Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Labor Day Weekend AKA All the Football + an Announcement

We are coming off of a lovely four-day weekend here!  Friday B and I traveled to Atlanta and I stopped for my first pumpkin spice latte of the season!  For those of you looking for it, yes, they do have it despite the fact that you can’t order it on the app yet.  It was definitely a little piece of heaven to take along for the trip! 

My appointment was a big disappointment as I had assumed it would be.  The specialist who has been treating my back issues told me that since the treatments hadn’t helped any that there was no need to continue, and he also said that since my pain pattern is so odd there was nothing else they could do for me.  Sigh.  Back to square one. 

That did put a quite a damper on the morning, but I surely wasn’t about to let ruin my whole weekend.  B and I googled “best pizza in Atlanta” and it lead us straight to Labella’s Pizzeria in Marietta.  It was New York style pizza and it was definitely good.  Not the best we’ve ever had, but good.

We arrived back in town just in time to get some kidless grocery shopping done for our party the next day, and then we headed to pick up the kiddos a little early.  Since it was too early to go to dinner we surprised them with a trip to the downtown playground… one of our favorites!  They played and ran and then we walked down by the river to see if we could find some painted rocks.

We decided to try a new restaurant for dinner, and B and I shared a cheese board with a glass of wine for me and a beer for him.  While the cheese board selection wasn’t my favorite (the biggest portion was something similar to gorgonzola which makes me sick), the rest of everything there looked amazing, the atmosphere was perfection, and we loved all of the healthy options that they have.  We will definitely be going back and trying something different!

After dinner we stopped by the ice cream shop downtown, and I was actually going to be good and not get anything, but they had their s’mores ice cream and I had been wanting to try it, so I decided to go ahead and indulge.  Dare I say that it rivals the best ice cream I’ve ever had?  If you have a Kilwin’s, RUN, don’t walk, and get a S’mores cone.  Oh.  My.  Goodness.

The kids wanted to take a few pictures by our favorite mural, and then it was back home for bedtime and binge watching for B and me.

Saturday morning we spent the morning getting ready for our football party.  I baked my mom’s famous Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake (recipe coming soon!) and I also made a cold Mexican dip, and then we cleaned the house and got ready for our guests later in the day.

Our friends Randi and Donnie arrived with their two girls in the late afternoon, I whipped up some Moscow Mules, B fired up the grill and made burgers and hot dogs, and we all sat around for the rest of the evening eating and drinking and watching our beloved Dawgs play while the kids ran amuck.  Haha.

During halftime we all went out to the back yard and ran the kids silly… otherwise known as Operation: Tire Out the Kids.  For the second half of the game, we turned on Sing in the playroom and the kids all snuggled up in the tent to watch while the adults finished the game.  We ended up getting a solid win against our opponent, so we started the season out right even though our starting QB ended up getting injured.

Sunday morning we lazed around a bit, and then we headed off to my MIL and step-FIL’s for lunch.  The kiddos played in the yard for a good long time after lunch, and then we headed home for naps and quiet time.  During QT I finished decorating for fall and I also did some work on Olivia’s baby book.  Her second birthday is officially documented!

Sunday evening was dinner at my parents’ house accompanied by lots of good conversation, good food, and of course, a bottle of wine.  Wouldn’t be Sunday without it!  My Mama Cass (grandmother) brought me a couple of clippings from her hydrangea and I’m so excited to hopefully have some fresh blooms next year for the house!  Now to see if I can keep it alive…

Monday started out with donuts, because it wouldn’t be a holiday weekend without them!!  Unfortunately all of our Dunkin Donuts have started bringing in frozen donuts instead of making their own, so they were all hard and really unappealing.  It was quite a disappointment.  Guess we’ll have to start using Krispy Kreme again!

Sunday afternoon was filled with lots and lots of errands – running to Bath and Body Works to load up on fall soap, stopping at Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and Kirkland’s to look for the last item for my fall décor, stopping by Lowe’s for some mums and potting soil, and also a quick stop by Fresh Market.  Somewhere in the middle of all the errands, we stopped for lunch at Chipotle and we also met one of my girlfriends and her two boys at the park to play for a bit.  The kids had a blast and they also found another painted rock!

We let Olivia skip a nap so that we might have an easy bedtime, and she did pretty well.  I cooked rosemary wine chicken (also coming soon to the blog!), mashed potatoes, and broccoli for dinner, and then B and I put the kids down for an early bedtime so that we could watch more college football! 

Whew.  It was such a full four days and we are just so glad that fall and football are BACK!

Now for the announcement…

I have teamed up with some other ladies to do another mug exchange and we would love for you to join us! 

Sign-ups open September 4th and close September 12th. 
You will be partnered with one person to purchase and mail a mug to.  Mugs should range between $10-$15 BEFORE SHIPPING.  Partners will be picked and notified by September 15th.

Complete THIS FORM to join the exchange.

You can link-up and share your mug details on September 28th and you can also join us by sharing your mug on Instagram using #MugLoveExchange

Due to shipping costs this exchange is only open to U.S. residents.  Sorry Canadian friends!  :o(

And now it's time for the Tuesday Talk Link Up!

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  1. What a great recap!! yay for the solid Dawgs "W", we got one too and Yay for PSL's back on our lives!!! Happy Tuesday sweets!!

  2. Sounds like you had a great (and full!) weekend! Love all your festive college football dishes, and that they pulled out a win for the first game. Hope you have a great Tuesday!

  3. Wow what a fun filled weekend!! How fun to host a little party for the game, that's always a good time!

  4. Whew! You guys know how to pack in the weekend fun. Wish I could grab one of those cones. I hadn't even heard of that place before you mentioned it.

  5. Wow! That looked packed! Hope you enjoyed every minute! :)

  6. Sounds likes a fun weekend! We used our college dishes this weekend for tailgating too and the weather was lovely for football! I am so sorry to hear about your back appointment. I will continue to pray that you find some help! Xoxo ERIN

  7. Looks like a fun holiday weekend! I had a PSL from a local coffee shop and then one from Starbucks yesterday--they are my fav haha! Can't get enough :) So sorry about your back issues. I hope you find relief somewhere!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  8. What a fun weekend! I hope you get some relief from your back issues. My best friend recently went through the same thing and had to get surgery done on the nerves in her back. It was outpatient, and so far, it seems to have helped! Good luck! XOXO

    1. That's so good to know. I think mine is partially nerve related, but nobody can seem to figure out how. That's so good to know that your friend was able to get some relief!

  9. I'm so sorry to hear about your treatment not working and hoping you can find some sort of answers soon. Kidless grocery shopping is always amazing and it looks like the rest of the weekend was a lot of fun! I always love seeing pics of you guys in front of that mural. Beautifully Candid

  10. Have you been to Antico Pizza in Midtown? I highly recommend it!

  11. Looks like such a fun weekend. Now I'm craving cheese. Also! I realized psl season means my fave salted caramel is back! That's more my thing than the psl, so yay!

  12. What a great weekend. I am so sorry that your treatment isn't working. That really sucks. I was hoping you would get some relief. I heard about your QB. Totally sucky. I can't wait for all of your recipes!!! have a great week.

  13. What a great, full weekend! I hope you are able to find something for your pain, I'm so sorry they aren't doing anything that has fixed it so far!

  14. That pizza looks so delicious right now!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  15. Yum! That pizza looks so good! Glad your team got a win! Have a great week!

  16. I looove the idea of the mug exchange! I might have to participate!

  17. I'm so sorry you got disappointing news about your back. That's such a bummer. I am glad you got in lots of yummy food this weekend though! :)

  18. You're weekend had so much football that I am literally lovin' you a bit more. I am a huge football fan!

  19. What an awesome weekend. Y'all were busy. So glad the Dawgs got a WIN! But it stinks about Eason.

  20. I'm so sorry that the back pain hasn't gotten better. :( That really sucks big time. I'm glad that your team got a win (bummer about the injury, hopefully it's not season ending). Our Spartans pulled off a win, and our new QB looks like he may be ok (knocks on all the wood).

  21. What a fun weekend! ... all except a disappointing appointment about your back pain. I am so sorry!! Those appointments are the worst and definitely take a blow to your hope. I'm still praying for you!

  22. What an awesome weekend! I'm sorry to hear about the medical news though. That is hard to hear, I'm sure. Hoping the new lady is helpful. Also, the football party looked like an absolute blast. You guys are so adorable. And, I need to get a PSL asap!

  23. What about your French friends?! 😝 too bad I can't send a mug too 🙁
    It seems like you had an awesome weekend. So sorry that your treatment for your back didn't work. Be brave, they'll find something someday 💪 Deborah from France

    1. Aw, I'm sorry that you can't participate!!

      And thank you. I'm definitely trying to be brave. Thank you for your kind words, Deborah. Have a great weekend!

  24. Okay I seriously could barely get past that cheese plate! Ha ha! Yum!! Sounds like a good weekend. I'm so sorry the back treatment is a disappointment. I know you can find someone who can truly help you soon.


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