A little mix of house work and play usually makes for a satisfying weekend and it rung true for this one. We kicked it off on the ‘play’ side in the form of date night! David and I are trying to make these more of a regular occurrence. We started the evening in Davidson, at one of our favorites, Restaurant X.
Our plan was to grab some apps before heading to the movie theater, which serves food and drinks. We devoured the shrimp rolls and dip duo in time to show up to the theater like a bunch of rookies, as we were told at the door that every showing to every movie was sold out. Next time, Mr. Bond, next time.
D9 Brewery is located in what looks like an office park in Cornelius. They had the Imperial Sandwiches food truck set up outside and live guitar inside. It was comfortably full and a nice relaxed, clean atmosphere. We set up shop in a back table and sampled our way through 8 beers and an incredible Cuban sandwich on sourdough.
For the beer lovers, my favorite was Head of the Horsemen, an Imperial Pumpkin Ale with medium body blend of pumpkin, spices, brown sugar and clove. It is also a 10%er so whew, it’s a beast! Delicious.
The rainy Saturday morning was the perfect set up for a leisurely breakfast.
We were low on bacon, so we split two pieces four ways. Let me tell you, a half piece of bacon is just a tease. I crumbled it on my cheese grits to make it go further.
Saturday afternoon finally arrived to Hailey’s joy. It was her best friend’s birthday party!
It was at a local pottery place and the kids all got to pick a piece to paint.
It took all my willpower to just let her paint it how she wanted to and not step in to ask, are you sure you don’t want the crown to be yellow?!
Blue crown and pink hair?… you got it girl.
The cupcakes Alison made were delicious! Gluten-free cake and vanilla icing colored with BEET powder! How cool is that?! Not being a beet lover myself, I can vouch that it tasted nothing like beets and 100% like sweet, delicious vanilla icing.
Saturday night David had a work shindig, so I asked Hailey what she wanted for dinner. Mac ‘n cheese and salad.
Easy enough. Rounded out with La Crema red wine for mom (you know, solo weekend duty and all).
Sunday morning David busted his butt working in the yard (it needed a lot of TLC) and I wrangled the girls at two grocery stores.
I figured that earned me a cup of Christmas morning tea and a lit Fresh Balsam candle (my favorite scent!!!) as I unloaded.
In the sake of full disclosure, all my fall decorations have been put away. The house is clean and I’m itching to pull out Christmas. It hasn’t happened… yet.
Sunday afternoon we had a family photo session and I have my fingers crossed a bajillion times that we got one good family shot for our Christmas card. It’s not an easy age for focus and smiles on demand.
That’s a wrap!
Are you feeling the Christmas spirit start to creep in?
I usually wait until after Thanksgiving, but I wouldn’t mind an extra week or two of Christmas joy this year.
What did you do this weekend?