Writing this from a markedly “lighter outside” 6 a.m. Monday morning, now that Daylight Savings Time has ended… Yes, we set the clocks back this weekend. I know this can be a big deal to people with little kids + sleep issues, but fortunately, I think we’re past the stage where this ruffles our feathers too much. It’s mostly worthy of a shoulder shrug over here. It is still odd to have it fully dark in the 5 o’clock p.m. hour now, but I personally kind of like that (for a little while- wouldn’t like it year round). I find it cozy.
This weekend was low on kids activities (RARE!) yet still felt pretty busy-ish. But in a good way.
*Slow morning working on my Rome trip recap! It was a rainy, blustery day and I really enjoyed carving out some solo time to sit and do this.
*I managed to get my 20 minutes of outside time in (goal for November), despite extremely windy/ rainy conditions. As I was heading outside, Ivan said, “Um, are you sure you want to go for a walk right now??” lol. (The winds were gusting like crazy.) I explained my November goal and he nodded in understanding, and then did not join me. 😆 I also took a selfie to document this for you all, but, turns out it was the World’s Ugliest Selfie. hahahaha. Did not make the cut for a blog appearance.
*We all cleaned the house. I tackled the kitchen, and the boys and Ivan split up other areas.
*I went to the gym for a solid Back/Biceps workout. Asher was at the gym with some friends, too, and he also worked out.
*Saturday evening my parents came for the night. I had bought tickets for the high school performance of Grease and had invited them, knowing they also enjoy that movie. It was….. good. Of course, I am so proud of all the hard work those kids put in, and overall, they were fantastic.
But I feel like Grease is maybe one that I should just stick to the original movie on. It’s my FAVORITE, favorite, and as I said, I know every song, every line, every lyric. John Travolta and Olivia Newton John were….well, John Travolta and Olivia Newton John! Impossible to top. So obviously a high school performance isn’t going to actually compare, but yet I kept finding myself wanting it to. Which is ridiculous!! I also was unreasonably annoyed anytime the school musical strayed from the actual movie plot line/ songs/ order of events/ etc. Like, they sang some other song in the bedroom Pink Ladies sleepover scene (NOT from the original soundtrack….), instead of Look at me I’m Sandra Dee. And then they did the Sandra Dee song later, in a place that it didn’t really make sense. I couldn’t handle that. 😂😂
But we still had a nice time! I can’t help it. Apparently I am a very inflexible Grease fan.
*We went out for a late bite to eat after the show. I finally also gave my parents their 50th Wedding Anniversary gift! (which was back in September….). We had been traveling, they had been traveling and then I had some logistical issues getting this done. But here’s what I gave them:
In the frame, obviously my parents in the middle, my family on the right, and then my sister and her husband on top left, followed by her 3 kids on the bottom left. (Sorry, crossed out their faces!) Then the print on the right is song lyric art from One Hand, One Heart, from West Side Story. This was the song my parents lit their unity candle to at their wedding, and my mom talks about that a lot. So, I thought it would be a special print to put alongside the picture frame on their wall. I’m really happy with how they turned out!
*Ethan had to work at 7, so my parents and I went together to drop him off. Later we swung back through the drive thru to get a drink and say “hi”…. he took my order over the speaker. Once he realized it was me he was like, “Oh hi mom.” hahaha!
*My mom and I spent a couple hours out doing a little Christmas shopping/browsing!
*The Packers played at noon (let’s not talk about them and their now 5 game losing streak….). My dad and Ivan watched the game and my mom and I joined in for the second half.
*I kind of lost interest in the crappy game and ended up going outside to take down my Halloween decorations. Happy to have that done! Though, I will miss my orange lights and spooky guys. Next up… Christmas!! 🙂
*My parents left after the game and Ivan went outside and tackled a bunch of fall yard clean up stuff. He got an impressive amount done in just a couple of hours, and was still working after dark.
*I made chicken tinga tostadas for dinner, and then walked to the gas station (in the dark) to pick up some cheese that we’d run out of.
*I wanted to start reading this book with the boys:
We all have tickets to the Broadway musical Come From Away in a couple weeks, which is based on this book. None of us have read it though, so I ordered the book. It’s not too long, so we should be able to get through it. Ivan even said he’d sit and listen in! I’m excited to put the fireplace on and have “family story time”, haha.
*We didn’t end up starting it last night though, because we decided to watch Rush Hour! I hadn’t seen that movie in forever. It was still really funny! The kids liked it a lot. I don’t think they’d ever seen a Jackie Chan movie, besides the newer Karate Kid movie.
*The night ended with us buying our spring break plane tickets to Costa Rica at 10:30 p.m. We had finally found some decent tickets this weekend (in a sea of BAD flight prices and times). I was in bed, about to go to sleep, when I texted Ivan (who was in the living room): “I think we should buy those tickets now.” There’s no way we would beat this particular price/itinerary combo, and if we lost them, the other options were quite dismal and insanely expensive. So, I turned the light on and we sat on our bed and booked our flights!! Woohoo!!! So excited. (We will have to take an overnight flight on the way down, which isn’t super awesome, but…. for various reasons related to timing/ rental car/ allowing time in the daylight to drive to our first destination upon arriving to Costa Rica, this actually makes the most sense.)
And then, I went to bed at 11 p.m., way too late. Oops.
I am grateful for my spice cabinet. I’m in and out of there a lot while cooking, and I am grateful to have a nice little cabinet to store all that stuff in.