Man, what a GREAT past few days we’ve had! We’ve been busy, and we’ve had some exhausted kiddos (while simultaneously tiring us out, too!) but it’s been a blast…so let’s catch up!
On Friday night, Jay and I were lucky enough to enjoy a little date night out. The last time we were out just the two of us was when we visited Turning Stone a few months ago (gahh, I want to go back!), so it was feeling long overdue.
After going back and forth (for what seemed like days) trying to decide on where to go, we eventually ended up at Tala Bistro, which we’ve been to before and loved.
We got there in time just for the tail end of their happy hour, so we grabbed a couple of seats at the bar and each enjoyed a drink (or two) before getting our table. My drink of choice was their summer sangria and it was pure perfection.
Once we got to our table, we decided to get an order of their calamari for an app because it’s just SO good.
For my dinner, I chose one of their specials which (I believe) was sole stuffed with scallops, crab, and shrimp and it was also delicious.
And for dessert (because, why not?) we split their mini chocolate chip cookie sliders. Mmmmhmmmm.
Because we’re old, lame, and the weather was sort of crappy, there really wasn’t much more to do after dinner so we ended up getting home before 9pm (and I’m pretty sure asleep by 10pm!). My, how things change.
Saturday morning was pretty relaxed; Lucas slept over at my parents’ house the night before and Alex had a great morning until nap time. It actually worked out well because both Jay and I had to work a little overtime over the weekend, so while Alex took his morning nap, the two of us did our work over a delicious breakfast of bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches…courtesy of chef Jay.
The rest of Saturday didn’t have all that much going on. I did, however, give the new grocery pickup service that our Walmart has just recently started offering a try…and I will say, I’m impressed!
I placed my order via their mobile app the night before and chose when I wanted to pick it up the next day. I didn’t get a full grocery list for our first try…mainly dry foods, yogurts, and a couple frozen things. I did try a few items from produce, as well as some Harvestland chicken and grass-fed ground beef, and I’ll say I was VERY happy with the entire process from start to finish. Plus, not ONLY are there coupon codes for $10 off your first order (feel free to use THIS CODE for $10 off <—it’s a referral code, so we both get $10!), but they also give you this fun little bag of freebies, too!
I think I would absolutely use their service again, and the savings really were awesome!
The rest of Saturday evening was basically spent hanging around outside or playing with neighbors in the street.
Speaking of awesome neighbors, we actually had a super fun get-together with a few of them on Sunday afternoon!
Between the four families that were there, we have six boys all ranging in age from Lucas’s age (almost 4) to Alex (1) and oh my GOODNESS, do they have fun. We totally lucked out in the neighbor department and I know it’s not going to be long before they’re all causing trouble. ; )
While we were there, I ended up enjoying a couple of these dry hard ciders from nearby Indian Ladder Farms and they were SO good. Apparently, I’m in to ciders this year??
The food was also incredible; plenty of appetizers, including this dill pickle cheese ball (I believe it was this recipe and I’m TOTALLY making it).
We had pulled pork, grilled chicken kebabs, grilled veggie kebabs, salads, and more.
And, of course, dessert. We had mini chocolate cream pies, I made my favorite stars and stripes cookie cake, and also brought some watermelon.
Because what’s a summer picnic without watermelon, right?
A sudden rain shower caused the evening to come to a close, but it actually worked out quite well because we had two little boys who were more than ready for bedtime.
Both Jay and I had to work on Monday, so there really isn’t much to speak of for that day. And then on Tuesday, we enjoyed a casual morning at home before packing it up and heading to my parents’ house for a pool day.
Side note, I almost died when Jay brought Alex downstairs from his nap in this outfit. I mean…c’mon. <3
We had beautiful weather and everyone was able to enjoy plenty of time in the pool. Even though we are now 0 for 2 on the naps for Alex there, a little boob snooze did the trick and we were back out shortly after.
(FYI: The last time I posted this pool float I got a ton of questions about it! I bought it on Zulily a few years ago but it’s THIS ONE on Amazon right now and we love it!)
We rounded out our with a delicious dinner + Friendly’s watermelon roll for dessert before heading back home to put the boys to bed…and now here I am typing! Now that this post is done, I’m about to go relax on the couch for a bit and probably head to bed shortly after that because a) I’m wiped, and b) we finished season 5 of OITNB so now we don’t have a show to watch! (P.S. – thoughts on the end of season 5, anyone??)
I hope you ALL had a fabulous 4th and weekend! What were some of YOUR favorite weekend highlights?