Labor Day Weekend Things

Labor Day Weekend 2016 ♥♥♥♥♥♥

What can I even say?  This weekend felt so long and perfect and relaxed.  I’m always so pumped up and excited about Memorial Day Weekend and the beginning of summer that I tend to overlook Labor Day Weekend and the last real weekend of summer, but I took a minute this weekend to look back at Labor Day Weekends past and WHOA!  Just as good, folks.

I’ll remember this one for Rockies games, a hike with my sister, the perfect balance of home-cooked deliciousness and fun meals out, outdoor movie night, s’mores, time at Cheesman, LOTS of reading in the sunshine, peach cobbler, a 5-mile run and what felt like endless time with my favorite human.  I don’t know what magic occurred to make the past three days feel like three weeks, but I’m certainly not complaining.

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If your weekend starts with pretzel bites, pimento cheese sauce and a Rockies win, then nothing can go wrong.  We had dinner at Steuben’s and even though I ate the world’s blandest hummus (and can’t stop talking about it), I still loved everything about Friday night.

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Shot a text to my sister Friday morning and she hooked us up with the most beautiful hike in Eldorado Springs on Saturday morning!  Crazy People were climbing those rocks and they looked so tiny and it was kind of insane to watch.  We got back to the car as soon as the rain clouds rolled in, so it was pretty much perfect timing.

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OMG that last picture… SORRY!  Back at home, we read and napped (or was that just me?), then grilled our favorite green chili chicken burgers with some squash from the garden and I’m still not over how cool that is.  Afterwards, outdoor movie and s’mores!  Totally made those graham crackers myself then did it up with some quinoa dark chocolate and vanilla Dandies.  THE BEST.   

Quick Aside: How amazing is Willy Wonka?  The effects are old yet Joey and I still found ourselves ENTHRALLED by that imaginative candy world. If that’s not the definition of timeless, I don’t know what is.  P.S. We wanted to eat everything in that candy room so bad and Gene Wilder was a PURE DELIGHT.

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Desperately trying to keep up a “Sunday Breakfast” routine this fall.  Kicked things off with an incredible meal at Sassafras.  Rode our bikes to the Rockies game, then cooked another long time favorite, Beet Wellingtons!  Any meal that involves a phyllo-assembly line is good in my book 🙂

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Ran 5 miles on Monday and it felt so good.  Followed by pancakes and a trip to Cheesman.  You know when you’re just looking up at the sky and life seems to good to be true?  Yeah, I totally had that moment.

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Stopped by Whole Foods post-park picnic and may or may not have bought ourselves an anniversary bouquet (TWO YEARS TODAY!!!).  Felt super romantic 🙂  Also watched Swim Fan (when’s the last time you saw that??), cooked these Spicy Szechuan Noodles that my mom and sister have been talking up for YEARS and MADE PEACH COBBLER!!!!!  Sorry, I kinda look forward to that dessert all year long.  And it was kind of incredible. 

Meanwhile, it’s a SUPER short work week since Joey and I are A+ at planning vacations for the weekend after a holiday weekend.  Not mad about it 🙂

Weekend Things

SPRING. SPRING. SPRING.

Okay, so I know it’s not technically spring until the 20th, and I know we Coloradoans are taking a huge step backwards in terms of weather this week (dropping temps, lots of wind, maybe snow!), but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Spring is coming!

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In other news, last week was a little rocky.  Joey was scheduled to have Lasik surgery on Friday but after his pre-op check up on Wednesday, his surgeon didn’t feel comfortable proceeding.  Disappointment does not even begin to describe how we both felt.  In the end, a more experienced surgeon (at the same office) okayed the procedure and we’re good to go THIS Friday.  Which means Joey has to wear his super out-of-date glasses for another week and though he’s none too happy about that, it’s going to be so worth it come Friday.

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So instead of 20/20 vision, we kicked the weekend off with a gorgeous stroll around Cheesman Park.  The pavilion was looking stunning, as usual (and I will say “remember how we got married here?!” every time I see it), and the weather was all too perfect.  I’m going to do my best to remember this sunny spring moment of happiness later this week when I’m cooped up in my office, hiding from the wind.  Also, this was my attempt at soaking up lots of outdoor time since I’ve been bad at that for the past two weekends.

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Afterwards, we went home, made shrimp tacos and started RE-watching Game of Thrones.  We’ve been pretty much saying we should do that since we finished watching it the first time around but now that HBO is pushing that 50 episodes in 50 days (just in time for the new season) thing, I was really feeling motivated to pull the trigger.  And can I just say… it is so much easier to watch the second time around!!!  I actually know who’s who and can follow the plot.  It’s a whole different viewing experience.  Also, I’m trying to figure out exactly what IS in focus in that picture…

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Saturday with zero plans.  Yes please!  We ate pancakes, hit the grocery store, I went on a run/walk and painted my nails outside while Joey worked on his little garden building project.  I’m all in on the actual planting part but the digging of dirt and stacking of bricks — not so much.  Afterwards, we cleaned ourselves up and went to dinner at The Melting Pot.  Not my first choice for Denver Restaurant Week but their deal is pretty good and we had a couple of gift cards, so we figured why not.  I spent 30 minutes curling my hair, only to have it ruined when the steam from the fondue pot blew my direction all night.  All in the name of cheese and chocolate though, right?

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Sunday started with a sunny walk to the coffee shop, followed by breakfast at my parents’.  They had my niece over for a sleepover, so when I got there we colored and then she made us some hats.  Oh and I think my favorite part was when she one by one led us to sit on the floor in the hallway and repeated a story about my nephew falling off his scooter.  Kids brains are so interesting to me 🙂  We finished Sunday with work week prep (Joey made our salads this week and I’m insanely excited about them!) and a family birthday celebration at Joey’s dad’s house.  We ate dinner on his back patio and I could totally get used to dining al fresco again.

What did you do this weekend?