4th of July 2020

What a weekend! Guys, I’m tired. I think we almost always do our own two-person thing on the 4th, but since we never had a Memorial Day BBQ and everyone had the day off, it only felt right to invite our family over for ribs. Between that and taking a trip to Loveland on Friday and a trip to Frederick on Sunday, I am beat, but in a good way 😃

Can I also say that celebrating America felt weird this year. I’m not going to pretend any of the problems this country is facing right now, just popped up this year, but they are in the forefront of my mind and look, I know there are many great things about America, but she’s not looking her best right now. It’s tough.

I don’t know how to segue out of that one, so here’s a bump selfie comin in hot! Please ignore the messy state of our room, okay? 24 weeks, can you believe it?!

We had Friday off, so while Joey headed over to our old house to do some last-minute yard clean up before our renters move in, I baked ribs and ran over to D Bar to pick up a 4th of July cherry pie! It was fresh out of the oven so it hadn’t quite set up yet and started leaking when I put in on the car seat, so I quickly had to move it to the floor to be more level. Smelled so good!!!

Afterward, we headed up to Loveland for a long overdue visit to my brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew. My nephew is like 5′-8 now?? And my niece has braces and they BOTH have cell phones. When did they get so grown up?? It was really nice to chat with my bro and sis-in-law and would you look at that pendant my brother made me?? GORGEOUS! ❤

Back at home, we lazed for a bit then made portobello burgers for dinner eaten al fresco. Oh and we watched The Photograph afterward and Joey liked it but I thought it was just alright.

Well we started the 4th in a relaxed way with buttermilk pancakes and PEACHES (!!!). Since we haven’t been to the Farmers’ Market, I have lost all sense of what’s in season, so maybe it’s still early for peaches but I couldn’t wait any longer! After that, the whole day just felt like a series of unfortunate incidents. First our A/C went out, then I exploded a stick of butter in the microwave, then our sink started leaking into the cabinet underneath, OY! But then everyone came over and even though it started raining just as Joey went to grill the ribs, we had a pretty new dining table to relocate to. We were able to move it back outside for dessert and to watch all of Denver shoot off fireworks from their backyard. It was NUTS! Andi didn’t seem to mind but Huni was over and spent the night huddled between Joey and I, shaking. Poor pup!

We did a bit of relaxing on Sunday morning, then whipped up some coleslaw and headed over to Bobby and Becca’s new house. It looks so nice!!! They are having a baby girl in just about a month, so we got to see the nursery and all those adorable newborn baby girl clothes ❤ They fed us lunch and dessert and we got to catch up and it was so nice. Back at home, we finished The Sopranos!!! I can’t believe we got through it that fast but I’m so glad we’ve finally seen it.

Please tell me how your 4th of July weekend was!

Anniversary Weekend Things

FIVE YEARS, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??  Sometimes it feels like just yesterday and sometimes I hear myself telling newly married or recently engaged people about our wedding and imagine them rolling their eyes because they don’t want to hear about something that happened so long ago.  Okay, now I’m projecting and we’ve gotten off track 😛

HAPPY 5TH ANNIVERSARY TO US, IT’S BEEN THE VERY VERY BEST!

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We had a very loud, but otherwise wonderful, dinner at Spuntino — we split two perfectly al dente pasta dishes and a flight of gelato — and I hope everything in Italy tastes this good when we’re there in a month!  I took zero pictures because sometimes, it’s really really nice to not do that.  Afterward, we hit up the Mayan to see Brittany Runs a Marathon.  Joey dropped his chapstick off the second floor balcony while we were waiting to go into the theater and I found it really funny.  Anyway, the movie was ALSO really funny and I wholeheartedly loved it!  Joey didn’t find it “artistic” enough and I think I’ve created this monster?

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Saturday started with ricotta pancakes (THE FLUFFIEST AND BEST!), then we ran a few errands before deciding to head to Cheesman Park!  Joey suggested this and I couldn’t see a reason not to!  We set up our blanket in the shade near the pavilion and got to witness five quinceañeras and a wedding.  So much celebration ♥  Plus reading and napping and right before we left, we found out Jenn and Korey were there too, so we got to go say hi.  Made it back home in time to watch the end of the CU game, like a good alumni 😛  We won!  Spent the evening at Top Golf — I have swung a golf club like three times EVER, so I opted to just hang out, though Joey did get me to hit one ball — for Kelsey’s birthday celebration.  I maybe stole that group photo from her 🙂

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Joey liked our Sunday morning run last week and suggested we do it again.  I only made us walk twice…  Afterward, he headed out to watch football and though I received much pressure and guilt-tripping, I was really just feeling like I needed some time to myself so I got a manicure (the color is called “Quinceañera”!), read in the backyard, made some snack bars and went to yoga.  It was majorly pouring when my class got out and the walk back to the car suddenly felt extra long, but that class was so healing ♥

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We had plans to make Stupid-Simple Grilled Ribs with cornbread and green beans and when Joey went out to check the ribs they were literally burnt to a crisp!!!!  We think they maybe caught on fire??  They were not even close to salvageable and we had nothing else in the fridge!  Don’t let this happen to you.  The cornbread and green beans were already made, so we quickly decided to go pick up ribs at Smok and honestly, they were probably better than the ones we were going to make.  That cornbread though!!!  So dinner disaster aside, we made it through and the first weekend of September is in the books.  How was your weekend and have you every majorly destroyed your own dinner??