We had very mild temperatures this weekend, including a big thunderstorm on Saturday with some downpouring rain. It was nice, actually- felt like spring!!
But then I walked out of my room this morning and saw this view out of the sunroom window:
Wait, what?! I usually watch local weather report most days, but I guess I didn’t this weekend!! No idea it was supposed to snow. I literally stopped in my tracks and felt puzzled for a second- hadn’t all the snow melted?? I was looking at grass/ no snow just yesterday…
2- Sunday Report
This was a much needed weekend, after the peak of swim season over the last few weeks. I already mentioned I spent most of Saturday working on packing and puttering around the house- mostly alone! It was great.
Yesterday morning I cleaned the house. I feel determined to leave our house in tip top shape when we leave for our trip. The thought of returning after 2 weeks to a pigsty is too much to handle. So I dusted, vacuumed, scrubbed the kitchen cabinets and mopped, etc. YES. It feels great. I kept saying, “Okay, now nobody touch anything the rest of the week!!” (Yeah, right…). The boys deep cleaned their bedrooms and are in charge of cleaning the bathrooms before we leave.
Meanwhile, Ivan ran out to the store to buy a few essentials to get us through this week.
Ethan had his last basketball game of the season (final tournament game) at 2:00, so we all went to that. They lost. 😦 But, their team improved so much over the season and I’m soooo glad Ethan decided to play! He really had fun. For a kid who had never played organized basketball before, he did just fine! Also, he’s happy to have more knowledge of the game/ more skills for when he and his friends just go shoot hoops at the park, at the gym, etc.
In the afternoon, I read Where is the Colosseum? with the boys to brush up on our Roman history. (“Brush up” isn’t quite accurate, for me… more like “learn for the first time”….I swear I must have learned some of that stuff at some point, but the details are VERY fuzzy. I kept saying, “Oh, wow, I didn’t know that! (about different tidbits re: Roman gods/ Roman history/ emperors/wars). Hmm…I must have been out sick that day when we learned that in history class.”
At one point, after my 4th or 5th “Huh! Who knew?” exclamation, Ivan chimed in and said, “Maybe you were out the whole month??” Ha. 😆 Hey, I never claimed to be a history buff. I’ll admit it- not my forte.
Later, we decided to watch the movie Gladiator!! Yes, it’s very violent. But “besides” the violence, there’s really nothing else inappropriate in the movie. It’s set in Ancient Rome, IN the Colosseum, covers the whole “gladiator” scene + some of the political dilemmas of the time/ (emperor vs republic theme)…too perfect to pass up, with a Rome visit on the horizon.
The boys were totally fine with the violence aspect. Didn’t even faze them. I mean, yes- it’s gory, in the sense that there are sword fights and people get stabbed and die. But it’s not overly gruesome, either, really. There’s some blood, but usually it’s a quick glimpse of the sword slash, a flash of blood and then it moves on to another scene.
Anyway, wouldn’t be for little ones, obviously, but it was no issue for my boys. They really liked it!
It had been YEARS since I’d watched that movie!!! It really is fantastic. I’d almost forgotten about it. It won the Best Picture Academy Award, and Russel Crowe won Best Actor for that movie, back in 2001. (Among many other academy awards.) So for that reason, it also felt relevant to let the boys watch! It’s clearly a highly acclaimed cinematic experience. 😉
(I know the movie is fiction, but I do think that now having read the book and watched this movie, their Colosseum visit will mean more to them! We need to read the Vatican book tonight.)
*Trying to make sense of the Ukraine situation feels impossible. I don’t mean to ignore it and just “carry on” as usual, because it’s just so terrible. It feels…weird and yucky to be talking about my upcoming vacation when these things are happening in the world, but I don’t know what else to do. Do we not go?? What what would that accomplish, though? It’s all just so sad and senseless. But I don’t really know what else we can do at this time.
I am grateful for having a clean house heading into the week.