Coming at ya with another weekend recap... a month after my last post because time is just flying!
Last weekend was oh so good! The perfect mix of busy and relaxing, which I'm sure I have written about before because it's my favourite. I'm talking about the kind of 'busy' that is doing lot's of things that you actually want to do, and all of them flowing along nicely. Not the too much, "shoulds" and unlikeable busy things. And mixed in is the relaxing down time. The flow between the busy, of simply slowing down, enjoying company and not rushing anything. Aw, dreamy, right?
On Friday morning, we got on the ball early with a hair appointment for miss Autumn. Girlie can see again! We had her bangs trimmed before Christmas holidays but she was looking like Cousin It prior to here hair cut. This got us out the door at a decent hour so we could enjoy a morning out!
We headed to the Calgary Farmer's Market next. It had been a while since we had been there. They host lot's of fun holiday events, that are free, so it was a great way to enjoy St. Patrick's Day with the girls. There was a photo booth, craft table and live Irish performances. The girls enjoyed playing, listening to music and eating out for lunch. We left just in time for naptime, with full tummies and in the green spirit!
Later that evening Matthew and I headed out for some adult only shamrock shenanigans. We had planned to meet friends at a pub downtown but knowing line ups were huge, and after hearing it wasn't that great anyway, we lined up at the Rose and Crown instead. It was close to our buddy's place in case we wanted to join some friends after all. It took us over a half hour to get in, making us extra hungry and thirsty ;) We managed to find a corner of a table upstairs to enjoy some beers and pub food. After eating, we went downstairs to change up the scenery. We ended up running in the a buddy from home and joining his table of friends! Running in to people is what I miss most about living/going out home in Newfoundland. Although, surprisingly enough, it still happens here in a huge city! It kind of made our night to find some familiar faces and carry on the shenanigans... Until I carried on a little too much, literally turned green and couldn't keep my eyes open, ha ;P And then it was time to go home and rest during the calm before the storm of hangovers with kids...
We had a lazy Saturday morning, which I did my best to give myself grace (for the night before) and enjoy. It was a beautiful day though, so I couldn't let the day pass, staying inside. Late afternoon we headed out for a family walk to a playground a few blocks away. Halle's first big bike ride to the park of the year! Yay, for signs of Spring! It was a sweet, simple family moment - the best kinds.
The fresh air had me feeling better and more energised. That night a friend and I went to the late showing of Beauty and the Beast. It just came out and was a great way to have a little birthday 'me' time. I loved it and have been singing the songs all week (... along with Moana.)
Sunday was my actual birthday! (And my sisters by the way - Happy birthday, Leah! xo) We woke up, got ready and were out the door on our way downtown for breakfast. We wanted to check out OEB which we had never been to before and heard great things about! The night before my friend told me about the 'list' I guess they use to reserve your spot instead of making a reservation, since it's a breakfast place, but we decided to wing it anyway... We showed up, not on the list, and the host told us it was a two hour wait! Thankfully, that Paddy's day luck was on our side ;) and they happened to have four bar seats along the window ledge that don't count as tables or held spots. We took it and got in right away! Halle ate a waffle the size of her and we all really enjoyed our food and the service.
Next up, we headed to a Nellie Breen park since we were not far from the Inglewood hood, which I just love because it reminds me of home. Also, I love playgrounds just as much as the kids, so of course I would want to do that on my birthday. In fact, it's probably the best thing you could do to not feel older on your birthday ;) Although, I kind of like getting older... hmm wiser... ok roll your eyes and ask me this in a couple years...
Once again, we headed home in time for Autumn's nap and spent the rest of the day there. Matthew cooked Jiggs dinner. It had been a while and was requested by Halle, and never turned down for me. So, it being Sunday and my birthday seemed like the perfect day to have it. We finished off with ice cream cake for dessert. (The girls licked their plates.)
We FaceTimed our families, which is the next best thing to them actually being here to celebrate.
Then the busy and relaxing holiday weekend was done and I went to bed happy and grateful and wee bit older.