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Scenes From Our Weekend

Feb 18, 2013

Things started off good this weekend and ended badly.

Let’s start with the good:

I worked hard and got all the party favors put together for Sterling’s birthday.  I was pretty proud of myself this year, I thought books were a great idea that the kids would want to keep.   I did all different Golden Books so no kids would fight over the same one:)

I ran to Target to pick up a few last minute party supplies and found the cutest workout tank.  Does it not look just like Lululemon??  It was only $19! I could not find it online yet so check your stores, it came in a mint color as well.

Friday Matt and I enjoyed a date night out with one of our favorite couples.  We tried out The Lot, a new restaurant on James Island and loved it.  The menu changes daily and they use all local produce and meats.  We both thought the food was great.

They come to your table and describe the nights menu while writing it on your table which I thought was a cool idea.  Nice laid back vibe, but with excellent food.

Matt and I both shared the kale salad and whole Red Snapper.  Normally I am not the type of person to order a whole fish, but the fish was incredible.  Cooked and seasoned perfectly and the meat just flaked off the fish.  If you live in Charleston you must check out this place- it is on Maybank Highway beside The Pour House.

Saturday we woke up and celebrated this sweet guys 3rd birthday.  We put balloons out in the den and all his presents so when he woke up it was like Christmas.  He was so excited.

 Per his request we picked up Krsipy Kreme Doughnuts for breakfast.  This is starting to be a family tradition (addiction).  Matt ate 8, no joke.

 We also took our Superhero out to a fun lunch. 

Saturday night my sister and her husband came over to have dinner and help me set up our new Apple TV.  They gave it to us for Christmas but I am an idiot when it comes to setting up technology things so I waited til she was in town to help.  Let me tell you I am obsessed with it.  It is so cool for streaming your music, pictures, and Netflix!

This is when things started to turn ugly, they left and I got in bed feeling dizzy, thought it might be the few glasses of wine I had.  Not so much woke up at 4 am puking.  Then proceeded to puke and have diarrhea the whole next day.  Accompanied by fever and chills.  I ended up having to cancel Sterling’s birthday party I was so sick.  Broke my heart but I couldn’t pull myself out of bed and I didn’t want to risk the kids getting sick.  This bug is brutal.  I ate nothing all day except for a piece of toast last night- so not me you know I love my food.  I was too nauseous to stomach anything.  Feeling better this morning.  Hoping it was a 24 hour bug.

Forgot to talk about it last week, but how excited are we that Mumford and Sons won Album of the year?   I have loved them for a long time!  Babel is always on repeat in my car, one of the best cds out!

Have a great Presidents Day!



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  1. Glad you're feeling better today! So sorry the weekend took such a bad turn for you. Nothing knocks me down as hard as the stomach flu!

  2. Keely says:

    Loved what you wrote on Saturday! What a great Mom you are!!! Minus having to cancel the party…sounds like Sterling had a great Birthday. Nothing bad about an extended Birthday, maybe reschedule or do it as a play date during the week. Cute favor idea also! Hope you feel better relax and enjoy that Apple TV!

  3. Oh no! That stinks about the party and you getting that nasty bug! I hope you're feeling much better and it sounds like Sterling had the best weekend with his family!

  4. I'm sorry you are sick. Keira has the same bug!! It's brutal. Can you reschedule his B-day party?

  5. Jill says:

    Oh no!! I was wondering why I did not see any fabulous birthday party pix on instagram!!

    I hope you are feeling better, Sterling will be fine having his party any other time!!

  6. 17 Perth says:

    Oh no!! I am so sorry you felt so bad! Sounds horrible! I hope you are feeling better today!

  7. Val says:

    I hope you feel better soon. If I lived closer I'd bring you some soup =) I heart golden books.

  8. Oh no! I'm so sorry that you got sick and had to cancel Sterling's party! I'm glad you're feeling a bit better now.

  9. Jessie says:

    Oh no. Something has been going around. It looks like Sterling had an amazing birthday anyways!

  10. Alicia xoxxo says:

    Sounds like a perfect weekend until Saturday night. I hope you are feeling better soon! I love that you had Sterling's presents and balloons set up for hime when he woke up!
    And awesome find on that target tank. I am going to go try and find it!:)
    My hubs does the same thing with Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Eats 7-8 in the matter of mins! Men!
    Feel better soon!

  11. Lili says:

    OH NO! i hope you feel better!

  12. megan says:

    So sorry you were feeling so bad on Saturday! What a bummer! Glad you seem to be making your way back to normal though! Sterling seemed to have a great 3rd birthday!

  13. Angie says:

    I've been reading your blog for a few months and I love it. What a bummer getting the flu. My mom came this weekend to visit us in SoCal. She got the flu too and can't be around my 5 month at all. Hope you get better soon!

  14. Sara Mueller says:

    So sorry to hear you had to cancel Sterling's birthday! I hope you are feeling better already! Apple TV! Amazing!

  15. Oh no!! How awful to get so sick that you had to cancel the par-tay!! Hopefully you get to reschedule! And hope you feel back to normal soon!!

  16. tpatters5 says:

    šŸ™ for you but Sterling seemed to have a pretty terrific birthday!

  17. Eeeek! Hope you feel better! Happy birthday Sterling!

  18. Taylor says:

    ughh, hope you are feeling better šŸ™ how awful. atleast you got the krispy kreme's in before the sickness came!!


  19. oh no sweet girl, hope you're feeling better. What a bummer. I guess it's good I didn't make it down to Charleston on Sunday afterall šŸ™‚

    And I'm obsessed with our apple tv. I rolled my eyes at Matt for months when he mentioned buying one and now it's the best thing ever. I want to get one for our family room tv too!

  20. I'm feeling sick to my stomach just reading about you!! And crying bc I just read your happy birthday post to that darling boy of yours!! Thanks for the queasy bawl fest! šŸ˜‰

  21. Happy Birthday to Sterling!! Apple TV is the best thing ever! Hope you're feeling better šŸ˜‰

  22. Bless your heart! I hate you had to cancel Sterling's party! I had the same stomach bug 2 weeks ago and I thought I would never feel normal again. Pregnant with the bug was pretty much the worst combination possible.

  23. You poor thing! I am so sorry the bday had to be cancelled. I know how much you love your little guy.

  24. So sorry to that you got sick! I hope no one else gets sick and that you can reschedule the party for your sweet boy!!!

  25. Dinner at The Lot sounds incredible! So sorry to hear about the end of your weekend…hope you are feeling better today and Sterling is on the way to recovery!

  26. Such a bummer for you about the birthday and being sick. I had a massive illness for my youngests' 3rd too and it just killed me but she had a grand time. I bet your little guy is not terribly disappointed esp. since there were Krispy Kremes.