Monday mornings. Yeah. Not really a fan. Especially a Monday morning where I lose an hour. I know one hour doesn't sound like a lot but to someone like me, who is always a day late and a dollar short, losing an hour matters. But I'm up and I'm here and you're here, so let's make the most of it, shall we?
This weekend was (as usual) crammed pack with lots of things I wanted to do but didn't get to do, things I didn't want to do but had to do and a couple of fun things I shouldn't have done but I somehow managed to sneak in. :)
Friday afternoon (and into the night) I took my thirteen year old niece shopping for a bathing suit. Taking a thirteen year old girl to buy a bathing suit is never easy, but this difficult endeavor was compounded by the fact that my niece is 5"11". She towers over all the other girls her age. It is very difficult to find a suit for someone who is this height, yet not quite an adult. Initially, all of the bathing suits we found that were long enough to actually fit her, would look appropriate on a two dollar hooker, not my niece. After an exhaustive search, we were able to find her something decent to wear. Of course, if I had a little more time, I might have been able to find her something a whole lot less expensive and better suited for teenager, online. But she is going away on vacation with my brother-in-law in the very near future and needed a suit asap. As usual, there just wasn't enough time.
Saturday was full of awesome. I slept in. I know most people wouldn't consider waking up at 6:30 AM "sleeping in". It counts for me since my usual wake up call is about 5:30. Again, just gaining that one hour of sleep, makes quite a difference. My kids made me breakfast in bed! Which was fabulous. But then those little friglets sent me a bill! Seriously- they charged me "extra" for every refill on my coffee. I owed them a nice chunk of change before the morning was over, lol. Anyhow, since it was an absolutely beautiful day I decided we should run our errands and get all the boring stuff out of the way first, then pick up some lunch and bring it to the park. Which we did. We ate, then we walked through the trails (which the girls and I love to do). Of course, when they go to the park trails with me, we pack real food and sweet drinks and it's an easier, much more laid back affair. I tire easily. The same rules do not apply when they go with The Husband. But I'll circle back to that in a minute.
Saturday night was spent with our friends and neighbors celebrating our town's incorporation-but we call it a "birthday party". Since it falls so close to St. Patrick's Day, we always double up the celebrating and make corned beef , cabbage and potatoes. Each family that comes will bring either a dessert or hot covered dish to share. I know to you city people this might sound a little Little House on the Prairie-ish, and it kind of is, but it's also a really a great time. We have a DJ- the kids get to dance, eat, sing happy birthday to our town, interact with all the old-timers and have a wonderful time. The hours flew by while we were there and I consider it time well spent.
Sunday morning was church and then I was off again with my sister Adrienne to attend a charity auction. Although neither of us won a blessed thing (and they had some sweet prizes-even the door prize rocked- it was a brand new Coach bag!) we had a really good time anyway. As always, I made new friends, talked too much, ate too much and enjoyed myself immensely. One of my best friends is a lawyer. She's a partner in her firm and has a ridiculous schedule so we don't get a chance to spend time together as often as we used to. Yesterday, she was in charge of the seating arrangements at the auction, so she "arranged" it so we could sit together. Somehow, we found a way to spend quality time together while paying it forward to charity. We lost time, but had a whole lot of fun while we did it!
While I was at the auction, The Husband had the girls all to himself. How would he choose to spend his time? The girls immediately asked The Husband to take them shooting (it's one of their favorite Daddy/daughter activities). Unfortunately, it seems everyone in our area had the same idea. Since it was so crowded they decided to return to the range later in the week, when it wasn't so packed with the "weekend warriors". It was another beautiful day, and we had had so much fun walking the trails the day before, they asked The Husband if he could just take them back to the park. Forgetting, of course, The Husband's idea of a fun day walking the trails is no where close to mine. Oh, he took them to the park. But he and the girls hiked instead of walked, and they went way off the nice, beaten paths and trails. Then he pulled out a stop watch and started to time them while they ran "bug out" drills. He had the girls off grid, hiking up and down hills all day long, carrying their packs (filled with only water and a couple of protein bars instead of Dr.Peppers, chips and giant Italian subs, lol). When I got home, they couldn't wait to tell me all about it. They were exhilarated. But also exhausted, dirty and hungry. And probably a whole lot less likely to ask Daddy to pass their time together on a "walk in the woods" anytime soon. (Don't feel sorry for them. Maybe they'll think twice before they write their mother up a bill for breakfast in bed, LOL)
What about you? How did you lose time this weekend? Anyone else lamenting the loss of that hour, like me? ~ Jaybird
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