Sunday, May 8, 2016

Two Weekend Review

I think I am finally on the upswing after being sick for the last two weeks. That respiratory flu really took a lot out of me and my lungs are finally getting back closer to 100%. Just in time for a busy Mother's Day weekend.

On Friday I decided to take a little time for myself after a crazy hectic week. Todd had gone up north for a quick little overnight visit to plant some trees and put a fence in across the road on the 40 acres. I decided Friday would be the perfect day to sit outside and read. It was a gorgeous day. I laid on my lounge chair and read and read and read. And lost track of time. Unfortunately for me, I ended up outside for about two hours without realizing it and gave myself one heck of a sunburn all up and down my back and back of my legs. That wasn't great.  

However, I didn't let that stop me. The kids and I went out for a nice dinner and when we got home I loaded up on aloe vera and ibuprofin and went to bed early. 

The next day when Todd got home I took my mom to see The Jungle Book for a little Mother's Day weekend fun. I had already seen the movie twice with my kids (it really is THAT good) but I knew my mom just HAD to see it. Mom was blown away. It is such a majestic movie. If you haven't already gone you have to go. It is not just one for the kids. FAN-tastic! 

Anyway, mom really loved the movie. And the next day after church we all took mom out to lunch at one of our favorite restaurants. It was really nice (I didn't take any pics- oops). It was a good weekend spending time with my mom. I am so grateful to have her here with us after all of her recent medical drama. I didn't think I would get another Mother's Day with her and I cherish every moment I get with her.  

After lunch we went over to Todd's mom's house for a cookout. More fun was had. It was lovely hanging out with everyone again. I feel like it has been a while that we have all been together since we missed out on Easter this year. 
LaVerne's Mother's Day was complete with a ride on the Harley and we got a few nice pics to go with it. We were missing one grandchild in the picture but otherwise it was a lovely picture. We also got a picture with the kids too! 
It was a really nice way to celebrate Mother's Day. I am so lucky to have not one, but two, fantastic women to honor on Mother's Day.

I suppose I should have posted the rest of this last post weekend but I just wasn't up to it with everything else going on. As I said, busy week.

Last weekend, even though Todd was still very sick he and the boys went up north with a few of Todd's buddies and dug big holes in the 40 acres across the road. See?
Big holes. They were the trenches where the support beams/foundation for the deer stands they were also building that weekend. Exciting stuff. Grace and I had actually planned on going up north with everyone since the kids had off of school on Friday (nice long weekend!) but it turned out to be a guys' weekend. And honestly, I really wasn't feeling well enough to go anyway.  

However, with the boys gone I felt I had to have something special planned for a ladies' weekend with Grace. On Friday we took it easy since I was still ill. But we did manage to go to a few stores and get ourselves a few treats and goodies. Then we bundled up at home and watched movies.  

The next day was pretty special. Grace and I headed down to Milwaukee for the day. We went shopping, went to a couple of restaurants, and then went to see the musical Ella Enchanted. And though it was cold and rainy, and I was STILL sick, we had a great time.

Gracie was in a super silly mood and wanted us to take picture after picture. 

Some goofy pics too.

The show as at the First Stage theater. I had never been there. It is a cute little theater with a mix of professional and nonprofessional thespians. The young roles were played by varies teenagers from the surrounding counties. They were very good. The storyline was quite different from the movie but we enjoyed it.  
However, after the show Grace said that she liked The Lion King (the one her brothers and I were in two weeks ago) better. Maybe a little biased? Perhaps. But it is difficult to compete with The Lion King.
It was a really fun experience for Grace and I and I am looking forward to taking her to more shows in the future. 

When the show was done Grace declared that she was hungry again. Good grief! Well, as long as we were in Milwaukee I figured we'd better stop at one of my all time favorite restaurants (La Fuente). Grace and I shared a meal but I probably should have gotten us each our own because she ate most of it and I realized I could have eaten more than I thought.  That girl can pack away tostadas! Just like her mama.  
Grace and I returned home that night fat and happy and tired. On Sunday after church we basically laid around the majority of the day. When Todd and the boys got home the kids went to play outside while Todd and I lay around groaning about how awful we were still feeling. It was a long, crazy sickness.

But, as I said, we are finally coming out on the other side of it now. And even though we've been little sickies we have now had two really nice weekends in a row (well, three, now that I think of it).

I hope all you mommies have had a really lovely Mother's Day weekend, full of relaxation, joy, family, and love.

Happy Mother's Day, all!

Words To Live By

Be grateful for each new day.
A new day that you have never lived before.
Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably.
We can squander, neglect, or use them.
Life will be richer or poorer by the way we use today.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be
encumbered with your old nonsense.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson