And just like that, our little holiday weekend “getaway” is over. Considering I came to my parents’ house a day early, it seemed to just fly by.
I hadn’t actually been anywhere since March, now that I think of it, so it was nice to just feel like we were going somewhere at least, even if only to their house. It was a really great time, very low key but still active, which was perfect.
- Early morning time in the park on Saturday. The boys swam again while my Mom supervised them, and my Dad, Ivan and I walked a 3 mile loop….absolutely DRIPPING with sweat by the time we were done in this heat, but we had some good conversation and a great time.
- Some reading time on their patio in the afternoon, until I was interrupted by the boys who wanted to throw some Pop-Its, play in the sprinkler and attempt to fly a kite!
- A great 4th of July meal of burgers, hot dogs, chips and pico de gallo, fruit and sweet corn!
- Fireworks. We saw those surprise fireworks on Friday night, and attempted to go watch some more from the van on the 4th from a mall parking lot nearby….which would have been great, except for a big row of trees that blocked about 50% of them! So that was sort of a #fireworksfail. But it was better than nothing. We caught some other neighborhood ones on the way home and the boys had fun looking around trying to spot them.
- Highlight for the boys (especially Ethan): Fishing! It was hotter than heck out on the pier, but Grandpa was a good sport and stuck it out. Ethan got lucky, Asher not so much. 🙁 Oh well, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose! 😉 Ethan caught a monster of a fish, see below….
- Hanging out and talking together on the patio, all throughout the weekend
- Sitting in the shade and watching the boys hit some golf balls at the driving range. Another perfect outdoor, socially distanced activity!
- Key lime pie- my favorite
- Watching a great movie called “A Smile as Big as the Moon.” It was actually just a made for TV movie but it stars John Corbett and is about a couple of high school Special Ed teachers that take their class to Space Camp. It’s very touching and inspiring- the main teacher (John Corbett) has to really think outside the box and push some boundaries in order to get his class approved to attend a camp that is normally only for the “best and brightest”. The kids all eventually rise to the challenge, despite their various learning and cognitive disabilities, and reach heights as a team that they never thought possible, learning a lot about themselves in the process. It is very inspirational! It’s currently on the Hallmark Channel on Demand, if anyone wants to check it out.
I kept thinking of this quote as I was watching it:
Now, back to some regularly scheduled programming of work, unpacking, and probably getting some groceries. I hope you all had a great holiday weekend!
P.S. For anyone feeling bummed about their long weekend/ holiday break being over, 5 am Joel had a great message about embracing Mondays in his daily email this morning! Check it out here!
I am grateful for strawberries and sweet corn! I ate both yesterday and they were so juicy, fresh and delicious tasting! I am grateful for all food, but today I’m especially grateful for those.