Monday, June 11, 2018

Weekend Recap

Another jam packed weekend but full of so much family time and that's always my favorite kind of time. 

As I mentioned in my Friday Favorites post, Sammy and I were both off on Friday which was so lovely. We woke up slowly, made breakfast, and chilled out for the entire morning on the couch. 

We did a little cleaning, made lunch, met another neighbor who is very nice, and headed out to do some shopping.

We started at Savers and got a bunch of glassware for c.h.e.a.p. which I'm always happy about. We stopped into TJ Maxx, The Dollar Store, Target, and Kohl's (to make some Amazon returns) before finishing off our shopping at the shooting range so Sammy could pick up gift cards for his dad and brother for Father's Day. Nothing says Father's Day like guns...

On the way home, we stopped at Three Oaks because I've yet to see it since we moved! It's maintained really well with a lot of amenities. We're pressing our luck with the weather this Saturday and hoping to take family pictures here with Sammy's parents and brother's family.

Our little Saver's haul ;) so pumped about that Spode Christmas dish for $4.99!

I started dinner while Sammy replaced the shower head in our master with the rainfall shower head we found at TJ Maxx for $9.99 (!!) and somehow found more shit to clean in the house. 

I threw some shrimp in a skillet and combined it with broccoli and a Mediterranean quinoa steamer bag from Aldi and it turned out to be a nice summer dinner.

We were pretty tired from all the walking we did throughout the day, so we took it easy for the rest of the night just chilling on the couch while intermittently doing laundry. Sammy watched the NBA Finals game and I read before heading up to bed around 11 or so.

Sammy got picked up on Saturday morning around 8 a.m. so him and his friends could hop on the train to the city where I presume they promptly started drinking Tito's ;) He spent the entire day outside at Spring Awakening drinking and fist pumping like the Jersey Shore lover he is and then went out to a club until like 4 a.m. I have no clue how that guy functions energy-wise. I would be catatonic by like 3 p.m.

I on the other hand spent the morning lounging around watching New Girl and packing a bag to stay at my mom's that night. My sister came by in the early afternoon to see our house since she hasn't seen it yet and then her and I headed back to Buffalo Grove. I did a quick change at my mom's before going to a graduation party for Sammy's twin cousins. His aunt and uncle always have the BEST snacks at their parties, I was seriously looking forward to it all week haha and I ate my weight in this shit which definitely caught up to me by Sunday.

They order from Avanti's in Mt. Prospect for all their parties, but of course people make additional things like Sammy's grandma's pasta, his aunt's corn casserole, and his mom's mashed potatoes. I mean, could I have more carbs on this plate? What the hell. 

I had to sneak out of that party early so I could head over with my mom and grandma to a family gathering on my side of the family. My cousin and his girlfriend had a baby a few weeks ago and his mom (also my cousin) had several cousins over so we could hang out and officially meet the little peanut. They had the best spread of appetizers too which I definitely didn't need to eat after Sammy's family's party, but I did.

Is she too much or what? River Rose. My favorite baby name to date. 
We had the best time laughing with our cousins and stayed until after midnight. So good for my soul, as cousin time always is.

We didn't get back to my mom's house until after 1 a.m., and because I'm an excellent planner, we still had to make the scones I promised to bring to Sammy's cousin's baby shower Sunday morning. My saint of a mother stayed up to help me because my dumb ass tried to triple a flour heavy recipe which is as messy as it sounds. 

When those were finally in the oven and I was trying to stay awake, I got Christina's shower gift ready. I got her the diaper bag she picked out (an every day bag from Lululemon and so pretty) and added two sleepers and some hats I picked up at Target earlier that day. 

Got up early the next morning so I could trek downtown with Sammy's mom and grandma for the shower. Loved walking up to their building and seeing these balloons :)

Christina's condo is stunning and I loved seeing how they set everything up for the shower.

They served three different kinds of sandwiches, pasta salad, and two green salads for lunch. Followed by fruit, cannoli, tiramisu, my blueberry lemon scones (they were really popular which made me so, so happy--it's not often something I make is enjoyed that much haha), and an obscene amount of cookies for dessert.

The favors were lemon scented soaps and decorated sugar cookies, which my cousin actually made! Christina's best friend has ordered from my cousin (who is a genius cookie maker) several times and didn't realize how we were connected which was a cute coincidence.

Our niece saying "hi" to the baby ;)

We helped unwrap the gifts which made the entire process happen in under thirty minutes which was great. She got lots of super cute outfits and books and I can't wait to see this babe using them!

Sammy ended up stopping by the shower so he could go out to lunch with all the other men and I have no idea how he was still standing haha. We both went back home to BG, so I could get my shit together at my mom's, and so he could hang out at his parent's for a little while. I even got a little snuggling time in with my Benny :)

My mom drove us back to CL and helped Sammy figure out how we were going to get the other half of his brother's couch (which was currently sitting in our garage) into our basement. 

On Saturday afternoon (after Sammy and I had both left our house) his brother and dad came by to drop off the couch and bring it down to the basement. They got half of it down there, but on the second trip down with the other half, they got stuck which resulted in several deep scrapes and holes throughout our basement stairwell. They felt really bad and his dad is going to patch it up and fix it this week, but it's just a project we didn't plan to do. Luckily, his dad is fixing it so it's still not a project we're technically doing ourselves haha. I repeatedly told them it wasn't a big deal, they were doing us a favor by bringing it over after all. Now I just gotta figure out what paint color that stairwell is so we can match it up. 

Anyway, my mom and Sammy figured out a way to take the second half of the couch apart, which Sammy did by himself after she had left, and him and I carried the two pieces downstairs. Not exactly what I wanted to do on a Sunday night haha but glad to have gotten it done. I'm sure he's not looking forward to putting it back together though. 

We spent the rest of the night taking it easy (it seems like we did a lot of that this weekend but the weekend seemed so busy! how is this possible?!) by reading and watching the end of Jurassic Park III (I'm obsessed with Jurassic Park haha) and some of Pitch Perfect 2 before calling it a night. 

Definitely not easy to wake up this morning--week two of this 5 a.m. wake-up is feeling considerably earlier than it did last week--but I'm already looking forward to sleeping in an extra hour this Friday.

Hope everyone has a great start to their week! xo

*Linking up with Biana!


  1. Holy moly, what a busy weekend! Sounds like it was fun though and filled with good food. I could LIVE off of appetizers. Yum. Making scones at 1 am?! Haha, you are crazy (that's because I'm a 29 year old grandma who goes to bed by 10 every night)! That was so sweet of you though.

    1. Couldn't you though?! I would so much rather graze on things than eat a big full meal. I just love app-type food. Dude, I know. I've really gotten grandma-ish too when it comes to bedtime, but the weekends are a different beast especially with so much going on. I just couldn't fit it in haha! Luckily they turned out edible and all was well ;)

  2. Sounds like a great weekend. Smart move on hitting Savers - loveeee that store. The shower looked so cute!

    1. I haven't been in forever because the one near my mom's house recently closed, so I was super happy to see how the selection was at this location. Did you know everything is half off on Monday?? I have a new Monday night after-work activity I think...

    2. I didn't know it was half off on Monday's! Definitely start wandering...great spot for home items and giftables. I'm always thrifting baskets for gifts. I did have the rewards card there tho and often got deals. Sometimes I feel things are over priced there, but honestly it's semi worth it for such a clean, organized store.

  3. What a fun weekend-- all those snacks and apps are making me hungry!!