Happy Tuesday!! Oh how I love heading into the work week by saying that instead of Happy Monday!
We had a full weekend… there was lots going on, mostly good, but unfortunately some bad.
Friday morning you may have seen my Instagram post… I had mentioned earlier last week that I thought I was coming down with something and then it just kind of fizzled out. Well, Thursday night in the middle of the night, it came back with a vengeance and I came down with full-blown croup. Like the kind that your tiny kids get and it scares the crap out of you. Like the kind that landed Jacob in the hospital just before his second birthday. It was so scary. I was having major trouble breathing so I couldn’t sleep and I finally awoke B sometime after 2 AM and told him I thought we were going to have to go to the ER. Fortunately he remembered that we had a steroid leftover from Olivia’s last bout with croup, so I took a little toddler dose of that. It cleared my airways just enough for me to skip the ER and finally get 2.5 hours of sleep before I had to wake up and go to work Friday. I went to acute care at lunch and they hooked me up with a steroid shot which gave me breathing relief in just 30 minutes, and I was much better the rest of the weekend although my voice is still mostly gone.
Friday night the babies were a little squirmy and overtired so we had a quick outdoor dinner at Panera and then we went back home to let them play outside a little. We put them down for bed early (for a Friday night) and then B and I actually watched a movie! Our TiVo is finally empty and we’re not currently binge-watching anything, so we watched Pitch Perfect. Yep, we are that behind on movies.
Saturday morning we awoke to the news that our friend’s mother had passed away from cancer. She had been fighting for quite some time and had recently taken a turn for the worse, so we are thankful that she is no longer suffering. There is, however, an ache in my heart for her family that she left behind. They are a very tight-knit family and she was the heart of it – such an angel – so it would be much appreciated if you could keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Saturday was our annual trip to Atlanta to see Dave Matthews Band. We headed out just after lunch and drove straight to Ikea… because no trip to Atlanta would be complete without it! After Ikea, we headed over to Little 5 Points to eat at The Vortex. Brian and I have both been to Atlanta a zillion times in our lives and we had never eaten there. It’s a bar/full restaurant, but you have to be 21 to get in. Even though we had arrived at 5:30 the wait was already 40 minutes because it’s so popular. They are known for having the best burgers in Atlanta and they didn’t disappoint. I had a Blue Moon and their traditional Vortex Burger and B had a Laughing Skull (The Vortex House Brew that they brew right there in ATL) and their Rebel Outlaw Burger… it was topped with barbecued pulled pork, cheddar cheese, bacon, and a spicy teriyaki sauce. I tried a bite and it was fantastic!
After dinner we headed straight to Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood for the concert. The weather could not have been more perfect… it was just at 80 degrees and the humidity was (thankfully) very low. There was also a nice breeze so it wasn’t hot at all. The concert was incredible (duh) and we had a great evening. Our seats weren’t quite as good as last time, but they were still pretty great. We were in the second row of the second section so we only had one row of people directly in front of us which was so nice.
Meanwhile, the babies were having a blast hanging out with Pop and Cokie… they went to church, they went to Panera for dinner (again), and they got to stay up late.
Sunday morning we were reunited with them and we spent the afternoon celebrating Brian’s sis for her birthday. His other sis had come to town with her family as well so all seven of the cousins got to spend time together. Brian’s mom cooked a delicious lunch and we ate way too much as always. After lunch and cleaning up, we let the kids pick some blueberries from their garden. Olivia thought it was so cool that she could pick them and eat them straight off of the bush. She must have eaten twenty! The kids were so exhausted that they both fell asleep in the car on the way home... that never happens.
Sunday evening we had dinner at my parents’ house. My grandmother was unable to join us like she usually does because she has been in the hospital all weekend due to high blood pressure and an erratic heartbeat. Please keep her in your prayers as well. She is still there as of this morning and we are hoping to have some answers soon. Since she was admitted to the hospital, one of my aunts came into town and she had dinner with us. After dinner we made s’mores and played with the stomp rocket for the third Sunday in a row. The kiddos just love that thing! We sure did miss Cass, though.
Monday we didn’t have any plans so we woke up and made red, white, and blue confetti waffles and then we took the kids out for lunch at Five Guys. After that we ran a few errands - we finally got some paint swatches for Jacob’s bedroom, we grabbed a couple of things for our beach trip in a few weeks, and we took the kids grocery shopping. Now I know why I never do that. #Overbuying #HandsEverywhere
Monday evening was low-key. We stayed home and grilled hot dogs, cut up some fresh fruit, and had dinner on the back porch while the kiddos played. Then B and I finished off the long weekend with The Bachelorette. What am I ever going to do if they cancel that show?
*Linking up with B Loved Boston for Weekending, Our Pretty Little Girls for Tuesday Talk, and Stang & Co. and Crown Me in Glitter for Talk About It Tuesday.