I think I may back up and re-name this post Happy Days off. No need to pad the Blog with 2-3 posts when we can just jam in all into one.
Actually Carla and I were just talking about the lack of memory with no sleep. I can attest to that. I like to take pictures of our adventures and I find this helps me to keep track of where we have been and when. I literally just started this post about Tuesday and went to the photos and found it actually was Monday when that took place. I will add I see photos from Sunday nights trip to Coonamessett Pond which I had forgotten about all together. I guess I am pulling off an ok Summer by the looks of my photo album although unconventional time wise.
Sunday- A trip and a dip in Coonamesset pond. Not the safest I have felt but we are trying to find places that Lilly can join us and swim. There were some families there when we arrived but they were soon replaced with young adults with pockets of beer and started building a fire. So kids, how about some ice cream,,,,,Exit stage left.
Monday- It is usually a blur of exhaustion by this time of week but after a nap I can get some motivation in the afternoon to find some adventure. Today we headed to Yarmouth for some mini golf and also mechanical bull riding. That was some funny shit! Well worth the $5 a kid for 3 rides. I even approved ice cream again. Ya know what I'm the Mother and I can do what I want. Besides I fed them dinner when we got home. I just changed the order of things.
Tuesday-This is the day that usually screws us all up. It is actually my last day on but after a nap it feels like my day off. I know I can be in bed early and sleep through the night. Woohoo! I can't for the life of me remember what I did all day but I think it included laundry. Anyway by 3:30 we had a diagnosis for the car and a repair plan and we were headed to the Mashpee Splash pad. This was happily followed by Taco night. Taco Tuesday folks!
Wednesday- Ava had a friend over for a while and I got the house somewhat cleaned up. I am past perfection when it comes to the house. Fuck it, we live there it isn't a museum. I am learning to let go of a lot of stuff lately. It is ok to lay in your bed and watch TV if the kids are fed, playing and happy.
After he left we dashed to Luke's Love Playground before the rain came. It was grey but we never really got hit with it. Ava packed a snack bag and her folder which came in handy to list the 10 items on the Scavenger hunt there. We let Pizzerio Uno cook dinner too. $4.99 make your own pizza is a favorite.
Thursday-It's always Thursday that I wake up feeling the closest to normal. I have goals and want to make plans again instead of the 'just surviving' feeling that sets in about Sunday or Monday. I know I need time to get used to this shift -whatever. After coffee in the yard with Lilly I just leisurely started weeding this garden. I felt bad for the veggies actually. They looked more like they were growing in a patch of lawn. As you can see they are happy now in clean dirt. I have a zucchini ready for picking and a tiny yellow Summer squash coming. Lot of flowers too. Mixed in are a couple plants with a purple trumpet type flower which I have no idea where it came from but they stayed just for their beauty. This soon lead me to start weeding my walk-way our front. It isn't used but we were starting to look a little rough around the edges as their were more weeds than stone. The back lawn even got mowed before I managed to break the lawn mower. Oh well, time to move onto something else.
I try to get out with the dog as much as possible and today I really wanted to hike again at Peterson Farm. It was beautiful last time we went. Ava opted to go shopping with Auntie and I think Olivia is trying to prove she is a hiker.
Over the last 2 days we have talked about my camping trip to Vermont. It is a trip I planned to take alone for many reasons but now some of those reasons just don't seem to matter as much. So when she asked if she could come I didn't answer her but I just started thinking. Hmmm, maybe. I explained I really wanted to hike a lot and had planned this trip when they were with their Dad as I wasn't sure it was a kid trip. Her question- hiking more than 4 hours? Well no, I don't think so and I plan on stopping and taking breaks even on long hikes. It isn't a race.
I never really said yes but we have been brainstorming and talking about it ever since and she seems really interested. I so want the kids to do outside stuff with me but they don't so I plan without them. Ava, a hard as this is to say, is not always easy.
I am actually starting to think what a great idea this is. She is 12 and can totally do what I have planned. She makes me laugh as she has no idea how we will make breakfast and she wants to bring her own tent and sleep alone. I even asked if she wanted to go to the BBQ-fest and she says I like BBQ as long as it isn't hot. I might just have a camping partner again. :)