Our weekend included plenty of down time but also a few adventures away from home. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
On Friday night, Ryan and I had plans to head out to dinner for a date night while my mom kindly offered to stay with Chase.
I was looking forward to our date night all week, especially since the date night we initially planned for last Saturday night didn’t happen. (We canceled our plans when I ended up crying off the first few swipes of mascara I put on my eyelashes since last Tuesday and didn’t feel emotionally ready to put on a happy face.) Since last Saturday night’s date night ended up looking like take out on the couch in our pajamas, I really wanted to get out of the house with Ryan on Friday and focus on enjoying a night out with my husband. Our date night ended up being so wonderful and just what the two of us needed.
Our dinner included plenty of uninterrupted conversation, laughter and lots of incredibly delicious small plates thanks to Kindred, our favorite local restaurant located in the college town of Davidson.
We made it home in time to catch up with my mom and listen to some cute stories she had about her night with Chase before heading upstairs to bed.
Saturday + Sunday
Saturday morning began at 5:30 a.m. when Chase woke up crying and coughing up a storm. Any plans we had for the day with Chase were quickly scrapped as we decided to lay low with our little man.
Chase didn’t have a fever and still had lots of energy, but we figured it was best to keep him away from other kids so our Saturday looked like a lot of playtime at home, strawberry banana smoothies, fetch with Sadie and vanilla ice cream with homemade butterscotch sauce at the end of the day. (I followed this recipe for the butterscotch sauce but used honey in place of corn syrup and it was perfectly buttery and velvety.) I also took some time to finally begin responding to a handful of the incredible emails I received over the past week which, yet again, made me cry but mostly in a cathartic way.
Sunday began on a better note when Chase woke up seeming much more like himself. Ryan, my mom and I were itching to get out of the house with Chase and spent the morning running around town, popping into Whole Foods for some of the things we needed for Alexis and Dan’s Super Bowl party and swinging by Clean Juice for juice, cashew milk lattes and vegan matcha doughnuts.
With our drinks in hand, we walked to a small local park to give Chase a chance to run around and enjoy the sunshine.
We had the entire park to ourselves and judging by Chase’s exuberant squeals and wobbly runs all over the park, he had a blast.
Once we made it back home, Chase was ready for his nap and while he slept, we made wraps for lunch and I began working on this blog post before taking a break to prep food for the Super Bowl party.
I made our family’s favorite ridiculously easy shrimp dip and Paleo lemon cupcakes for the party and both were quite tasty! (I had a few of you guys request recipes for these dishes on Instagram when I shared pics on my Instagram stories and Snapchat, so stay tuned.)
Once Chase was up from his nap we made another run out to a different local park before it was Super Bowl party time! As always, Alexis and Dan did a great job hosting the festivities (you may remember their last party where Chase met Santa for the first time…) and had tons of great food, themed cocktails and Super Bowl Squares for everyone to enjoy.
I can’t say I focused too much on the game, but I did enjoy filling my plate and surrounding myself with good friends who have been so incredibly supportive to me and Ryan.
I hope you all had a good weekend and I hope your Monday is a great one. Thanks for stopping by the blog today!