Monday, May 6, 2019

Our Weekend - The One with RiverFest and the School Fundraiser

We had another crazy busy weekend and we were going pretty much nonstop.  This weekend was RiverFest here in town and they always have a bunch of events and live music and vendors, so Friday evening we met up with my whole family downtown to have dinner at the cutest open-air upscale barbecue restaurant (same one we ate at last weekend!), and then after dinner we walked down by the river and settled in with our blankets and lawn chairs.  B and I got our “Over 21” stamps and grabbed a couple of Creature Comforts Tropicalias (best beer of all time... and brewed in Athens, GA!) and then we settled in to watch the opening band followed by a Coldplay tribute band.  My friend Jeannine and her two boys met up with us, too, and the kids played all evening while we chatted and listened to the bands.

Saturday, Jacob had his last soccer game of the season and he played his best game ever!  He’s not typically super aggressive, but Saturday he was all up in it, taking the ball away from people, and dribbling around everyone.  They still ended up losing 7-2, but it was a fun game to watch.  Since it was their last game, their coach handed out their end-of-season medals, and just like that, Jacob’s fourth season of soccer is over.

After soccer, our family of four headed downtown to try a newish restaurant in town for lunch.  B had been once with coworkers, but the kids and I had never been, and it was great!  It’s another open-air place with an outdoor patio covered in twinkle lights, and they have a bocci ball court outside and a ping pong table inside.  The food is basics like hot dogs, sandwiches, tacos, and burgers, but they all have unique toppings like goat cheese, sambal aioli, cilantro, and avocado or cream cheese and fried shallots and other unique combinations like that.  I had the BLTA (bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado) with pasta salad, and B grabbed one of the goat cheese, aioli, cilantro, and avocado dogs and a chicken taco.  The food was SO GOOD and the atmosphere was even better, so we will definitely be going there again.  I told B it felt like we were at the beach when we were there!  Can’t beat that feeling!

After lunch, we had to run over to grab Olivia’s costumes for her upcoming dance recital and we ended up waiting in line for about 40 minutes.  Ugh.  I had no clue what to expect since we’d never been, but I certainly hadn’t prepared myself for standing in a line out the door that wrapped around the building.  EEKS!  Fortunately, some of our friends from school were in line right in front of us, so the kids were able to play together while their momma and I chatted.  That made it move pretty quickly!

When we got home, the first thing Olivia wanted to do was to try on her costumes.  They’re putting on a production of Cinderella, and Olivia’s class gets to be in two of the acts.  For her ballet portion, she’s wearing the cutest fluffy yellow dress and she’ll be a sunbeam, and for her tap portion, she’s wearing a sweet little blue body suit with a swishy skirt to be a bluebird.  Both costumes fit like a glove and we are so excited to watch our girl perform on the main stage at the theater in a couple of weeks! 

By the time we arrived home Saturday afternoon, it was pretty late, so we only had a couple of hours before it was time to freshen up and get ready for date night!  My MIL came over to watch the kids and B and I headed out to the annual school fundraiser – Casino Night!

Since Cinco de Mayo was the next day, they had a Mexican theme, so there was a taco bar with all the fixings, chips and salsa and cheese dip and guac, and, of course, there was an open bar.  We grabbed a couple of beers to start, and then walked up and down the hall to check out all of the items for the silent auction.  We ended up bidding on three items, and then it was time to grab some food before hitting the Blackjack tables.

My aunt and uncle were there as well as lots of our friends from school and church, and we had a fun evening.  B and I ended up playing Blackjack until they closed the tables, and then it was time for the live auction.  We grabbed a couple more beers and settled in to watch all of the rich people battle it out over all of the high dollar items that we can’t afford.  Lol. 

The silent auction ended just before the live auction began, and I was so excited to see that I had won the cute little pom pom beach bag that I had bid on!  We had also placed bids for Jacob to have a water balloon fight with his teachers and Olivia to be able to wear nail polish to school for a week (they wear uniforms and aren’t allowed to wear it normally) so we knew the kids would be excited about that, too.  Jacob had asked me to bid on the “Be Principal for a Day” at school, but the last time I checked, the bidding was at $150 so that was a hard no.  Lol.

I was also thrilled because our second grade basket that I had helped organize ended up auctioning for $375 and all of that money goes to the school!  Way to go, second grade parents!

It was a super fun evening, and as always, it has me longing for Vegas.  I miss it so much.

When we got home, the kids were already sound asleep (thanks, Nana!!) so B and I settled in with dessert and to watch a show that we had recorded on HGTV earlier that evening because our friends were on there!  They renovated a house in Port St. Joe, FL a few months back, and HGTV filmed the whole thing for one of their episodes of Beachfront Bargain Hunt.  It was so neat and so weird seeing them on TV.  Lol.

Since B and I had stayed up so late Saturday night, we were super lazy on Sunday morning.  We didn’t even get out of bed until almost 9 and then we made cinnamon rolls for breakfast and I did our meal planning and grocery list for the next two weeks.  After that, I was still feeling tired so I took a little catnap on the couch while B and the kids watched cartoons.

We had a late lunch at Five Guys Sunday afternoon, and then we headed to a cute old train depot turned venue to surprise my aunt for her 70th birthday.  My mom’s whole family was there, and we spent the afternoon hanging with them, eating cake, and chatting. 

Sunday evening, we headed to my parents’ house for Sunday dinner, and my momma made her famous spaghetti – it’s seriously the best! – with salad and bread and ice cream cones for dessert.  My brother brought his drone over and the kids had a blast running around after it all evening.  They were exhausted when we got home.  We hadn’t been over there for Sunday dinner in a few weeks, so it was good to be back in our Sunday evening routine.

On a sad note to the weekend, my Papa John (my grandmother’s companion of 25+ years) passed away Saturday evening.  He has been in our family since I was 10 years old, and even though he and my grandmother never married, he was basically like a grandfather to me.  I mentioned here on the blog earlier this year that he’d had a couple of strokes, and he had to be put in a nursing home, and he’s been going downhill rapidly since then.  He went home to be with Jesus Saturday night and we’re glad that he’s not suffering anymore.  We will be laying him to rest later this week so please keep my family in your prayers.  Yet another casualty to add to the list for 2019. 

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  1. I am so sorry to hear about your Papa John! :( I will be thinking of you and your family this week!

  2. It's never easy to lose someone you love. Asking God for peace and comfort for you and your family.

  3. What a great weekend! That Fest sounds like so much fun. Your sandwich looks delicious! Olivia is so adorable in that dress and I am loving your gingham top. I'm sorry to hear about Papa John. I hope your grandmother is doing ok.

  4. Oh Olivia in that costume!! So is a whole other level of crazy so it's good they look so stinkin' cute. So sorry for your loss of Papa John!

  5. Looks like an amazing weekend and love that tiered top you wore. Olivia is precious in her dance costume!

  6. I'm sorry to hear about Papa John. Otherwise it sounds like a great weekend.

  7. I wish our downtown area had concerts! So fun!!
    I'm sorry for your loss:(

  8. I'm so sorry about Papa John.
    I love your gingham top, so pretty!

    1. Thank you, Lily. And thanks! I love gingham so much.

  9. Sorry to hear about Papa John, glad he is no longer suffering. Other then that pretty great weekend!

  10. I'm glad you had a (mostly) good weekend! I'm so sorry to hear about your family's loss!

  11. Riverfest looks like so much fun, and I love your cute top! So sorry for your loss. <3

  12. Adore your outfit for Cinco de Mayo - so so cute! So sorry for you and your family - and your grandmother. Thinking of you guys!

  13. I'm so sorry to hear about your Papa John. Love your gingham top and the fun river fest...looks like a great weekend.

  14. You and your mama are just so beautiful! I am so incredibly sorry for your loss, sending an extra hug today!

  15. Riverfest sounds and looks like a blast! I love listening to live music in the open air. Good times! Way to go Jacob! I love when they come out of their shell and start killin’ like that. It’s such an awesome thing to witness as a parent. Olivia is so cute in her dance costume. How precious. They serve beer at your school’s fundraiser? Wow! So cool to see your friends on TV. We had some friends on House Hunters once! I am so sorry to hear about your Papa John. Lifting your family up in prayer.

  16. I love your gingham tiered shirt. So cute. The Riverfest looked like it was a lot of fun. Glad you got a date night and supported a great fundraiser.


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