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!
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. 🙂 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).
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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. 🙂 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. 🙂 Definitely felt like “summer”. 🙂
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.
I am grateful for Ivan being able to cut the boys’ hair. He’s quite good at it, and it saves us time & money.