Happy Hump Day, gang! I am still detoxing and resting a bit from all of my birthday week festivities, so I’m finally getting around to a recap. During my birthday week, I made sure to treat myself around every corner: a mani/pedi, chik fil a for lunch, and ice cream every night. On Thursday morning, we got up, got packed, and hit the road to my parent’s house!
We stopped halfway in Staunton, which is where we always stop, and coincidentally, also where we got Millie! It wasn’t quite 11am, so we walked around for a bit and enjoyed the beautiful weather. There is an adorable toy shop called Pufferbellies, and of course we had to check that out! Aida picked out an adorable big, red barn from Melissa and Doug, and Millie was even allowed inside. (The ladies who were working were so sweet–I tried to wait outside with Millie, but this poor Dood gets so anxious, she immediately started her high pitched anxiety barking because she couldn’t see where Matt and Aida had gone.) Aida was excited and wouldn’t stop saying “I go to Gramma’s house and play with barn!”
Like I said, it was nice to enjoy the weather and eat outside with the whole family. The past few times we’ve traveled, the weather has been crummy, so that means one person gets to walk Millie around while the other person eats lunch with Aida. (And if you’ve ever since this child throw a tantrum in a restaurant, you’ll understand that one option isn’t necessarily better than the other.)
Once we arrived, Aida immediately had to go outside and play. The neighbor’s have a big playground for their little girl and they don’t mind sharing when Aida comes to town, so she was in heaven! Millie was in heaven too, because she got to run around off her leash. She’s a free range dood when she goes to Gramma and Pop Pop’s house!
On Friday, we visited my mom at her school. Just look at Aida with her backpack on–I’m dying!
My mom had a free period, so she took Aida around the school to show her off. Aida also managed to hone in on the lollipops that my mom keeps in her room. We allowed her to have one (and I had one too, because #birthdayweek), but of course she wanted more. Gramma promised she would bring her a “red one and blue one” when she came home, and you better believe Aida kept reminding us of this all day long. (Then when gramma arrived home with the lollipops, she managed to unwrap three and stick them all in her mouth at the same time while our attention was diverted.)
Afterwards, we drove over to Abingdon to kill time before lunch. We found a tiny little park in the middle of downtown, which was the perfect size for Aida. We checked out a few antique shops and found a few things, but decided we would need to return without Aida, or with more helping hands for Aida. (Because nobody wants to let a toddler run loose in an antique shop.)
For lunch, we went to one of my favorite restaurants, 128 Pecan. We went there for the first time last Christmas, and I had a life changing fried green tomato and pimiento cheese sandwich. I ordered that again, along with the orange bourbon crush and a slice of pecan pie for dessert. Just living my best life!
That evening, we had birthday cake (from Great American Cookie Company), and I opened my birthday presents. My mom surprised me with my American Girl doll to give to Aida! Molly suffered a tragic accident at the hands (or teeth, I should say) of our chocolate lab when I was in 5th grade. We always said we would send her to the doll hospital (yes, that exists), but then I grew out of playing with dolls and we forgot. I’m so excited to pass this doll onto to Aida, I definitely teared up when I opened the gift!
After we put Aida to bed, Matt and I went out for a little date. It was nice to enjoy some couple time, but when we finished dinner at 9pm, we were both ready to call it a night! Bedtime was calling our names.
The next day we took Aida to the Farmer’s Market, which she lovingly refers to as “the marketplace.” As far as she knows it’s a place where she gets, “snacks and blueberry muffins.”
Then we went back to the antique store and picked out a few pieces of furniture for our new house! I’m so excited, I can hardly stand it. (We left the furniture with my parents, and they will bring it up when they help us move.)
Aida even got her very own antique rocking chair.
That evening, some family friends came over and we celebrated some more. Needless to say, we were all exhausted!
Sunday morning came too quickly, and we packed up and left in the morning. I’m always sad to leave my parents, but I’m excited to see them next month when we move into our new house!
And that concludes my birthday week! I was definitely feeling a little bit of post-birthday blues, but did I mention that I’m excited about our new house?! 😉 (Sorry not sorry, just can’t stop talking about it!)
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