Monday – Husband went to work and I stayed home with the boys with plans of packing. On the surface it does not sound like a great day, but it turned out to be just that.
Breakfast – Cody requested fried eggs with bacon and honey toast (fireweed honey please, momma. Yup, we are raising a honey snob and I am o.k. with that). Carter wanted Cheerios with milk and brown sugar – keepin’ it simple. We dined with the lights out, our meal lit by a pale purple flower-shaped candle floating in a small glass dish (a find from our packing yesterday).
Water Play – It was to be a warm day and the morning was already pleasant, the sunshine filtered by the trees surrounding our house made the backyard very inviting. I brought around the wading pool and sprinkler and surprised the boys with super soakers I had purchased on mega clearance last year. The boys have insisted on sleeping in nothing but their underwear, perhaps in preparation for the heat of Arizona, and so they were still dressed in only their skivvies as they ran out the door ready for some water play. I did manage to slather them with sunscreen and plop sunhats on their heads though. They were so much fun to watch and I took lots of great pictures. Due to their lack of attire, you get these cute close-ups.
Packing – I left the door open so I could hear the goings on in the backyard and started in on the many boxes in our garage that needed sorting and repacking. I found several shoe boxes stuffed full of letters, mostly from my mom, that were sent to me during the years of my early twenties. I found daily planners from my undergraduate college days. I found my old stamp collection from elementary school. I found (and threw away) the many books and binders given to us by the hospital Cody was born in. They all related to how to care for your preemie baby, complications to be aware of and milestones that your child most likely will not meet in the “normal” timeframe. I will not be weighed down by these a moment longer. And I found these super cute pig shaped post-it notes from the mid-eighties. Have I told you that I love post-it notes?
Bath & Lunch – About the time I was getting tired of packing, the boys had worn themselves out. They came in, chests stained with the juices of sticky plums and raspberry popsicles, bits of grass and dirt clinging to shiny sun screened skin. While they took a bath I made lunch. For dessert we had chocolate and vanilla ice cream sundaes topped with caramel sauce and crushed Oreo and graham crackers.
Park – After a quick visit from Cody’s old occupational therapist, a visit to say goodbye and to pass off to her some toys and puzzles I thought she could use, we went to the city park. The park recently had a complete makeover and it was fun to see the new play area. The boys played for over an hour. Just as we were about to leave, Husband came sauntering across the field. I had texted him a picture of our park outing and he decided to surprise us.
Milkshakes – Husband had one more surprise. I drove home with the boys while Husband stopped by a local burger shop and picked up a couple chocolate milkshakes. Mmmmm Monday Milkshakes.
Watermelon – While I made dinner the boys played in the front yard, riding their bikes and playing in their Lilac Tree Fort. They took a break to inhale 1/4 of a watermelon (it was one of those small personal ones, so hopefully no tummy aches tonight).
Time for Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey by Mini Gray (we love us some Traction Man around here) - And now the boys are getting ready for bed and for their bedtime stories.
The day is almost over; it went by fast, filled with amazing little moments. Perhaps I should have packed a bit more, but there is tomorrow; I can pack then – between the moments.