Warning! This is going to be a long post. After about ten days without the internet and lack of motivation to write in the library after work/class, I have much to share.
To sum up this past weekend in one word– wonderful! And much needed. Saturday I woke up nice and early to wash the dishes, do four loads of laundry and take out the trash. All before ten o’clock. Laura and I went for a quick two mile run– and I felt great! I shaved about forty-five seconds off my pace and still felt like I could have gone for another mile or so.
After a much needed nap and walk to the library, I received a wonderful full-body massage from a neighbor that’s going to school for massage therapy. She’s testing in about a month and needed a body to practice on; I surely wasn’t going to mind. It was so relaxing and after a glass of wine (or two), I was snuggled into bed. Needless to say, I got no homework done as planned.
Sunday I was up bright and early to head home to pick up a few items: my favorite pair of rainboots (from JCrew), overdue car registration and a couple issues of Oxygen magazine. My dad was collecting the sap from the maple trees to make syrup. I followed him and my cousin around, snapping away and dodging the huge mud puddles in the yard. They still have a lot more snow up north than we do in Troy, and I wasn’t prepared in my birkenstocks.
While we were walking from tree to tree, from summer kitchen to boiler, I was busy snapping away. Here are a few of my favorite shots of the day.
I then decided to head up to see the kiddos– it had been a couple of weeks since my last visit. And it was a blast! Sometimes I’m a little apprehensive only because it can be a little overwhelming- four kids hanging all over me, yelling to have their stories heard. But I made sure to sit down, remain calm and listen to every tidbit that they wanted to share. We downloaded a lot of music to their ipods (apparently I’m the only one that can master itunes?), played a couple games of Candy Land (my favorite), taught Rocco how to play Connect Four, put some puzzles, had a dance off and enjoyed an Italian homemade dinner.
Couple funny stories to share: every evening with the kids at dinner, we share a rose and a thorn. When it was Daniel’s turn to share his rose, he blurted out how happy he was that Jona came “home” for dinner. Lisa and Augie (their parents) had to laugh because it sounded like I was the long lost daughter of which they hadn’t seen or heard from in months. When it was Rocco’s turn to share, his rose was that I was there and (with tears) shared that his thorn was that I forgot my pajamas. Yes, I wasn’t spending the night, but I did tuck them in.
Other funny story, the children have never seen me drink alcohol in all the years that I’ve been with them. Out of all of the vacations by the pool and dinners out, I’ve always ordered water (remember, I was working even when it was by a pool in a tropical location). Well, Augie had served me a glass of red wine with dinner, which I didn’t mind and enjoyed on such a wonderful evening. Well, the children were shocked. When Rocco saw me put it to my lips– he shouted! NO! THAT’S FOR GROWN UPS!!! We were all laughing hysterically. I kindly said, yes I know and that I was old enough to have a small glass. Daniel asked if I liked it- of course I said- I have a bottle in my car. NO! Daniel was now yelling at the table, reminding me that I should not be drinking wine while driving. After a little explaining that I do not open the wine and drink while driving, I think the kiddos now understand that I’m officially a grown up and can drink red wine.
Poop update! As many of you know, Roscoe has a problem with the whole pooping in the litter box due to his frustrations with my class schedule. Well, today was the second time (third day) in a row that I found “it” where “it” belongs! I feel like a mother with a toddler who has begun potting training. Let’s see how long this lasts (fingers crossed).
I’ve got some updates to share in regards to running and a new partner I’ve found this week. But for now, I’m going to rest my fingertips for another long day at work and another great post.