I cannot even begin to try and figure out the last time I had two whole weekend days with nothing planned. This blank slate weekend was so very welcomed.
Friday we had no plans so Tyler ended up getting together for a dude’s night with some friends and that sparked a girl’s night with the respective mamas and babies. While the boys were at the bar, we stayed in at my house and had pizza and ice cream. (Let’s just not talk about my little diabetes issue because, well, ya know.)
The kiddos played for a little while before eating and going to bed. Then us girls sat around and chit chatted the night away. It was lovely. Before I knew it Tyler was walking through the door and the girls headed home to their men.
Saturday - a full day with nothing planned - was leisurely. Tyler and Viv went to play at McDonald’s Play Place while I attempted to sleep in. I was mildly successful. When they got back we all went on a family adventure to a greenhouse that acts as a storage facility for a recently joined local “buy nothing” group - you give and receive freely with your community. An awesome concept that I’ve already gotten so much out of! It truly represents the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” while the items gifted are by no means trash, they definitely are unwanted by the giver and re-homed to someone who needs/wants that item. My first gifted items were a bunch of random unused baby things and a gas stove top that we’ve had in our garage for over a year and someone was remodeling so it found a new home. My first gifts were four paper bags full of amazing baby boy clothes size 6-12 months, a pair of tennis shoes for Viv that will fit during the fall I’d imagine and a pair of tennis shoes for Tyler. All free!
After our run to the greenhouse we headed back home to put Viv down for nap. Tyler went over to his buddy’s place during nap while I sorted through my new boy clothes to see what I had received. I am pretty set with the 6-12 month sizes! Then I pulled out Viv’s saved clothes to see what I had that was gender neutral for little man. I got the clothes started in the wash too. Talk about accomplished!
I came to find that little man has tons of white newborn onesies and that is about it until he is 6 months when the hand-me-downs start fitting. Apparently Viv is quite the girly girl or that any of the neutral clothes she had were hand-me-downs that got passed on yet again. Oh well, little man’s closet will surely be stocked eventually.
Viv was inspecting the dryer from
inside - such a good helper!
Once Vivian woke from her nap she helped me do some laundry. When Tyler got back home we had dinner and played around the house. Before we knew it, it was bedtime for our little miss and so Tyler and I cozied up and watched a movie.
Today was another gloriously unplanned day. I took my turn waking up with Vivian while Tyler could sleep. After breakfast us gals headed out of the house and went to the mall. Apparently the mall stores don’t open until 11am and we were a tad early but luckily access to the mall is available so we wandered around inside window shopping until shops opened their gates. I was able to stop at the Apple Store and get my iPhone cable replaced because it wasn’t charging my phone reliably then we went to Nordstrom and Vivian had her first shoe shopping experience.
All of Vivian’s shoes up till now had been either hand-me-downs or gifted. This was the first time she was getting properly sized and shoes of my (and her) choice. She desperately needed tennis shoes. We had a very friendly guy - who Vivian quickly approved of - helping us with our shoe shopping. He showed Viv the foot measuring device and she stepped on it proudly. Her right foot is a size 4.5 and her left is a 5.0.
Yikes! Poor girl has been shoved into size 3.5 tennis shoes and size 4 mary janes… definitely time for new shoes! We ended up with a nice sparkly pair of Stride Rites in 5.5 so she has room to grow throughout the summer.
After Nordstrom we checked out a few other children’s shoe stores to see what other options there were but we stuck with our first choice. I had no other shopping to do and had initially planned on going up to the play area with Viv so she could run around but it was pushing noon and I knew Viv would fade fast if I didn’t get home soon. I also still had a stop to make on the way since I found out someone on the “buy nothing” group was offering vinca plants to transplant and I have been buying a few each year to try and fill in my garden as ground cover. Since it was turning out to be a beautiful day, I thought getting the plants and gardening during nap sounded wonderful.
When we got to the house to get the vinca, Viv and I went to her yard and I started digging up the plants while Viv had a hoe and was doing her own digging/brushing. It was so darn cute!
Finally around 1pm we got home and Viv snuggled daddy before heading reluctantly down to bed even though she was exhausted. She fought nap hardcore and I don’t know when she eventually fell asleep or how long she actually napped but at least she was resting and quiet for a while.
My little explorer. Love those pigtails!
The best shot I could get while
always on the go!
I got out to the yard and cleaned up a bit of weeds before transplanting my vinca. I was very pleasantly surprised how far the bundle I took went in my garden. I even had enough to put some over by the side of the shed!
After about an hour or so of gardening my back was screaming and I was exhausted. Gardening on your hands and knees while nearly 8 months pregnant is no easy task! Right as I was finishing up, Tyler decided to come out and blow off the driveway and deck - the winter’s stockpile of pine needles and sticks would be no more!
Unfortunately I am pretty sure turning on the blower was what woke Vivian up from her nap, but it was ok since I was all done outside. I got Viv and sat her down for a late lunch/snack before we went to take a shower and clean up for dinner out with Tony, Jess and Ethan.
We met up at Applebee’s and had a lovely early (aka perfectly timed before bed) dinner. Once we got home, it was clear Viv still had a bit of energy so we went for a family walk. Glory came on the leash and even Lucifer decided to follow and watch for a bit. Our walk didn’t go very far because Viv is in a rock collecting phase. She kept stopping to pick up rocks and throw them down which ends in her bursting into a fit of giggles. It is so fun to watch her explore!
She got to run around in her new shoes and she looked very balanced and stable. It probably felt good to not have her feet crammed into shoes for once.
After the short walk we went in and got Viv ready for bed. After a book with daddy she went down without any complaints. Now time for me to relax. What a wonderful unplanned weekend!