Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My Weekend

This is one of those weeks where I'll be confused all week long as to what day it is. Three-day weekends do that to a lot of us. Other than being rather damp, it was a good Memorial Day holiday weekend.

On Saturday I started a load of laundry first thing and then went grocery shopping. I like to do my big shopping on Saturday mornings, because then I have plenty of helpers to carry all the bags from the car. Around noon Dan and Luke took off for a baseball tournament "down south." For us, that means the southern portion of the Denver metro area. Emily and I went over to a graduation party for my nephew. It was held in my brother and sister-in-law's backyard, the same yard of the house I grew up in. We sat in lawn chairs under the big maple tree with lots of friends and relatives. My cousins' young children ran around and played soccer and played with bubbles and played softball. The older kids "hung out" together.

Later in the afternoon, Dan and Luke arrived and there was much oohing and aahing over how tall my son is now and how grown up he looks, even though everyone had seen him a year ago at another graduation party. Young boys seem to do that, growing leaps and bounds in just a year, until they're hardly recognizable.

After the party we went home and Dan and I watched Last Chance Harvey while the kids played a video game.

On Sunday morning, I made pancakes for breakfast to celebrate Luke's birthday. We watched the Sunday Morning Show, then Dan and Luke headed "back down south" for another round of baseball games, taking Emily with them. It gave me a few hours to clean the house, do some laundry, bake a cake and clean the downstairs rec room. A job I most intensely dislike. I don't get down there as much as I should and when I do, I find havoc has been wreaked. (?? Can havoc be wreaked? Or do you just wreak havoc?) Anyway, finding cups, glasses, and dirty socks galore, I picked up, vacuumed and set everything straight.

Dan and the kids arrived home just as my Dad and Carol arrived for the birthday celebration. My Aunt Ann and the rest of the family (brother, sister-in-law, nephews, one with a girlfriend in tow), followed.

We ate pizza, drank wine and assorted beverages, and had birthday cake. Chocolate cake, strawberry frosting and neopolitan ice cream, as requested by the birthday boy. I love family birthday celebrations. Everyone gather around the kitchen table, squeezed in, having homemade cake and talking at once.

That night, Dan and I watched Frost/Nixon. I liked it. Then, as is my practice, afterward I googled the whole story and watched the real tapes. The movie was then a disappointment.

On Memorial Day, ("second verse, same as the first!"), Dan and Luke headed back down south for another round of baseball, taking Emily with them. I went to meet a couple of women from my centering prayer group to discuss our lesson for the week. At noon, I drove to meet Dan and the kids, to go to a Rockies game. Just as it was starting to rain. We met up at a friend's house to leave one of our cars. Then we decided to go have lunch at a nearby deli, rather than head over to the ballpark. We finished lunch, found out the game was on a rain delay, but eventually got over there and the rain stopped. It would have been just as well if it had kept raining, because the Rockies got spanked but good by the Dodgers, and by the 7th inning we left.

Denver redeemed itself when the Nuggets beat the Lakers that night. During the game, I baked two dozen giant-sized cupcakes for a banquet later tonight, and helped one child create an Alkhar the Great costume for a final presentation today.

And if you have read all of the way to the bottom of this post, you get my Reader of the Year Award! Leave a comment to claim it:)


Lynne said...

I win!

Sounds like a good weekend - time spent with family and friends. Except for the laundry and cleaning!

Becky said...

Well, seems I am the winner here! What a fun and active 3 day weekend. Baseball, basketball, parties, cake, family, cleaning, pizza,laundry. A little of everything.

Happy Birthday to your boy!

Jen said...

I win too....WOW! What a weekend...the little get togethers sound great. I love those. Sounds very normal though.
Fun very fun indeed. I think you should try for mother of the year.

Joanne said...

Divvy up that Award in 4 pieces, I win too! You had a very satisfying weekend ... family, baseball, food, parties. We planted gardens, zinnias and a tomato patch, plus a few deck pots, then a barbecue. Enjoy the rest of your week!

DeSeRt RoSe said...

You have something waiting for you at my blog :)


Sharon said...

Love your writing...and your life, apparently, since I did read to the end. Your birthday gatherings sound like our family's occasional Saturday coffees -- up to 10 or 15 if a number of nieces and nephews show up ;) -- with three conversations going on at once once the coffee is flowing (and having its impact) -- Enjoy the rest of this week,

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

LOL! I always read all of your posts and I love every one!! Sounds like you had a busy (and productive) long weekend. Now you need a break from the holiday...


diana said...

sounds like a nice weekend. i'm with you on not knowing what day it is. i had a wordless wednesday post but thought i was posting it in another day. then i opened up someone's blog with a wordless wednesday post and i realized TODAY was wednesday!

did you like last chance harvey? i guess i'll be renting it and frost/nixon.

Scrappy Kay said...

Hah! Every word was great - sounds like you had a busy and wonderful weekend.

By the way, what day is it today? That Monday holiday really has messed up my week!

gail@more than a song said...

You have lots of winners! It does sound like a good weekend...how did y'all like Last Chance Harvey?
I have been totally messed up on my days this week too!

Sarah said...

Too funny! I love the way your weekend was some of the same and lots of family. My favorite line was when you were in the backyard of the house you grew up in, sitting under the maple tree. That conjured up such a vision of nostalgia, that I felt like I had just stepped into the empty lot next door to my "growing up house" and was climbing "my" tree.

Sounds like a wonderful weekend!

Renna said...

I'll take my award, please! ;-)

Your activities reminds me of when all our kiddos were home, and life was so very busy...fun, but busy. Now it's slow. Most days, I like it okay, but I do miss the busy activities of the kids. Well, mostly I miss the kids!

Tristi Pinkston said...

I know whatcha mean about that whole three-day-weekend-thing ... and I'm confused enough as it is. :)

Oh, and yes, I did read the whole thing. :)