Weekends always feel like we’re sprinting through a marathon trying to accomplish as much as possible during those short 48 hours between the time we get up from our desk on Fridays and trudge back into the office on Monday. The stack of unfolded laundry, errands to run, social obligations, soccer practice, and a million weeds that need our attention, that is what our weekends are made of, but not this one.
Brian had to go into the office on Saturday, so I took the kids out in the morning to cross off the few errands I had planned. A quick trip to Michaels, Home Depot, Target, and an oil change, hopefully all before 1pm.
With one in potty training purgatory, where each trip away from home feels like a real-life game of RISK, we managed quite well. We stopped for an impromptu lunch at a new-ish local spot, Lee’s Grilled Cheese. I used to frequent their food truck back when they were in Denton, so it was nice to relish a creamy mac and cheese grilled cheese with a small diet pepsi again.
Afterwards we came home spent time wasting time, which is quickly becoming my favorite thing to do.
But alas, responsibility won over and I dove right back into projects.
My inbox pinged me around 4:30pm that I had a groupon expiring for one of our favorite mexican restaurants, and I did a small happy dance as I took that as a sign from the universe that I definitely wasn’t going to be cooking dinner that night.
I have a whole blog post drafted in my head about my love for mexican food. Mexican food is the cure for all that ails you and in my opinion, the perfect food.
Sundays always come so fast. We did the usual (unusual?) church thing before running off to a family thing at my in-laws country club. We enjoyed visiting and laying by the pool while the kids splashed.
I got some time to relax by the pool and catch up on Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. As one misunderstood introvert raising at least one introvert myself, it’s nice to learn more about the depth of human feeling and communication. As I was reading I thought about how long it has been since I’ve sat by a pool relaxing. Other than a few minutes on our vacation to Hawaii, it’s been way too long. It’s one of those little things that make life a little better.
On our way home I sweet talked Brian into stopping in at Trader Joes. My love for Trader Joes knows no end. From the organic madagascar vanilla to the $6 bouquet of peonies.
Then we headed back home to set up for our adventure in the super secret private camping location, complete with luxury facilities and fully stocked kitchen and baths… our backyard.
We grilled some chicken sausages and roasted marshmallows with the Radiohead pandora station streaming . Before long the moon hung over us and it was time to tuck in for an outdoor movie courtesy of my iPad mini in our tent. (Thank you, Jesus, for wifi!)
I love these little adventures. I always hope to instill the same wonder and excitement about exploring new things that I have in my children. I hope that as they grow up they can look back and have lots of memories of experiencing life, of trying new things, of doing things a little differently.
And most of all, of being loved while doing it.