Labor Day Weekend 2016

This past weekend was incredible and just what I needed to relieve some wedding planning stress that has been building. Friday began with 5-minute soaked oats (old fashioned oats + Earthly Choice cereal soaked in yogurt with a splash of milk). I topped it with peanut butter and Wyman’s of Maine thawed berries and kale. Mason had to try it. We love how his nose crinkles!

For lunch, I ordered a veggie wrap from Jason’s Deli with steamed vegetables on the side. My clinic manager threw a baby shower for one of the nurses, so I had a slice of cookie cake later.

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Once I got home, I packed up my clothes and our food to spend the long weekend at our lake house. {Fun fact: we realized that the first time he ever visited the lake house was Labor Day Weekend 2005 after we’d been dating for a whole two months. It was the one time he, my mom, and I were out there together.} For dinner we had salmon salad, tomato, avocado, cucumber, crackers, and steamed vegetables.

The water pressure was very weak, so we crawled under the house to investigate. Despite there being nasty cave crickets (they’re awful!), I bravely crawled under too. Matt spotted this guy just hangin’ out. 😉 We also noticed a nest of baby doves on our deck. So cute!

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For breakfast, we had spiced peach oatmeal with peanut butter and a sprinkle of sugar. Unfortunately, I added a little too much spice, but it was still tasty. We slept for something like 10 hours. O_o I sleep so incredibly well out there – it’s like the sound of the fan in the living room and fishing boats going across the lake lull me to sleep better than anything else.

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I loved the reflection in my coffee. ❤

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One of our best friends is rebuilding our deck, so that’s what the lumber is for. Panoramic shot from the deck.

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I ended up eating several snacks throughout Saturday rather than having a lunch. Chobani Meze dip with crackers, roasted mixed nuts, and a banana.

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I took a much needed shower and put on my swimsuit only to end up wearing it into town on three separate occasions yet never went swimming. Haha. Matt is an amazing, sweet man, and he single-handedly repaired our water pressure control valve. He had to physically dig out nasty mud to get to it and was able to fix it within a few hours. He’s so knowledgeable!! I just tagged along and watched him in action.

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Another snack: carrots with tahini, cheese stick, prunes.

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Then I tried Larabar‘s latest creation: mint chocolate truffles. So good!

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I so wish we could eat outside at home! It’s such a luxury and a treat to eat our meals on the deck. The weather was absolutely perfect. We warmed the last of our baked chicken thighs in a parmesan cream tomato sauce, pasta, beets, and sautéed spinach.

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Beautiful silhouette.

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We cleaned out so much under the kitchen sink, and we discovered this bottle of bloody mary dated 1979. So nasty! But admittedly, I think it’s fascinating to stumble upon old/vintage things at the lake house. Check out that price.

We also found this coffee maker tucked away in the back – love it! I hope to get it super clean and able to be used. We’d like to try it.

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I had a fruit yogurt bowl while Matt had a smoothie for dessert on Saturday. He didn’t think he’d get to have smoothies, but of course I packed the blender for him. 😉

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Our neighbors across the cove put on a fantastic fireworks show! I took a video, but unfortunately, I cannot load it on the blog. It was incredible. They did another one on Sunday night too, and we had the best seat to enjoy it!

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Awww 🙂

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We had a scrambler on Sunday complete with greens, spices, splash of milk, egg, and goat cheese for me/cheddar for Matt.

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A juicy peach on the side.

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We went through the A-frame and completely consolidated our belongings + gathered up things to donate, recycle, throw away, and sell. Matt stacked all of our bins in the boathouse, so now the A-frame is ready to be used as our wedding photo booth! I found this ORHS cheerleader outfit that I wore for Halloween when I was in elementary school. My mom was able to get Kaci and I each one of the old uniforms because the school had recently bought new ones at the time. It still fit!

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I also found my mom’s wedding dress from her first marriage, and I was amazed that it fit as well. I felt like a princess, and I absolutely love it! It reminds me of Lucille Ball. Another fun fact: my mom had her wedding at the lake house in this exact dress, so in some ways, I’m following in her footsteps, and I couldn’t be more proud to do so. She was an amazing woman.

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These were the only two photos I could find of her wearing it, but isn’t she gorgeous? My grandfather looks so proud and handsome! I don’t know what became of the hat, but I wish we had it too!

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For lunch, we each had a sweet potato spiced with cinnamon and drizzled with tahini, carrots, tomato, and avocado + the last of the salmon salad and chips for Matt.

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Matt cut down some tree limbs and began burning our brush pile. He saw the sun coming through the trees and decided to take some photos. He has such an awesome eye for these things. These shots are almost magical.

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Not only did he work so hard all day but he made us a rack of ribs that was fall-off-the-bone, lick-your-fingers, ‘mmm’-your-way-through-it amazing! We’ve been together more than 11 years, and I just now got to try his famous ribs, but they were worth the wait! We enjoyed simple cooked turnip greens from frozen and Annie’s gluten free mac ‘n cheese.

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The aftermath.

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We had never tried this barbeque sauce, but we now highly recommend it!

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Another yogurt bowl for my dessert, this time with fresh mango and two Larabar truffles. Matt made a smoothie. We enjoyed this after the fireworks show from our neighbors again.

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We played three games of Kings in the Corner on our nice, new carpet! He won the first two games, but I finally got my victory.

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I decided to play with the Snap Chat filters and took this on Monday morning.

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Van’s apple cinnamon waffles with Fage yogurt, banana, and peanut butter. Matt had three and stacked them.

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I had two and made a dorky smiley face.

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That swirl. Yum.

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The way the sunlight dances and sparkles on the lake will never get old.

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Here’s the inside of the A-frame now that it’s been cleared out and ready for use. I love those curtains!

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I dusted the windowsills, chimney, sinks, etc.

We loaded up my car to the max and headed home around noon. We had lunch and then I unpacked and began doing the dishes, laundry, and so forth. I had this snack of yogurt, a peach, roasted pumpkin seeds, and LOVE GROWN FOODS cocoa goodness granola.

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We had the leftover ribs and mac ‘n cheese plus roasted green beans, red onion, and mushrooms.

We brought back this sock monkey that had been down in a bin. Matt suggested we give it one of the babies’ catnip bananas. Lol! It’s waiting on them to play with when they are back at our place on Friday. They’ve been enjoying their time at Kaci’s.

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I saw a recipe for an oatmeal pancake and decided to give it a try. It was so fluffy and enjoyable! I topped it with avocado, peach, and maple syrup. Matt flipped it for me. The boy has some serious talent. He can flip an omelet, pancake, or anything with just the flick of his wrist.

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I’m easing back into work with this comfortable outfit that is borderline pajamas. 😉

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Hope you all had a fantastic weekend and are off to a good start to this short week!

 

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