It seems like much time has passed since Friday night. After quitting time, my husband and daughter went to get their hair cut, and then I took the 2 boys to meet them at a restaurant near our house. We sat outside, which was exciting when it started raining. We stayed dry but the waitress (who was a good sport about it) did not. Fortunately, that was the last of the bad weather for what turned out to be a stunningly nice early summer weekend.
On Saturday, we got up for swim lessons, then drove to Boordy vineyards in Maryland. They had a festival with music and food and wine tastings, and we met cousins there. The weather was perfect. We went on a hayride, and the older two kids sat to watch a stripped down version of Macbeth, performed in a barn. It struck me that Shakespeare wrote for illiterates, and there were enough witches and sword play to keep 7-year-olds and 4-year-olds entertained.
After, we drove to an amazing playground in Bel Air that we’d seen while driving to the winery. The kids had a great time, but as we went back to the parking lot and opened the car my 7-year-old started howling that his carefully stacked Dinosaur King cards — which he’d spent an evening alphabetizing — were scattered all over the floor. I noticed strange green stuff on the floor too, then looked up and saw the front passenger side window was shattered. Yep, while we were playing on the playground, someone had broken in and stolen our GPS system, and a case with the kids’ DVDs. I’m not sure the thief will be terrifically excited to learn he now has multiple episodes of Sid the Science Kid, but perhaps they have resale value. We ate dinner, filed a police report, and then drove swiftly north to get to Longwood Gardens.
Why Longwood in the dark? They had fireworks! The boys loved them. My 2-year-old, on the other hand, was scared witless and burrowed into my chest, inside my fleece, for the entire performance. She fell asleep there. The fireworks did start at 9:15 p.m. It was a long drive home with the wind from the highway on my face the whole time thanks to the shattered window, but at least everyone stayed asleep as we got them into bed.
Sunday was more low key. I took the youngest two kids to Wegman’s to try out the supermarket. It was more fun than my usual store, and I bought stuff like clotted cream, flavored cream cheese, and Gjetost (a Norwegian cheese) that I wouldn’t normally find. No small thing: they have those shopping carts with the cars on the front. We went swimming and did a cook out (hamburgers and hot dogs) at night.
Monday, I met a friend to run 4 miles and it was warm — summer is here! We went swimming, and my 4-year-old totally made a breakthrough, being able to pull his head up and take a breath as he paddles across the pool. So he’s basically a swimmer. That’s 2 down and 1 to go! We went to the local Memorial Day parade, where we cheered on the fire trucks. We did another cookout (steak this time). I read big chunks of Switch, and The Art of Choosing. I worked on Mosaic, too.
How was your weekend?
Photo: What is now left of the passenger side window of my husband’s car.