Weekend Recap: Family Visit, Braves Game, and a Big Birthday + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are glad to start a fresh, new week.  We had a jam-packed weekend, and I’m going to share a bit about it here today!

We were so lucky to have Nana and Pop come into town on Friday afternoon to come visit and watch Ben’s baseball game Friday night, and the girls’ soccer games on Saturday morning.  A couple weeks ago, when Scott was home in Aiken for a night, they all ate some traditional South Carolina barbeque, and I was terribly jealous, so they were so sweet to bring barbeque and all the fixins for me on Friday!  Cinco de Mayo or not, I was eating barbeque!

Poor Ben had been struggling through a sinus infection all week long, and though I wanted Nana and Pop to be able to watch him play, his game was canceled due to the rain, and it was still nice to stay home Friday night and just hang out and give him a bit more time to rest (thank goodness his fever FINALLY went down on Friday)!  The kids played games, played school with Nana, and entertained us all with their favorite karaoke performances!

Gracie’s soccer game was canceled Saturday morning, so we didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to head to the soccer field.  But we headed out to watch Brantley’s, and with a high of 70 for the day, we bundled up for a sunny but brisk spring Saturday!  Our big girl played great (though a little tired!), and save a few chilly gusts of wind, it really was a beautiful morning.  Nana and Pop took the kids out for lunch and some fun while I ran home to pack for our next adventure of the weekend!

My brother Ramsey works for Waste Management, and his company has Braves tickets a few times of year that he gets to take advantage of, and Saturday night was one of those games!  Scott and I were able to tag along, and it was awesome.  So after Nana and Pop headed back to SC, the kids and I headed up to Canton to meet Uncle Ramsey, Aunt Beth, Sally Kate, and William (Scott was already up there for a conference he was speaking at).  We greeted the babysitters and were off the the Braves game at the new Suntrust Stadium!  We saw UGA play there a few weeks ago, but this was our first official Braves game there!

Ramsey was an honorary captain on behalf of Wate Management, and was out on the field before the game started, exchanging the lineup cards with the team managers!  Being life-long Braves fans, it was so awesome to see him right there on the field.  Scott and I were totally geeking out (and me taking 400 pictures) as he was on the field.  It was an awesome start to the game!  And by the way, it was also Star Wars night– hence all the Storm Troopers in the upcoming pics, haha!

With the tickets, we had access to the Delta SKY360 Club, which was pretty much what dreams are made of. Huge bars, all with free beer and wine, and buffets full of any and all kinds of food for the taking!  I did take e picture of my ridiculously-highly-piled plate, but the fact that I can’t find it on my phone is probably a good thing now, haha!  Let’s just say it included wings, fried catfish, shrimp and grits, coleslaw, salad, a banh mi, ribs, hummus, crackers, A WHEEL OF BRIE, and more (the brie was for the whole table, right guys??!!).  Plus, they would bring you free hotdogs, peanuts, popcorn, and beer, right in our seat.  We were lucky to be under an overhang, so we were shielded from the drizzle, which was nice too.  All in all, it was an awesome night!  If the Braves had won it would have just been icing on the cake, but a great time was had by all despite the score!

We headed back up to Canton and stayed with Ramsey and Beth, then Sunday morning we got up and headed to Blue Ridge to celebrate my Dad’s 65th birthday with him!  My mom had a catered lunch ready for us when we arrived, and we dined on all the fried chicken, potato salad, tomato and cucumber salad, fried pies, and pimiento cheese we could eat!  The kids sang Happy Birthday to their PaDaddy, and I think his day was made!  Happy Birthday, Dad!

I wish we could’ve stayed longer, but we needed to head back home to prep for the week ahead.  I even snuck in a quick nap (very unusual for me); the weekend had just worn me out!  And now we’re back to the grind, with only 15 days of school left!!!


Thanks to Nana and Pop, and the barbeque and a couple of casseroles they brought for us, our dinners are pretty much covered this week!  It’ll be nice to have minimal cooking to do as we wrap up soccer, baseball, and the end of school.  So here’s what we’ll be eating this week:

Monday- Leftover BBQ, Potato Salad, and Coleslaw
Tuesday- Chicken Enchilada Casserole with Chips & Salsa
Wednesday- Ultimate Chopped Salad
Thursday- Lasagna and Garlic Bread
Friday- Roasted Vegetable Flatbread Sandwiches with Tomato, Cucumber, and Onion Salad

I hope you have a wonderful Monday and a happy week!




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