Monday, November 14, 2011
more scenes from the weekend and thoughts
Ken was away this weekend, so I had the boys to myself. I wasn't sure how it would go--he is their main caregiver after all, and it was a long weekend (with Friday's holiday), but we ended up having a great time. It was really fun to cozy in with them. We read a lot. I am obsessed right now with the Little House series and so is Dieter. Rainer likes it a little bit and plays close by while I am reading aloud to Dieter. It is fascinating to read about what those pioneers went through. Caroline Ingalls is my new role model for mothering.
Other fun things this weekend--
:: a fun playdate on Friday with new friends we are just getting to know
:: two dinners at Gam and Papa's house on Friday and Saturday nights--it was a treat to get to spend some extra time together. My mom fed us well and the boys got to watch Wild Kratts which they only get to do at the grandparents house
:: a trip to the natural history museum in Santa Barbara on Saturday--it was rainy and cozy there--a perfect day for it. We hadn't been in awhile and the boys were fascinated. Dieter said it is his favorite museum.
:: a trip to the park Saturday morning. The boys decided to dry the whole playground with some towels I had brought. They had a blast and were thoroughly wet by the time they were done. We packed a snack and they talked me into bringing cookies.
:: a walk Sunday morning to Farmer's Market to buy honey and apples (and a tamale and some very expensive almonds at their request).
Also on Sunday we made some leaf mobiles. I sent the boys outside to gather the most colorful leaves they could find, then we dipped them in wax and strung them on threads. I was thrilled that these turned out as well as they did, given our lackluster selection of leaves in So. Cal. I actually think this is quite pretty.
We practically had the museum to ourselves. I love this museum and have in mind to pony up for the membership every single year. In this scene they are looking at the salamanders.
Early morning in the park. The boys awoke very early that day. And somehow I found myself eating a cookie at 9am. By the way, the recipe for these is here.
Friday night at my parents' house my mom served this beautiful loaf cake. She was so excited when I took a picture. She said, "oh my, I'm going to be on the blog!" So here you go mom--your cake is on the blog.
I love spending time with my boys, and I'm still trying to figure out a balance between enjoying them and playing with them vs. rushing around and doing laundry/cleaning bathrooms/making lunches/making dinner and cleaning up the kitchen. It's just so hard to figure that out when you are a working mom. Still, we had fun and we started the week fairly organized, so I think it was a success.