Monday, November 23, 2015

Wild Weekend

The title of this post should indicate that is was anything but, right? Oh well.

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time now, you probably know that I am notorious for over-scheduling and over-committing us, especially on weekends - there have been times when we've had 7 or 8 weekends in a row with major plans, which is obviously too much! I say yes to everything, then drive myself crazy with not having enough time at home and burning myself out. It's a vicious cycle. In fact, I'm guilty of this even as recently as September - October, when I'm pretty sure 6 out of 8 weekends or so were packed with things on the calendar. Whoops. That said, I have very consciously and firmly left our weekends in November and December leading up to the baby empty. Intentional time at home to do (or not do) whatever little things need to be done, and also just get ourselves prepared, mentally and physically, for having a baby in the house. With the exception of a couple events, we are hunkering down at home on the weekends until the little man joins us.

That said, this past weekend was definitely busy! There is plenty to do around the house, but it is really nice to be able to do a little here and a little there, rather than thinking to myself that I have one free Saturday out of five or something so I better do a full-house-clean. Amazing!

On Friday night, we ventured up 95 to IKEA in search of a dresser for the nursery. There is a ton of space and storage in the closet in that room, so I wasn't intending on getting another piece of furniture besides the glider and the crib, but I decided that it just looked like something was missing. So, off we went to see if we could find something that would fit the bill.

Some sort of magic must have been on our side, because not only did C and I find and agree upon a dresser, we were actually in and out of IKEA in under and hour. That place is insane, and to be able to find our way around all the levels and find what we were looking for in less than 60 minutes seems like a near-impossible feat, but we did it! Wahoo. After that, we met my in-laws for dinner at Nando's Peri-Peri, where we shared a family-style dinner of Peruvian chicken and several side dishes. So good! It was great to see them for a little while, and we made it home before 9. Like I said, wild weekend, indeed.

On Saturday, C locked himself in the nursery with all 6000 pieces of the dresser, determined to get it assembled. Needless to say, within a few minutes I was hearing mumbling and grumbling coming from the room... I stayed out of the way as much as possible. While he was working, I ventured to CVS to get myself a flu shot and a TDAP vaccine - who knew such fun things came with pregnancy?!

Two sore arms later, I made it home just in time to see the beginning of the Virginia Tech / UNC football game, which was very important: it was our head coach's last home game! Frank Beamer announced his retirement at the end of the season a few weeks ago, after coaching for almost 30 years, and it will be absolutely bittersweet to see him go. He is such a fixture at Virginia Tech, well-known and respected for so much more than all he has done for the football team. The beginning of the football game on Saturday featured lots of dedications to him, and it was really a special and emotional afternoon. I love this logo that they designed to commemorate Beamer's tenure as coach - it's so fitting!

[source]

After the game, C finished the dresser while I did some laundry and stuff around the house - like I said, it's really nice to feel like I can do a little here and there, rather than turning into a tornado, running around the house trying to get everything done at once. Instead of all the laundry having to be done, I can do two loads and stop! What a concept...


I think it turned out to be just what we needed to pull the room together, and it definitely doesn't hurt to have some extra storage space. It's empty for now, but I'm sure it will be full of things before we know it.

Sunday morning, we ventured to Wegmans for our final pre-Thanksgiving grocery shop, with the list narrowed down to mostly just the produce and perishable items. We navigated the pre-Turkey Day crowds rather well, and I was really happy to be in and out before the post-church crowd arrived! Holiday grocery shopping requires some serious strategic planning. The highlight of the shopping trip was finding a holiday treat that has eluded me thus far...

Dun, dun, dunnnn. I am a fan of all things peppermint and chocolate, especially around the holidays, so when I saw these little babies floating around the internet, I had to get my hands on them. Prior to this weekend, I haven't been able to find them anywhere. Wegmans was the winner! I should have know. Haven't broken into them yet, but it won't be long...

The rest of Sunday was spent cleaning, doing more laundry, watching football, writing baby shower thank-you notes, and making a pot of spaghetti sauce. The sauce was me dipping my toe into post-baby freezer foods, being the first thing I've made specifically to freeze and use once the baby is here. For the record, I always use this recipe for spaghetti sauce, adjusting as necessary based on what I have in the pantry, and it always turns out deliciously. I know sauce doesn't really need a recipe, but those are the guidelines I use, if you're looking for a good meat sauce!

I managed to get both our kitchen and dining room tables just about fully cleared off, so as long as I can keep it that way for the next few days, we will actually have somewhere to sit down and eat Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. It'll still be on paper plates with paper napkins, but at least everyone won't have to balance their meals in their laps. That is a win, I think!

We finished off the weekend with C's homemade chicken parmesan for dinner and a few episodes of NCIS on Netflix before watching The Walking Dead (no spoilers but WHOA) and getting to bed early. Regardless of our "no plans" weekend, we kept ourselves pretty busy, and all that activity certainly catches up with me these days. I am heading to bed early every night while I still can!

Hope you had a great weekend. Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving? What are your plans? Hosting, traveling, something else? I am super excited - just have to make it through a couple work days first!

1 comment :

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life said...

LOVE the dresser and am super impressed with your speedy IKEA trip. That never happens to me! I still have some serious mommy guilt that we haven't really been able to set up a real nursery thanks to our temporary housing situation, but I am loving looking at pictures of your nursery set up! Hopefully I'll get to see it in person later this week! :)