We have had a super great week! Kahlil Gibran said, "Let their be spaces in your togetherness." I think those words might have been directed towards mothers and their preschoolers. Evie and I were both thrilled that preschool is back in session!
Monday: We stayed home most of the day venturing out for a quick walk to the park. It was pretty hot and Henry was ready for his nap so we came home. I was able to accomplish lots around the house which always makes me feel good. It was MNO so I hightailed it out of the house to go meet my friends. We met at Wild Ginger this month. Not my favorite place but I'd go to McDonald's just to get a night off duty. Evie was not thrilled that I was leaving and made that quite clear. She told me to just "put her to bed real quick and then go to the restaurant." Of course, she was just fine after I left which seems to always be the case. We had a nice dinner out. I had a skittle salad which is a salad with every imaginable fruit along with a piece of salmon. Wild Ginger is good but we have so many wonderful choices that I just like a little bit more for various reasons.
Tuesday: Evie slept so late and it was the first day of school. She woke up just in time for a quick breakfast and some pictures. Evie had a great first day. Henry and I had fun too. We went to The Monkey's Tree House for some playtime with friends. Henry thought it was a really cool place. He had not been there since he was tiny little guy. We stopped by Simply Living Life to pick up a few things for the week. It's one of those stores that I have been trying to get to but it's not the kind of place that I want to take my two wild hooligans. Now, that I have been there once, it will be a regular stop. We had chicken spaghetti, chicken salad and an orzo salad - all of which were divine! Carl did not go into the office so he was able to get home a little early since he gets more on the road. It was so nice to have an early dinner, kids bathed and everyone ready for bed by 6:15. That gave us more time to hang out as a family instead of rushing around like crazy.
Wednesday: I went to look at some clothes for Henry that a friend of a friend was selling. Henry and Evie played while I shopped. Can't wait to see Henry in overalls and longalls. LOVE that on a little boy!
Thursday: Evie went back to school and had another great day. Henry came home for his nap and then we went to the grocery store before picking up Evie. She did not see us when we walked in the classroom. It's always fun to see her when she does not see me. I was proud to see her sitting on her bottom listening to the story. Evie is not napping much anymore but I am doing much better with it. She has quiet time in her room every afternoon for between 1 and 2 hours. That gives us a little break from each other. I used to put both kids down for their naps and then would rush around trying to cross items off my to-do list. Now, I just enjoy some quiet time in my room too. It's really working out well especially since she is so exhausted that bedtime is super early. Late afternoons, can be tricky but her body is getting used to not napping. After quiet time, Evie was peeking out the door and spotted Courtney. Evie ran to me and asking me if I wanted to go play with my friend, Courtney. It was getting too late for a nap so I woke up Henry and we went outside to play.
Friday: Evie was exhausted from the week and slept really late. She finally rolled out of bed about 9 right when Henry was going down for his nap. That gave me plenty of time with each kiddo this morning but it sure would have been nice if they could overlap their morning sleep schedules just a little bit. We just hung out at home all morning and then met some friends for lunch. Evie wanted to get some new books and movies at the library so we stopped by there on the way home. A friend reminded me how much fun ooblek can be so I tried it again with Evie. She liked it even more this time. It's amazing to see how just a few months makes such a difference with activities like this. Ooblek or magic mud is super easy to prepare - 5 tablespoons of cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of water. Mix it up and add a dash of food coloring. Carl arrived home in time to help make pizza for dinner and then Evie went outside to play with me for a bit. We needed a new baby monitor . . . again. Does anyone else have to replace their baby monitor once a year? Carl spent a long time trying to pair the cameras while I gave the kids a bath. It was getting pretty hairy with Evie. She was so wild but happy! Henry's pajamas some how ended up on the ceiling fan in her room. She settled down with a few books and some cuddle time. Henry enjoyed hanging out in Evie's room in her chair. He's really getting into books. Sometimes he reads books. Other times, he removes every book from the shelf with the swipe of his hand. He likes to use books as step stools. They make really great tub toys too. He throws books down the stairs. He stacks them and organizes them according to his own little system. Listening to books is always fun too.
Hope you had a great week and that your weekend is off to a nice start!