But today begins our four-day weekend. I slept in a little--7am is late for this mama! And I drank my coffee in bed! John has today and Monday off as well and I don't know who's more excited--me, the kids, or John!
In a little while, John is going to pick up five of Will's friends and take them all out for lunch at FiveGuys. It's a belated birthday celebration. Will has such a great group of friends. They've all been buds since about third grade. They go to different middle schools now, but they reunite several times a year to celebrate birthdays. Should be fun!!! The girls and I are going to meet them for lunch and then we're heading home while the boys all go see The Lightning Thief. Will (and Sarah) loved that book series and have been looking forward to the movie for such a long time. I know they'll enjoy it!
We're also pretty jazzed about the Olympics beginning tonight. The Winter Olympics are my fave. I'm sure I'll be getting less sleep these next two weeks because I usually stay up and watch all the late night coverage! I'll just have to manage on less sleep.
I'm also excited about Valentine's Day! John and I planned a weekend date over coffee this morning. SO happy about that! It's nothing big, but any time to ourselves is exciting.
Abbey's class had a fun Valentine party at school yesterday. Valentine's is my favorite school party! I love seeing all the fun cards that they all give each other. We bought Abbey's Valentine cards this year (she's obsessed with Wizards of Waverly Place) but I was pleasantly surprised that almost half the class made their own. We played a fun version of Tic-Tac-Toe and she's already begging to repeat it here at home. I taped a giant tic-tac-toe grid on the classroom floor and let them toss Beanie Babies (dogs vs cats) to try to score. You just need some masking tape and five of each stuffed animal. SO fun. I told them we'd play while the boys are at the movies.
I complain sometimes about being busy, but most of the time I'm really not. When I am busy, it's because I'm doing stuff for my kids. This week I found myself feeling thankful for my busyness. Thankful that my husband works hard so I'm free to volunteer in their classrooms and be at their class parties. Thankful that I'm the one who drops them off in the morning and picks them in the afternoon and gets to hear all about their days. So yeah I had a busy week, but I was busy investing in the people who call me "Mom". John gave me a custom card for Christmas that had an old photo of me with my dad and this quote on it:
Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. --Garrison Keillor
It's so true, isn't it?
I'd love to say and chat (still working on that brevity thing) but gotta get showered and ready for lunch with the boys!
I hope you have a fabulous weekend!
Oh wait, I wanted to ask if any of you have any fabulos-o ideas for celebrating Lent with your kids. Ash Wednesday kicks things off next week and I haven't put much thought into it. Please share if you have some ideas. I need some fresh ones.