Weekend Things

I’m not exactly sure how to talk about this weekend because it was sort of an emotional roller coaster on my end. Too much caffeine, interrupted sleep, hormones and alcohol (too much being like three-quarters of a beer, ha)?? Don’t answer that 🙂 Don’t wanna sound dramatic because most of the time I’ve been doing really well and just LOVING every baby-filled second but you know me, I like to be honest here and I’ve definitely cried a handful of times too. I think COVID exhaustion is finally finally hitting me. I know I’m lucky to have made it this far and maybe it’s because there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel (anyone else watching the first Americans get the vaccine today??), but man, I just want to go to the movie theater, watch a baseball game, eat in a restaurant and mainly, share this little babe with our families and HUG MY MOM AND SISTER. All that being said, let’s hit some weekend highlights.

Thursday night lights. I keep telling Joey we didn’t even go look at Christmas lights last year and he won’t believe me, but it’s the truth, so I know we were well overdue. No, Dempsey can’t really understand and definitely won’t remember that time we took him to The Gingerbread House, but I will! It was so cool. We picked up hot chocolate on our way and I sort of forgot how good hot chocolate is!

Woke up to a blanket of snow on Friday. How festive! When I was done having a small meltdown about how stressful breastfeeding is (have I mentioned how hard breastfeeding is??), I made myself a bacon, egg and cheese. I felt a lot better after that and hey, I think Dempsey and I turned a corner on breastfeeding this weekend. It’s only taken almost two months, oy! We briefly contemplated making soup for dinner but… take out. Anyone else just ordering a lot of take out and telling themselves it’s to help restaurants when it’s really just to help yourself?? 😛 Cart-Driver remains the best! We watched The Santa Clause afterward and boy, do I love watching a movie you’ve seen a billion times and laughing like it’s the first time.

Joey got up early Saturday morning with Dempsey, so when I woke up a little bit later, I made us gingerbread waffles and coffee as a thank you. So good! Much naps afterward and then… I ran on our new treadmill! Merry Christmas to Joey and I! Trying not to worry we made a mistake in buying one when the entire house is shaking because it is SO NICE to work out in your own home. I ran/walked a couple of miles and it felt so good to break a sweat! Afterward, when I was upstairs showering, I managed to knock one of our succulents off the windowsill and made a huge mess. Cut to me having an identity crisis because even though I think of myself as a perfectionist, am I actually sloppy and clumsy instead?? Joey made us broccoli cheddar soup with cheesy croutons for dinner and even though the loaf of bread I bought for this meal was a moldy mess, we subbed regular white bread slices and it was all okay. More than! We also watched About Time, which is LOVELY and I can’t believe no one told me about it before! We made it through the entirety of SNL and I’ve been singing “Tiny Horse” to myself ever since. I really love Timothee Chalamet, okay?

Baby in the bed! I ordered us breakfast from bed and Joey went to pick it up while I fed Dempsey and why do I always forget how much I love Sassafras?? The beignets, fried green tomato Benedict, latte and bite of Joey’s shrimp and grits were amazing! I’m definitely loving this Sunday take out breakfast routine we’ve got going. A little bit later, my parents stopped by for a visit. They got to see Dempsey hanging out on his activity mat and were amazed by how much more alert he is these days. He majorly spit up on my mom, then fell asleep in her arms. What a guy! Doesn’t my mom look so natural holding a baby? She was born to be a grandma 🙂 Joey gave Dempsey a bath, then dressed him as a little elf. Joey loves all things Christmas! I made us a Katie Lee butternut squash, kale and farro salad for dinner and then we watched a couple episodes of Breaking Bad and I have been having such a different emotional reaction to this show the second time around. Mainly, I really really really hate Walt and all the stuff I thought was cool the first time around, just feels kinda sad. Still such an amazing and well done show though! Please tell me how your weekend was.

P.S. Please know I had to listen to two very lengthy recaps of both Christmas Chronicles and Christmas Chronicles 2 this weekend… did I mention Joey loves Christmas?? 😛

Labor Day Weekend 2020

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I love Labor Day Weekend! I knew this one would be different — no in-person Rockies games, no social gatherings, no going out to dinner, no bike rides anywhere (Joey will barely let me do the dishes, let alone ride a bike!) — but I thought it could still be good and it truly was ❤

Friday night, we tag-teamed dinner, so Joey made grilled salmon and I made those WAY OVERSAUCED green beans (oops!) but it was all really good! And then we watched I’m Thinking of Ending Things. My sister texted me halfway through and said “We’re watching the worst movie!” and I definitely knew she was watching the same thing we were. Not going to lie, we were confused about what was happening and had to look it up afterward (when it made much more sense!) but I still liked the creepy/weird vibe and I thought all the performances were just so good! Toni Collette forever ❤

I got a Saturday morning snuggle from this sweet pup! 95% of the time, if Joey gets up before me, Andi will go downstairs with him and never return, so I was elated when he bounded back into our room after Joey left for a run. He didn’t even wake up when Joey came back inside!

Undercooked eggs (and just undercooked things in general) are a no when you’re pregnant but I asked my OB and she said eggs were fine just as long as they were pasteurized and thank god because Eggs Benedict sounded so good! We ordered from Snooze and it HIT THE SPOT! Plus that sweet potato pancake is just my favorite.

Joey was on a roll after his run and was cleaning the bathroom at 8 AM?? Then post-breakfast, he mowed the lawn, hung some hooks in the nursery/baby’s bathroom and mounted our baby monitor while I read in the rocking chair (the best!) and then who knows what we did the rest of the day! I think I made some cookies to stash in the freezer and Joey was getting prepped for his fantasy football drafts the next day.

I should mention my back has been killing me for the past week! I blame my father-in-law who asked me how my back was feeling and at the time, it felt so random because my back had been totally fine and it’s hurt since that day 😑 I can’t tell if it’s doing things or if it’s sitting still and not doing things that makes it hurt but the heating pad/lying down has helped.

We made an eggplant (with Japanese eggplant from our garden!) and tomato pasta bake for dinner, then decided to take a walk to get ice cream. We brought Andi and he only minorly panicked over being in a new place. They had Space Junkie (!!!) and I got Joey a femur-sized waffle cone of Buttermilk Cupcake and German Chocolate Cake and it was comically huge! Back at home, we watched The King of Staten Island (which is finally available to rent for $6) and it was about what we thought it would be. Which is to say Pete Davidson was funny albeit immature and the movie was unnecessarily long. I mostly liked it but I’m not sure it really had any narrative arc. Oh well!

Happy Golden Anniversary to us! That’s six years! On Saturday Joey asked me if I’d gotten him a present and I don’t know if it’s a brag or an embarrassment to say it hadn’t even crossed my mind to get a card, let alone a present 😬 Luckily, we were on the same page 😋 We lost our anniversary photo photographer (Chris and Amanda moved back to Illinois last year ☹), so we had to rig it up ourselves but good enough! We obviously had to take a masked one as well 😂

I made us pancakes and bacon for breakfast and then we sat outside until it got too hot. Andi even got a little brush, then gave me this moody pose when I tried to snap a pic. Did I mention it was HOT all weekend? We hit 100 degrees on Saturday and Sunday wasn’t much cooler. So once it started to heat up on Sunday, I hid inside for the entire rest of the day.

I’m trying to get a few things in the freezer for when baby comes but not too much because A) our freezer isn’t so big, B) we have plenty of good take out options here in Denver and C) my mom can cook (as she keeps reminding me ❤). Plus, who knows, maybe we’ll still manage to cook! But I did want us to have a quick breakfast option, so I threw these egg sandwiches together and I think they’ll be really good!

After that, Joey had two fantasy football drafts that took up basically the rest of the day, so I hid upstairs and read/took a nap, then at 7, I left to pick us up an anniversary dinner from Cart-Driver. We hadn’t had that clam pizza in so long, so it tasted extra good. It was also literally raining ash outside (Colorado has a bunch of fires going on ☹), so it was an indoor celebration and I totally forgot to take a picture but I think you’ve seen enough photos of that clam pizza 😋

Labor Day! We had a small list of things we wanted to get done and except for packing our hospital bag (which I’m hoping to still do this week), we got it all taken care of. First, we grabbed coffee at Black Eye (which is finally back open!) then ate breakfast and watched The Kitchen before installing both car seats in our cars. Please don’t judge our fake baby because Joey kept making jokes about getting one until I finally actually got one 😂 Andi was acting like a total weirdo and just sitting straight forward next to the car seat and we thought it was really funny! Hopefully the car seats pass inspection 🤞

The rest of the day, we sort of alternated between relaxing on the couch and getting stuff done. I made us some graham crackers for dessert later and Joey cleaned the bathrooms and covered up our garden/flowers because no joke, it was supposed to go from 90 degrees to 37 degrees with a chance of snow!!!! I’ve seen some whacky weather in Colorado but this tops the cake. Those fires sure could use some moisture though, so I’ll allow it. I took a quick photo of the planter my sister got me just in case it didn’t survive, so I could see just how much it’s grown since she first gave it to us!

Then we tag-teamed dinner again. Joey made us these killer Honey Bourbon Chicken Pops and I made this Sesame Corn and Basil Saute for the second time in a week because it’s so so good and easy and altogether this meal made me so happy!

It was already sort of windy and the air quality was not great, but we sat outside just long enough to roast some marshmallows and toast our S’mores to a wonderful Labor Day Weekend ❤