Thursday, May 30, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Recap

Is it inappropriate to do a weekend recap on the cusp of another weekend? Regardless, we enjoyed a really nice Memorial Day weekend - our first as a family of four! 

As I am drafting this with a limited amount of time on my hands (it's nearly 6 a.m. and I'm trying to get in a run before everyone else wakes up), this will again be another picture-heavy lacking-in-text post. 

My Memorial Day weekend actually began on Thursday night, as I enjoyed a fantastic and much-needed couple hours out with my dirty martini-and-oysters partner-in-crime, Sara. (Hi, Sara!) Couple one of my favorite food and drink combos with some great conversation (and still a relativealy early bedtime), and I was a happy girl.

Sammy also thoroughly enjoyed himself that evening, as Sara's husband Neil came over to hang out with James while we were out, and brought along his guitar. (And just yesterday, days after this happened, we were still talking about "Neil" and "guitar.")

The majority of the weekend was a washout, and Friday was no exception. So when a friend called to see if I wanted to get together earlier on in the day for some sort of indoor activity, I figured it would be a good opportunity to visit the children's museum in our town. Note to self: Fridays are popular school field trip days. Not fun when trying to navigate two restless toddlers (and an infant) through the museum. Still, Sammy seemed to enjoy himself, especially at this Lego exhibit.

We had a relaxing Friday evening in, which was punctuated by a visit from one of our favorite neighbors / babysitters, Elizabeth. In the photo above, Elizabeth is holding our own Elizabeth for the very first time. (And we quickly put her to the test by having her feed Libby.)

Saturday morning, we had Libby's newborn photos taken at our house. The one above was snapped with my iPhone. Isn't it the sweetest thing you've ever seen? I can't wait to see how the actual professional photos came out!

Once the photo session was complete, we got in the car and drove an hour-and-a-half to visit James' cousin and his family. James' cousin has two adorable girls, and the eldest is pictured above, holding Libby. It was a really nice visit, and James and I breathed huge sighs of relief upon returning home, as both the kids did extremely well on Libby's first lengthy car ride.

And just because I almost exclusively post pictures of Libby with her eyes closed, here's one I snapped of her Sunday morning - eyes open! As of this past week, she is staying awake for much longer!

Sunday we were lucky to receive a visit from some of our favorite friends, Misty and Clark. Clark took quite a liking to Libby! (And that little pudgy hand of his was quite gentle as he patted Libby on the head.)

Meanwhile, Sammy and James spent the majority of the afternoon doing yard work, or "help Daddy."

That night we met our friends (the same ones who we dined with the night prior to Libby's birth!) for pizza. (Libby's first dining out experience!) I didn't take any photos at dinner, but I had to share this photo I snapped of one of the gazillion generous gifts they gave to us that evening. Could there be anything cuter than personalized hair clips?? I think not. 

After dreary cool weather Saturday and Sunday, we finally saw sun and warmer temps on Monday - just in time for our town's Memorial Day parade! Libby slept through the majority of it.

Sammy was perhaps not as impressed as I anticipated....

Except when it came to the marching bands. 

And finally, to cap off the weekend, we had an impromptu little barbecue on our patio. Though I've yet to cook a real meal for our family since Libby's birth, and trips to the grocery store have been rather limited, we somehow managed to cobble together a meal comprised of hot dogs, burgers, deviled eggs, French potato salad, grilled asparagus and broccolini, a mixed berry salad, tomato and mozzarella salad,  watermelon, and plenty of adult beverages. It was the perfect way to end the weekend.

(Sammy and his friend Lila forgo'd most of dinner and instead opted for an evening drive through our backyard.)

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