Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Saturday 7

Did y'all miss me last Saturday? I was too exhausted after a weekend of birthday parties to type up a blog entry. I'm sure you were all devastated. That should mean I have two weeks' worth of excitement to share, right? Ha. We'll see . . .

1. Last Saturday was our annual day at the lake. Justin's parents have friends who own a cottage on Cowden Lake. Every year Justin, his dad, and brother help put the dock in and they repay us with a day of relaxation and dinner. It was a beautiful sunny day, and while I thought the lake was quite freezing, Lucy loved it and jumped right in without hesitation!

Lena took a good nap, Justin's parents entertained Lucy, Justin got to spend the afternoon fishing, and I got to sit in the sun and read a book. It was glorious!

2. Before we left for the cottage, we were at home getting ready. Justin and Lucy were in the kitchen, and I was changing Lena's diaper in the living room, when everything started to shake. It was a subtle shake, but enough to rattle the dishes. I thought it was just a semi-truck going by, but when I looked outside, there was no truck. Justin said, "What was that?" and I jokingly replied, "earthquake." We later found out it really was an earthquake! This is old news, obviously, but I need to record it here. Apparently we got an earthquake that actually registered on the Richter scale. If that doesn't mean the end times are upon us, I don't know what does . . . (kidding. calm yourselves.)

3. I actually haven't done much reading over the past two weeks. I was crazy busy getting things ready for all Lucy's parties, Lucy's been sick, and new episodes of one of my favorite shows (Royal Pains) just came out on Netflix. I read The Outlaw Takes a Bride at the cottage, and the sequels to that Janet Evanovich book I liked so much (The Chase and The Job). I liked them both and hope she continues to add to the series.

4. Last Friday, Justin took Lucy on a birthday date. I used to do the same thing with my dad when I was a kid and I love that Justin is starting this tradition with Lucy. She was so excited.

They went to a movie and gave me time to wrap all her presents. I let Lena help me and then realized that she's getting too old and smart to see everything. I bought Lucy new My Little Pony undies and Lena commented on them as I was wrapping. When Lucy got home that night, Lena said, "Mommy got you new undies!" Haha. Fortunately, Lucy just thought she was spouting gibberish and didn't think anything of it.

5. Saturday kicked off birthday weekend. We had Lucy's friend party that evening. I read an article a few days ago about a mom who lets her son plan his own birthday party. She gives him a budget and lets him choose the food, activities, etc. After a couple years of doing it, she came to the conclusion that kids don't care about Pinterest-worthy parties. I really tried to embrace that idea this year as well. Lucy told me a month ago that she wanted a "My Little Pony" party. I started searching for ideas on Pinterest and was overwhelmed by the options. Eventually, I decided just to keep it simple - for the sake of my sanity as much as my budget. We just invite our closest friends. We see these people all the time. They know us. They don't care if our water bottles have cutesy labels on them. And Lucy doesn't either. So I took her to Party City with $20 and let her pick out a few decorations. I printed out my own "food labels" by giving fun names to normal, easy food. (Rainbow Dash Jell-O, Pinky Pie pink lemonade, Apple Jack apple sauce cups)
Recipe for a super-easy fun rainbow colored Jell-o. You only layer 3 colors, but when light shines through, it looks like 5!
We did buy a pinata which doubled our $20 decoration budget, but then I didn't have to think up a game or activity. And the kids loved it. Who wouldn't love hitting something until candy falls out??

The candy doubled as the goody bag, so I didn't have to buy cheap toys that are going to get broken/lost in a day or two anyway. Oh, and the cake? I couldn't bring myself to spend $20 on a cake from the bakery. I let Lucy pick out a box mix, we made it together, and then I let her decorate it herself. She loved it.

Lucy and her friends had a blast, and I didn't break the bank. Win/win!

6. Sunday was Mothers' Day. Lucy slept 'til 9:30 and woke up sick as a dog. But Lena ran to me, shouting "Happy Mothers' Day!" when I woke up. Justin made me breakfast in bed, and then we were off for another day of partying. Lucy stayed home from church with Justin (who also had a bad cold all week and was feeling like death), but I came back to pick her up (and found her sleeping again!) to go to the VanderKoddes'. We celebrated Mothers' Day and Lucy's birthday with them. (Although Lucy laid on the couch moaning most of the time.) Then we came home, all had a nice long nap, and had our family over that evening to celebrate Mothers' Day and my brother Luke's birthday.

7. Monday was Lucy's actual birthday. She was still sick and miserable. Her stomach hurt and she was lethargic and weak. She would lay on the couch for an hour, sit up and say, "I feel good as long as I lay down, but as soon as I stand up, I feel sick again." Poor kid. My family came over again that night to celebrate her, and she opened her presents lying on the floor.
Not her best birthday ever. Haha.
She finally started to perk up by Thursday. She started to eat (and keep her food down) and get off the couch for more than 10 minutes at a time. She's made a full recovery now and is back to herself.

So that was a pretty boring recap of the past two weeks. I'm sure you've seen most of it on facebook already, but I record these things more for myself than anyone, so I'm sorry to disappoint. Have a great week, and hopefully next week I'll have more thoughtful, witty writing material.

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