Weekend Recap: A 1st Birthday Party & Taxes

This past weekend was a whirlwind, but such a fun one.  We celebrated my nephew's first birthday, and I so enjoyed all the family time!

Friday was a bit of a bear at work.  Just a whole lot busier than anticipated, but the day ended on a good note, making it halfway to Indy and enjoying a yummy dinner.

Saturday I was up wayyyy too early.  But it worked out, because for some reason I totally forgot to factor in the time change the night before when I set the alarm.  I would have felt so terrible being late to the party!  The drive was relatively uneventful, thankfully, and then it was time to celebrate.  

It was so nice being there together with everyone.  It's been since Christmas, and I was missing them all pretty terribly!  We had the best lunch, which included my mom's baked mostaccioli, which I shared on Monday.  Such a crowd pleaser!  Then it was time for dessert, which was hilarious.  My nephew wanted nothing to do with the cupcake and frosting at all.  The look of disgust on his face was just the best.  If only he knew, haha!  He wasn't having any of the little bit of ice cream my brother tried giving him either.

After he got all cleaned up, it was time for presents.  His favorite things off the bat were by far the tissue paper and the books.  A boy after my own heart.  I got him some clothes, and a little mower.  I actually got one for my older nephew when he was one, and he's loved that thing to death and has since moved on to the bigger mowers.  I felt it was only fitting to get the same thing for his brother, especially since he is moving and grooving.  He played with it for a little bit on Saturday, so I think it was a success.

My 4.5 year old nephew recently learned how to play the card game, golf, and we all just had to play with him.  My family is big on cards - we almost always play some type of game after dinner at any get together, and always, always play when we vacation together.  It was especially neat this time, because my grandma was there.  She's the one who helped to instill the love of cards in us all!  We were all absolutely blown away by his card skills.  Although he had an affinity for jacks (given his name), he knew which cards to play and which not to.  It was so much fun and again, just mind blowing.  I am obviously a bit biased, but goodness, he is one smart cookie!

And if you aren't familiar, golf is a game where you have 6 cards, 2 rows of 3, and you try to match the top card to the bottom.  That will cancel out the points, and like golf, you try to get the lowest score by the time your cards are all face up.  You start with two cards face up, then pick up / discard each turn.  It's really a lot of fun, and I actually think I ended up being the winner.  It had been years since I played (usually our card game of choice is Blitz), and I got a few rounds of complete 0's!

The party starting closing down, and since my parents were there to watch the boys, us 'kids' ducked out for a quick drink.  It's rare to get that time together, and while super fast, it was so very nice.

Before we knew it, my parents said so long, and we all parted ways.

The drive back on Sunday was again uneventful (thank goodness!), and then it was back to reality.  The weather made it a bit easier, though, because it was absolutely gorgeous.  I immediately got out for a walk to enjoy the temps and sunshine.  We've been getting all these hints of spring in St. Louis (offset by some snow, haha), and while I am definitely a fall/winter/cooler weather gal, the sun was a nice change.  Taxes got done that evening, which was nice to have checked off for the year.  That and renewing my license were two things that I feel like are hanging over me, so knocking 1 out of 2 off the list felt pretty good.  Plus I still have time with the license.

Anddddd with that, we're closing out on another week and already onto the next weekend, just as I got finishing recapping the last.  Guess that's what happens when you get off your blog schedule, haha.

Hope you all have a good one!

On the blog this week:
Baked Mostaccioli 
What's Up Wednesday: February 2020 

Linking up with Erika and Andrea.  


  1. Taxes are on my to-do list this weekend. The party sounds like it was a wonderful time with your family!

  2. What a sweet first birthday celebration! I'm so jealous your taxes are done, we have got to start that! Have a great weekend! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. Love seeing all your family together. Your nephews are so stinking precious and they are lucky to have you! Happy weekend!

  4. Oh my gosh - it's been forever since I've played Golf. We used to love that game! Thanks for the reminder. Have a great weekend!

  5. Just look at those two sweet babies!! They are just precious. And that is impressive that your nephew is already joining the adults at the card table!

  6. I have never played the card game golf. Sounds fun. I can't believe your nephew already knows how to play. Happy 1st Birthday to your nephew!

  7. I am pretty much ready to submit my taxes just need to do those final checks! I am so glad that my license isn't up for renewal yet. Do you have a Missouri DL now or do you still have an IL one? I am hesitant to give up my IL one because it sounds like I will have to jump through a million hoops to get a MN one! eek! 🤷‍♀️

    1. I have MO - I think once you move to MO, you have like 30 days or so to get a new DL, assuming where you were moving was your primary residence. It's always a pain to get the new ones - I have to renew mine soon and I am dreading it. I always feel like I am going to bring the wrong docs!

  8. Looks like your nephew had a nice birthday party. I just learned how to play the Golf card game last month. Had a great time playing it with friends and can't wait to show my teen kids how to play.