Even though I’m constantly sleepy, one joyful little man also seems to make me constantly happy and he got to meet one of Ryan’s oldest friends and his wife this weekend!
But since our guests didn’t arrive until Saturday, let’s back up a bit.
Our Friday was a rockin’ good time. And by a rockin’ good time I mean I spent Friday night cleaning out our pantry while sipping on my favorite Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark hot chocolate after Chase went to bed. I am well aware of just how incredibly lame this sounds, but an overflowing pantry packed with expired crap has been bothering me for well over a month now, so it felt fantastic to clear it out. Yes, this is my life now.
Ryan and I also finished putting away all of our Christmas decorations, some of which were brand new! I took advantage of a couple of after-Christmas sales (60+ percent off!!) while making some holiday returns on Friday afternoon and left with a handful of fun decorations for next year.
I couldn’t resist a Christmas onesie for Chase! I’m not sure what size he’ll be next year, but I scooped up a pair of pajamas for him for $7 at Kohl’s and figured it was worth a gamble.
Saturday morning was pretty productive! Our friends weren’t scheduled to arrive in town until close to 11 a.m., and since Chase had us up at 6 a.m., we hit the ground running. I went through the clothes in Chase’s nursery and put the 0-3 month clothes he has already outgrown in a bin to store in the attic. (Cue all the mom tears…)
Then it was off to Burn Boot Camp! Saturday’s workout was one of the sweatiest and most cardiovascularly challenging workouts I’ve done since I began regularly attending BBC and I made sure to write everything down so I can share it with you guys soon. It was a tabata workout that smoked me in the best kind of way.
I arrived home super sweaty and in desperate need of a shower, so I quickly rinsed off, changed and fed Chase before Ryan and Janessa arrived.
Ryan and Ryan have been friends since childhood and grew up in the same neighborhood. They were groomsmen in each other’s weddings and we always have such a good time with Ryan and Janessa whenever we have the chance to see them!
We spent most of the day out and about in Birkdale Village, stopping for lunch at Smoke where we shared the most delicious burnt end mac and cheese as an appetizer.
I love vegetables and all but it sure would be cool if there was at least one vegetable out there that tasted like mac and cheese. Or ice cream.
Following our Birkdale adventures, we hung out on the couch while sipping on hot chocolate and tea. Ryan broke out the Mom and Dad mugs I gave him for Christmas and was kind enough to give his best bud my special mug.
Adorable, right? Haha!
Eventually Ryan and Janessa headed out to meet up with some of their friends from grad school for dinner while Ryan and I got Chase ready for bed. We were asleep before Ryan and Janessa arrived back at our place like stereotypical new parents. It’s a small victory if I can stay awake past 10:30 p.m. these days, my friends.
Any day that begins with brunch in Davidson is a good one in my book, so naturally our Sunday was a winner! We took Ryan and Janessa to our favorite breakfast spot and enjoyed a delicious morning meal and coffee at Toast before walking around outside for a bit.
Ryan and Janessa had lunch plans with more grad school friends in Charlotte (they are one popular couple, huh?), so we said our goodbyes in the late morning before they headed out. It was so, so great to see both of them and we’re hoping for another visit soon!
The rest of our Sunday included the usual errands. The grocery store took priority because our fridge was incredibly bare.
(I’m patting myself on the back for sticking with my 2016 goal of meal planning for the second week in a row. High five!)
Chase was pumped that we had Ryan and an extra cart with us at the grocery store this time so he didn’t have a ton of food piled around him while he chilled in his car seat like he usually does during our grocery shopping adventures..
Once we made it back home, I nursed Chase and we played on the activity mat with Sadie for a while before we headed out on a family walk around the neighborhood.
You guys, Chase is absolutely enamored with Sadie lately. He watches her like a hawk and is totally transfixed by his furry sister. I owe you guys a post on their ever-changing relationship, so stay tuned for that soon!
The rest of our Sunday was dedicated to prepping for the week ahead – both on the blog/work and food front.
And that was our weekend in a nutshell! I hope you guys had a good one, too!!