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The Day After a Long Weekend

June 1, 2010

I wish I had tons of great pictures of all of the fun things we did this weekend. I have a few, but they mostly involved Mia staring at herself in the mirror at a diner. I worked most of the weekend and the time not spent working was spent on an impromptu date for yummy sandwiches and to get mulch, mowing, mulching and hunting for birthday party stuff(that I never quite found).

We(I) had big plans to have a fun long weekend all together, but it was much more mundane than I planned. I had a date with my lovey girl Monday morning that was supposed to involve strawberry picking, but when we got to the place it was closed – with the sign saying “Pick-Your-Own Strawberries Monday 8-12!” blocking the doorway at 8:30am. Oh, well. We went to a yard sale and got the mother load of beanie babies(without even putting a dent in the unreal collection this woman had – no kidding, there were HUNDREDS!). We got an ice cream maker from 1971 and attempted making ice cream, but it didn’t work out, so we just reverted to the strawberry ice cream we had in the freezer already and added some sprinkles. I made strawberry freezer jam and it’s way too sweet. I know the kids won’t care, but I was kicking myself for realizing just as it all set that I should have just added a bit more lemon juice to balance the sweetness. We grilled with the In-Laws and they fed my kids hot dogs that I specifically said they could not eat(because they make me puke and I don’t want a 1 year old to have to deal with that.) We had a BBQ with my family and my sister and I had a tiff over plans for this month where we have tons and tons going on.

I say all of this with a tone of melancholy, no?

But amidst all of my disappointment about our weekend and the unnecessary expectations I set, there’s this: I asked Mia about her weekend and she BEAMED. She saw her Gran and Pops and Grandma and Grandpa and Aunt Leah and Uncle Mike AND Daddy was home for three days AND she had ice cream and played. What more could an still-two-for-two-more-days year old want in life?

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This morning, we were all a bit quiet and it was a nice break. We woke up slowly and were all a bit grumpy. We tried new eggs(for them – I don’t know how I’ve never given them dippy eggs? Maybe because I always think it’ll make a mess?). We closed the windows and turned on the window a/c early because it’s so humid. I cannot believe how quiet the house is. The windows have been open for weeks and it’s almost disconcerting to hear so little from the birds and cars and fire station and lawn mowers.

Nick took an early nap after taking one too many tumbles and stumbles and falls. Mia and I sat and read a stack of new books from a library sale, then intended to fold a bunch of laundry. I put my head down for “just a 5-minute doze” and woke up 45 minutes later with her curled up in the crook of my legs under all of the towels we needed to fold. It’s been what feels like forever since I had her sleeping on me and I ever-so-carefully picked her up and laid her back down on the couch and just kept sitting and stealing glances at her bits of baby-ness that are left and come out so much more when she sleeps. The thumb sucking and clutching her little bunny and still just curling into the couch. The sweaty curls plastered to her head and an arm thrown carelessly around.

We went to the park and met friends I wish we saw more and had a great time. We went to the grocery store and everyone stayed happy(even through checkout.) I got laundry folded and put away. I mopped the kitchen floor and have the vacuum ready for when the little ones aren’t napping. For lunch, we ate bananas and guacamole with only the curly tortilla chips that we carefully picked through the bag to find. I actually thought about dinner before 4pm and decided on frozen pizza for ease(for the record, I can’t even remember the last time we had frozen pizza. We usually make it, and i thought about that, but it just feels like an easy day.)

This afternoon, I’m making our favorite Sassy Tea (recipe to follow – it’s AMAZING and our new favorite summer drink for the second summer in a row) and strawberry fruit leathers.

A simple day and a really great start to the week.

tuesdays unwrapped at cats {Also linking to Steady Mom’s Moms’ 30-Minute Blog Challenge. This one took a bit longer than 30 because I came back and forth, but I still kept it well under the usual!}

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Liz permalink
    June 1, 2010 3:04 pm

    Lil – don’t worry about not having enough lemon in the jam; a squeeze of fresh lemon juice when you go to use the jam will taste even better.

    And, I TOTALLY agree with you about hot dogs — yuck!!

  2. June 1, 2010 5:11 pm

    okay…Sassy Tea sounds so fun and refreshing! :::waits patiently for the recipe::::

    I’m not a huge fan of the day after a long weekend, either. Family time is so precious and it bums me out when it’s over. 😦

  3. angelika05 permalink
    June 1, 2010 10:41 pm

    I think you saw my post on Nolan eating that Rocky Dog. Just thinking of hot dogs makes me want to hurl. YUCK.

    And I watch Nollie sleep all the time now. Can’t believe how big they are getting!

  4. June 2, 2010 6:38 am

    Oh your blog is fabulous! I love the pictures – sounds like a nice time. I will definitely be back to check out that Sassy Tea recipe!

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