life Parenting Weekend

The Saturday I Needed

December 2, 2023


5:45: Alarm off –> got up (went to bed ~8 hours prior to that, so felt pretty rested!). Realized that the coffee maker had brewed hot water because I forgot to actually add . . . coffee. Ahh well. Thankfully things were better after that little nadir.
Hung out reading Shark Heart because I am determined to finish before book club (Weds), drank coffee when it finished brewing and ate animal crackers <– my current carb of choice pre-workout in the morning.

6:45: Peloton –> 50 min total (30 min Ally Love Taylor Swift 1989 + 20 min Holiday Party Ride with Bradley Rose). I really am liking this form of cross-training. Convenient, engaging, challenging, would be great when weather disgusting. Will give it a couple months but this rental may become a purchase.

7:45: Shower + find C is up (good). Help C + G with breakfast, eat with them (cottage cheese / granola / sliced banana for me and honey-nut Os with banana for them because apparently this recap is really specific)

8:45: Drive to Boynton Beach with just C for soccer game! Josh stayed back and took A/G to gymnastics (both have class @ 10 – 11:25). Boynton is about 45 minutes north. C requested Shawn Mendes + Bruno Mars so that is what we played. Not bad.

9:45 – 11:30: Game. (Actual game only 10:30 – 11:30 but team has to warm up, do a little mini practice, etc). They lost, but it was 3 – 2 which for them is basically winning! And truly, they played well. C was playing offense (not his usual) and scored one of the goals! It was fun to watch.

C’s team is the Davie Sharks and I am reading Shark Heart so . . . .today definitely has a theme. My shirt was leftover from a Halloween 3v3 tournament. Weather was ~80s but overcast and thus not so bad

11:30 – 1:00: Drive home, stopping at Chick-Fil-a because that was his request and greatly enjoyed a spicy chicken sandwich and fries (well, mine was spicy, his was not).

1:00: Say hi to big kids, read a bit of Shark Heart, figure out Josh’s bday present (it’s soon . . .)

1:45: Take G to piano. Read Shark Heart while she has her lesson. Stop at library on the way home + pick up ~7 picture books (for G), and a couple books for A / C (random guesses as they were not with me).

library legos > our legos

3:15: Get home and write this post.


Kids are getting their device time

Mild cleanup (really just putting stuff away; the house is not terribly trashed for once)

Read more of Shark Heart

Do some forward 2024 planning (summer . . .)

Probably takeout for dinner because I am just feeling in my heart today needs to be a chill day

Some kind of movie at home with kids (recs welcome, anything good out?)

More Shark Heart

I remember when going back to work on Monday felt like a breath of fresh air because weekends were so stressful when the kids were really little. I really really love this current phase where I can truly find some degree of rest on weekends.


  • Reply Kari December 2, 2023 at 4:37 pm

    Have you seen Mitchell’s vs the Machines? It was a hit with our crew!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 3, 2023 at 6:40 am

      Yes! They liked it too! We ended up watching Barbie (we already saw but now it’s out for rental and they wanted to watch again!)

  • Reply San December 2, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    l just love my Peloton for cross-training (and for days when the weather is just not conducive for running outdoors). I use it every day.

  • Reply Lisa’s Yarns December 2, 2023 at 9:29 pm

    I’m still solidly in the stage of life where we say TGIM… it helps to hear that it gets better and weekends aren’t so completely exhausting!! This weekend has been good because we had a 3yo bday party to prep for. Although of course our 5yo started to run a fever in the late afternoon… because we can not have a stretch of health in this house. We just had grandparents and I kept him upstairs to keep his germs contained. I’m guessing it’s adenovirus as the 3yo tested positive for that when he was dx’d with pneumonia on Tuesday.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 3, 2023 at 6:40 am

      Oh wow – I feel like you guys cannot catch a break illness wise!!! I’m hoping this means that by the time your kids are a little older they will be immune to everything?! I remember C had a runny nose almost constantly for like a year at one point, one virus after another. Now the kids really don’t get sick that often (of course it happens, just not with great frequency). Of course with this statement I have now jinxed myself and everyone will wake up with something terrible like hand foot mouth.

      • Reply Lisa’s Yarns December 3, 2023 at 10:12 am

        This has been the worst fall ever. I don’t know where they are getting all these viruses. I guess the library and birthday parties and such. I don’t know that it’s from daycare necessarily. But wow it has been bad. I have talked to other classmates of Paul’s and it sounds like they’ve had rough falls. I don’t know if this is the aftermath of years of lockdown/less being out and about and now we are paying for it? I’ve been the healthiest in our house which is odd but I think that’s all due to me getting my flu vaccine early! Avoiding influenza was key.

        • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 3, 2023 at 10:48 am

          we also did ours early and dodged a huge bullet (huge number of elementary kids / middle school kids sick with flu and ours didn’t get it!)

  • Reply Lori C December 2, 2023 at 9:39 pm

    This sounds lovely and I am looking forward to when mine will be a little calmer… Way to go C on his goal!!! Also I’ve never tried granola with cottage cheese- do you have them together like a parfait? I always use yogurt, but like the idea of the added protein. It sounds weird but I may have to try it!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 3, 2023 at 6:37 am

      Yep, just stick them together in a bowl! I have come to realize I don’t really like yogurt (esp Greek which has more protein) so this works as a sub!

  • Reply Coree December 3, 2023 at 4:44 am

    I love the library legos. We have 5x the volume of the library but it never fails to lure him in. On odd teacher workdays, I’ll bring my work and some stuff for T and eke out a few hours work. We are pretty much guaranteed to run into someone we know so there’s a pal to play with.

    Our library has been the very grateful recipient of art supplies and outgrown board games if you’re doing a clear out.

  • Reply Jenny December 3, 2023 at 9:00 pm

    Sounds like a really nice day. You had a lot of activities, but nice that you could sneak some reading in too. Yes… it gets so much easier when the kids are older.

  • Reply Rachel December 5, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    This is very encouraging to read. I have a 2.5 year old and a 1.25 year old and weekends are exhausting. I can’t imagine having time to read so that sounds amazing.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 6, 2023 at 1:22 pm

      YES – it will come! You are in the HARDEST part at least from my experiences!!! TODDLER/BABY combo is no joke.

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