Memorial Day Weekend 2019

This weekend… wow! ♥

Leading up to this Memorial Day Weekend, I almost did that thing where I look up all my past MDW posts and feel the deep desire to do those same things in an effort to re-create the happiness of past years but then, I didn’t.  We already had a few plans in place and they felt good and right and enough.  I even took out a few things that I just didn’t feel like I had time for and was able to let them go without any of that guilt or FOMO I usually feel.  Plus I made it through the Bolder Boulder, so I guess that means the weekend was perfect!


After what felt like much too long, we got together with Hannah, Josh and Mason to eat pizza, exchange birthday presents, get caught up on each other’s lives and most importantly, eat ice cream.  Mason looks quite pleased to be standing between two cones of Space Junkie and, I mean, can you blame him??  Hannah and I maybe stood in the regular line for 15 minutes before realizing they were out of our favorite flavor and made a beeline for the express booth where they luckily still had some.  In other news, Mason can walk, point out the letter O, play peek-a-boo, spot motorcycles and cheers drinks now and gosh, he is the absolute cutest!


We started Saturday with Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Pancakes and I already had four on the pan when I thought “these don’t look right” and realized I hadn’t added any baking powder!  Um those went into the trash, but the rest turned out great.  Afterward, we hit up the grocery store(s) for BBQ supplies — Joey and I were maybe on opposite sidbes of the produce section when we both heard “Screaming Infidelities,” looked over at each other and mouthed “your hair, it’s everywhere” to each other, ha ha! — and not enough other food for the rest of the week (oops!).  Then I left Joey to work in our backyard and headed to the mall to find a dress for an upcoming wedding.  I think I tried on about 100 dresses and finally bought one.  Have I mentioned how much I hate shopping? 😛

We went to the Rockies game that night and managed to see the one loss of the series but it did happen to be Game of Thrones night and I loved how they imitated the intro but with Coors Field on the map.


Sunday, what a day!  We started with our monthly coffee date.  Wait, no, we started by being minorly alarmed that I felt itchy ALL OVER.  I took a Benadryl and it seemed to calm down but not going to lie, I still feel low-level itchy today.  Anway, I had Hoja in mind for our coffee date, but then Joey suggested we walk to Huckleberry and in a rare sighting of flexibility, I happily agreed.  Toasts and iced coffee in the sunshine ♥  We went home afterward and really cleaned the house!  Felt so good to get everything spick-and-span.  We had ribs baking in the oven while we cleaned and they smelled so good!  Afterward, we mixed together two different kinds of no-churn ice cream (salted Oreo and strawberry with vanilla bean and white chocolate chips!) and I was DELIGHTED to discover it was only 2:45 and I fully had time to sit down and read for a bit AND go to yoga.

When I got back home, Joey had made a trip to Home Depot for a new lawn mower (our old one finally bit the dust), new doorknobs for our garage, a few things for our yard and the prettiest hanging plants!  I was so happy when I saw it all.  He is the very best.  We had this for dinner (YUM!) and watched Before Sunset.  I liked Before Sunrise better and also, is it supposed to be a compliment when someone tells you they have a wife and son but can’t stop thinking about you?


Memorial Day, Bolder Boulder Day, the best day!  We didn’t realize until halfway through the race, but this was our TENTH time running the BB10K, whoa!  We each held up 10 fingers as we crossed the finish line in 59:07 and I felt very proud and happy.  Plus, our family walked the race this year!!!!  We maybe had two whole hours between our finish and theirs so we walked to The Hill for coffee, walked back Folsom Field, discovered we couldn’t bring our goodie bags back into the stadium (this makes no sense…), walked back to the car and finally (another six miles of walking later…) got back into the stadium just as the sun was coming out and John Mayer’s “New Light” started playing.  Never mind all the walking we had just done, I felt peak happiness in that moment!

My dad and Lori came in first and we totally missed them!!!  I couldn’t believe it!  But they seemed to have loved the race.  We did see my mom, my sister and Wayne come in though and I was so proud when I saw them all run through the finish line.  Timing worked out perfectly so that we were able to catch the Women’s Elite race and the winner of the Men’s Elite race all together afterward.  Gosh, those runners are incredible!


We told everyone to come to our house for a BBQ at 2, then when we were just leaving Boulder at noon, hinted that it would be okay if everyone took their time arriving.  I was feeling slightly frantic trying to shower, get ready and put together a few dishes, but it turned out we had plenty of time and I was just about to text my sister and say “hurry, we can’t stop eating the dip!” when they showed up.  We got to use Joey’s new outdoor cooler, check our Lori’s cute new car and feast on ribs and it all made me feel so happy.  We pulled out the ice creams later on and the salted Oreo was amazing but the strawberry was a bit icy.  We blame the tupperware we froze it in. We were cleaned up, in our pajamas and parked on the couch by 5:30!  Joey and Andi (who was worn out from his play date with Huni) took a nap, while I watched part of Saving Private Ryan because it happened to be on and when they both woke up we started Game of Thrones: The Last Watch (I cannot believe how much went into the making of that show!) but by 8:30 I was EXHAUSTED.  I think I fell asleep the second my head hit the pillow.

What a perfect weekend!

Vegas Vacation: Part I

I don’t even know where to start.  Our flight (delayed almost 3 hours!!) got in late last night and we weren’t in bed until 2 AM, so I might still be delirious today, but I had SO MUCH FUN on our Vegas Vacation.  So delirious or not right now, I feel so darn happy and am going to ride this high straight through my recap.


After one crowded flight (they separated all us “kids” so I was glad the flight went smoothly and I didn’t have to clutch onto a stranger’s hand during any turbulence) and one short cab ride we made it to our hotel, Aria at City Center.  The hotel is really new and really nice!



This means it’s clean, classy, and well ventilated — none of that smoky smell in the casino! — but it also means a bottle of water costs $8 and proximity to the casino is irrelevant because we couldn’t afford to gamble there!  If I had to do it again, I’d probably stay at the Bellagio or Planet Hollywood instead since we walked over there about a million times.


First priority after check-in: hit the Strip and find “one of those tall drinks!”  The three of us girls grabbed these at Planet Hollywood for $18 a piece (!!) and 32 ounces later, we didn’t feel a thing.  Except super full and like we never wanted anything sugary again.  Such a disappointment!


Afterwards, we (and by we, I mean Hannah and Joey) parked it at a craps table while we waited for a table at Gordon Ramsey’s BurGRThen the 8 of us (my parents, my sister, my uncle, his friend Michelle, Hannah, Joey and I) feasted on burgers, fries and beers.



I thought everything, from the sweet potato fries sprinkled with powdered sugar, to my cheddar cheese and butter lettuce-topped burger were delicious.  Plus the price was right (for Vegas, at least) and the beer selection was great.  I was not a fan of Joey’s Arrogant Bastard ale, but the menu description was hilarious.


We ended the night by watching the fountain show over at the Bellagio (told you we were over there a lot), which for the record, is a lot better at night.  Watching the fountains dance to Michael Jackson was more than entertaining.  For anyone who’s seen the show, did it also make you nervous that there were ducks swimming around in there??  I just kept picturing one getting shot hundreds of feet into the air by the water.


Sunday was probably my favorite day of the entire trip.  The four of us grabbed breakfast and hit the pool, where we lounged, drank girly drinks (well except for Joey), and cooled off in the water.  Later in the afternoon, we met up with my mom, my uncle and Michelle for lunch and beer inside the Mirage and then lost some money on a dog racing game.  Oh and I bought some Coach shoes on sale, score!





Since we all had such a late lunch, we decided to grab dinner after our 9:30 PM show (viva late night dinners!), which left some time for naps and then I snuck in some time at the penny slots before the eight of us met up to head back over to the Mirage for Cirque du Soleil Love!



I, along with the rest of my family, am a huge Beatles fan so I was beyond excited for this show.  Plus half of us had never seen a Cirque show and it had been years since we’d seen one for the other half of us.  I LOVED the show!  I was kind of surprised by how good it was considering the blank expressions on the faces of all the people leaving the 7:30 PM show and the total lack of enthusiasm from the crowd during our show.  Society is so desensitized these days!


I will say it was a much more music/dance-focused version of Cirque, instead of being about all the crazy acrobatics but I didn’t mind for a second.  The playlist, fashion and classic Beatles characters (think Sgt. Pepper, Father McKenzie, Mr. Kite and Lucy) were all perfect!  I would easily see it again.  We’ll just skip right over that part where my sister left her wallet inside the theater and thought she’d lost it completely.


Afterwards, we tried to catch the volcano explosion outside of the Mirage but the last show had just ended so we settled for snacks and beer at Munchbar inside Caesar’s Palace.  Let it be known that “tiny grilled cheese” sounds a lot better than “regular-sized grilled cheese cut into smaller pieces.”  Can’t go wrong with a quesadilla though.


A totally perfect day.