Hey friends! I hope you are all doing well. I apologize for going dark here on the blog last week; between a terrible cold and work I was fried.
Fortunately, I am feeling better and had a great weekend – a rare one as Phil and I had a weekend to ourselves. A few weeks ago, Phil’s mom asked for a weekend with Mitchell. I was unsure being we’re in the final weeks of a family of three and am savouring the time I have to focus on Mitch. However, once Phil and I talked about a weekend to ourselves to talk, sleep and knock out a few to-dos (that always take longer with a toddler), I warmed to the idea. Because, let’s be honest, it will be a long time before we have free time or are sleeping once little one arrives.
Grandma picked up Mitch after school on Thursday and he was over the moon to see her and for their time together. It made the good-bye a bit easier, but to be honest, I was pretty emotional.
I thought to myself, “What did I used to do before I was a parent and I had time to come and go as I pleased?” The thought itself felt foreign. Sure, I’ve had a some time to myself in the last three years, but when I am away it is with an agenda. Go to the grocery store. Girls night. Work. Never just a ‘free-as-a-bird’ time.
Thursday night I was zapped from the cold and long hours at work, so Phil and I enjoyed a nice dinner at home and spent some time relaxing on the couch before calling it a night.
Friday was a full day of work, however, our plans picked up with a date night on the books. After an hour nap and then freshening up, Phil and I got dressed up and headed out to Table 5 in downtown Northville for dinner reservations. We have dined there before and were eager to return and enjoy an amazing meal and ambiance.
We both opted to start dinner with their seasonal soup, a white bean and cabbage soup that was absolutely delicious. For dinner, steak was a unanimous choice. I figured it would be some time before I enjoy a quiet night out, so why not go big? The night rolled by with easy conversation and fantastic food. It was a lovely evening that I am so glad we had the chance to enjoy.
Once we wrapped dinner, I looked at Phil and asked if he was interested in catching a movie. We agreed to run home and change into comfortable clothes and quickly made our way to the 9:30 p.m. show. Sitting in the cool, quiet theatre in a recliner with popcorn was a slice of heaven. The movie was lighthearted and kept us laughing for the duration, which was just what I needed.
Saturday started with a little work before I headed out for my usual routine. I started with a workout followed by a trip through Trader Joe’s. When I arrived home, Phil was wrapping a few house projects so we both showered and got ready for the day.
First was a stop for lunch. In my free-as-a-bird mentality, lunch was at a favorite spot located 30 minutes away. Not always ideal or an option with a toddler in-tow. But, for two people without an agenda, we were all in!
It felt so nice to spend the car ride casually talking with Phil, listening to music and at times gazing out the window. Believe me, Mitchell’s commentary at this stage in life is hilarious and we always play I Spy on our drives, but it was nice to have a few minutes of quiet. Life has been so busy, and loud (hello house projects!) lately, it was a nice break.
For lunch, I opted for a Unami salad and Phil went for the Poppey wrap that included an amazing homemade walnut pesto. We both agreed it took the cake!
Next was a list of to-dos to prepare for the baby’s arrival. Since lunch took us to the other side of town, we opted to visit Somerset Mall and tackle our list. The mall is absolutely stunning and filled with every store you could dream of making it easy to spend hours shopping away. (My kind of day!) Phil was kind enough to come with me and within a few hours we had everything done on our list including a few extra pit stops (we had to swing into Peloton to check out the bikes! Christmas is around the corner after all).
On the way home, we decided to stop at the restaurant where we enjoyed our other date night a few months ago. The meal was seriously that good that we were eager to dig into the fresh Italian dishes.
We arrived home and unloaded our loot and spent time with Henry while cheering on the Spartans. Needless to say, my energy levels took a nose dive and I called it a night around half-time.
Despite an earlier bedtime, I did not wake up until 8 am on Sunday. I woke up quite groggy and out of it, almost as though I had overslept. While staying in bed all day sounded fantastic, I headed off to the gym for some cardio to wake-up and arrived back home to Phil whipping up brunch.
With just a few hours left before Mitch came home, we opted to knock out a few more to-dos although staying home and resting was so tempting.
When we were out, we received a message from my best friend of a special delivery. Katie has an annual baking day with her family every year and we are one of the lucky recipients of their delicious homemade apple pie. I mean, just look at this piece of art!
We also arrived home to Mitchell and grandma who had just pulled in. My heart nearly exploded when I saw Mitch. I couldn’t believe how much I missed him and soaked in every second of our hugs.
Phil’s mom caught us up on the weekend and all of the fun activities (apple orchard, pizza party with friends, a trip to the library and of course some treats). We talked over an elaborate train track building session as Mitch was elated to be reunited with his full train set (he always travels with some).
My sister also stopped over to drop off another load of baby goodies and supplies. Guys, we are set for the next several years!
The rest of the night passed by with a lot of play time as a family. We set into our nighttime routine and all called it a night happy to be together again.
Do you prefer a workout or extra sleep?
What is your favorite date night?
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a great start to the week! I’ll be back tomorrow with a bump update.