Weekend Update – Shindig!

Happy Monday, friends! We passed another excellent weekend as residents in our new house and couldn’t be happier about it. We even christened it with a mini housewarming. Read all about it below!

Friday
We invited a half dozen or so friends over since Ben had a by-week for broom ball. It was so nice to be able to host a gathering at our OWN house. My in-laws were wonderful about us having guests over, but it’s always sort of fraught when you’re trying to host a party at someone else’s house.

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I whipped up a batch of what we lovingly refer to as “Crack Dip” (basically a cheesy, spicy corn dip), and asked our guests to each bring something potluck style so we wouldn’t have to cook a big meal. David and Alex brought an absolutely sinful mac and cheese with bacon, caramelized onions, and goat cheese, and Nick and Nikki brought a nice green salad to balance out the carbs and cheese. We had a great time chatting, and baby Kalamack was absolutely enthralled with the kitties.

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Saturday
Saturday was “productivity day.” As residents of what we lovingly refer to as “the boonies,” we don’t have weekly trash pickup. This means that we have to make runs to our local transfer station (aka dump). And after a couple of weeks of unpacking boxes and setting up a new house, we had a LOT of trash and recycling to get rid of, so that was our first priority.

Meal planning and grocery shopping was also on the agenda while we were out and about, so before leaving for the day, we planned out our meals for the week and put together the grocery list. AND we even remembered to bring our reusable shopping bags. Score!

After getting home for the day, I decided to tackle some of our remaining painting projects while Ben did some other random stuff. I started in the guest room closet, and then moved out to do a second coat on the guest room itself. For whatever reason, one coat just didn’t cut it in that room. The open gallon of paint ran out with about 9 square feet of wall left, which was incredibly frustrating, but I was exhausted by that point, so I decided to just save it for Sunday.

Ben and I spent the rest of the evening cooking a nice supper, eating, playing video games, reading, and relaxing together. It still hasn’t gotten old that we have our own house and our own space to hang out in 🙂

Sunday
We slept in a bit, and after breakfast I resumed painting. Armed with a fresh can of paint, I finished the tiny bit of wall in the guest room, and did the entire guest bathroom as well. Now that that room is done, we can finally start putting it together as an actual guest/baby room instead of the dumping ground it was starting to be.

I was done with painting by about 2 and started in on a few loads of laundry. I mostly loafed around the rest of the afternoon while Ben made bread for our neighbors who have been plowing our driveway FOR FREE.

Around 5:30 we headed over to the Johnson’s house to join my in-laws for dinner. The Johnson’s are some of my in-laws’ oldest friends, and they always make such great spreads. When we arrived, there was a veggie platter with a delicious bean dip, and homemade potato skins with all the fixings. Then for supper, there was boeuf bourguignon, salad, and fresh bread, with brownie sundaes for dessert. I was STUFFED by the time we headed home.

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I ran around doing a few more productive things to get ready for work like making a few jars of overnight oats and putting coffee to soak in my french press for cold-brewed iced coffee for the week, then headed to bed early. Ben is on February break this week, so he stayed up late playing video games. Lucky duck! The good news this week is that because it’s February break, my commute is a lot nicer and faster than usual.

Is it school break time in your neck of the woods?

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