With two young children, I feel like weekends resemble any other day of the week. This weekend we felt like we hit a groove and there was playing, relaxing, and working which made it feel like an actual weekend. I think the biggest contributing factor to this is that Andrew and I decided we were both really really tired of Nathan eating every two hours all night long (and just plain tired). Andrew actually took some initiative though (unlike me who just kept feeding him) and has taken over nights and won’t let me feed him. He gives him a pacifier. Rocks him a little. Back to bed. Which means I have had THREE nights of kind of not super interrupted sleep. I have to get up about 5am to pump and coupled with daylight savings I’ve had almost three hours to myself this morning! Thank you daylight savings. Thank you incredible Andrew for sleep.
On Friday we went outside to play with friends during the day because…SPRING. The only sad thing about spring this year is the wonderful spring smells are reminding me very vividly of morning sickness last year and is making me nauseous. I’m really hoping this is not a permanent change.
Emily makes this face and goes, “hmmm” or makes a little clicking sounds in her cheek that I must have done at some point and she had picked it up in the most adorable way. She also makes this little scrunched up smile when she is making a decision. Andrew and I have to really focus hard on not laughing obviously.
In the afternoon Emily and I made some no bake cookies together and once Nathan woke up we joined our friends for a walk to the fire station. We were hoping to give the fireman the cookies and thank you cards in person for giving us a tour a few weeks ago, but as Emily has been saying all weekend with the above face and a little head nod, “They pulled out. The firetruck pulled out. They went to help people” just as we were approaching the fire station they got a call and left with their sirens blaring. We circled the neighborhood for awhile to see if it was a quick job, but after 30-40 minutes we decided we would just leave the cookies and notes in the front door.
Friday night Andrew and I went on a date to see “Anything Goes.” We both love plays and this one was incredibly well done. The key roles were very well cast and had us laughing throughout the night. Nathan and Emily have been going to bed consistently for weeks around 6:30 or 7 so we didn’t think twice about going. Nathan decided he didn’t really want to go to bed and ended up hanging out with our friend until we got home at 10:30. She sent us a picture during intermission to prove he was alive and well and I had to chuckle that we were “those parents”, but not too hard because I really was grateful.
Saturday morning Emily and Andrew patched his bike tire. They were working together most of the morning and I’m confident Emily now knows more about fixing bikes than me. Nathan and I were upstairs going through my clothes. After three recommendations and getting over the fact I was reading a “fad” I jumped on the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up bandwagon, read the book in three days, and now am going through our house and discarding. I’m loving the results so far.
I went and got my haircut at 10:15 and Emily and Andrew held down the fort. Around noon I got a text about using the wheat grinder (we’ve switched to grinding all our own flour) which I missed and came home to excited exclamations about the crepe batter they mixed up in the blendtec for dinner. Andrew is a bit of a master when it comes to crepes. He decided he really wanted the tool that you use to spread out crepes that he saw in France (I am not a crepe master and have no idea what it is called) so when he and Emily went to Walmart in the afternoon to pick up ingredients he also bought a cheap walmart wooden spoon set and fashioned one with Emily before making dinner.
We have been keeping our double stroller by the front door because we use it all the time for running and adventures around town. Emily has started pulling it up to the piano and sitting in the front seat to listen while Andrew or I are playing. She pulled it up to the window to watch the beautiful day on Saturday.
A friend came over and taught me how to cut grapefruits that is so fast and easy to get the big juicy parts out without the skin. She brought over three delicious California grapefruits and showed me the technique with the first and then gave me two to practice. I’ve been enjoying my “candy” the last two days.
Emily and I have figured out that Nathan loves The Wheels on the Bus and Pat a Cake so we’ve been playing that a lot the last few days. Nathan is so smily and it is soooooo fun!
After our delicious crepe dinner I went over and watched our friends kids so they could go to the play (and left Andrew with a sink full of dishes and two kids to still put to bed). The girls went to bed earlier than normal so I was by myself. I had grand plans of productivity but realized I was exhausted and couldn’t think. So for the first time since I was pregnant with Emily, I binge watched a show on netflix for 3.5 hours. Wow. It was awesome and I think it will probably be another three years before I have the chance again and I’m totally okay with that.
After church on Sunday Emily and I had a date to choir practice. She sat next to me so still for the first 45 minutes and then ran around the gym for the last 15. She also used the oppurtunity to curate her rock collection some more. She has many rocks that she loves to carry around in her pockets or fill up one of her socks. They are sometimes her baby, sometimes a phone or itouch, and sometimes an ipad. Here is her Saturday morning collection.
We talked with Andrew’s family while eating dinner (that Andrew and Nathan made while we were at choir practice). Nathan was lounging on Andrew, content to chew on his hands. Emily jumped in on the picture taking action. Then she realized that if she tucked her shirt in she would have a swimsuit.
The humidity level has drastically risen in the last few days according to Emily’s hair.
The night ended with Andrew and I talking with my family. It really was a perfect weekend. And now it is spring break!