Parenting Weekend

Monday / Weekend Summit Report

September 9, 2019

Today is a day I probably would not post under usual circumstances. Josh and I were up on the later side and then G woke up at 2:30 AM for about an hour.

It was . . . not ideal.

(Honestly, it was sort of torture. I still don’t know WHY she was awake either – she cried for mommy, daddy, milky, water, paci, and then finally “watch Mickey” and we were like NO. SLEEP. She didn’t have an especially long nap yesterday and if anything went to bed on the later side. She isn’t sick other than a lingering runny nose from a cold that began over two weeks ago — I was wondering about her ears, but she didn’t seem like she was in pain. Josh and I both ended up getting up with her and he was the one that eventually got her back to sleep. Hopefully it was an isolated incident.)

Josh and I had a ‘summit’ date, which means we spent at least half of it reviewing logistics-type things. These included:


  • Budget review. We went over August’s budget including spending in general, restaurant spending, household management spending, and the status of various short-term savings funds (emergency fund, vacation fund, etc).
  • Schedule strategizing. We talked through the next few weeks including where challenges may lie. EXAMPLE – I’m going on a 2-night trip for a conference at the end of the month and Josh wanted to have this info to try to schedule those operative days a little lighter.
  • Vacation planning or lack thereof. Because I don’t think we’re planning on going anywhere as a family until perhaps March of 2020. But we had a discussion to formally decide on this.
  • Kid discussion about behavior and our family Minecraft policy (we came up with: 2 hours total, on weekends only. At least for now.)

That was about it. We did this at Cooper’s Hawk (local chain restaurant that I am meh about but it is convenient) at around 7:30 pm. We would have preferred earlier, but A had an inconveniently-timed basketball practice (6 – 7pm). (Side note: she is loving basketball even though she is clearly one of the youngest and least experienced on the team. People here apparently take their basketball very seriously and some of the 8-9 year olds are playing with a crazy level of skill!).

Today is going to be rough and it’s a ~12 hr work day (morning report, patients, then a meeting). My main goal is to be in bed by 9 pm. Wish me luck.

yep, this is pretty much what I want to do right now


  • Reply CBS September 9, 2019 at 7:54 am

    I’ll join you on the Monday struggle bus. We did a 800 mile round trip Thursday to Sunday, and it was a pretty rough trip, emotionally so we’re all a bit exhausted. Torrential rain and a rough nursery drop-off didn’t help.

    I love the summits – I think this is something we need to do as well. We work 5 minutes apart so we could do them at lunchtime.

  • Reply Hillary September 9, 2019 at 9:45 am

    I will be very curious to hear more about the Minecraft rules. We don’t have it in the house but my 6yo loves to play other places and asks for it a lot. It has been the box that I am just not ready to open. Keep us posted!

  • Reply Omdg September 9, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Did A ask to play basketball? Both my husband love basketball, but so far Dyl has refused. She loves gymnastics though, which we just started, and riding. 🤷🏼‍♀️

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 9, 2019 at 11:08 am

      Cameron wanted to play (he’s loved it since he was a toddler) and I think she mostly signed up bc she didn’t want to feel left out! She looked so happy playing even though she’s definitely a novice. I have no idea if her enthusiasm will last! (Josh played basketball growing up. As you might imagine it was NOT my sport!)

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 9, 2019 at 11:09 am

      Annabel refuses to do gymnastics but loves this ninja class she takes in a gymnastics gym. I am sure she would love riding but the logistics have me avoiding for now esp when there are other options!

  • Reply Nikki September 9, 2019 at 11:59 am

    You’ve mentioned before how you actually mostly enjoy having lots of kid activities to run around too, which I am sort of the same. The only thing that gets me sometimes is prepping snacks for being gone for several hours – would love to hear your go to’s for snack logistics on the go! Our go to’s are pb sandwiches and chopped up fruit and veggies, but even that takes an annoying amount of time to prepare, would love to hear what others are doing. My daughters are 1.5 and 3.5 so snacks are a necessity at this point (and I’m a snacker, so they may always be a necessity :)!

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