From Our Weekend

From Our Weekend

This past weekend was really really amazing. I hate to admit this, but usually the stars don’t all align properly for the time that it’s just us as a family for 2 days. Someone is cranky (often me) or tired or unhappy about the choice of activities. But this past weekend, I wasn’t in a grumpy mood and I was patient enough to take on some stuff I wouldn’t normally so we just went with it and really enjoyed ourselves. Often, I think of something that would be really fun for the kids but something like how far a drive it is or how much it costs or how much effort goes into it and I would rather do something else. I don’t always say no, but sometimes it’s easier just to tell the kids to go play outside right here at home. We did lots of that this weekend, too, but it was nice to mix in a few fun out of the ordinary things to make it special and memorable.

Saturday, early morning, I took the kids to a local park where they could run and play. I started a new book (this is where I admit that I’m reading 50 Shades of Grey and can’t put it down) and I laid in the grass reading while the kids climbed like monkeys. Then we walked and walked and walked together and it was so nice. They laughed, raced ahead, showed me things, showed each other things, smiled for the camera. It was so sweet. We got some necessary things out of the way like getting some new summer clothes and a haircut for the little guy then grabbed some lunch and were going to head home, but I decided it would be nice to plant some flowers out front of our house. The back of our house is decent right now


But our house from the front is looking sad these days. So, I took both kids to the garden center at Home Depot and we all picked a few things and headed home. They happily helped me plant, and again, it was nice that everyone seemed to be patient and happy for the day. Perhaps they were feeding off of me…hmmmm…something to consider.


After all of that, we were all sweaty and needed to cool off so the kids asked if we could go to the beach. Usually, if I am in the mood for an outing, someone else is not, but we all were so we went the 4 of us and it was so nice. The kids played on daddy’s surf board, I played in the waves with my kiddos, and relaxed. So good.



What is it about that ocean? I can’t get enough of it. I used to really dislike the salt water and being hit by waves. The joy the kids have there helps me enjoy it more now, too. But I also only learned the past year or so how good it feels to lay on my back in the ocean and look up at the sky.

The rest of our weekend fun was spent at home, enjoying the space we’ve created here.

climbing the mulberry tree

goofing around with chickens

and enjoying the playground slide with water

It wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns. There was whining, arguing, complaining about what we weren’t doing while doing something super fun. There were moments that I was frustrated. But any weekend that I can blow up lots of water balloons and tie them all without getting cranky *and* do all kinds of other cool things with my kids, too, is one I have to celebrate. I hope your weekend was beautiful, too.


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  1. Sounds like the perfect weekend. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Emily Reply:

    Thanks Tricia!! xo

  2. Sherry says:

    “….how good it feels to lay on my back and look up at the sky.” I’ve always loved that about the ocean too. If, even for a moment, the thought process stops while you are gently rocked by the waves, in that space you feel at one with the ocean, the sky, and all of creation.

    Emily Reply:

    I really never ever knew this until one time I went to the beach a couple of years ago (we’ve been here 6 years, 4 miles from the beach) when instead of dodging waves, I let myself lay back in the waves and looked up at the amazing sky. It’s one of my favorite relaxing things to do now :)

  3. Sometimes when I read your posts I really have to wonder if we aren’t the same person living in 2 different places at once. :)

    I am that person, often resisting the adventures due to cost/complication/cranky. But its soooo good to get out, change the pace, and spend time floating on your back.

    What a great great post. (Soooo jealous of your pictures!)

    Emily Reply:

    I think we are the same person ;)


  4. Sounds like an INCREDIBLE weekend!!!

    Emily Reply:

    JJ – it’s nothing compared to your adventures!!! :)

  5. hi,
    love looking at your picture. i have mulberry tree too, how long does it take for the tree to be mature? does it produce fruits on certain season? thanks in advance.

    Emily Reply:

    Hi Nora, Our tree has been blooming for about a month now, but everything this year seems to be a month ahead of usual, so right about now would be normal for it to have fruit. We got both of our trees when they were already a couple of years old, but they have really grown a ton. I have been surprised how fast they grow. Good luck with yours!

  6. Sounds like a great weekend! That backyard picture is beautiful!!!

    Emily Reply:

    Thanks Jill – we usually complain about what a mess it always is (chickens, toys, dirt, etc…) so it was good to take a picture and see it’s really quite beautiful if I stop looking at only what’s wrong with it. The only thing it’s missing is a hammock. :)

  7. Sounds like a wonderful weekend! :-) I love your pictures!

    Emily Reply:

    Thank you Maria!! xo

  8. So nice to hear from you and get caught up!

    I just subscribed to your blog as I stopped checking due to the posts err..not…posting (as I knew something was probably happening in your life–turns out your new job)so I figured that you would either start back up when ready or just not blog. Thankful it is not the latter!


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