You know you had a whirlwind weekend when you fall asleep in your car at 11pm Sunday night – in front of your house. That was Ben and I, too tired to even make it inside before going to bed… only to be woken up by my attempt to sleep walk into the house after midnight which cause the car alarm to go off – sorry neighbors!
So here’s how it all began…
That’s us signing the lease to our first place!
Despite living together for over a year we are FINALLY moving into a place all our own without roommates! Ben hasn’t stopped telling me how much he can’t wait to live with me, and he is right. We’ve lived together, but we haven’t actually lived together yet. We move in 12 days.. but who’s counting.
After the lease was signed we headed down to Ikea in Sydney (Ben’s first time) for a night of jumping on the beds! Just kidding. Although we did sit on every couch and lay on top of every mattress in the store!
We picked out a number of things we liked but didn’t buy anything as we were waiting to see what Ben’s mum had in her shed already (she buys furniture from the Salvation Army, restores or re-purposes them, and brings them back to life in new ways – if Pinterest was a person, that would be Ben’s mum). We stayed at Ikea until they began to dim the lights and then we headed into Newtown for pizza.
I found Gigi’s Pizzeria after looking through Yelp reviews and determining that they would still be open past 10. All of the reviews said to make a reservation but we figured that because it would be so late there would surely be a table or two open – wrong. We got there around 9:45 and still had a 10 minute wait before two seats at the bar opened up.
We celebrated our successful day over Italian cocktails and beers before settling in on our two pizzas – the 4 Fromaggi and Capricciosa.
Although we are still trying to finish up the cheesecake from last week we couldn’t help but order a slice of baked ricotta cheesecake for dessert – which is a must when you eat at an authentic Italian restaurant!
After a very filling dinner we headed back to Newcastle driving through the CBD and over the Harbour Bridge (for the first time – ever!) during the two hour drive home.
The next morning we slept in, showered, and took front row seats as we watched the neighbors tree get chopped down. Thankfully the tree didn’t damage their house during the cyclone two weeks ago, but in the time since it has gotten progressively worse and cracked during a small storm last week.
After our morning entertainment we packed up the car and headed to the farm. The drive which typically takes four and a half hours took almost six and I spent the majority of the drive reading a interior decorating magazine and looking at cows.
When we got to Ben’s parents house we chatted with his folks and brother for a while, and Ben’s mum showed me some of the furniture she has for our new place. This console below is going to be stripped and then done up similar to the dresser from West Elm.
We all were off to bed before 11, which is unusual when we all get together, but we all had to be up in the morning to celebrate a little ones baptism.
We were out of the house by 8:30 for church Sunday morning and ready for the christening of baby G, Ben’s nephew and godson.
G, the second child (someday the middle child I’m sure of it!), was an angel, as we always are! Despite his incoming teeth he barely made a sound during the service, and was very content spending the morning in my arms just looking at me with his big blue eyes.
Which was a good thing for me as I am pretty sure every aunt on Ben’s side of the family was watching to see if I had that motherly instinct about me. According to Ben I have passed the baby test!
Don’t worry mom – no babies for me any time soon!
Following church Ben and I joined his parents, aunt and uncle back at the farm for a cup of tea and biscuits before heading to lunch at his brothers house.
After a couple hours we said our goodbyes, and tried to get our keys back from this little man who had way too much fun locking and unlocking the car.
And then we were on the rode again for the five hour drive back to Newcastle. So tired and hungry that we ended up sleeping in the car when we got home.
What did you get up to this weekend?