I haven’t posted since Friday and I am appalled at my own disservitude towards my blog (hence the title of today’s post). So, here is a recap of the weekend (and weekday) crazy that encompasses my life.
I learned a few things this weekend: too much fun makes Alex WILD and me EXHAUSTED, crock-pot cooking can be dangerous, and I need to write daily so that I don’t have rambling posts that are never-ending.
We had a birthday party to go to for a set of three-year old twin girls from Alex’s school. It took me and my sister two hours to get to a party that was 45 minutes away because we got so hopelessly lost. I mean, LOST. We were on one road, no turns whatsoever, and still, we were 25 minutes past where we needed to be…and then had to backtrack those 25 minutes to get to the right location. Fortunately, the party was a HUGE success and was hosted at an indoor inflatable haven for small children. I was convinced that I had wasted a two-hour drive (and a lot of my sister’s time) at first because Alex was a big ol’ chicken and refused to even TRY jumping on anything. Then, after tons of fruit and some quality time watching her friends play, Alex tested out one of the milder inflatables and LOVED it. Then, she went onto one of the “big kid” inflatables that had slides and things that looked like kick-boxing stands, and she was rough housing like a champ. And, bad mommy took not a single picture. I was so consumed with ensuring Alex’s safety (I know, they are inflatable, but still, I worry) that I didn’t even think to take a picture until we got back to the car. So here is Alex, with no pants (she was super-hot after expending so much energy so I took them off, along with her shoes and socks).
Sunday: The day of TWO outdoor parties, alert-worthy pollen counts, and the hottest winter day EVER!
Party One: A family BBQ celebrating my cousin’s surrogate pregnancy (twin boys, eeeek) for a lovely couple who can’t conceive children on their own. Yipee for making families happen! This party was fun and hot and exciting, especially when we got a surprise visit from some horses (and their owners) as they went for a Sunday stroll.
Party Two: I suppose the Daytona 500 race is a good enough reason to have a party, but really, I didn’t watch a single moment of the TV screen because I was so busy watching Alex swim in the freezing cold pool, in her panties, with her father (because I was having no part of that nonsense). Then, I had to wrangle up extra clothes from other people who had their children at the party because I had not come prepared for sub-zero skinny dipping at the party and her clothes got drenched sitting beside the pool (entirely my fault for leaving them on the floor. You would think I hadn’t grown up in Florida around pools).
Chief was a good sport and loved all the attention.
After the busiest weekend on record, I decided to make life easy for myself so I got up a half hour early and made crock-pot Hawaiian chicken so that I would have dinner ready when I got home. So I worked all day, went to the gym, grocery shopped, picked up Alex, came home…and the house was filled with smoke and the smell of burnt flesh covered in pineapple. I had left my crock pot on high instead of low. HUGE mistake. My dinner was a black gooey mess stuck to the inside of the crockpot that now lives in my trash can outside. My house had to be aired out because even the clothes in the closet stunk of a burnt tropical mess. So, then the second dinner of the day had to be cooked and cleaned up after.
All this to say that I have NO idea what the three holidays were for Saturday, Sunday or Monday…nor do I care. Today, on the other hand, is “Chocolate Covered Nut” day. I tried to give Alex a chocolate bar from valentines day that has almonds in it, and she took a tiny bite, handed it back and said, “I no yike it.” Well. No problem there darling. Momma will take care of that problem for you!
After that we planted wildflowers in the back yard (aka, threw seeds at dirt and tossed water on top). If anything comes of our endeavor, that WILL be a reason to celebrate and I will certainly keep you posted.