We did a LOT this past weekend. And while every moment wasn’t amazing (certain child going through tough behavioral phase . . . ), it felt full, in a good way.
I took the big kids to the dentist before work. Next time I’ll have to bring G so I relished the last peaceful/easy visit for quite some time. I rather enjoy this twice yearly ritual, for whatever reason. And thankfully, no cavities.
After work, the kids watched Toy Story 4 and we made popcorn. And Josh got home at a reasonable hour and joined! (I read my book while they watched, once G was in bed)
Saturday we had babysitting coverage from ~9 – 11 so that I could take G to MyGym while Josh got some chart catchup done. It worked out well.
From there, we headed (all together again) to a local Car Show – which was free and actually rather amazing, especially if you have a kid who is obsessed with McLarens. Cameron was in his happy place. I thought the Lamborghinis were the prettiest. I told Josh maybe I’ll buy one when I’m 90.
We had lunch at Fuddruckers, at all places. It was . . . okay. Kids were happy. My bison burger was edible especially with a lot of pickled jalapeños on top 🙂
We came home, put G down, and I took my (now customary) nap for a bit. Josh ended up taking the kids to Joann Fabrics (Annabel is super into crafts these days) and I made dinner:
I had grand plans for “make your own mini pizzas” but my dough ended up super sticky and it was hard to control the shapes! It ended up tasting better than it looked, though.
Sunday we had a different sitter come (both new care.com finds, both really good!) from 7:30 – 9:30 so that Josh and I could go exercise & shower. YES indulgent . . . but it worked out nicely. I ran 5 miles (easy relaxed pace with a refreshing lightning-free rainstorm at the end).
Then we headed to a local farm! We had intended to pick strawberries but apparently the season doesn’t start for another month or so. It ended up being fun anyway — we did a hayride, the kids climbed and ran around, and there were lots of animals to feed & see.
The best/worst part was that while we were on the hayride, I looked down and realized that G had started EATING the corn that was meant as animal feed. (She was covered in farm dirt while she did this, too). So far she is not sick and if she stays healthy, the episode will remain cute in my memory and not horrifying.
We headed home for lunch (we were going to eat at Whole Foods but there was a tantrum on arrival that made us turn around . . . ) and I made eggs / chicken sausages & peppers / toast / fruit.
G went down for a nap and then I tried to read/nap but C kept coming in. (We did not allow him screen time because he lost that privilege, but sadly that ended up punishing us too). Getting them to adhere to quiet time is something that I’d really like to do . . . but admittedly it is a challenge without screens. Working on it. It does go well if there is a new Lego kit to assemble, but that’s not necessarily going to happen every weekend . . .
After taking a walk with A & G (Josh ran some errands with C), Josh and I had our monthly Planning Date! During this date, we:
- ate sushi & gelato
- set some financial goals (though not super specific ones; we have decided we want to hire a fee-for-service-only financial advisor)
- reviewed our 2019 savings rate (not that great BUT we were also paying for our other house PLUS saving to sell it, so really probably not so bad with those factors taken into account)
- booked our summer family trip (going to the Keys for a week!)
- organized Josh’s life! Seriously!! I helped him create yearly / quarterly / January goals out of some very old and disorganized lists, and helped him brainstorm some better systems. It was SO much fun for me (and he said he felt better afterwards). I do NOT need another side hustle, but I would totally do this if I did.
Normally we would also review YNAB data, but I only started using YNAB again in January 2020. (Random note: I find it SO MUCH better than EveryDollar now that we are on the paid version, though I am comparing PAID YNAB to Free EveryDollar, so maybe that’s unfair. But seriously – the latest paid YNAB is very user friendly and much better than the free version we limped along with for years.)
Last week’s workout report:
M – rest (Sunday was my half!)
T – rest #2
W – Beachbody DFX Yoga
R – 3.5 mi recovery run, 10:35/mi pace
F – Beachbody 21DF Dirty 30 (8 + 12 lb weight except triceps @ 10 lb)
S – rest #3 (wanted an easy week post-race!)
S – 5 mi easy (10:31/mi)
This week’s dinners (with some credit to lagliv for inspiration):
M – salmon, plantains or sweet potatoes, green bens
T – Run Fast Eat Slow fartlek chili w/ sweet potato chips
W – leftovers
R – Run Fast Eat Slow soba noodle salad with peanut sauce (surprisingly a kid fave)
F – leftovers
S – (directly taken from LL‘s post): black bean spinach enchiladas
S – (also from LL’s menu post!): balsamic slow-cooker chicken with noodles & asparagus (she did spinach but the kids will at least sometimes eat asparagus so why not)