An Uneventful Weekend

This weekend was pretty uneventful, which considering the craziness that has been our life, that’s a good thing.

My parents were in town, so we made the best of the time we had.  My dad and I kicked off Saturday by taking Hunter to the dog park while my mom and Chris stayed home and took it easy.  Hunter loved the park as always, and ran, ran, ran for a good 30 minutes.  As soon as we left the park, this happened:

The sight of success!

After exhausting the dog, we dropped him off at the apartment and headed to Verizon to upgrade my phone.  I’ve had the same droid for over two years and it’s starting to crap out, so it was time.  I contemplated the iPhone, but I have loved my droid so much that I stuck with it and picked the Samsung Galaxy S III.  I LOVE it.

After the upgrade, we went back home to grab Chris, and my two favorite guys went and got their haircut.  Minor, I know, but I know it made Chris feel better.  :)

This morning, my mom decided that she was going to go home with my dad instead of staying for the week as planned.  With her recent leukemia diagnosis and some swollen lympnodes, she wanted to err on the side of caution and try to see her oncologist this week, so she headed back with my dad this afternoon.

Before my parents left, we had a fantastic lunch at a new place called Burger Fi.  If you live anywhere near Cary, you must try this place.  The burgers are incredible and the onion rings are some of the best I’ve ever had.  We will definitely go back.

The rest of our evening is going to be pretty low key.   I just hooked up Chris’ IV, so we’re doing his antibiotics right now, then I’m making some turkey tacos and we’re going to relax.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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Happy Birthday, America

July 4th was festive this year and I quite thoroughly enjoyed having a day off in the middle of the week.  Though I do have to be honest, it felt like a weekend and was really difficult to go back to work this morning.  Nevertheless, we made the best of Independence Day in our new town!

We started our morning at the pool, then we made some dessert kabobs for the July 4th cookout we were going to, which by the way, were a hit, contrary to what Chris predicted.  :)

Around dinnertime, we geared up to go to a cookout in Raleigh.  We were a little nervous about our plans for the holiday since we’re so new to the area, but my coworker invited us to her sister’s house for the evening and we were so happy to go over there to meet new people and watch the fireworks.

All in all, a pretty great Independence Day in Raleigh.  :)

Unplanned Family Fun

You know that time you get off of work on Friday and expect to have a low key weekend with your husband, but then you talk to your parents on Friday night and they ask what the plan is for the weekend, and you’re like, what, you don’t live here, why do you care, and they’re all like, helloooo, we’re visiting this weekend.  Right.  THAT HAPPENED this weekend.  Bwahahahahaha.  I thought my parents were visiting next weekend, but they were here on Saturday before noon.  Boom – weekend fun, coming right up.

We met my dads brother, his wife, Kat and their son, Jackson for lunch on Saturday.  They live in North Raleigh and it was really good to see them since we actually haven’t seen them since we moved here in March.  Oops.  We talked and laughed and caught up and it was great times.

After lunch, my parents wanted to see the area that we want to buy a home in eventually, so we drove down there and checked out some neighborhoods and model homes.  Also, I stumbled upon my dream kitchen:

I know, right?

After hours and hours of tooling around town in the 90 degree heat, we were starving and ready for dinner.  My dad has been talking about the Angus Barn ever since we moved here, so we headed over there for some good eats.  We’ve heard about the restaurant for a long time and the food didn’t disappoint.  However, I will say overall, I wasn’t that impressed.

We didn’t have a reservation, so we ended up in the more casual lounge (same food, just more of a bar feeling) at a high top cocktail table.   It took a while to get service, they only had two menus and the service was just kinda meh.  We all had the filet and it was really, really good, but honestly, I don’t think I would go back.  It got incredibly crowded, loud and really, I think it’s overpriced (thanks for footing the bill, mom & dad!!!) .  In the future, I’d go to Firebirds if we were craving a good steak.  I’m glad we went for the experience, but that was probably our first and last trip.

By the time we got home, we were exhausted, so we laid out on the couch and watched The Dream Team on ESPN.  Have you guys seen that documentary about the 1992 Mens Olympic Basketball team?  SO GOOD!  After that, I jumped into bed reading to read a book that’s currently making me laugh out loud:

This is one of those books that I never want to end.  It’s so, so, so funny.

This morning, we went to Brigs (obv) for breakfast, did a little grocery shopping and then hung out at the house until we were ready for lunch.  We headed to Chapel Hill to try out Southern Rail, and I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere.  It’s a bunch of old train cars with some decks in between and it was awesome.  Chris was disappointed in his lackluster burger, but my BLT on Texas Toast with a Fullsteam Carver was basically the perfect meal.

After lunch, we had to go back to Maple View Farm for some homemade ice cream since it was so close, and again, it didn’t’ disappoint.

While my dad, Chris and I were enjoying our ice cream, my mom was busy making a friend:

God, she makes me laugh.  Who makes friends with the balloon-man clown?  Only my mother.

The rest of our afternoon was spent strolling down Franklin Street, where I’m pretty sure someone is transforming into a Tarheel fan.  :)

Such a fun weekend with the fam – love it when that happens.  :)

Big Ole Weekend of Fun

I love weekends like this.  Nothing on the agenda, yet it still turns out to be fun.

Saturday morning, Hunter and I went for a long walk along the greenway and stumbled upon a pond.  He cracked me up when he walked right up to the water and jumped in.  I expected him to check it out and slowly step in if he was going to go for it, but no, full on splash, and he loved every second of being in the water.  Pretty entertaining for me, too.  :)

The rest of our Saturday was spent hanging out at the house waiting for maintainence to come by because our A/C kept going out.  Luckily after two tries, they got it fixed and we were back in business.  We caught up on a lot of our dvr and I got all of the laundry done, so I’d consider that a success.

Today, we had a great day.  :)  Our animal planet kicked it off with supreme cuteness and playtime.  Love their preciousness so much, they’re so entertaining.

This afternoon, Chris took me to lunch in Chapel Hill at a local favorite called Suttons Drug Store.  Yep, that’s right.  Lunch at a drug store.  We walked through the actual drug store and into the back where there was a small diner like setup.  Chris and I both ordered their famous burgers, and it did not disappoint.  Nom, nom.

After lunch, we headed to the country for some ice cream at a local farm.

No lie, you guys, this may have been the best ice cream I’ve ever had.  Sorry, Bluebell!!  There was something magical about ice cream straight from the cow, and we’ll definitely be going back sometime this summer.  Also, it’s the first time I’ve ever experienced banana pudding ice cream, and that stuff was delish.

Since we were out in the country, we decided we should run around in the corn fields like lunatics.

Where’s Chris??

Silly.

Lastly, this has nothing to do with our weekend, but have you guys used the new laundry packs in your washing machines?  I love them so much, I can’t even explain.  I think it’s hands down one of the greatest inventions, ever, and I wish I had invented it myself.  There are multiple brands who are making these things now, but we’ve stuck to Purex or Arm & Hammer.  Tide is a lot more expensive, and we’ve been happy when the other brands, especially with their price.  If you haven’t tried these little guys, I think you should.

Great weekend.  I have a feeling it’s going to be a great week.  :)

Light the Night

When my mom was diagnosed with Leukemia a few months ago, I was hit with a pretty helpless feeling.  It’s been nagging at me ever since, and I’ve been trying to figure out a way to do something, but short of miraculously finding a cure for cancer, I’ve been stumped.  But then, I found the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and discovered a way to do something with that helpless energy.

So, I’ve registered my happy ass for Light the Night on October 13th.  The goal is to raise as much money as possible for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society, as well as bring awareness to this type of cancer.  So far, my goal is $500, but if I make good progress in the coming months, I just might increase the goal.

Since my mom has Leukemia, I’ll walk with an illuminated red balloon (patients get white, family gets red, gold is reserved for the memory of a lost loved one) and share in something that’s pretty relevant to our lives right now.

My fundraising page is here.  Check it out, will ya?