We had a good weekend. It felt full, but productive and relaxing at the same time.
Saturday was the “busy” day. Ethan had a basketball game at 8 am at his school and had to be there by 7:30. So that was a pretty early start.
Ethan’s team had a tournament, so the 8 am game was Game #1 of the weekend. He is having so much fun playing basketball. He’d never played before this year, but that means he is steadily and rapidly improving. Being a small kid, he was a little nervous at first. But he’s really coming along with it and we can see him gaining a lot more confidence. He’s never going to be the next Michael Jordan, but I am SO HAPPY that he’s had the opportunity to play for his middle school. The competition level isn’t super high like it would be in a private league or club, but that’s totally fine and perfect for him! The boys are having a blast. And since soccer isn’t in season, I’m really glad he has practices/games for basketball to keep him active and busy this winter.
I recently finished Emily Oster’s book The Family Firm, and she had a whole section about extracurriculars and their benefits. A big one she mentioned repeatedly was that activities like music or sports create a “sense of belonging” for kids, which is very beneficial to their social development. I definitely agree!
Asher had a swim meet all afternoon (an hour away), which I took him to while Ivan stayed home and went to basketball game #2 with Ethan. I surprisingly didn’t take a single photo of either basketball OR swimming this weekend!! What is wrong with me?!? Hehehe.
Saturday night Asher was at a birthday party, and Ivan and I decided to watch the Beatles documentary on Disney+ called Get Back. It was….. interesting? For a very little while. And then it quickly got pretty boring (to us)! I hadn’t realized it would basically just be footage of them working day after day for 2 weeks to get ready for a live show in the late 60’s. So, they are just sitting around in a room, talking, jamming, figuring out lyrics, etc. It’s interesting from the standpoint of seeing “behind the scenes”, and apparently this is some pretty rare/recently unearthed “live footage”. But this was in their later days, when I didn’t really care for their musical style as much. Also, it gets very, very repetitive and just not that exciting! We ended up turning it off. Maybe for a serious, hardcore Beatles fan it would mean more.
The main focus of Sunday was taking down Christmas decorations!! I spent some personal time in the morning blogging, catching up on my journal from Saturday, etc. But then we lugged the boxes down from the garage and spent several hours packing away decorations, cleaning up, and storing everything. I kind of enjoyed just puttering around, and we had the Packers game on the TV at noon.
I LOVE having my Christmas stuff up, but I had reached even my breaking point. I was just done with the extra “clutter” of all the decorations sitting around. It was starting to feel a little stifling to me and I was ready to go back to a little more simplistic look in the house again. (I miss the twinkle lights, though.)
Ivan went out to buy a new drill (ours broke a while back) and then hung Asher’s new curtains! So now his room remodel is officially “done”, I think. (Minus…a new desk chair. I guess that’s the last remaining item.) But otherwise, it’s DONE! He absolutely loves it and is so excited.
Asher spent a while reorganizing his book shelf. He brought some “unread” books up from our basement shelf that he still wants to read and cleared out others that he no longer wanted in his room.
Ethan had his final BB game at 2:00, which we all went to watch (even Asher came along). When we got home, we finished taking down the Christmas tree, Ethan practiced piano and then I did a home workout (Fight Club- Morning Meltdown #28). Ivan made homemade nachos for dinner (Ethan’s request). To close out the weekend, we watched the 2012 movie Here Comes the Boom, with Kevin James on Netflix. I’d seen it before but the boys hadn’t, and it’s a great family film. Rated PG, lots of really funny parts and a good message of self-sacrifice/ service to others!
Gratitude Challenge Day 10:
Name 3 things you love about your family.
1- I love that everyone is generally very open minded about “doing things” together. As in, everyone loves to travel, explore, etc. The boys are happy to go pretty much anywhere, even if it means waiting in lines, going to museums, doing so-called “educational” things on trips, hiking, whatever. I have talked to other people who have said things like, “oh, my kids wouldn’t want to do XYZ, so we would never travel there.” And that always kind of blows my mind! I can’t really think of a place my family wouldn’t want to go.
2- I love that everyone in my family is kind. Everyone, from my parents to my sister to my husband to the boys, is what I would definitely call a “good person”. They do the right things (most of the time/ best effort, anyway!).
3- I love that I can talk through issues and problem solve with my family. We are a family that communicates well and often, I think. We’re close, and everyone tends to take on the others’ problems or concerns as if they were their own. I like that a lot. I don’t really have many very close friends, but I know I can always turn to my family.