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

If you thought getting a new phone, with a much much better camera than my previous iPhone 7 (Portrait Mode, finally!!!), meant I’d have a slew of weekend photos, you thought wrong.  What I do have is a giant tree branch that fell in our yard, deck progress, a Rockies game and, you know, like five meals I ate.

Don’t worry, I’ll fill you in on the rest, but first I wanted to do a quick summer check in.  How has yours been so far?  As we were biking home from the Farmers’ Market on Saturday, I was thinking that I’ve already, without much planning or effort or stress, checked off a lot of things that we usually like to do in the summer.  It’s making me feel extremely chill and I like it a lot!  Hope you’re feeling chill too 🙂

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It rained overnight on Thursday, so we woke up to this giant tree branch hanging between our hammock and, shudder, our string lights.  Thankfully, it didn’t damage either one, but whoa!

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In other Friday news, we took a trip to Verizon, followed by a trip to Home Depot and when we finally got home, all we had energy for was takeout pizza, dinner in the backyard and a movie on the couch.  It was 9:30 when we started Spiderman: Homecoming so we only made it about halfway through, but don’t worry, we finished it up last night.  Look, Tom Holland is extremely charismatic and definitely more age-appropriate but I always loved Toby McGuire as Spiderman (then again, I never saw Spiderman 3).  Plus, that Stark-made suit just felt way too tech-y for me.  Still excited to see Spideman: Far From Home though!

Also maybe used my new vacuum while Joey was out picking up our pizza so, hi I’m 30 now.

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We woke up too early on Saturday, so I had time to make us pancakes before we headed over to the Farmers’ Market.  I am still on the lookout for shishitos but happy to report we are fully in peach season, plus I love this little stand that will sell you a single sprig of herbs for 25-50 cents.  We saw so many fluffy pups on our bike ride there and back too!

The rest of the day involved a little bit of garden clean up, a trip to the grocery, lunch, reading and making a BBQ side dish for me and major deck progress by Joey.  He has the upper arm sunburn and backache to prove it!  But really, it’s coming along so well, and I don’t take having a handy husband for granted AT ALL.  We picked a color and ordered the deck composite so that should be here this week and I can’t wait to see it!

We hit up the  annual Summer Bash at the Zehnder’s later on and, as luck would have it, a giant storm rolled through not long after we got there and we all had to seek shelter inside.  Oh well, there was good BBQ, a carefully curated playlist and we got to see our friends Grant, Kelsey and their son Peyton, who just moved (back?) here from Florida!

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We slept in on Sunday, then got up and did a few chores before making the semi-spontaneous decision to head to the game early so we could grab lunch at Biker Jim’s.  Back to back bike riding days maybe doesn’t feel that great today, but gosh I love that ride to Coors.  I tried the Chicken Peach Chipotle dog and let’s just say it wasn’t my favorite but all BJ’s dogs are good dogs and sidewinder fries are always the very best.  We had shade seats but then the whole game was blissfully cloudy and we were able to sit with a group of friends that were there to celebrate (another) Lauren’s birthday.  We won!

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Back at home, we finished our previously discussed movie, made a summer salad for dinner, walked our dog and watched Big Brother.  Just a good weekend all around.  Please tell me about yours!