This weekend felt so wonderful as we laid back and enjoyed Halloween fun and time with our friends. We were fortunate to have another week of off-season temperatures, which is odd for Michigan, but also wonderful to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin for a few extra weeks. We also spent time prepping for the baby, and not in the packing kind of way.
Let’s jump in!
I started the weekend with a trip to Whole Foods and a workout.
I’ve been obsessed with their hot and cold bar lately and am always excited to have time to run in and grab supplies. We spent most of Saturday morning hanging around the house, playing with Mitch’s birthday gifts and working on his Halloween costume. It was a relaxing morning that felt wonderful as the fresh breeze rolled through the house.
We got ready and left around noon because Phil, Mitch and I had plans to attend Jack’s fourth birthday party. Lindsay and Mike planned a birthday party complete with a bounce house, costumes and cake. Mitch opted to go without the costume, plus, I don’t know how Thomas the Train would have fared on the bounce slide. But we had a wonderful time all the same!
The party was a lot of fun and I enjoyed catching up with friends while the sugar kicked in and our kids ran around like crazy and then dug into presents.
We said our goodbyes a little before four and what do you know, Mitch quickly fell asleep. Phil and I decided to trade on and off running errands and managed to knock out several before we headed home for the night.
The weather on Saturday was beautiful. It warmed up throughout the day but hovered in the low 70s through the mid-afternoon. Perfect walking weather! I walked Henry while listening to my favorite podcast (Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me) and we covered around three miles.
By the time we made it home, I was feeling a bit off. My stomach felt sick and I had zero appetite despite it being dinner hour. I rested for a bit and with no relief let Phil know my symptoms and to prepare for a possible call to the doctor. After a good amount of reading, I decided I was experiencing light cramping but no contractions or other symptoms. Most sites and books said that it was best to rest as it could be the very early signs of labor. I knew I wasn’t in labor but had no clue what could progress in the coming hours and opted for more rest.
Phil and Mitch came in the bedroom several times to deliver fresh water, hugs and to ensure I was still ok. My pain didn’t subside, but Phil insisted I eat a little something. I managed a half a cup of soup with crackers and called it a night.
Fortunately, when I woke up on Sunday I was feeling much better. My symptoms had subsided other than my lower back pain and lack of appetite. The boys let me rest for an hour while they played and then called me down for a special brunch of french toast and bacon.
Not long after, my sister Lindsay, Phil and their kids Natalie and Everette came over for a visit. We had plans to attend the Pumpkin Palooza in downtown Plymouth. One of Phil’s coworkers suggested we check out the event, which was an afternoon of trick-or-treating at the local shops and restaurants, entertainment and outdoor games. We arrived right when it began at noon and it was a zoo!
The kiddos pulled on their costumes and made their way to the stores collecting treats and goodies.
The sun started to warm the day and about halfway through, all of the kiddos were trick-or-treating in their t-shirts and shorts. Who would have guessed we’d be at 77 degrees in late October?!
Mitchell’s love for Thomas the Train has not slowed. After Phil made the amazing large train for Mitch’s third birthday, he offered to make a costume version. I asked if he needed help or to Google how-tos to which he replied ‘he’s done this before.’ Ha! And he wasn’t kidding. Thomas came together quickly and with a few last touches, we took him for a spin. Mitch has a few parties ahead of Halloween, so I know we will get good use out of this costume!
My best friend Katie also joined us for the festivities and brought her sweet pup, Norman! Katie’s husband is working in Germany, so it was only fitting that Norman dress up in ‘traditional’ lederhosen!
After a few hours, we were all hungry and hot and decided to grab lunch. It was so fun to visit with my sister and best friend. I feel like we’ve been so busy this year with construction and preparing for the baby that I’ve missed just hanging out.
Once we were back home, Mitch went down for his nap, Phil worked on a project and I sat down at the computer to work. By the time everyone was up and ready for action, I was ready for a break, so we took our party outside and spent most of the evening walking Henry and playing before dinner. We wrapped up the night the usual way: Bath + books for Mitch before bed followed by reading in bed and an early bedtime for me and Phil.
As for today… I am on the final countdown at work! Wednesday is my last day before I go on maternity leave. I get two weeks off before my due date and am eager for (hopefully) a few days off between work and the arrival of this little one.
Hope you guys have a great Monday!