Last week, I took a little unplanned break from my blog and used my writing time to explore and read other blogs to get some new creative ideas and ways to organize and plan my own blog. One of those ideas that I’ve seen a lot of mom bloggers doing is a Weekend in Review post at the end of every weekend – and I’m starting that on mine now! So let’s get right to it… We had an amazing weekend! And of course, the beautiful weather was much appreciated… 🙂
On Friday night, after a very long work week for my husband, we decided to invite some friends over for dinner. Usually Jeremy has band practice on Friday nights, but his guitar player and his wife just added a newborn baby girl to their family (congratulations again to our dear friends, the Pierces!), so practice was cancelled.
I made crispy chicken with bacon and corn risotto for dinner. It was my first time making risotto from scratch, and it was pretty good! I’ll experiment with risotto more in the next few weeks and then post a recipe soon. After dinner and after our silly entertainment for the evening (Zara) went to bed, the four of us adults played a fun card game called 13. It’s a good one for four people, and it’s easy to start or end at any time because there is a winner after every round. I only won one round, but it was our very last round, so the final winner is the overall winner, right? 😉
Right after our friends left in their Uber (no drinking and driving, folks!), Jeremy snapped this hilarious picture of our cat, Phil. He always loves hanging out with people, and some time into our card game, he climbed up onto one of the chairs like he was playing too. So when we all left the table, he was there looking around wondering where everyone went. (And yes, those cookies were delicious – busted!)
I started Saturday morning off with a relaxing mani/pedi date with a girlfriend while Jeremy took Zara to the park and then put her down for a nap. Oh those mani/pedi dates are a wonderful treat that I appreciate so much more now that they are fewer and farther between. I also treated myself to my favorite drink from Jungle Java – a mocha shake. It’s pretty much a chocolate milkshake with a coffee kick – I get it with decaf during pregnancy, because I still love the taste but don’t want the caffeine.
Saturday afternoon was spent with family at our niece Emma’s 6th birthday party. I always love when we can all get together… my sisters both live just over an hour away from me, my brother is just five minutes away from me, and my parents currently live a good distance away on the northeastern side of our state. So we’re all relatively close, but still far enough that it usually takes a planned event for everyone to be able to get together.
It was great to spend time with our nieces and nephews outside in the sunshine. My sister rented a bouncy house for the party, which all the kids had a blast in. Zara especially loved the slide – just check out the pure joy on her face! Wheeeeee!!!
Jeremy spent a lot of time with our nephew Owen and the football. Owen is turning into quite the little athlete! He is very agile and quick, and he is great at gymnastics, basketball, softball, and now apparently football! I asked him which sport is his favorite, and his response was “all of them”.
After Emma opened her presents and we all enjoyed her cake and ice cream, she headed outside to try out her new scooter. Our present for her was the new helmet, which is super cool with bright colors and light up jewels! She is also getting a new bike from her parents today (May 4th is her actual birthday), so she should get a lot of use out of that helmet.
All in all, it was a wonderful afternoon spent with family. Here are a few more pics – Zara getting in some good grandparent time, Dean and Tanner spending a lot of time in the bouncy house obstacle course, Zara and Gracelyn (the youngest cousins as of right now!) spending some floor time together, and my dad with my sister and me and the three youngest grandkids. 🙂
After a fun Saturday, Sunday was a day to be productive… well at least for Jeremy. 🙂 Zara and I went to a special photo shoot in the later afternoon, but I’ll do a separate post about that later! But as for the productivity, my dear husband got a serious start on our big house projects, and I am so grateful. First, we had a meeting with a house contractor to talk about our plans for building a front porch and a back deck. I’m so glad the first steps are now being taken for these projects! We’ll get the quote back this week and then hopefully get started on these this month so we’ll be able to enjoy them both this spring and summer! We plan to spend a lot of time outdoors, and these are two huge pieces to being able to do that.
The second huge house project that we are focusing on right now is getting the baby’s nursery ready – but that is the end result and there are A LOT of steps that have to happen first, starting in what is currently the office:
1. Move the cat corner out of the office and into their own brand new cat cubby.
2. Clean and organize the garage to make room for some of the office stuff.
3. Move the office stuff to the garage and clear everything out of the office and costume closet.
4. Get the office and closet carpeted.
5. Move the costumes back in and organize the costume closet.
6. Move Hayden’s bedroom stuff to the office (bye bye office – now it is Hayden’s room!).
7. Go through and organize all of baby boy stuff that has been given to us.
8. Get Hayden’s old room (baby’s new room) painted.
9. Set up bassinet in our master bedroom for the first couple months of baby’s slumber.
10. Set up and organize baby’s new nursery!
Whew! That is a lot to do in the next 8 weeks! Thankfully, now thanks to yesterday’s productivity, Step 1 is DONE! Jeremy has completed the first task of moving the cat corner to the new cat cubby. This consists of our two cats’ litter box, food and water dishes, and their scratching post. They now have their own cat cubby – the fun little closet under the stairs, which Jeremy made just for them yesterday. He cut a cat door into the door and set up a motion sensor light inside so that every time they go in, the light will go on for them and stay on as long as they are moving around inside. The cat cubby is a genius idea to give the cats their own space, while keeping the kids and dog out. We’re on day one with the new cat cubby, and hopefully Phil and Phoebe like their new space. Here is Phil trying out the cat door for the first time.
Now that Step 1 is done, I am focusing on Step 2 this week – organizing and cleaning the garage to make more room for my office stuff. I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that a 4-bedroom house is not big enough for our growing family, but it will have to do for now, which means part of the garage will have to act as a functioning work space for both Jeremy’s and my stuff – his tools, my craft projects, all of our sports and baby equipment. It is amazing how much stuff we have accumulated over the years. And it is amazing how much of that stuff we actually need and use! Trust me when I say we have purged and gotten rid of stuff we don’t need… and we still have a lot of stuff that we do need and use! More posts coming soon on these continued house projects…
When I got home last night, it was amazing to see all the progress Jeremy had gotten started and done. He also surprised me with a completely clean kitchen – and when I am constantly doing the dishes every single day, it is a wonderful surprise to have them done by someone else. 🙂
To end the wonderful weekend, did anyone else notice the amazing full moon glowing bright in the sky last night? Check out this amazing photo! Beautiful.
Have a great week! I’m excited to implement some of my new blog post ideas this week!