Summer, travel, Weekends

Weekend/ Pre-vacation mood

I feel mildly discombobulated right now.

A) It’s Monday.

B) It’s a rainy day.

C) 24 hours from now, we’ll be on the way to the airport.

D) I’m kind of packed, but not really.

E) I have two meetings today, one right at the end of the day.

F) I want to get a spray tan tonight before we go, because I just feel pasty-looking. I mean, I always look pasty in Mexico, in the land of lucky people with perpetual tans…. (Ivan always has a nice “glow” year round, if you know what I mean. ๐Ÿ™‚ Even my boys instantly get tan if they are in the sun for ~5 minutes.)

Our gym actually has a spray tan booth, and Ivan bought me a package for Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day I think last year? Anyway, I have some sessions left (I pretty much only ever get a spray tan before vacation, so a package lasts me a long time.) I think, for the reasonable price, the tan is decent? Not awesome awesome, maybe a tad orange-y for a day or so. But then it settles into a pretty normal, natural tan look. It’s a nice treat to feel a little bronzed up now and then. ๐Ÿ™‚ I so wish the real sun weren’t so bad for our skin, because I much prefer how I look with a little tan.

G) I need to run over to Barnes and Noble at some point to pick up my copy of Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals that I just ordered! I realize this is probably not most people’s idea of “vacation reading”, but I have really, really wanted to read this book and I’m excited about it. When we’re in Mexico, I sometimes actually find I have more little reading windows, despite being busy with family stuff…. Ivan might end up doing something alone with a cousin, or helping his Dad with something, etc., and I can sneak off to our room to just relax for a while. ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus, airplane time.

H) Trying to chill out and stop stressing about the weather! Forecast shows like 80-100% chance of RAIN and storms every single day we’ll be there. I’m hoping this just means occasional tropical-type afternoon storms, and not rain all day, every day…. Anyway, can’t do anything about it so might as well stop stressing.


We had another nice, pretty slow weekend- two in a row! Woo! No activities or events- mostly just some pre-vacation stuff.

My parents spent the night Saturday, because my Dad was here helping to build and install a couple shelves in the boys’ rooms. They are leaving on a separate, long vacation this week, too (to celebrate their upcoming 50th wedding anniversary!!), so we won’t see them for about another month or more. Waahh. (We normally see them like, every couple weeks or so at least. I’m spoiled. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

We all went out to dinner Saturday night at this place near downtown, that has a bunch of pool tables on one side. The boys LOVE to play pool, and I think they played for almost 2 hours total. ๐Ÿ™‚


Training them up to get ready for college. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m no good at pool, but apparently Ivan played hours and hours of pool when he was college aged. So he is quite good.

In other news, Ethan’s fall soccer season starts already tonight! First practice is this evening. Unfortunately, we will be leaving tomorrow, so he will miss the next 2 weeks of practice. Oops. Oh well. Eventually something’s gotta give if we want to travel…. with kids in different activities, it’s literally impossible for their “free times” to line up….

New uniforms and warm up jacket arrived yesterday! looking snazzy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hoping to check in from the wordpress app on my phone while we’re away! Hasta luego!

Daily Gratitude:

I am grateful for my book being in stock at Barnes and Noble! I had meant to look for it/ order it in advance, and forgot…so I wasn’t sure I could get it now so last minute. But they had it- yay. (I’ve been on waitlist at library but still not my turn…)

9 thoughts on “Weekend/ Pre-vacation mood”

  1. Have a wonderful trip! I have never had a spray tan! I almost got one the week of my wedding because I accidentally got some tan lines from a top I wore while gardening but it was a little red along the edges of the tan line and the spray tan person said there was a risk it would make the skin flakes. So I didn’t get one. But even if I wear sunscreen religiously (I”m not the best at always applying it everywhere) I still get tan because of my olivey skin tone. So I am really really tan right now and have wonky tan lines from my running tops.

    I hope it ends up being less rainy than the forecast shows. Hopefully it’s brief tropical storms that come and go? And how exciting your parents are taking a big trip for their 50th! My parents celebrated 50 years in December 2019. Our whole family went to a resort at the beginning of Jan 2020 and everyone was there – all 5 kids, spouses, and all the grandkids. Little did we know how life was going to change in 2 months. I get a bit sad thinking about that trip because my brother separated from his wife – who I adore – the following summer. So family gatherings will never be the same and the divorce has been really messy/sad. We had family photos taken and one of them hangs in our hallway upstairs and I just get bummed when I look at it. I haven’t blogged about this because it’s a touchy subject in our family but it has really weighed on family dynamics in our family. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Anyways, back to happy things – congrats to your parents on hitting that milestone! And have a wonderful trip to Mexico!


    1. Ugh, that sounds really sad about your brother!! I can imagine that would be a VERY touchy subject, especially when you have a big family. Ivan is one of 6 as well and always semi-complains about it, just because there is always someone with some sort of issue! He obviously loves them all, but says “this is why I never wanted to have so many kids- too many things to worry about all the time!”. ha.


      1. Yes, more people = more drama. There are some bigger personalities, and different personalities… So I feel the same as Ivan. Love them but never wanted to have that many kids, especially as I have gotten older! I’m glad I am so similar to my little sister, though. We have a lot of side convos about what is going on in the family!


  2. The rain really is killing my soul. It’s like the worst part of Mondays all in one.

    I hope you have a wonderful trip and I can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back!


  3. I get pre-vacation anxiety too as I need to finish up the usual, prepare everything, and worry about missing something. hope you get to relax in Mexico. I’m curious about the book. the concept seems easy so I wonder if I need to really read it to get more out of it. let me know.


    1. I’ll let you know! Although I personally sometimes enjoy reading books like this EVEN IF they don’t really teach me anything new or re-hash the same ideas I’ve heard in other similar books. I kind of enjoy hearing some of these same messages over and over…I sort of feel like they are topics I need to keep “refreshing” myself on, so I don’t really mind it. But other people may feel differently than I do!


  4. I hope everything goes SO smoothly.
    I feel like we’re soul-sisters this summer. I have felt discombobulated about 95% of the time!!
    You’ll do great and the trip will be tremendous, rain or no rain, I’m sure. You seem to have a way of making adventures like this awesome, regardless of little hiccups. Can’t wait to read along with all that you get to see and experience in Mexico โค


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