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 😋 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 😥 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 😂 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!” 😂😂😂 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

Well it did indeed snow last week. I assumed the mountains would get it but we would just see rain and then at 4:30 on Tuesday, I looked up and there it was. I saw it with my own eyes and yet, I could not believe it. Truly the weirdest weather swing I’ve ever witnessed in Colorado, a place known for weird weather swings.

By Friday, the sun was back and it was warm enough to sit outside for lunch so Andi and I were both happy!

I definitely did not have the energy to cook dinner, so we ordered take out from Chop Shop, then drove there to pick it up. Driving to pick up food counts as an exciting outing for me nowadays 😂 We were so hungry by the time we started our 20-minute drive back home, that we maybe ate the entire container of Brussels sprouts we ordered as an appetizer. Then I was too full and only made it through half my bacon-wrapped meatloaf, but oh well! We also watched The Handmaiden, which had not one but two twists that I did not see coming at all. I’m still working out how I felt about it but it sure was interesting!

We picked a semi-ambitious waffle recipe for Saturday morning (anything with multiple components feels ambitious to me, but we better take advantage of free time and make those recipes now, right??) and they were great! At 11, we took both cars over to Presbyterian St. Luke’s hospital to have the car seats inspected and after all the agonizing and readjusting we did, they both passed without issue. They also had us practice putting a doll in the car seat, which I was not expecting to have to do, and yeah, I could use some more practice 😂

Back at home, we put a few finishing touches on the nursery and IT IS OFFICIALLY DONE! I love how it feels in there ❤❤ We took some pictures so we could share with friends/family who can’t come tour it in person and so that I can do a little post about it soon! We also got the hospital bag mostly packed. Just need a few more things in there and we’ll be good to go!

We lounged for a bit afterward and Joey made me watch I Know What You Did Last Summer because I recently mentioned that I hadn’t ever really seen it. He made me promise we’d watch it while it’s “Spooky Season,” so I gave in 😋 It was pretty much what I though it would be, but it’s so hard to watch any of the movies that Scary Movie makes fun of because I just think of all those jokes 😂 Definitely laughed out loud when Jennifer Love Hewitt was yelling “what are you waiting for?!” If you know, you know.

The weather was perfect so we took our pup on a longish walk then I made this summery dinner for us and even though I felt like I’d messed up the millet and the tofu and the sauteed veggies, it all tasted really really good and fresh together. To continue our “Spooky Season” viewing, we added a bunch of Hitchcock films to our queue and then decided to stick with the sea town theme and watch The Birds. I still want to know the reason for all those bird attacks but we liked it! Also, in the middle of the night, the blinds in our window flew up and Joey is convinced birds did it 😂

Joey got up and went on a run Sunday morning, so I ordered us breakfast sandwiches from the Wooden Spoon and it hit the spot! Andi and I took a morning nap afterward, but then I dragged myself upstairs to change out of my pajamas because my parents and sister were stopping by 😊

My mom brought me peach scones (totally ate one while reading outside later on and it was the loveliest moment) and this Celtic mother and baby necklace that I love so so much ❤ It was really nice to visit with them all, especially that part when my dad gave me a back massage 🙌 I told them we are going into strict quarantine mode around 37-38 weeks (because how AWFUL would it be if Joey had a fever when we checked into the hospital and couldn’t be there for the birth of our son?!) and I think my mom is already panicking about not seeing us for three weeks 😋

Not sure why Andi needs to look so scared when I hold him, but here we are at 34 (almost 35) weeks 🎉🎉🎉 I should probably do a third trimester post real soon! Joey grilled us some steak while I made guac and then we put it all together with some cotija for steak tacos. So good!!! The Cowboys game started right after dinner, so I offered to take Andi on a walk and it felt so nice and semi-fallish outside. We took a game break to watch Big Brother and then the Cowboys lost and Joey fake cried over that and the Rockies loss from earlier in the day 😂

How was your weekend?