Labor Day Weekend
I hope my American readers had a fabulous Labor Day Weekend and enjoyed their Monday off!
I’ve been on an overnight oats kick this past week, so I had them for breakfast a couple times this weekend. I shared my basic recipe on instagram.
I spent the rest of Saturday morning cleaning out the closet that is in Raspberry’s room. It used to be my “gift wrapping/craft” closet (aka the most fun closet in the house). And now it’s still gonna be the most fun closet in the house because it’s gonna be filled with baby things.
I threw out some stuff and consolidated the rest down to 3 boxes that weren’t overflowing and the lid could actually close on so they could be stacked. I’m not a tidy / organized person (i’ve trained myself to not see messes lol), so this was impressive for me.
Then I made us a stir fry for lunch + Izze’s to drink before we headed to South Houston.
There was a family down there who our church connected us with who flooded and needed childcare for the afternoon. I packed some snacks to take with me.
Andrew decided to come with me at the last minute and I’m glad he did because it was overwhelming for me. The neighborhood we went to completely flooded and we were in charge of watching 2 kiddos – 6 and 8 years old – outside in 100ºF. There was some miscommunication about what the conditions were going to be like and I do think the kids should’ve been brought to the church because it was a tough couple of hours. My understanding was that these people had friends who flooded and they needed us to watch their kids while they went to help their friends. That wasn’t the case. It was their house that was flooded and they were ripping out everything / bleaching to prevent mildew. There were no working bathrooms, so I was scared to drink anything because I’m in the i-have-to-pee-every-30-minutes stage of pregnancy.
All that to say I was really happy Andrew was with me. Their mom was super sweet and grateful, and I’m sure completely overwhelmed. I didn’t take any photos in their neighborhood of the destruction because I was overwhelmed and trying not to pass out from the heat, but here’s a random picture from our neighborhood.
Saturday late afternoon was spent rehydrating with a giant lemonade from Chick-fil-a + napping. I was so worn out. I don’t think human beings (pregnant or not) are made to be outside in 100ºF weather. Any future childcare I provide for flood victims is going to have to be inside/at our church FOR SURE.
It was so freaking hot. It’s hard for me to have to imagine pulling out sheetrock in that hot of weather when your house smells of mildew and bleach. So tough.
For dinner I was still so exhausted so I kept it simple with a decaf latte + grilled cheese. Then a cookie + ice cream for a snack before bed. Then sleep.
Sunday we headed to church and it was a really great service. I wore THE DRESS because I had a mega headache (bad enough to take medicine, so I did) and I wanted something happy to wear.
Pre-church involved tacos + lattes.
Our pastor talked about how trauma breaks, shatters and alienates. He talked about how we are human beings and we have to care well for ourselves – eat well, sleep well, create something like poetry, etc. Basically practice taking care of our needs so we can help those around us better.
He talked about that it’s okay if how you feel whole again after Harvey is to serve others…this doesn’t have to be viewed as you are selfish. He talked about how people who need help may be struggling with their pride and may therefore not be willing to receive help. He asked those people to put their pride aside and just say yes to the help. Them saying yes to help helps them and it helps the person helping find purpose.
After church I made us stir-fry again and then we went on a little adventure…
Andrew (because he is as great as he is) had been doing demo on a flooded house earlier that week and realized the couple who owned the house were planning to sleep on an air mattress for the next month or two while they got their home back in order. We had a queen bed in our guest bedroom that is rarely used so we loaded it up and took it to them.
I thought we were just taking the mattress but Andrew was like, “they’ll sleep better with bed frame + boxsprings + mattress.” So we took it all! Andrew (and his mom haha…hey, Sally!) really value their sleep and are big on getting their 8-9 hours of rest a night. So it was nice to help someone get their 8-9 hours of rest with a way better mattress than an air mattress.
Afternoon snacks = few handfuls of chocolate covered nuts + pecans.
That afternoon I went and moved me & the bump at the gym. Even at the gym there are these massive relief planes that constantly fly over and remind you about everyone hurting. Houston just feels really weird to me right now.
This is neat though–> When you’re driving in the city you see cop cars from multiple other cities in Texas who sent officers here to prevent looters and help out with whatever needs helping out with. It’s cool to see. I know I didn’t flood, but I feel that the city is being supported by SO MANY. At church our pastor asked anyone to stand up who was from out of town and came here to help. Out of like 250 people probably 15 people stood up…which I thought was so cool.
Everyone I know is finding a way to help someone. Everyone knows someone who’s house flooded. There are so many people affected by Harvey that you can’t go anywhere without finding someone who needs help.
Sunday night we went out to Mellow Mushroom for salad + pizza. I am so happy restaurants are back open in the city! Eating out is a part of self care for me, so I missed it when the city shut down for a few days.
We spent the rest of the evening watching the new season of Narcos. We’ve gotten thru episode 4!
Then I prepped overnight oats for the the next day’s breakfast…and then ate them before bed as a night time snack lol. So I re-made them and let them soak overnight :)
Monday was spent helping my dad put in new Pergo flooring at a rent house of his that flooded. And I got to say hey to their (uncoordinated hehe) puppy, Fletcher. He’s 6ish months old and super sweet, but kinda moves around like a cannonball…super playful, yet spastic and will come at you full force out of nowhere.
For the flooring, Andrew and my dad did all the work. My mom and I just used our body weight to stand on the boards to keep them from coming apart. The weight I’ve gained in pregnancy is useful for Raspberry and for putting in Pergo flooring…who knew?! haha
The pergo flooring just puzzle pieces together. It took the guys about 5 hours (my mom and I just helped out for the last few hours). It ended up looking fabulous.
Lunch was sandwiches…
Then my parents came into town and took us out to a yummy, early dinner at Union Kitchen.
Fried calamari to start.
Then parmesan chicken + brussels sprouts for me.
This meal was pretty low in carbs for me so I figured I’d need a snack before bed…and I did.
Oatmeal cookies (I’ve been keeping cookie dough in the freezer and baking a couple whenever I want ’em) + ice cold milk.
We finished the evening with Narcos, The Office and a 10pm bedtime.
Today I have an OB appointment. My OB’s house actually flooded so I’m seeing another OB in the practice, which is fine by me. I just need someone who went to med school/did an OB residency to ask my ridiculous questions to lol.
Then I’ve got a call with a brand that I’m pumped about + client sessions.
I hope everyone had a fun, end-of-summer weekend and that where you live it is starting to get cooler!<3 As always, feel free to link to your weekend below!