Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weekend Shenanigans

Honestly, I was scared of this weekend. Scared of it. I was happy for my husband and supportive of him going to our church's men's camp out, but I was freaking out inside at the thought of solo parenting all weekend. It's funny how you can genuinely want someone you love to go, get filled up and have that great time and at the same time, you can be totally dreading it! Heck, I'm the one who signed him up to go!

The thing is that being alone basically just scares me. I'm a girl who craves quiet time, but can't stand being alone. I've always felt like loneliness is the worst feeling in the world- maybe that's why I so desperately never want anyone in my life to feel it.

Friday morning I kissed him goodbye and mentally jazzed myself up for a weekend of single parenting. We would go and do lots of fun things. We would be outside lots. We'd explore, eat ice cream, buy pizza, cook very little, do very little laundry and basically have a little stay-cation of our own. We would make it fun!

Friday morning, we headed out to Padilla Bay and went to the Nature Reserve. This place was so neat! It was our first time being there and I was so impressed with the activities that they have for kids.
 After spending some time inside the center looking at the aquariums and doing the activities, we walked down the path to the beach.
The big kids had the best time on the beach and we would have stayed all day except Eliza was really fussy. She wants to be big like her brother and sister and when she can't do what they're doing, she gets grumpy. It isn't easy with her right now when we're out, but I remind myself that it won't always be this way. Next summer she'll be 2, Pais will be 4 and Judah will be 6. Right now, 1, 3 and 5 is NOT easy, but it's still worth it to go out. The funny thing is that although she was on my back fussing almost the whole time, I'm still so glad that we went, the kids only have positive memories and I'd do it all over again.
 Down at the beach we saw lots of shells and of course, Judah climbed, since that's his thing.

Saturday morning I woke up early, baked Pumpkin Muffins and then we packed those into a little picnic to take out to Cranberry Lake. My mom joined us for the hike and it was an absolutely perfect time.
The lake was full of frogs, really BIG frogs and the kids had the best time sitting and watching them. On our way back, Judah and I ran the trail. Eliza was on my back in the ergo, so as I ran, I held onto her really tight. Running and smiling at him was the highlight of my weekend. I forget that his love language is quality time and that it's those little things that really bond us. 

When we reached the end of the trail, Eliza was laughing and Judah and I were out of breath with red faces and huge grins. I told him that I want this to become a new thing for us- running trails together. It's the coolest thing to see little glimpses of how cool he's going to be as he gets older. I never wish the days away, but it makes watching him get older not so hard, when I discover those new things that we'll be able to do together. 
 Our weekend went much better than I expected, but I'm so happy to have my husband back. It's the little things like just having him here with me that are so comforting.

Today we did a few things outside. Paisley and I harvested some garlic and planted spinach, cilantro and onions for a little fall garden.
The pumpkins on the fence are starting to turn orange and in the mornings when I go out to feed the chickens, the air feels a bit different. Summer went by faster than ever, but fall is full of so many good things so, little hints of it coming are welcome.
To wrap up the weekend, we took dinner to the beach. These simple moments with my family are my favorite. Sometimes I have to say no to other things in order to be able to do these sorts of things, but it's so worth it. This is what feels right for the end of August. We need many more dinners at the beach before it starts raining again.

This might be my most squinty photo ever, but doesn't Eliza look JUST like me? And her baby hands and the way they're folded? I can barely handle the cuteness!

So, what did you do this weekend?

1 comment:

  1. STUNNING pics! You guys have been doing tones!!
    Love your #SimpleThingsSunday shot


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