weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans – The One With All the Food and Shopping

It is always so hard to come back to work and reality on  Monday after a long weekend. Especially when that weekend included so many delicious eats, shopping, and one frustrating football game. But I dont want to talk about that last one, ok?

We kicked off the holiday with an early dismissal from work on Wednesday. I didn’t hesitate to pack up my stuff and head on out to get Zoe. She was so excited to see me so early! Her and I went and picked up some snacks for the weekend and ordered her smash cake and birthday cake!

I decided to make French toast for us on Thanksgiving morning while we watched the parade. Hopefully a new tradition. Zoe didn’t care to much for the parade, but she loved her French toast and ate the entire slice I gave her, crust and all! She was a good eater all day, and tried a bit of everything at both lunch and dinner! Here is her first Thanksgiving lunch plate! She even had ham and turkey (not pictured).

We go to Chris’s parents house for a late lunch and then my mom’s for dinner. We were all beat after all that eating and traveling and headed home. Chris went back out that night with our BIL to do some shopping, while Zoe and I snuggled up and watched a Christmas movie.

Zoe with her all of her cousins on Chris’s side of the family

Friday, Zoe got her first Black Friday experience. My mom and I have been shopping every year (except last year when I was hella pregnant) since and this year it was so surreal having Zoe out with us! Next year she will probably stay home with daddy since she will be more mobile, but I think she liked all the excitement this year. She was really good the entire day and only got fussy once when I was in the fitting room at Nordstrom Rack. Grandma walked her around while I finished up there and she was happy once again when I took her to go try on some shoes. That girl loves shoes. She did give me a look before lunch that told me she was over it. Hahaha. I don’t know where she gets those facial expressions from. Me.

Parmesan truffle cheese fries from Cowfish for lunch

We had a lot of fun shopping with my mom and I even got someone crossed off the Christmas list.

Saturday was Iron Bowl and after we got a little cleaning done around the house, we headed over to watch the game with Chris’s dad. We spent a lot of time shaking our heads and yelling at the tv. We still have hope that *maybe* we can make it into the playoffs?!?! That evening after we got home and got Zoe to bed, Chris hung out with J in the basement and I decided to try a Christmas movie on Netflix. You guys. I have never cried so much during a movie since Marley and Me. I chose The Heart of Christmas with Candace Cameron Burre and….just cue the tears. The movie is about a woman who learns of a little boy that is dying of cancer and it changes her outlook on life. I didn’t realize the movie was based off a real family and so at the end, I wasn’t prepared to see pictures of the actual little boy. It was such a good movie, but so so heartbreaking. I had to watch Home Alone after to get it off my mind!

Sunday, my sister and one of my nephews came over and went grocery shopping with us. I picked up some Mexican on the way home for lunch. When we got back, we put Zoe down for a nap and started prepping props for her smash cake pictures!!! We did them ourselves because our photographer wasn’t available before her birthday and I really wanted them done now. I think they turned out pretty good and I will be sharing them soon!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and Thanksgiving!!! May your Monday be filled with coffee and go by quickly! Linking up with Biana.


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  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine November 27, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Oooh love these Zoe pics! The one with her cousins is sooo cute! I have to watch Home Alone every year too! Can’t wait to see the props! Happy Cyber Monday!

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer November 27, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Ugh that game. Luckily we were out at dinner so I couldn’t curse too much!! It looks like Zoe had a wonderful first Thanksgiving! Can’t wait to see her pics. Hard to believe she’ll be a year old!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders November 27, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Zoe’s expression in that pictures is too funny! I totally understand her being done and ready for lunch after a morning full of shopping! And that’s so awesome that you get to see both sides of the family for Thanksgiving! I wish that our parents lived closer to each other because that would definitely make things convenient. I can’t wait to see Zoe’s smash cake pictures! And it’s such a bummer about the game! I still think that Alabama should make it to the playoffs, I mean they’re just such a good team!

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky November 27, 2017 at 9:20 am

    LOL look at Z’s face – I AM DONE WITH SHOPPING! so adorable and hilarious.

  • Reply Laura November 27, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Yay for Z trying all the foods!! Unlike Sheffield – although he ate cranberry sauce, so whatever. I’m glad you got to see both sides of the family. Z’s shopping face is me always, shopping. Also, and it has to be done, WAR EAGLE!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Alexandra November 27, 2017 at 9:38 am

    OMG THOSE FRIES! 🙂 Glad you had a good Thanksgiving weekend. It can be tough on kiddos to be out of routine and do the holiday thing, glad Zoe did well! 🙂 Oh fun, I want to see the smash photos too! 😛 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  • Reply Carly November 27, 2017 at 9:50 am

    What a great Thanksgiving- I can only imagine the amazing food you had getting to visit both families! And yay for Zoe being a trooper through shopping on Friday! I will definitely avoid that Christmas movie because I can’t handle anything too emotional right now. So fun to get Zoe’s smash cake pictures done– I can’t believe she’s so close to her first birthday already!

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston November 27, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I love that Zoe went with you and your mom for black friday shopping! She’s a little fashionista and clearly wanted to be in on all the fun! So sweet that she was able to enjoy all the Thanksgiving day food as well – that’s so special! Loving all the food you ate – that Parmesan truffle pasta – YUM! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Cara November 27, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Aw Zoe’s face after Black Friday shopping is priceless. haha Glad to hear she was good for you all and that you and your Mom were able to continue the yearly tradition!

  • Reply Ali A November 27, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Sounds like you had a nice holiday weekend! It’s SO HARD being back in reality today…sigh.

  • Reply marie November 27, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Oh Zoe is too cute. I ‘m sure she did enjoy Black Friday shopping. That is so cute that she loves shoes so much!! All that food looks so good.

  • Reply Amy November 27, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Awww, sounds like the perfect first Thanksgiving for Zoe. Ummm… that game was freaking amazing! I don’t really have a stake either way so I was just in it for the excitement factor, great football. Sorry your team did not prevail… I know that feeling!

  • Reply Sierra November 27, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    A Monday after a holiday weekend is always so rough. How cute you had a little black Friday shopper this year. Real life movies get me every time 🙁 Home Alone is always a classic to brighten the mood. I can’t wait to see the pictures of her smash cake! I bet they came out cute! Sierra ~ Beautifully Candid

  • Reply SMD November 27, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Zoe is a trooper doing the Black Friday business with the big girls!

  • Reply Kay November 27, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    So glad you guys had a great Thanksgiving! The look on her face while shopping though hehe

  • Reply emelia November 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Aweeee Zoe, I love her faces! What a fun Black Friday experience taking baby girl. I want truffle fries now!

  • Reply StephTheBookworm November 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Just the sound of that movie alone makes me want to cry! UGH! I’ll have to watch it though because it sounds really good.
    Ohh, I can’t wait to see Zoe’s pictures! Caleb was NOT into smashing his cake. He was so delicate and dainty with it haha.

  • Reply Kelly @ Noodle to the Rescue November 27, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Your posts always make me so hungry – So much good food! Those fries!
    The I’m-over-it face that kids get always crack me up – Abel has perfected it too.
    Can’t wait to see that smash cake photos!

  • Reply Kate November 27, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Those truffle fries – YUMMMM! I love that our girls got to try the Thanksgiving food this year, and yay for the parade and French Toast <3

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis November 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Yum I haven’t had french toast in years! Zoe looks so cute with her cousins! Sounds like a busy but fun weekend!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo November 27, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Love Zoe joined you this Black Friday… but probably smart for next year to let her stay home 😉
    Oh gosh… that move was worse than Marley & Me? I always say – you couldnt PAY me enough to watch that movie!!!

  • Reply Audrey November 28, 2017 at 8:51 am

    I’m slightly intrigued by this Netflix movie, but also I tend to avoid real-life things that’ll make me sob, lol.
    Glad you had a good weekend (minus the football game)! Zoe is too precious. I think Thanksgiving might be her favorite holiday?? All that food and people watching and cousin time! Lol!

  • Reply Jenna November 28, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    The Zoe pictures are too stinkin’ cute, and those fries look amazing!

  • Reply Danielle November 28, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I will have to check out that movie on Netflix. Love me some Christmas movies. I love the picture of Zoe saying she is over it. So cute.

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen November 28, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Her face is too cute! I will have to check out that movie, I need some new netflix suggestions! Those fries look amazing!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says November 28, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    I can’t make it through one of your posts without getting hungry.

    Glad Zoe enjoyed her first Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Kaitlyn November 28, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Can’t wait to see the smash cake pictures, omg. So sorry for your Alabama loss…..lol 😉 Excited for the SEC Championship, but I have to admit, I’m a little nervous. I think this is going to be a good game. I’m glad y’all enjoyed your Black Friday day out. I love the Zoe tagged along! We were out shopping from 5am-9pm. Talk about shop till you drop.

  • Reply Heather November 29, 2017 at 10:11 am

    She is soooo cute, I love all of her little looks! I can’t wait to see the smash cake pics!! I miss black Friday shopping but down here it’s just madness. I loved it in the Midwest because it didn’t feel as crowded or as crazy. I don’t think I’ve been in lie 5 years but I love shopping online now!! Sounds like a great weekend!

  • Reply chelsea jacobs November 29, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    We had a cowfish in Orlando and those fries were my FAVORITE!

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