guacamole, Oscar, Lululemon panties, 7 mile walks and a good dinosaur, or, weekend shenanigans

We had such a fabulous weekend and I was so sad to see it come to an end when the alarm went off bright and early Monday morning, particularly since the night before was a late one due to the Oscar’s (and stupid Eastern standard time and the late air times, which I swear I will never be a fan of).  We started our Oscar “pre-party” (snacks, snacks and more snacks, and the red carpet pre-show of course) several hours before the main event even started, and I hate to say that I fell asleep around 11, so basically right before the “big” awards were announced.  Matt and I did a little bet and each picked who we thought would win the main categories, but then fell asleep before they announced the last big ones.  Whoops.  We checked our phones in the morning though and I was happy to see that I came out on top this year!  The prize for the winning party was a new pair of Lululemon underwear, because we are nothing if not practical.  (Seriously though, best underwear EVER.)  I agreed with a lot of the winners, but I can’t say anything about Mad Max or The Revenant, which both took home a several statues.  Mad Max looks a little too weird for me and The Revenant a little too bloody (not to mention that the previews ruined it for me when I saw that horse go over the cliff), but I’ve been a fan of the other nominated movies we have seen thus far.  We actually watched Room this past weekend, although I read the book several years ago and knew the storyline, and I thought Brie Larson was amazing and totally deserving of her award.  Jacob Tremblay is ridiculously adorable (as is his family…go follow him on Instagram now for some serious #familygoals).  I’m happy Leo finally got a win and I enjoyed his speech (the morning after…).  Of course, regarding what I really cared about, the dresses were just so-so this year.  Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Brie Larson, Margot Robbie, Priyanka Chopra and Olivia Wild were my favorites, but no one wowed me like in years past.  Charlize was probably the closest…I have an affinity for a red dress.  I asked Asher Wade which one was his favorite and he said none of them because he “likes Mickey Mouse dresses.”  Well, ok then.  Someone needs to wear a red and black dress next year.  With yellow shoes.

We fixed a couple appetizers before dinner to snack on.  Matt came across this edamame guacamole in my US Weekly and then we fixed a bruschetta that I’ve made many times before.  I’ve included the recipes below the pictures.  Both are super easy to throw together and so tasty.  We opened a bottle of pinot and wined and dined in the playroom, because that’s just how we do it these days.  I consider it a win though because Asher Wade was entertained and didn’t once ask to watch Disney Jr.  He did have Girl Scout cookies and string cheese for dinner, so you win some you lose some.


Edamame guac: In a blender, pulse 1 cup shelled edamame, 3 Tbsp. light sour cream or Greek yogurt, juice of 1 lime, 1 Tbsp. olive oil and salt/pepper for taste. To that mixture add 2 ripe avocados and pulse until desired consistency. Serve with chips or crackers. Bruschetta: Slice a baguette, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and salt and pepper. Stick in the oven and turn the broiler on. Broil until toasted, keeping a close eye on it! While that’s toasting, finely chop 4 plum tomatoes (I like to remove the pulpy center and just use the firmer part). To that add 2 cloves of finely diced garlic, thin slices of fresh basil leaves, salt and pepper. Drizzle in a little balsamic and toss everything to coat. Remove toasts from the oven and pile high with the tomato mixture.

Backing up to Saturday, we went to breakfast that morning, took Asher Wade for a botch job haircut (seriously, why can NO ONE cut his hair properly??), ran errands to Target, Lowes and Ulta, played soccer in the backyard, followed AW around the neighborhood on his scooter, and then had a family date night at Bonefish and followed it up with family movie night watching The Good Dinosaur.  This was the first time we rented a movie for AW to watch and I couldn’t believe he lasted through it.  It was really adorable.  Matt and I liked it just as much.  Matt and I were actually supposed to have a date night ourselves, but our sitter was sick and had to cancel.  It worked out just fine though and was really nice to have a little family night instead.  After church on Sunday morning we headed to the River Park for a long walk/run.  I pushed all 50 pounds of toddler and stroller for 7 miles and my legs are feeling it today!  We also had fun exploring along the river and playing on the playground.  After a trip to Starbucks, we came home and got ready for the aforementioned Oscar party.  The weather this past weekend was absolutely amazing.  I wish it would stay like this for a few months.  It’s so nice to go outside and not be freezing, but then not sweaty either.  Chattanooga is so scenic as well and it was just so nice to be outside.

So enough rambling.  I will end with some pictures taken throughout the weekend.  Hope yours was lovely as well!


Family Date Night at Bonefish! I can only assume they are studying the beer list:-)


Intently watching The Good Dinosaur


“Mama! Take my peektuure with Eenie the Catty!”


Miss Annie is getting so big!

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