I love Saturdays. I love being home and knowing that there is two days here. I woke with Madeline in our bed (she crawled in sometime this morning). She crept downstairs allowing me to sleep in a bit more. Heaven. Saturday mornings are either super low key or getting ready to go on an adventure. This week, we are low-key.
The kids request freezer waffles. It's nice to have a breakfast on hand that requires nearly zero effort.
Dominick wants to dress up in some of his new clothes today. I cinch the waistband of his pants for him. Both Madeline and Dominick are tall and skinny and getting clothes that are long enough but small enough in the waist are always a challenge. I am thankful for elastic bands.
He dresses up in one of his new shirts and ties, too. He tells me to hold on when I call to him - he is "busy getting handsome."
Madeline and I clean the Guinea Pig cage. It's never a chore we look forward to, so I decide I would like to get it out of the way as soon as possible this morning. I clean out the cage while she sweeps up the litter and food and hay they have kicked out. We have the Guineas in the living room lately thinking that, because they are social, this is better for them.
Once we have cleaned up the cages, she gets the Guineas all set in their nicely cleaned cages. Luke and Perry are pretty darn cute, I have to admit.
I get Ashley's baby gift ready to mail. I have been meaning to get it out for ages (before the baby was born). Madeline made a card this week and I get it wrapped in brown paper so I can run that and some other mail over the post office.
Before I head out on errands, I walk Chloe. We are trying to ensure she is getting some good exercise. The kids decided that they weren't interested in joining me, but Dominick changed his mind when I let him know he could ride his bike with me instead. He would bike a 1/2 a block ahead and wait for me. He loves biking and I am reminded that we need to do that more. Chloe LOVED her walk. She is so happy the entire time and will run for most of it if you let her.
We came home to Madeline playing outside - running up and down the sidewalk in her new boots.
I ran errands when I got home. Post Office. Grocery. Vintage store. The kids had seen the neighbor kids outside, so elected to stay home.
When I got home, we made some lunch. I heated up some pesto pasta and sauteed some cherry tomatoes. It's one of my favorites right now.
I sat down to eat at the dining room table with my book on Kindle. I am still reading Faithful Place. The kids were still outside playing, but came in while I was eating because Imogen & Amelia had to go in to eat lunch.
We decide it is a perfect time for them to eat lunch, too. Madeline asks for salad (but not the lettuce from the garden), so we cut up some cucumbers and iceberg lettuce for her.
He wants a microwave egg with ham (no cheese this time) and grapes.
And then it's back outside to play with the neighbors. I love that we have so many wonderful kids on our block for them to play with. It's reminiscent of the way I grew up - kids running up and down the street, playing in each other's yards and houses.
I hang out in the front yard and read a book for a while. The weather is lovely and the sun feels heavenly. I enjoy an iced coffee while I read.
I also get a run in. I am starting to see results and am doing my best to run consistently. Today's movie is Woman in Black 2 - enjoying it so far.
Storms are rolling in and we decide we don't want the kids playing outside. We work out a deal where they come to our house to play for a bit and then over to Imogen & Amelia's for a bit. It's getting close to dinner time, so time is short. They play in the living room, enjoying the Guineas.
Storms (severe thunderstorms and heavy wind) mean our evening plans (a get-together at school friend's house) are canceled. We make dinner and hunker down at home. Dominick requests a board game and the kids choose to play Clue (Dominick and I are a team since he can't read).
He does love rolling the dice and did an awesome job of picking rooms and weapons.
We rent a move - Song of the Sea - and the everyone really enjoys it. Dominick is tired an fussy, though, about the dinner we are eating. He doesn't like it. We let him have a sandwich in the end so that he can be a part of dessert. We cuddle on the couch to watch. It wont' be long before the three of us won't fit on the loveseat - we barely do now. I do love that they both will cuddle with me. I hope that they do so for a long time.
We make fruit pie for dessert. Dominick has a little meltdown, but recovers in time to add the fruit with Madeline.
Dessert is delicious. Dominick doesn't like the blackberries much (they are too "explodey") and Madeline doesn't like the blueberries (a non-favorite of hers), but overall the pie is success. It's nice to end the evening on a good note.
We get the kids in bed. I read Madeline "Never Talk to Strangers" and Ryan DinoTrucks to Dominick. We tuck them into bed - Madeline is going to sleep with her snuggle bear she received from Papa those many, many years ago.
Ryan and I watch and episode of Blechley Park and then I head up to bed with a huge glass of water - there is not enough water lately for me to stay hydrated.