Family Fun, Weekends

Another full weekend- but, happy :)

This weekend felt really long!!

I think it was because we did a lot of different things. It seems when you do one, single activity all day, maybe time goes more quickly? Or at least the perception of that time, looking back on it. But when you transition from one thing to another to another, it’s like our brain splits each of them into a separate “chunk” of the day. And each chunk, even if not that long, individually, ends up seeming like its own day or something! By 8 pm last night, it felt like an eternity ago that I had been at Home Depot buying flowers (at 8 a.m. that same morning).

My body feels a little worn out today, although I didn’t do anything particularly strenuous. It was just a lot of activity, I guess!

Friday night-

Ivan and I had made a reservation at the Mexican bar/ restaurant his friend owns (aka “our nacho place”) to watch the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA playoffs. We reserved a spot at the bar, right in front of the big TVs. I was really looking forward not only to our usual nachos (SO GOOD) but also, this was game 6 of playoffs- if Bucks won, they’d win the series and move on in playoffs. I’m not a huge BB fan, but playoffs are exciting.

Around 4:45, Ethan said, “Hey mom, what time do we need to leave for my volleyball game?”

And I was like, OMG!!!!!!!!! I forgot about it!!!! (Somehow, the Friday night game didn’t make it on my calendar!! I knew about it, vaguely- the coach had sent a message earlier in the week about it, but it still somehow didn’t get on the calendar. I have no idea how I missed that. In my defense, they normally never play on Fridays….)

So I said, frantically looking to see what time it even was, “Umm…..we’d need to leave in like, 15 minutes!” (Game was at 6, in another town ~20 minutes away.)

We were really looking forward to our adult night out/ watching the Bucks game, though, so I fired off a quick text to one of Ethan’s best buddies, who also lives in our neighborhood- “Can Ethan catch a ride w/ you guys to the game?!? Totally forgot and we have plans to go out!!”

The mom wrote back instantly: “you bet!! be there in 10 mins. Have fun out!”

Thank goodness for good people. πŸ™‚ So he went off, we missed that game (we attended his other 3 VB games this weekend, so I didn’t feel too bad about this). And we headed out for our night out- which was very fun (even though the Bucks lost).

Saturday-

We watched Ethan play volleyball at 8 am and 10 am. Asher was at swim practice during that time.

After volleyball, we had a couple hours before Asher’s 1 pm VB game, so Ivan and I ran out to do a few errands. We needed to replace some patio chairs for around our fire pit, so we stopped to look at a few places before finally grabbing some I had seen on sale. Holy moly, the home improvement stores/ garden centers were all PACKED. It was insane. Every time I run errands on the weekend, I grumble, “This is why I hate running errands on the weekends!!!” But I tried to remember, I am a person, too- I am also contributing to the large number of people here right now….can’t be irritated with everyone for being there when I am, too! haha.

Asher’s games were back to back at 1 pm and 2 pm. After that, we had a big stretch of time free. We did a bunch of stuff around the house, including pulling yard chairs, flower pots, etc out of our shed for the summer. I was really happy to get that done. We also ran a couple other errands, including stopping to buy some new sandals I wanted!

I dropped Asher and a school friend off at the skateboard park in town around 4 pm- they stayed there for like, 3 hours! He’s suddenly really into his trick scooter/ learning to skateboard. It’s okay, I guess, and I appreciate his enthusiasm. He’s been watching videos and trying to learn more. But it also seems…. dangerous. I said, “Can’t you just learn to play chess better or something?” lol.

Ethan finally got home from his out-of-town soccer game at 8:15 p.m. Ivan was watching “his” pro soccer team (Club America, out of Mexico City) play in some big/important Mexican league playoff game on TV, so I sat out on the deck and read for a long time.

Sunday-

The boys were up early. Asher went out walking with his uncle around 6 am! (He’s Ivan’s brother, who had knee surgery recently, and is trying to rehab his knee now by walking a lot. He and Asher are close, so he walked over to meet Asher and they went out walking together.)

Ethan and I headed out to beat the crowds at Home Depot to buy some flowers. We stopped for breakfast first. I was on a mission to GET MY FLOWERS AND GET OUT. I have a tendency, every year, to over-complicate my flower buying. I am not a great gardener. My yard is not going to appear in Better Homes and Garden. Yet, I stand there and hem and haw about which colors to get, which kind, etc.

This year, I told myself I was going to adopt the Lazy Genius method (“embrace what matters, ditch what doesn’t, get stuff done”). This is not something that really matters- so it doesn’t deserve that much of my (precious) time. We basically walked through the aisles in about 15 minutes, grabbed packs of mostly petunias and some geraniums (things I know will a) grow well/ easily and b) are hard to kill and c) will look fine). I always mix in some marigolds, because we have RABBITS and rabbits don’t seem to like those. They seem to leave my pots alone if they have marigolds in them.

A sampling of what I bought.

Back home, it was a beautiful morning. Ethan went inside (after all this early morning time with mom, my almost 14 year old just NEEDED a little gaming time with his friends….ha), and Asher came out to help me plant. It was really nice. Not hot, not cold- just a gorgeous, sunny, early summer morning.

I’m happy to have this task done, and the yard feels “ready” for summer now. πŸ™‚

Ivan cleaned the bathroom and did laundry, then trimmed all the edges in the yard. What a productive couple we are! hahaha.

The rest of Sunday was mostly devoted to sports. Asher had volleyball at 12, then Ethan had soccer at 1, followed by another VB game at 3 pm.

My parents drove over to surprise them! Just for the afternoon. They showed up in the gym at Asher’s game, unexpectedly, and he was pretty tickled. πŸ™‚ They made it to Ethan’s soccer/ VB game, too, and we all got dinner together after.

Before they left, my Dad helped Asher put together this little homemade scooter rail that he wanted to make, to practice some tricks at home. My mom and I jumped in the hot tub for 15-20 minutes and talked while they did that. The weather suddenly cooled off a bunch, so the hot tub felt nice. With the extreme HEAT all week, I hadn’t been in the hot tub for days.

Ethan still had tennis at 6:45- Ivan took him to that. I spent some time updating the Google calendar for this week, and then Ivan cut Asher’s hair. It was a beautiful evening, so after tennis, Ethan asked if I’d hit the volleyball outside in the cul-de-sac with him. I think we played for almost an hour!! It was fun. By the time we went in, it was dark outside- luckily we have a big street light. πŸ™‚ Definitely felt like “summer”. πŸ™‚

On to a new week! I again feel like I need another weekend, after my weekend. LOL. But it was good stuff. Good times. I wouldn’t trade any of it- I love our crazy busy family and am grateful for it all.

Daily Gratitude:

I am grateful for Ivan being able to cut the boys’ hair. He’s quite good at it, and it saves us time & money.

13 thoughts on “Another full weekend- but, happy :)”

  1. Good for you for fitting it all in! I had a brief work meeting Saturday morning and book club Sunday evening and the rest of the weekend was blissfully quiet! We did a fair amount of adulting – laundry, yardwork, meal prep – but I rarely left the house and that’s the way I like it!

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    1. I have a good friend/ co-worker who reminds me a lot of you. She also doesn’t have kids (she actually chose to never marry, either), and she is always semi-horrified when I recount our busy weekends, or even our normal days or evenings! Haha. Your weekend does sound blissful! Different seasons of life for us, right now, but that’s okay. πŸ™‚

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  2. First off, when you talked about how stringing a lot of different activities together makes the day feel longer. I feel this hard core with a toddler who is entertained by things for like 15 minutes! Both weekend days, the boys were up around 5:30 so by 9am it felt like it should be WAY later in the day!

    I love that Asher goes walking with his uncle! What a cool relationship those 2 must have!!

    What a full weekend, though! But I am glad it felt like a great weekend to you and had that summer feeling!! You fit lots in – productive time, time with family, time with Ivan, watching the boys’ activities, etc! That is great!!

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    1. YES when little ones are up super early, omg it makes the days feel very long! I remember those days, too. Especially when they are so hands-on/ you don’t get much of a break from them.

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  3. Every year the garden/flowers are a work in progress to make it a bit more streamlined…. I was out of town last weekend, AND spring came on so suddenly that I felt really rushed to get stuff planted when I got back! 2 years ago was the first year I did flowers (before that we’d had a small garden but no flowers) and both 2 years ago and last year I learned a lot about what worked and what didn’t in the spots I have flowers…. so THIS year I just did the EXACT same combos, and did one planter with just cool looking colorful leafy plants (coleus, calladium and a few other random plants) because one of my friends swears by that – NO flowers at all, means MUCH less maintenance/deadheading. It’s a pretty good strategy!! With our garden, basically the only things we’d reliably eat that grew well were lettuces, kale, herbs and jalapenos…. so that’s all I planted this year. We’ll see how it all does!

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    1. That is smart!! Certain years, when I’ve really liked the planter combos I’ve put together, I’ve wished that I had gone around and taken very specific, close up photos of everything I planted. Because then I could just go to the store and replicate it all the next year!! I never remember to do that, though. I do a pretty similar spread ever year, so it’s not too earth shattering around here, but still. Why not just stick with what works. πŸ™‚

      I haven’t decided yet about my actual garden. There’s not too much to it- it’s just a small little raised bed. I may also just do jalapenos and a couple tomato plants. I like to grow lettuce and cilantro too. The kids enjoy planting things from seeds, so maybe I’ll just let them each throw a few seeds of something in, too.

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  4. very true about many activities in one day makes the day longer. I totally hear you needing a weekend after the weekend to really rest. somehow physical exhaustion leads to mental relaxation… weird but that’s how weekends feel like sometimes πŸ™‚

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  5. The flowers look great. And I echo a comment from your previous post where someone said how wonderful it is to see how much time you (and Ivan and your parents and other family members) invest in the boys. They truly look so happy and well-adjusted and I think it’s wonderful how incorporated everyone is in each other activities. I know you’re busy…but you seem to be a happy busy! It’s great to have a village of family and friends journeying together on this crazy “life” adventure.
    Glad you had a good weekend!

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    1. It is busy. Overall, I do like it all! I mean, I really love quiet weekends, too, not gonna lie. And I don’t get too many of those, currently. But maybe I don’t love quiet weekends “enough” to sacrifice the boys being in these activities, I guess, in order to have more of them. I suppose if I HATED sitting at soccer games, I might change something! But when they are having fun and are happy, it rubs off on us, I guess. πŸ™‚ It’s generally all fun stuff- soccer, volleyball, swimming….they are at least entertaining sports to watch, too! πŸ™‚ Especially as they get older, and the skill level gets higher. Watching 3 year old soccer is…not quite as fun. hahahaha.

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  6. I am right there with NGS! I have NO IDEA how you do it. None. (I really admire parents who are so involved in their kids’ activities…you are doing SO MANY things right! Clearly, it’s working – they actually spend time with you without being told they have to!)

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