sat there as my mom served me deviled eggs and tomatoes with balsamic and then my sister fed me Cacio e Pepe, so it all worked out for me πŸ˜‹ A definite downside was that when I walked in, the news was reporting the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and what a hit to the heart that was πŸ˜₯ I was glad to be in the company of two women who get it though. I brought Smith + Cannon ice cream for dessert and then finally returned home feeling full and happy.

I hope I like breakfast again when I’m no longer pregnant, because the struggle is real. Saturday morning, we finally landed on OneFold breakfast burritos that Joey offered to go pick up when the delivery wait time was something like an hour and I didn’t think I’d make it. We sat out in the back yard to eat, then took the pup on a morning walk?? Who are we! Back at home, we started our Red Cross first aid course online.

We had been waiting in anticipation for the sneak peek of the maternity photo shoot we did last Wednesday, so when they popped up on Instagram that afternoon, we were so very excited. Jo shot our wedding at Cheesman six years ago, so it only felt right that she shot our maternity photos there as well and gosh, I am IN LOVE with how they turned out and can’t wait to see the rest!

Around 2, we drove over to Hannah and Josh’s and got to sit out on their back deck with them for a few hours and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. Little Henry is just the cutest and most chill and Mason woke up from his nap and came out to show up his toy plane collection. He did have to correct me at one point because some of them are biplanes πŸ˜‚ But actually my favorite part was when he stole Hannah’s phone and was texting someone and when she tried to pry it away from him, he yelled “I’m texting Joey and Lauren!” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Anyway, it was so soul nourishing to see them all and I can’t wait till we can add our little boy to the group!

We cooked up a fall-ish pizza for dinner and man was it good! And then our Hitchcock binge continued with Rear Window and we really liked it! Gotta say, my favorite was when Lisa and Stella sort of took over. They were great!! I should mention the fire alarm in our room randomly went off a few times in the middle of the night?? We reset it and it seemed to be fine after that but Andi was TOTALLY wigged out by it. We let him come up into our bed and he kept jolting awake and barking at the ceiling, poor little puppy!

Sunday started with butternut pancakes (since we had already opened the can for pizza the night before) and YUM, FALL! We lounged for a little bit, then put a pork shoulder in the oven for pulled pork later on (!!), and worked on our first aid course till lunchtime. I think the afternoon was spent watching sports for Joey and reading/doing my nails for me and some napping for Andi. We also finished up our first aid course and I hope I never ever have to use infant CPR, but I definitely feel better knowing it!

So, the pork. It was my first time ever making pulled pork and I don’t know that it went totally smoothly. All the brown sugar in the rub seemed to burn to an absolute crisp on the bottom of our Dutch oven and the outside of the pork was so tough, but everything inside was at least tender. Wish I’d had WAY more BBQ sauce than the 1-2 cups the recipe called for though. We at least had enough for our two dinner sandwiches and even though the recipe kind of seemed like a fail, it tasted really good!!! Made us some coleslaw for on top and on the side, then froze the rest of the pork for post-baby dinners.

We ended the night with a Nuggets game, Big Brother, Emmys triple feature and even though toward the end of the Emmys, I was begging for it to be over (help, I get tired so early nowadays!), I thought it was kind of a good show. Glad we had watched Schitt’s Creek and Succession so we could celebrate those wins! Hope you had a good weekend!

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 πŸ˜‚) 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 πŸ˜‚β€ 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 in 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 πŸ˜‹ 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.

Watching Joey attempt to put Andi in the baby wrap was highly entertaining πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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! πŸ˜‹