Gone are relaxing weekends. Instead, the mom taxi is in service, and we spend our weekends racing from activity to activity. When we're not in the car or wherever else we need to be, we are at home attempting to tackle all those projects that get pushed aside during our busy weeks. I always try to remind myself: It's just a phase in our lives!
We're in the sleepover phase with our three older kids. On Friday night, Dylan had a sleepover with his cousins at their house and Lily had a sleepover at my parent's house. The next day, Lily arrived home in the afternoon and we immediately jumped in the car to pick Dylan up from his sleepover and drop Lexie off at her sleepover. Then, a friend of Dylan's slept over our house on Saturday night, and I had to pick Lexie up from her sleepover on Sunday afternoon. See what I mean about the mom taxi?
I didn't take a single picture with my fancy camera this weekend, which is unusual, but we were too busy enjoying the gorgeous summer-like weather (and driving around)!
Our weekend kicked off on Friday at lunch time. I had to read to Lily's class because she was Star Student of the week, and, well, I had to read with Liam strapped to my back. It went much better than I expected, and Lily's class loved Press Here!
From there, we headed over to my parent's house for lunch and dinner! My sister joined us for dinner, and my mom and I played Quiddler for a few hours after she left. My Friday nights are nothing like they used to be, but for some reason, they seem so much better!
Just before I headed back home with only half my crew, Lily decided to become a cat. With a sharpie.
I'm glad my mom had to deal with the aftermath of that one! ;)
Saturday is my sleep in day. Grant always wakes up with the kids while I stay in bed until late morning. I always get such a small amount of sleep during the week, so it's exactly what I need!
Saturday involved many miles in the car driving kids around and a very expensive trip to Costco. (Is a trip to Costco EVER cheap?) It ended very well, though. We went over to my best friend's house and just sat outside while our kids played, and ended the night around the fire. Not only did it feel like a summer evening, but it was so great to spend time with them. It has been far too long!
Sunday was a gorgeous 80 degree day and was spent outside...and shopping! Liam and I picked up Lexie, bought some outdoor furniture at Lowe's, took Lexie shopping at TJ Maxx for the rest of her summer clothes, and we did the grocery shopping for the week.
When we got home, Grant sprayed all of our kids with the hose, then they played in the little pool while I tackled a huge project: turning our sun porch into an outdoor playroom for the kids! Mainly for Liam, AKA my toddler tornado!
It involved carrying everything into the backyard, sweeping out months of sensory play materials, and swapping the winter gear and toys for all the summer stuff. Once it was completely empty and clean, I put down an outdoor carpet, and brought everything back in and organized it all.
It was a lot of work, but I didn't mind. I got to work while my kids played just outside the sun porch, and the weather was perfect. And my hard work paid off! Liam LOVED it.
We now have a space where Liam can be "outside" but still contained. The kids ended up coming in from their little pool party and they spent 2 hours playing on the sun porch, which never happened before. It's amazing what an outdoor carpet can do!
We ended our night with grilled turkey dogs and an episode of a show on Netflix before rushing into our school night routine.
It was a busy weekend, but the beautiful weather made it perfect! I can't help but feel really excited for all the summer weekends ahead of us!
How was your weekend?