Last weekend was a wonderful weekend of warm weather, food, and low key fun at home. I felt like a very special mama and am very appreciative of everything that I have right now. I had a difficult time when reminded that I was originally going to be celebrating this Mother’s Day with family in Michigan but this downer couldn’t erase the good times we had considering the circumstances. And Bryan went above and beyond making sure that we had fun celebrating at home.
Saturday started off with a walk to get the pastries that I have been craving. We met Sarah and Lottie at Bakery Nouveau and then enjoyed our chocolate and almond croissants and chocolate paczki in the grass in the shade. The girls enjoyed bites while running around barefoot in the grass.
Reese took a glorious nap and I napped for a bit in the hammock and read in the shade. Bryan got the backyard ready for summer fun, setting up the outdoor movie screen, bringing out some of the patio cushions, and readying the kiddie pool. Reese didn’t wake up until 5:30 PM when Bryan was already off to pick up our takeout from Terra Plata. We enjoyed one delicious dinner and gin and tonics outside on the deck, watching Beauty and the Beast while Reese (and I at times) swam. Bryan got us Peruvian chicken with various sauces and yucca fries, pork chile verde and a beet and orange salad. It was all so delicious. Reese decided we should finish off the movie night with popcorn enjoyed outside watching Newsies.
Sunday I got to sleep in which was the biggest treat of the weekend. Lottie and Sarah came over for Bryan’s pancakes and we enjoyed those outside on the deck and the girls then exhausted themselves sliding and swimming. Reese went down for a nap easily but woke after only 30 minutes! So, essentially no nap. We had planned on biking to Alki to play in the sand and walk the beach but after we were about two miles into the ride by bike got a flat and we didn’t have the tools to fix it on the spot. Bryan had to bike home, break into the house (he didn’t have his keys), and drive back with the Jeep to pick us up. Once home, we spent the rest of the night swimming in the backyard and eating leftovers again on the deck.
Since the weekend we have had cooler temperatures with cloudy (or rainy) morning but sunny afternoons. We’ve enjoyed some Blue Apron meals at home and I’ve gotten in a few workouts this week but I have had the major itching to get out of this house. Reese has been mostly super sweet and is really conversing more, loves to build with blocks and work on buckles and busy boards around the house, but has been a bit more of a chore to put down at night. It’s not a direction I want to head so I’m hoping it’s just a phase. She wants me to lay down with her in the big bed in her room and stroke her face and tickle her back. There are worse things in the world for sure, and I’ve needed a few nights of just laying down next to her.
The weather this weekend is looking more like a weekend for hobbies/indoor activities vs one for getting out of the house, so I am bracing myself for such and will try to make the most of it. Work has been a bit brutal and stressful for myself over here (as it continues to be for Bryan) and I expect to have another two weeks of it being so before we finally submit our design for the main project that I am working on. I’m hanging in over here.