Happy Monday! We’ve had a busy past several days… let’s jump right in!
On Thursday we went on a tour of the hospital’s labor/delivery unit, and also their maternity unit. It was super helpful and makes us feel comfortable with the entire process. If you are having a baby at some point in the future, you should definitely sign up for a tour!
We also assembled and test-drove our stroller! My parents got the Chicco Bravo Trio travel system for us as a shower gift (find it here!) –> Kristi suggested that I make sure I can steer the stroller one-handed to make sure it’s easy to maneuver, and that’s what I did. We also installed the carseat and made sure we knew how to get it from the car to stroller and vice versa.
The weather was perfect, so we ate on the patio. As you can see, my water bottle rarely leaves my side.
Joel made this rock wall and path next to our shed :) He also put some grass on there which is now starting to grow. This used to be just shrubs but it looks so much nicer now.
Our college friends (they are married and have a toddler and a baby) were driving through Connecticut on their way to Boston, so they stopped in for dinner. It was the perfect opportunity to get the grill going for the first time this season. This was my first corn on the cob of the year and it was g.o.o.d. It was lovely catching up with our friends and hearing all about their new endeavors.
Later that night, our smallgroup came over and we collectively decided to sit outside in order to soak in the beautiful day.
It was Ro’s birthday so Jamie brought over a cake :)
Lee brought a gorgeous fruit salad –> strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, and watermelon (you can guess what was my fave part hah). It felt pretty stellar to eat my number 1 food in front of a fire, surrounded by some super amazing people.
The exact moment we wrapped up our discussion for the night it started raining, so everyone said their goodbyes and scampered back to their cars.
Friday morning dawned bright and early with a bowl of leftover fruit salad. The blueberries were perfection and made my entire day.
While getting ready for the day, I dropped this blush and it crashed onto the bathroom floor. I thought FOR SURE it was broken… but it somehow survived the fall. Phew! I got this trial size a over a year ago and am happy that it is still going strong.
I left work early to head to the grocery store to pick up more grill stuff (we had my nephew Peter over for dinner) and a few random essentials. While perusing the produce section, I got all excited when I saw the below box thinking it was clementines. It was not. Just a friendly PSA: mandarins are not clementines.
I also spotted this “baby pineapple” –> anyone tried this? Does it taste like regular pineapple? It sure was cute! :)
My grocery store finally restocked these frozen Greek yogurt bars so I grabbed a box. These things are so darn good.
It was really good to see Peter :) I still can’t believe how old he is… he just finished his freshman year of college –> I still remember when he was born!
He gave us some Kenyan tea. This stuff is amazing. If you get a chance, you should try it – you will not be disappointed.
We grilled up some burgers and caught up on life. It was nice to hear updates on everything Peter is working on at school, and his plans for the summer. :)
Next came smores –> I like my marshmallows slightly brown on the outside and nice and gooey on the inside. When they are perfectly toasted like that, they are pretty delicious on their own without the chocolate or graham cracker :)
Joel and Peter then played a couple rounds of ping pong. Peter is quite good and came close to beating Joel. I wonder when Joel will experience losing a game of ping pong hah.
Saturday breakfast involved (surprise) watermelon. Joel knows how to pick the perfect watermelon. He needs to teach me his ways because I always pick ones that aren’t ripe yet.
We ran a few errands including picking up some Scotchgard for our patio cushions. I don’t normally apply scotchgard to our indoor furniture but I am sure it would help to prevent stains.
After errands, Joel did some yard work and I caught up on some research. Before we knew it, it was time to head over to Senor Panchos for Ro’s birthday dinner! We all got to sing happy birthday and the servers brought out a big fancy sombrero for her to wear :)
My meal consisted of mix-and-match street tacos: tilapia (center), chicken (left), and steak (right). I ate the tilapia and steak tacos for dinner and then polished off the chicken taco for lunch the next day. The mango salsa on the tilapia was way too incredible and I had to order another side of it to put on my other 2 tacos. These have got to be the best tacos I have had in Connecticut, and I can’t wait to go back for more :)
Sunday was Mothers Day! It started off with church in the morning, followed by a panera lunch with a few friends. Somehow Mike, Natasha, Bridgette and Garrett did not make it into the photo!??
I stuck with my tried and true Panera favorite: the chicken frontega sandwich. This sandwich is the bomb dot com. Joel opted for his regular steak and arugula sandwich and some broccoli cheddar soup.
After lunch, more errands were run. A few blooms were spotted outside the grocery store –> I love this time of year and all the colors of life.
Our Mother’s Day celebration continued with a dinner date at Zaroka. Such a super cute Indian restaurant!
I can confirm their food is the tastiest! Their portions are also rather generous, which meant we had plenty left over for later. It was a nice little date night and a great first mother’s day for me! Can’t wait until our little guy is here and can participate in the celebration too :)
That’s it from me! I hope your week is off to an INCREDIBLE start, and that you have some sunny skies where you are. :D
What did you do over the weekend? What’s your favorite way to celebrate the moms in your life? When you grill corn on the cob, do you boil it first?
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