Niece Night & Labor Day Weekend

This 3-day weekend has been so nice! I left work by early afternoon on Friday so that I could kick off the holiday weekend a little early. On my drive home, I stopped and grabbed a PSL (since my other one was a fail) and headed home with one intention: to sit outside and read. 

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You guys, it was glorious. Perfectly sunny day, PSL in hand, a new magazine, and finishing up the last few pages of my book. A bunch of kids in our neighborhood were outside playing in the front yards and my heart was just so happy. It feels so good to have our own home with a front porch where we can sit outside and relax. 

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Once Andy got home, he mowed our lawn and I headed out for a run followed by a walk through the neighborhoods. Later that evening, we watched an old movie that he found on Amazon Prime and it was really good! There's just something about movie nights together on Fridays that I just love.

The next morning, I headed out for a long walk through the neighborhoods while listening to a podcast. Upon arriving home, I made some breakfast while Andy and I chatted about what we wanted to do that day / throughout the weekend. We toyed with the idea of going furniture shopping but felt like we couldn't find anything we liked online, so we nixed that idea and decided to have a relaxing day instead.

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I cleaned a little, did some baby registry research, then read for a bit. While getting ready, I decided to deep clean my beauty drawer -- I washed the storage containers, wiped down all of my cosmetic containers, and tossed old items that I no longer use. It's crazy how dirty makeup items get after awhile -- transluscent powder and eyeshadow gets everywhere.

Later that afternoon,  our nieces came over while my sister and brother-in-law went to the State Fair. We decided to skip the State Fair this year since I wasn't sure if I could last a full day of walking around in the heat. However, we are planning to go next year since we'll have a little eight month old with us! :)

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While the girls were here, we baked a Funfetti cake, made dinner, played upstairs in the playroom in our loft, and watched one of my favorite childhood movies. 

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It was a blast from the past as we played with all of my old Polly Pockets and my old Gameboy Color! 

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On Sunday, I ran to the library to drop off a few books and pick up this new one, which I'm really excited about! Today is going to be a cloudy / stormy day and I'm really looking forward to doing some reading and watching tv! We also split up the grocery shopping -- I hit Target and Andy swung by Costco for our weekly essentials. I picked up a new laundry basket while I was there and it was so handy for transporting the groceries to the conveyor belt and then into my vehicle and finally into the house. I'm thinking I need to keep some sort of basket in the trunk of my car for this very reason.

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Upon arriving home, I got to work roasting some veggies for the week -- roasted onion, tomatoes, and garlic for homemade tomato soup and then roasted acorn and spaghetti squash to eat throughout the week. 

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My sister came over later that afternoon to help me set up our baby registries and talk about baby shower details -- it felt SO good to make some progress in both of these areas. I started out on Babylist, but after asking around and doing a little more research, I decided to do registries at actual stores instead.

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After Andrea headed out, I whipped up some homemade tomato soup and it turned out so well! I love making up recipes as I go -- I put the roasted tomatoes / onions / garlic into the food processor with a huge handful of fresh basil and whipped them up with some organic veggie broth. Then I transferred everything into a stock pot, added S&P, olive oil, and a few shakes of dried oregano. I let it simmer for awhile and then served it up! Will definitely be making this again but next time I think I'll double / triple the recipe because it only made about 4 cups of soup.

Once the kitchen was all cleaned up, I cozied up on the couch with a slice of Funfetti cake and got to work adding items to our registries. I ended the evening with a hot bath and went to bed way too late -- especially since I was up bright and early at my usual 6am this morning. 

Today will be a low-key day for us -- probably do some laundry, work on the registries, and just relax! I'm hoping the rain holds off for a little bit so I can get outside for a run later! 

What's been the best part of your weekend?
What are your Labor Day plans?