Weekend Things

I’m not exactly sure how to talk about this weekend because it was sort of an emotional roller coaster on my end. Too much caffeine, interrupted sleep, hormones and alcohol (too much being like three-quarters of a beer, ha)?? Don’t answer that 🙂 Don’t wanna sound dramatic because most of the time I’ve been doing really well and just LOVING every baby-filled second but you know me, I like to be honest here and I’ve definitely cried a handful of times too. I think COVID exhaustion is finally finally hitting me. I know I’m lucky to have made it this far and maybe it’s because there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel (anyone else watching the first Americans get the vaccine today??), but man, I just want to go to the movie theater, watch a baseball game, eat in a restaurant and mainly, share this little babe with our families and HUG MY MOM AND SISTER. All that being said, let’s hit some weekend highlights.

Thursday night lights. I keep telling Joey we didn’t even go look at Christmas lights last year and he won’t believe me, but it’s the truth, so I know we were well overdue. No, Dempsey can’t really understand and definitely won’t remember that time we took him to The Gingerbread House, but I will! It was so cool. We picked up hot chocolate on our way and I sort of forgot how good hot chocolate is!

Woke up to a blanket of snow on Friday. How festive! When I was done having a small meltdown about how stressful breastfeeding is (have I mentioned how hard breastfeeding is??), I made myself a bacon, egg and cheese. I felt a lot better after that and hey, I think Dempsey and I turned a corner on breastfeeding this weekend. It’s only taken almost two months, oy! We briefly contemplated making soup for dinner but… take out. Anyone else just ordering a lot of take out and telling themselves it’s to help restaurants when it’s really just to help yourself?? 😛 Cart-Driver remains the best! We watched The Santa Clause afterward and boy, do I love watching a movie you’ve seen a billion times and laughing like it’s the first time.

Joey got up early Saturday morning with Dempsey, so when I woke up a little bit later, I made us gingerbread waffles and coffee as a thank you. So good! Much naps afterward and then… I ran on our new treadmill! Merry Christmas to Joey and I! Trying not to worry we made a mistake in buying one when the entire house is shaking because it is SO NICE to work out in your own home. I ran/walked a couple of miles and it felt so good to break a sweat! Afterward, when I was upstairs showering, I managed to knock one of our succulents off the windowsill and made a huge mess. Cut to me having an identity crisis because even though I think of myself as a perfectionist, am I actually sloppy and clumsy instead?? Joey made us broccoli cheddar soup with cheesy croutons for dinner and even though the loaf of bread I bought for this meal was a moldy mess, we subbed regular white bread slices and it was all okay. More than! We also watched About Time, which is LOVELY and I can’t believe no one told me about it before! We made it through the entirety of SNL and I’ve been singing “Tiny Horse” to myself ever since. I really love Timothee Chalamet, okay?

Baby in the bed! I ordered us breakfast from bed and Joey went to pick it up while I fed Dempsey and why do I always forget how much I love Sassafras?? The beignets, fried green tomato Benedict, latte and bite of Joey’s shrimp and grits were amazing! I’m definitely loving this Sunday take out breakfast routine we’ve got going. A little bit later, my parents stopped by for a visit. They got to see Dempsey hanging out on his activity mat and were amazed by how much more alert he is these days. He majorly spit up on my mom, then fell asleep in her arms. What a guy! Doesn’t my mom look so natural holding a baby? She was born to be a grandma 🙂 Joey gave Dempsey a bath, then dressed him as a little elf. Joey loves all things Christmas! I made us a Katie Lee butternut squash, kale and farro salad for dinner and then we watched a couple episodes of Breaking Bad and I have been having such a different emotional reaction to this show the second time around. Mainly, I really really really hate Walt and all the stuff I thought was cool the first time around, just feels kinda sad. Still such an amazing and well done show though! Please tell me how your weekend was.

P.S. Please know I had to listen to two very lengthy recaps of both Christmas Chronicles and Christmas Chronicles 2 this weekend… did I mention Joey loves Christmas?? 😛

Weekend Things

It’s official.  While making a Friday evening trip to Ikea (never again!) we heard the countdown to Christmas music on the radio and now BAM!  It’s the holidays.  I guess it makes sense seeing as Thanksgiving is next this week.  It’s coincided with some actual cold weather (it snowed last week!), so yeah, it’s feeling pretty holiday-ish.

After that hour long drive to Ikea, we met up with friends — Jenn lives nearby and happened to be out getting dinner — and enjoyed some Irish Pub food and beer.  Then we headed to a concert (!) where we met Bobby and Becca.

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We actually know someone in a band.  That plays actual shows in Denver.  How cool is that?  The show had a few different bands opening for the headliner, PLACES, who was playing their last show.  I’d never heard of them but a girl in the audience was crying during their performance so they apparently had some die-hard fans.  PLACES and Rumours Follow (the band we knew) were both really good.

The second half of Saturday was kinda packed so we I made sure to spend the first half relaxing.  Someone insisted on removing the first few rows on tile in our kitchen because we’re having hardwoods put in next week!  I insisted on making pancakes, catching up on Parenthood and going for a run.  Also, our friend and photographer Chris brought over some pictures from our engagement party.  How precious is this one of my dad and I?

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Or maybe that’s a “sorry I gave a toast even after you told me not to” hug.  Either way, I love it.  After all that, we met with a local stationary store to talk Save the Dates.  Pretty sure I was just asking Joey how places like that get enough business to afford rent in the highlands but it was packed the entire time we were there.  So what do I know?  Then we made some quick visits to our wedding venues to show them to Joey’s dad.

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Cheesman Park was looking beautiful as usual.  And the sunset view was pretty awesome too. This was the first time we’d been to the park since reserving it at the beginning of the month and it felt pretty special knowing we’re actually getting married there.  We also stopped by our reception venue, which happened to be hosting a wedding later that night.  It was so helpful to see it all set up, plus I had Hannah come so I can bother her with all sorts of set up questions.  That’s what the Matron of Honor is there for, right? 😛

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Pizza for all afterwards!  We tried Pizzeria Locale for the first time and I was kinda sorta not all that impressed.  While I loved the whole assembly line, get to watch them cook right in front of you, personal size pizza thing, the entire bottom of mine was charred and call me crazy, but I’m not a huge fan of the flavor of burnt crust.  Which totally didn’t stop me from eating three of the four pieces.  Afterwards, Joey and I headed to the Nuggets game.  Does it seem like this day is never ending?

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I’d like to pretend I as all revved up after an exciting Nuggets win (just barely!) and did something really fun afterwards, but instead I went home and fell asleep on the couch halfway through SNL.  More specifically, half way through Weekend Update.  That’s the best part, can’t they put it a little closer to the beginning of the show?!  P.S. How AMAZING does the SNL line up for December look.  I basically freaked out when I saw Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake in the same episode.

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Sunday started with this quiche from Common Grounds (why is it always so packed in there?!) that I deemed the second best quiche I’ve ever tasted.  Mom always wins for the first best.  I think it was leek and cheese?  And also a pretty latte that had me buzzing all.day.long.  Afterwards, we bought ski passes!  My cousin from Nola is coming to town at the end of December and really wants to give the whole skiing/snowboarding thing a try.  I’m wondering if anyone will notice when I go hide in the lodge.

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Later I joined Jenn and Alyssa at their place for mimosas, food and… football, which I’m pretty sure I paid 0% attention to.  Who can pay attention to a bunch of guys running around in the cold when there’s homemade guac and enchiladas?  I ended up “watching” the end of the Broncos game at home.  And by that, I mean every time the AMAs went to commercial Joey would change the channel back to the game and I would immediately zone out, but OUCH, that was a rough ending.  And I’m referring to both the end of the game and the AMAs.  Taylor Swift for best artist again?  Please no.

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So now it’s Monday, our kitchen floor looks like this and I have so much work to do, but it’s a three day work week and I’ve got Christmas music playing so I’m ready to fly through it and get to Thanksgiving!

Happy Monday!