Sunday was one of the best weekend family days in recent memory. We drove to the beach (in the rain!) and were rewarded with perfect weather — warm enough but no longer stifling. The kids played at the edge of the waves and there was only one minor dramatic moment where G was tossed under for about 8 seconds (don’t worry, we saved her and I think getting knocked down was probably a good thing safety-wise – she was getting a little too bold for a not-quite-3 year old who cannot yet swim!).
We met up with A’s BFF & her twin brother and the 5 kids played for hours. We then got bold and went out to eat (entirely outdoors, families sitting reasonably far apart, cool ocean breeze). If that weren’t enough, a random woman at another table was watching us and then complimented us extensively on the kids’ behavior — she was a Montessori teacher and noted that our kids were acting like “Montessori kids” (which only 2/5 actually were, but still, kind of cool). And then she bought everyone cheesecake — I couldn’t have stopped her if I tried.
I mean, seriously. I am more used to people staring at me because one of my children is having an epic tantrum, not giving me accolades for exemplary behavior.
But I’ll take it!!!
(I will say G was impeccably behaved at this outdoor dining experience. Will credit 2+ hours of beach/running around time and the fact that she has not been served at any kind of establishment in at least 8 months.)
We cut out G’s weekend naps (car naps only, if they happen to occur), and school has been limiting her to about an hour. Miraculously she is sleeping fine now (with no one staying in her room). I desperately hope the getting out of bed phase is over.
Few other selected notes:
1- WORK – I have the next two days with no structured meetings or ‘hard landscape’ events, and I am thrilled about it. Looking forward to catching up on projects and closing out the month on a good note, as well as spending some time thinking about future goals.
3- Raptitude’s Three Recession-Proof Investments for 2021. I really liked this post. (I’d add “Learning/Reading” as #4!)