Weekend Things & Our Drive By Baby Shower

I woke up with such a happy feeling in my heart ❀ We had our baby shower yesterday afternoon and even though it had to be reconfigured to a drive by affair (life in the age of COVID-19 is just so so strange), I thought it was perfect and we had the best time with the best friends and family and felt so super spoiled and loved afterward.

I’ll circle back to the big event, but let’s start with Friday, when my sis and Wayne came over to join us for a backyard movie night. We watched The NeverEnding Story, which I felt like I hadn’t watched since I was a kid but then it all felt so familiar as the movie went on. That scene with Artax will still mess you up as an adult though! Also, not to ruin it for anyone, but Falkor gives off a weird vibe. Anyway, it’s still a pretty great watch!

Who knows what we did on Saturday (a mere day and a half ago that I can’t fully remember πŸ˜‚) but I think it involved light cleaning of the house, lunch delivery from Salt & Grinder (we both ordered potato salad as our sandwich side and it came as unseasoned mashed potatoes??), one movie and half of another. I liked The Squid and the Whale a lot actually but one Noah Baumbach divorce movie is probably enough and Marriage Story is better. We started 20th Century Women afterward but didn’t finish it till yesterday. Joey really liked it but the plot felt super weak to me.

Sunday! Baby shower day! We got up (well, I got up and Joey was already up and had waffles made ❀) and got ready and then my parents, my sis and Joey’s mom came over to get set up. I’m not going to lie, it was super nice to not leave my house and just have everyone take care of everything for us. My sis and I picked up 70 donuts and stuffed them in the cutest bags while the moms finished up party favor bags and the guys set up tents and then Lori unveiled this incredible diaper cake she made us. Can you even believe it?! She even put pictures of me, Joey and baby in our seats πŸ˜‚β€ I love it so much!

We weren’t entirely sure how this would go, to be honest, but we hoped people would show up in a staggered manner and they were welcome to park and get out for a little bit, or stay in their car if they’d rather. I think everyone ended up getting out and it was so nice to chat with all the family and friends we hadn’t seen in MONTHS. We managed to sneak this shower in before Hannah and Becca had their own babies and I’m so glad they were both there! Also, our block has something like four houses on it and one of them in unoccupied currently so we were basically able to take over the whole street, which was so nice. We all kept masks on and it was hot, hot, hot, but I don’t think it was so bad!

Everyone cleared out shortly after 1 and the seven of us moved inside for lunch and presents! My mom brought quiche and salad and I’m so glad because right then, I realized how hungry I was. HIT. THE. SPOT. After everyone was fed, Joey and I tackled our mountain of gifts and wow, just wow. We’re so blown away by everyone’s generosity and love. We got a million Rockies clothing items and baby is set for at least the next two years πŸ˜‹ I can’t wait to wash all the teensy baby clothes we got and stock his little nursery with all the things he’ll need ❀ Also, it was pretty wonderful to open everything in this smaller group setting.

Watching Joey attempt to put Andi in the baby wrap was highly entertaining πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

So now I am just floating on cloud nine feeling so loved and excited and happy and like we have 8 extra donuts to eat! πŸ˜‹

Weekend Things: August is Here

I think I might love the month of August. I mean, it’s still too hot and I can barely be outside unless it’s early morning or later in the day, but all the best produce is in season and it just feels a little less busy than July (no offense to the 4th of July and my own birthday). This August in particular is extra exciting because I have two friends having babies (!!!!), my own baby shower, real baseball to watch and hopefully mostly finishing the house decor. Okay, so maybe this month isn’t less busy πŸ˜‹ This weekend was wonderful, so we are off to a good start!

Did you all watch “Black is King?” I’m consistently blown away by BeyoncΓ© and this visual album did not change that! What a gorgeous feast for the eyes. I cringed when she said “Are you with me, lions?” in The Lion King and I still cringed when the voiceover played that part, but otherwise, I loved it. How amazing is it that she’s BeyoncΓ© but there are full songs that she’s barely in and lets another artist take the spotlight. I love that!

Joey was golfing Friday morning but when he got home, he filled our little planter with baby cactus (our entry table is officially finished and I LOVE it!) and installed this rail our company made, so, as my sister said “no grandparents (or babies) falling down the stairwell after a few drinks at Christmas or Thanksgiving” πŸ˜‚

The Rockies home opener was Friday night and yeah, we had other food in the fridge to eat, but it is even the home opener without Biker Jim’s?? We drove downtown to pick the order up and there were so many people out and about in Denver! They are clearly living in a different reality than I, a person who has barely left the house, is! Let’s not talk about the end of the game (WHY, WADE DAVIS, WHY?) and talk about First Cow instead. We decided we didn’t need to watch the entire game and turned the movie on around 8, and gosh, I really loved it. It’s slow and deliberate and beautiful and I was so moved by the friendship between the two main characters. The ending made me so sad! Joey wanted more air time for the cow πŸ˜‚

Joey went for a run Saturday morning, so I whipped us up some buttermilk pancakes (used this NYT recipe) and they were so tender and perfectly sweet! Andi was tired after his baby pancake 😚 Afterward we headed to the Union Station Farmers’ Market, did a quick walk through, grabbed a bag of peaches and headed back home.

Around noon, we ran a dog food errand, picked up lunch for Joey, then grabbed Sparkling Lemon Lavenders for both of us. Joey saw Cherry Bean post this drink special and knowing my obsession over all things lavender, suggested we grab one. It was so good and refreshing! Joey spent a good chunk of the rest of the day assembling a Murphy bed for our guest bedroom and who knows what I was doing. I think I finished The Bluest Eye (not a new opinion but Toni Morrison is a master of words) and watched too much of Ted 2 πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Another night at the Denver Mart Drive In! It was E.T. and Back to the Future and yes, three bags of popcorn. We recently watched E.T. but it’s always worth a re-watch. A controversial opinion: E.T. is good! That scene where they all take flight on their bikes and that music blasts is just epic. We maybe didn’t make it through all of Back to the Future but I promised Joey we’ll watch the rest at home.

Slept in Sunday morning, then had breakfast outdoors before Joey started some yard work and I started working on our nursery decor. It took me HOURS and some help from Joey, but we have a table, lamp, pictures, mirror, shelves and a book rack coming and I’m so excited!!!

After I basically had a panic attack and made Joey promise to stop trying to finish putting up the Murphy bed by himself — I was having visions of the base falling on me or him or our dog!!! — he moved onto hanging some wall decor. I love the way that minimalist clock looks on our brick wall and I REALLY love the framed canvases we got for our room. Matches the lamp and bed so well. Andi was literally falling asleep with his head up when I took this picture πŸ˜‚

At some point, we took a drive over to the Paco Sanchez park that our company is doing work on, so Joey could check something out but the area he needed to look at was fenced off, so we quick walked Andi around the perimeter of the park (he was well behaved, despite there being a billion people there) (again, these people are living a different reality than me!), then headed back home. Made a grilled onion blossom (Joey claimed it was my best one yet πŸ₯°) and chicken thighs with tomato panzanella for dinner and you would not believe the mess those thighs made. Andi enjoyed licking it from the floor but then Joey had to do a deep clean later. Worth it though because this dinner tasted very good! Back inside to watch the last two episodes of Succession Season 1 and oh my god, that last episode was intense!

Please tell me what kind of start your August is off to 😊