Weekend-ing

The rain stopped! The clouds parted! Summer came back to the city! We celebrated my best friend Kathleen’s 30th birthday with part 1 of her festivities on Saturday. Her husband pulled off an incredibly strenuous (my god the running!!!) Amazing Race that had us running and huffing and puffing and frantically googling all over the city. It ended with a very chill and very lovely barbecue at Kathleen’s in-law’s. It was a great day.

At one point, as children were running around and the sought after newborn was being passed about, Kathleen’s sister (hi Lucy!) said, “Can you believe these are our parties now?” Kathleen said, “I love it.” And I feel the same way. The afternoon barbecue with kids running around, collecting kisses and snuggles, someone always preventing someone else from diving headfirst off whichever staircase they wish to throw themselves off of this time, sharing birth stories (ok, maybe that’s just my current favorite past time), mild arguments over the world cup, talking remodels and new kitchen appliances – it all sounds fake to me. It all sounds like something I just imagined would happen as a grown up with small children. And it just makes me even more excited for all of the stuff we have yet to come. (Like when the barbecues can be at my currently fictional, dream-world house.)

Sunday was the zooooo! All while poor Gabe was cutting several molars. Poor booger is a grumpy, slobbery, snotty, nap-skipping disaster. But my god there were animals to see and sunshine to wander in, so away we went to brave the crowds and constantly fight Gabe back into the stroller. Ahh yes, what was I saying about my charmed adult life? We managed some great photos from the zoo, but just to keep it on the up and up I threw in some REAL TALK photos of Kamel fighting the wild cat that is Gabriel who has not slept well the night before and has not napped and wants to kill himself on a large boulder. For every cute photos this weekend there were 5 instances of tears and snot and swatting at faces and time outs and oral gel and a bloody lip and throwing food on the floor. Don’t forget your birth control, ladies and gentlemen.

The weekend was too short. That is the sum of it. How was yours?

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(Boobie Mimosas anyone? Whut?)

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(Do you have cake on your mouth?)

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(Who doesn’t love penguins?)

7 thoughts on “Weekend-ing”

  1. I love the zoo. This photos made me remember my time as an educator at the Barcelona Zoo. So much fun. I love kids and I love animals, so it was pretty much perfect.

    Our weekend was really nice, we are still in the middle of a heat wave. Friday was run, run, run to the hardware store, to the car wash (baby girl was in shock), to clean the shower (fancy fancy) and get some groceries. Then on SAturday we went to the aquarium for the first time, Y. loved it, she is fascinated by light, movement and reflections . It was extra nice because we went with a friend who gave birth exactly 7 weeks after me to a baby girl who was also premature (I am sure it was the full moon), and it was so nice to see both of them growing so strong and healthy. Then on Sunday we took it easy, we went for a walk to the center, got some groceries and errands, watched a movie, and that was pretty much it.

    That race and party looks like so much fun, it is really special to live this new stage with your close friends (my best friend since primary school is now pregnant and I can’t wait to share all of this with her).

    I hope you’ll have a great week!

  2. The boulder photos are amazing! Oh man I (and every other toddler mom?) relate to that SO MUCH!

    I’m envious that you have a good zoo. The only downside to our slightly-rural living is the lack of stuff like a decent science center and decent (ethical, big, good) zoo.

    Our weekend was very nice! We had our first “day away” from our nearly 2-year old. He spent a day (from 9-5 basically) with two of his grandparents doing a “tumbling with Torah” thing at their synagogue. It was weird to feel young and childless again, and to not have to worry about nap schedules! My husband and I got brunch (OMG, so delish) and went to the movies (we saw “Chef” and LOVED IT. My new favorite movie. The characters are just awesome.) before running errands and then relaxing at home. Our son had a blast with his grandparents, deepened that relationship, and got some Jewish education that we don’t have access to at our local synagogues (i.e. for his age). I kind of feel like I was supposed to have a “this is so amazing!” reaction to a day without our child-responsibiities, but I was much more “meh” about it. It was nice to have no time constraints, but our little guy isn’t so constraining that it felt very different (except for the fact that we went to a movie, of course).

    It was still a great day, and we can’t wait to do it again!

    1. Kamel and I feel similarly. We like our date-time, but we also miss our kid. We know it is important for our relationship to have those foot-loose and fancy-free hours, but we like doing stuff as a family too. So yeah, we end up being excited to get back to him. Which feels counter to what everyone says we SHOULD feel.

      1. Glad I’m not the only one who feels this way! We’re debating taking one night away from our son in October before baby #2 arrives in the winter (February). Is it terrible that I’m not really itching for it?!

  3. We had a great weekend too. The sun was shining on Saturday, so we all went to the zoo. Where LJ got *very* close to a lion (through the big glass window) while it was roaring, and then staring at him. He loved every second.
    We decided it was about time to get a zoo pass so we can go more often since he loves the whole place so much.
    Then it was cold and miserable Sunday morning, and finally cleared late in the avo, but we spent the day chilling out, doing groceries (I want to push the trolley, not sit in it!) and other around-the-house stuff.
    Cant wait for summer.

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