Guess what happens when you put 5,000 different things on your Weekend To Do list?
A) You get, like, 30% of them done and feel like a failure.
B) The minor thing you added as an afterthought ends up taking up the most time out of everything. (And you feel like a failure for not anticipating that.)
C) You don’t get a minute to yourself until 10 PM Sunday night (and even then, you’re all “maybe I should just really quick…”)
D) All the above.
This past weekend was definitely a D. I always want to spend as much time as possible with Mason, but then I somehow also expect myself to accomplish a zillion other things–preferably, by cramming 8 hours’ worth of activities into his 2-hour naps. What am I thinking??
Anyway. It was still a jam-packed weekend. We kicked it off with another round of couch-shopping, and another fail. I’m worried the problem might be that my dream couches live at Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware, and I’m just not seeing them anywhere else (weird!). There’s also the fact that we had a toddler sprinting through the store the whole time, thinking he was in a giant playhouse…
The Home Depot stop that came next went a little better…thanks to the money combination of cart + phone:
His current favorite entertainment is a video of himself pushing his lawnmower around the yard while Dad mows. He cries when it ends.
Next up: planting. I found some pretty magenta annuals for the front yard, and we replaced a dead bush with the white azalea you see in the cart above. (Please don’t die, please don’t die, please don’t die.)
It was 90 degrees and sunny, aka fabulous conditions for a 7-months-preggo lady to be crawling around with a spade and a giant bag of dirt in. But I survived (thanks to some awesome help from the hubby) and I just pray the dang plants will, too…
Meanwhile, Mason entertained himself by watering the grass via the pool. He had zero interest in actually getting in (to be fair, the water was ice), so he just doused his outfit and created a few rivers in the yard instead.
Later, we had friends over to grill out. They brought something I’ve never heard of before (but am totally not surprised to find out it exists): burgers stuffed with cheese curds.
Because why not?? – anyone in Wisconsin.
I made a dessert (Brent’s obsession: a version of this Oreo mandarin salad) and was hoping to serve up a nice, juicy watermelon, but the one I picked ended up being a dud.
The compromise: watermelon water!
I blended chunks of watermelon with water, strained the mixture, and mixed in a little sugar and some limes. Crazy refreshing!
And a perfect companion to this:
On Sunday, we spent the morning on a massive cleaning spree in Mason’s room. (This was the unexpected added task that ended up taking FOREVER!) He’s been showing signs of seasonal/environmental allergies lately, and we didn’t want to have to wonder if the dust factory in his room was part of the problem.
Along with the deep clean came some new decor. I finally got his new airplane decals up!
I was SO paranoid that I was going to rip them–it’s a painfully delicate process getting these bad boys up, and I’m not always the most patient/gentle person–but I somehow got through it with no major accidents.
Mason’s reaction made it all totally worth it. “AIRPLANE! AIRPLANE!” (He used to call them “EPs,” which we thought was crazy adorable, so I’m actually kind of sad that he can say it right now. Brent and I secretly still call them EPs between us.)
A couple more random weekend shots:
Yesterday afternoon, it started pouring in the bright daylight. Wiiiild.
I couldn’t have been happier–please water my new flowers for me!
We discovered that it’s really difficult to show Mason rainbows. “He’s still not looking high enough…” “I don’t think he sees it…” haha
We topped off the weekend with some grilled filet mignons from Trader Joe’s…WOW, steak is good. I even had a snobby “I wouldn’t DREAM of ruining this with steak sauce” moment.
I mean, that’s a good steak.
How was your weekend??