I’m trying to get ahead on a great many things (my post on planning a self-employed maternity leave is coming up…) so just a quick weekend recap:
On Friday my husband and I went to his office holiday party. You can see my not-so-little black maternity dress over at Instagram (@lvanderkam). This thing was seriously like $30 on Amazon, which warms my frugal heart.
My 10-year-old won his Cub Scout troop’s Raingutter Regatta! This was held in my church’s gym, and coincided with my choir rehearsal for our Christmas concert in the sanctuary, so I popped over a few times, though I managed to miss all his actual races. In any case, he emerged, beaming, with a trophy proclaiming his grand champion status. I guess he has some lung power!
We left the 12-year-old in charge of the 4-year-old for 20 minutes to facilitate a pick-up and it worked fine. The 12-year-old texted to check in even though I hadn’t requested that. This opens up all sorts of logistical possibilities. They were actually having a good time playing 5 Crowns with each other and the 8-year-old; the 4-year-old has become quite the little card shark.
We welcomed a handful of new fish to the family. Our aquarium had been empty for 6 months following a pH-related disaster, but now it is stocked again. We also finally got the painting of Texas bluebonnets that I bought for my husband’s birthday several months ago framed (see picture). I’m very happy with how this turned out. Now it just needs to get hung up on the wall…
We celebrated my birthday by going out to eat. The kids all managed to sit on their seats and order food like normal people. Yep, just in time for us to have a newborn again.
I sang in my choir’s Christmas concert. We were accompanied by the Brandywine Brass, and Christmas songs on brass instruments always feel festive. My husband brought the kids and they lasted for about 30 minutes, at which point they made an exit, but it was fun to have them wave at me while I was trying to process in my robe in a serious fashion.
This week I’m prepping for Sarah and my “year in review” podcast episode. I’ve also been making a list of fun resolutions. Many resolutions involve hard work, willpower, and other such things, but some seem fun on their own. A few I’ve been suggesting: Going outside for 20 minutes per day, turning a lunch break into a mini-vacation, taking one night “off” per week. What would you add to this list?