Trying to get back into blogging with some every day posts. Here is what we were up to this weekend.
Friday: Friday was a beautiful, hot, sunny day. I had plans to clean the house (no, really, I did…) but while I was hanging out clothes the kids asked if we could go for a walk.
I am trying really hard to be more present this summer and to say yes whenever possible. I feel like I am always telling the kids no for many different reasons, mostly because it either involves spending money we don’t have or because it takes too much energy on my part. So, in an effort to stay positive and present, I agreed to a walk – and suggested a picnic lunch, as well. So we loaded up the wagon with peanut butter sandwiches and a blanket, lathered everyone with sunscreen and took off down the road.
We are lucky to live in a quiet area in the country. It is a beautiful place to walk and just down the road is a lake. It’s not the best place for swimming, but as long as you stay close to shore it’s not bad. The kids were allowed to go in as far as their waist. It didn’t take long for them to get completely soaked!
They forgot about the picnic because they were so busy playing in the water. Momma enjoyed her sandwich on the blanket, while watching the kids play. Eventually the kids remembered their snacks – and brought them in the water with them!
Friday night we were heading to town for belated Canada Day fireworks, since they had been postponed due to the weather. By 3:30 in the afternoon the kids were all ready to go! Georgia dressed up, complete with jewellery and perfume, and she brushed Turner’s hair and teeth – and sprayed him with perfume, too.
Unfortunately, we weren’t leaving for the fireworks until 8:00, so they had a long time to wait. To keep them busy I gave them a job – chicken duty! I let the chickens out of their cage and the kids were responsible for keeping them close by and away from the road or behind the barn. The kids had so much fun chasing the chickens around the yard!
At the fireworks we arrived with a bit of extra time to play and roll down the hill before the show started.
We met up with my friend Sarah and her girls, along with her husband, sister and brother-in-law and her parents. The kids all had fun playing. When it was time to watch the fireworks, our kids cuddled up with them to watch and Matt & I had our blanket all to ourselves.
Saturday: Saturday was a pretty quiet day. We slept in, stayed home, straightened up a bit, read, played outside, etc. The kids all worked together on a picture for Matt & I. It has each child’s hands and feet which they decorated. I hung it up in our bedroom.
After drawing we played with the kittens. The kittens are four weeks old now and the kids are so happy to finally be able to hold them.
Then the kids helped Dadda with the wood while Momma cooked pork roast and veggies for supper.
Dakota ended up spending the night at my parent’s house and we let Georgia & Turner have another late bedtime.
Sunday: Sunday my niece Gracie came over for the day while my sister and brother-in-law drove to the Valley to pick up his son, Noah. The kids were so excited for Gracie to come that they were up before my alarm even went off! We started the visit with playing quietly in Georgia’s room. Then the kids all went outside to play. (Georgia showed Gracie her new rock collection.)
We decided to go for another walk.
We walked down to Gramma’s and had freezies. Turner played with the hose for a few minutes.
Then we walked down to the lake again. Turner wanted to pull the wagon this time and he pulled it over half of the way! Once there it took Gracie a few minutes to get wet, but it wasn’t long before they were all having fun!
Afterwards, my sister took Georgia and dropped her off at my parent’s house with Dakota for a sleepover, so it was just Matt, Turner and I. We skipped the left-overs I had planned for dinner and brought home a pizza instead. It was a nice, quiet night. And overall a good weekend.