This weekend was wild. I swear with the anticipation of Halloween and all of the prep that goes into it; Halloween happens for a hot minute. I mean, really this year it was at least 5 days long, but once it’s over- the year just gets SO busy. So all together, this weekend, we had 3 parties, 3 playdates, one show and much-needed grocery shopping and laundry to do. To top it off, this was the week to do all of the beds. Oh– I also, just signed a contract with a new family that starts next week. Yay.
So, Friday is usually the day where I spend at home, doing all the not so fun stuff or things that I’d rather not do with my kids like, grocery shop, laundry and dump all of the crap that they’ve been hoarding. This past Friday, however, I threw all caution to the wind and just did me. I knew that this weekend was going to be jammed packed, but I needed some major me time. I dropped T off at school and drove up to PV and hiked. I never EVER do it, but the weather was utter perfection and I wanted to do something different. I picked a spot I haven’t ever been to — Portuguese Bend– threw on my shoes, plugged in my headphones and turned up the music and zoned out for 5 miles. It was AWESOME. I guess the first thing I’d mention here that is going down. . is a breeze and going back up was horrific. You know, you stand at the top or the starting point thinking. . wow it’s so pretty. Freaking great. You keep trotting along, you’re in a groove, you get to the end and well now you’re looking up at that one spot you parked and it’s like WAY up there. Like way, way up there. I was hot, I didn’t pack water because I didn’t want to carry anything extra, so I just gave myself a tiny little pep talk and started going up. I thought I was in decent shape, going down. But going up was a horse of a different color. It was rough, but it felt so good. Like I said before, I don’t hike ever, so my legs felt like jello by the time I reached the top. I made it to the car and was covered in dust and pounded some water. It was such a refreshing way to start the day.
I headed back into town and decided to do a little shopping– something else I never do. I just find that I don’t ever have the time to go to a store and browse. Shopping with the kids is dreadful so I thought, why not. I bought some new shoes. I can wear them to work, so that’s how I justified my purchase. 🙂 Then I headed to Goodwill. I LOVE the Goodwill. I scored a few treasures and continued the day. It was a PERFECT beach day, I called B and said we should have lunch at the beach and go for a dip. NO KIDS! Hooray! We packed a lunch, headed down to the water and had a lunch day date. The water is still feeling pretty good, we hung out until the kids got out of school and well, that’s when the real weekend started.
This weekend we hit up Scooters Jungle, Fly Studios, Perry Park, had a sleepover and ate a lot of pizza. Travis went on his first playdate (with Zoe). He was a little bit shocked when I told him I was leaving him at the park with our family friends, but once he heard that he got to play at the park and go to his friend’s house to play dinosaurs, he blew me a kiss and that was the end of that. It is so hard to find people to watch your kids that you actually LOVE– it makes all of the difference. So thank you thank you to Alison & Daniel for watching the kiddos. They had a blast AND they slept in on Day Light Savings.
Can we talk about the time change for just a minute? Prior to being a parent, the time change didn’t really bother me. It was more of it gets dark early or it’s pitch black when I wake up sort of thing and I’d adjust my days accordingly. Well, with kids it’s just a whole different ball game. I do have to say that now the kids are a little bit older (NEVER thought I would say that line, ever) the adjustment isn’t as bad as it used to be when they were infants. Man that was tough. I remember getting up SO freaking early that the lights on the street were still lit and you could see the dew on the cars. 5 am turned 4 am is a real doozy. The worst part about the time change is it’s not just a simple adjustment, for infants and babies, it’s like a week to reacclimate. So for those with littles, I feel you. Hang in there!
Saturday night our friends hosted this amazing Dia De Los Muertos party at their home. Everyone bought a picture of a loved one that we have lost. We honored them, spoke about them and shared them with friends and family. It was a PERFECT party. Right after that B had a show so we quickly divided and conquered. We had to shuffle the kids around a minute. He left for the show, the babies and I went home, showered, read stories and went right to bed and back to the party I went. 🙂 I barely missed a beat. The party turned into a typical Saturday night galavanting around downtown Manhattan Beach. So needless to say, thank you again, Alison & Daniel, for making my kids super tired and giving me a sleep in and to Nat’s BFF for letting her sleep over. We really didn’t get moving moving Sunday morning until about 9:30 which is unheard of around here.
This week is going to be fun, half day. 12:40 dismissal. Anyone want to have my kids over? lmk.