You know what? Monday’s usually suck but today is a great day!
I know this because I woke up to find a hot air balloon hovering over my backyard. (It’s my good luck charm.) It must have been a Happy Birthday hello to my sweet Penelope who turns three today!
As you could tell from my last post, things have been super busy as of late. The trend continued through the weekend but the focus of my efforts was trained on spending quality time with my girls instead of planning lessons and grading papers.
The guilt of being so focused on work somehow landed me on the couch on Friday night watching “Ouija” with Bridget.
I hated it. At one point I screamed so loud I made Bridget scream, not because she was scared of the movie but because I startled her. Brent came in and out while we were watching it and made the special effort to make fun of it just enough to really get on Bridget’s nerves.
Then he took it upon himself to try to creep her out by writing “Hi friend” on every shiny surface he could find using dry erase marker. We would randomly find them throughout the entire weekend. Bridget acted like she was annoyed but you could tell that she thought it was funny.
(You would have to see the movie to understand.)
When Saturday arrived Penelope woke us up at 6:00 with her daily proclamation of… “The sun woked up! It’s time to wake up now!” This is usually followed by, “NOW! Wake up NOW!!!”
…and that’s when she ceases to be cute.
I didn’t fight her too hard because there was a lot to be done for her birthday party that day because up until that point I had done nothing in preparation for the event. Seriously, I had invited a few friends over last minute, but other than that nothing had been bought or prepared. Therefore, there was a lot on the “To Do” list for that day…
Her party was a smorgasbord of themes. It was a garden, pirate, princess, super hero party and it was divine!
Brent had spent hours beforehand putting together a little garden house for her birthday present, to be located between our two garden beds. It took him hours to complete but the final product was adorable!
Despite the lack of preparation on my part, the party was a smashing success! Indulge me as I bombard you with photos…
I think the cutest part was when Bridget and her friend led the little kids on a treasure hunt adventure…
It pretty much entailed leading the kids on a wild goose chase, enticing them to do weird things along the way until they found a box of goodies.
It was like The Goonies minus the criminals and skeletons… and curse words.
The next day when we woke up we all looked like this…
Despite the fact that we were all exhausted Penelope decided that she needed to be potty trained. It was my intention to take on this endeavor this summer as soon as school let out, but she had other plans. She insisted on wearing her underwear. I can’t deny a woman on a mission so we went for it.
Therefore, I spent my Sunday like this…
Luckily, she chose the venture when the weather was nice. When I got sick of cleaning up her messes we went outside to
(Doesn’t she look like she belongs in a Little Golden Book?)
It was so beautiful outside with the blossoms and the green grass. After I got Penelope ready for bed, I took her on a bike ride to see if we could find the signs of spring…
We ended up finding Captain Hook in a tree. This entailed sprinting around the neighborhood narrowly escaping his over exaggerated efforts at catching us.
Sadly, I woke up with sore calves and hamstrings. I think it’s time to amp it up in the gym.
When I woke up on this Monday I couldn’t help but feel fulfilled after a weekend like that. Then I stepped on the scale…I weighed in at 198.4. I think a few more Captain Hook adventures around the neighborhood are in order. Luckily, the birthday celebrations are over and I’ve got six weeks before school lets out to trim down for summer.
I’ve also got a toddler trying to take a dump in my kitchen while I cook dinner so the odds of me losing my appetite at any given moment are in my favor… Silver linings folks, silver linings.