As we round the corner of January 1, most of us settle down from the craziness of the holiday season. In our house, that settling down is delayed a week, because Sweets’ birthday is January 6 (which was Sunday of this past weekend). We didn’t have a lot planned over the weekend, but we did keep busy (I know, that must shock you – ha!).
Friday night was a quiet night at home where I cooked a very mediocre shrimp meal and we just enjoyed the feeling of the end of the week.
Saturday, we did our grocery shopping in the morning, as I had a bunch of cooking I planned to do over the course of the weekend. While Gavin napped that afternoon, I made Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese for a friend who recently had a baby (plus a little extra for us). The last time I made this recipe, I wasn’t in love with it … it’s a very rich meal and I didn’t fully enjoy it. This time, I used less squash and less blue cheese, replacing it with goat cheese. I think we found the perfect balance, because not only did I like it, but Gavin cleared his plate (and he wouldn’t even touch it last time). Saturday night, at Sweets’ request, we also went to see the Zoo Lights display at our local zoo. It was the last weekend for the display and it was the perfect time to go (MUCH less crazy than in December).
Sunday was Sweets’ birthday and Gavin’s first gift was sleeping until 9am. We all thanked him for that one. When he woke up, I handed Gavin a couple cards and small gift; he went running down the hallway into our bedroom, woke up Sweets saying “happy birthday to you.” It was so darling. After Sweets opened up his cards and gift, we sort of went into crazy overdrive, trying to eat breakfast, get dressed and make it to Gavin’s first music class of the session. Only, when we got to the building where he has class, we realized I screwed up and classes don’t start until next week. Whoops. So, we walked to a playground around the corner and let Gavin run around (in the FREEZING cold) for a bit before heading home. I started making turkey chili with lots of help from Gavin while Sweets went out to watch some football with a friend. Sweets’ parents came over later in the afternoon for Sweets’ birthday dinner.
For us, it was a relatively low-key weekend. We intended to take down our Christmas tree and pack away a few more things from our re-organizing stint the other week, but neither of those things happened. Rather, we strolled through the weekend, spent lots of time together and enjoyed celebrating Sweets turning another year older.
How did you spend your first full weekend in 2013?!?