Hey Kids! How was your weekend?

Typically by the time Friday rolls around, I am one exhausted mama and so Friday nights are filled with as little activity as possible. I usually pick up a pizza and the kids and I eat and veg in front of the TV (the hubs fishes in a weekly jackpot on Friday nights). Last Friday however, my youngest wanted to go to the park because the weather was absolutely beautiful. I hem hawed a little bit and finally decided that anything would be better than sitting around the house feeling miserable, so after a dinner of tacos (nobody wanted pizza AGAIN) off to the park we went . My youngest rode her scooter, while my oldest and I walked along behind her (my middle child was staying the night with a friend – why does life seem so much easier with one less child? And it doesn’t matter which child is gone, just having one less kid eases the choas considerably for some reason!)

It was a perfect evening if ever there was one. A perfect blue sky, very little wind, birds singing, families out enjoying their time together – it was such a great time. I got in an additional 5000 steps while we were there – we walked along the walking paths around the park for about an hour, and we enjoyed ourselves so much that we decided to try and do it again next Friday. If it isn’t raining, we’ll go again. 

Saturday was full of errands and laundry – I ate well Saturday, but felt tired a lot of the day. That evening, my husband and I cooked out on the grill – chicken and steak kabobs, fresh corn on the cob, and baked sweet potatoes. It was sort of supposed to be my Mother’s Day gift (more on that in a minute). Everything was going great until I went to heat up a can of Ranch Style beans (my husband’s favorite), walked away to go take care of something in the bedroom and completely forgot about the beans. About 20 minutes later I hear my husband in the kitchen, went in and realized I had let the beans burn in the pan. Apparently he was really looking forward to those beans because he got pissed off, and even after I apologized he was still pissed, so I got pissed off and we spent the rest of the evening and most of Sunday not talking to each other. Good times! 

And can I just get completely off topic here for a minute? I can’t remember sh*t anymore. The Ranch Style Beans Incident wasn’t the first thing I had forgotten last week. One day, I turned on the water hose to add some water to our koi pond, then completely forgot about it and left to go run some errands. The water ran for about 2 hours and our pond and flower bed were flooded. I also meant to put dinner in the crockpot one morning, but completely forgot about that too until I was already on my way to work. It’s just little things, but they seem to be happening a lot lately. I don’t know if it’s lack of sleep, perimenopause, or just too much to think about, but it’s getting super annoying.

Anyway.

Sunday, Mother’s Day, we got up early so we could go to eat breakfast and then go to church with my MIL. We met at Denny’s and I had the Fit Slam, which was really tasty and satisfying. After church we went straight to my mom’s house for lunch where we had lasagna and salad and garlic bread. I had a small piece of lasagna, 2 slices of french garlic bread, and a generous serving of salad. My mom made some weird pumpkin cake thing, which was really tasty but also really rich, so I only had a small portion of that. Then I spent the next two incredibly frustrating hours trying to get my mom’s wifi up and running, during which time I called my nephew who is a computer guy, and we worked on it until we finally got it going, but by that time I was a big ball of stress. My original plan had been to cut out of mom’s early and go to another walking trail with my family, but that didn’t happen. We just went straight home, and I went to my room to take a nap. 

So here’s my Mother’s Day rant: when does it get to be MY TURN? Every year, we have to split up the day or the weekend to be with my mom and/or his mom on Mother’s Day. Don’t get me wrong, I love our moms and I realize they won’t always be around for us to celebrate, but I feel like I get left out of the loop. I also feel very petty and shallow when I think about it this way.  But the fact is I would like a day to just hang out with my kids and feel appreciated ALL DAY LONG instead of running around all day trying to make sure everyone else is happy. So for me, Mother’s Day is usually kind of a let down and yesterday was no exception. Okay, whiny pity party over. End rant. 

So my weekend recap: Friday was great, Saturday kinda sucked, Sunday kinda sucked. I feel pretty good about my food choices overall, but I think I could stand to tighten things up on the weekends – weekdays are under control, but I still struggle with the weekends. My activity level was oh…kay, but it could have been better. 

I need to make some changes, redraw some boundaries, take back some holidays, take back some power. I’ve made a lot of healthy physical changes, but I need to keep working on some healthy mental changes as well. 

Well this was just delightful, wasn’t it?! Jill’s blog: come for the sass, stay for the whine!! Ugh. I’ll make sure my other posts this week are little more peppy and fun. 🙂 

I hope you all had a great weekend!