life Parenting Weekend

SUNDAY report

July 31, 2022
LOVE capturing moments like this. Also, I’ve said it before but I feel the need to say it again – I LOVE THIS PHASE OF PARENTING. They love me, I love them, I can still do things on my own, and teen angst is (fairly) minimal. LOVE.

DONE:

  • 6 mi long(ish) run. Felt decent despite 80F / 82% humidity. (Also a 20 min Strength for Runners class and a 20 min yoga class on the Peloton app, a ‘stack’ on Saturday.)
  • activity signups (to the extent possible) and uniform purchases. Annabel made a last minute plea to retry ballet, which she has not done since she was ~6. I found a beginner class that was 8+ — not the easiest thing to find! Luckily the studio is close by.
  • school supply shopping – though only A’s list appeared to a true complete list. I got a some random extra basics (pencils, crayons, glue sticks) for the other two and hope I won’t have to grab too many things last minute.
  • uniform replenishment, both the logo tops and the plain bottoms we needed. We had a decent number of salvageable pieces which is good since the price of everything has doubled, or close to it
  • kid shoe replenishment (including much-begged-for Crocs. Yes apparently they are ‘in’ or something. I guess it’s better than being asked for Yeezys . . .

We also ate out for dinner (Havana’s, a last minute pivot b/c the sushi place was too crowded – but it was great!), got water ice (Jeremiah’s), and hit up Urban Air because it is active but air conditioned. The kids loved it so much I am tempted to buy a membership because otherwise it’s irritatingly expensive per visit. I feel like my credit card was run so many times in the past 24 hours it should have melted; we are keeping the Broward County economy going apparently.

It has been a really full weekend and I have truly enjoyed it, even though Josh is on call. It is a far cry from those J-CALL weekends when I felt miserable and overwhelmed, and I think it’s AALLL about the kids’ ages (mostly not having a toddler to chase around or an infant to nurse).

G did better than I expected and was quite persistent.

STILL TO DO:

  • Make dinner (pineapple teriyaki chicken w snow peas + rice)
  • Put week plan up on the board
  • Help G clean up her room (or not)
  • Make G’s lunch (she has 3 days left of camp and then that’s it!)
  • Decide on August goals

8 Comments

  • Reply coco July 31, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    I agree that they are in a good age, before we hit teenage years. I’m afraid my days are counted with my older one as she clearly enjoys spending time with her friends more than with me already… huhuhu…
    great stack of exercise, I am usually too tired or lazy to do anything other form of exercise after long run.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 31, 2022 at 5:12 pm

      Those were Sat 🙂 I didn’t run at all that day! I also do nothing post long run though some gentle yoga probably would be nice!

  • Reply Irene July 31, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Last summer we were barely doing anything indoors (last winter either really aside from school) and I keep finding myself so happy to be able to do something besides the pool! My son had a play date and a swim lesson , my daughter had ice skating and a chess lesson. So great to do things again! I wonder when I will start taking it for granted again.

    This age is very nice but I’m struggling with my 4 year old a bit. 4 was harder than 2 or 3 for my oldest too so I guess that’s just life. I actually do great with toddlers but think I struggle with having reasonable expectations for the 4-5 age. 7 is delightful though. I can’t believe how mature she seems sometimes!

  • Reply Diane July 31, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Crocs! I finally caved and bought the kids Crocs this year because my oldest is on swim team and it seemed like the most recommended/practical option for pool shoes. Then on a whim I threw in a pair for myself from the clearance page and, even though I never thought I’d wear Crocs, they are just so practical for when we are at the pool five days a week. We went camping this weekend and the Crocs got as much wear as the hiking shoes… I tell myself the clunky look is “iconic” not ugly.

  • Reply Amy July 31, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    I agree re: ages — I feel like it’s finally payoff from those hard early years. I have a toddler now (16 months, older kids are 7 and 10) and I find that having 3 kids with this age arrangement is so much easier than 2 kids who are toddler / preschool age, even though my current toddler keeps me very busy.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns August 1, 2022 at 10:38 am

    I can see how your kids are at great ages. I really enjoy our 4yo most of the time! The toddler is a real challenge. I was making dinner last night while we had a guest over and he somehow pulled the container of sesame oil off the counter while I was getting something else and then dumped about half of it on himself…. At least it happened close to bathtime, I guess. Our older son never would have done that. He is definitely more mischievous. So he wears us all out and then sometimes takes the shortest naps – like on Saturday he napped for 40 freaking minutes because he woke up for a bowel movement… I was thrilled that he napped for 2 hours yesterday. I can’t remember the last time he napped that long! Phil and I divide and conquer a ton on the weekend to give the other person a break from the toddler because he just wears us out!

    I saw Brandi on Saturday and it was amazing. You are in for a treat at Red Rocks! I figured out that it was my 7th time seeing her!

  • Reply Meri Paterson August 5, 2022 at 10:48 am

    Ah! This is dry encouraging. I have two boys aged 2.5 and almost 1, and it’s so unpleasant, to be completely honest! I have a feeling I’ll really enjoy their company when they’re older but whenever I say that to people, I feel like they roll their eyes internally, as if they believe your ability to enjoy your kids should be unconditional, like your love for them. That seems a lot to ask…

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger August 5, 2022 at 12:44 pm

      I promise you, I felt similarly. Almost . . . trapped? Waiting for things to change? I really enjoy having bigger kids and generally enjoy life much more at this juncture even though the photos and videos from the past are so cute.

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