We had a weekend that my dreams are made of. It was so perfect that I'm not even going to correct my flawed preposition.
Madeline spent Friday night with her Uncle Jon and Aunt Janna. Their Christmas presents are experiences instead of things and this year, they took her to Disney on Ice. Janna texted me this photo.
The jury is still out if she had fun or not.
Then it was back to their house for a sleepover. Or, more specifically, a sleepover in their bed. Because this little girl loves to cuddle and they have a hard time saying no even if their niece thrashes in her sleep like a killer whale chasing a minnow.
Joe and I remembered how life was with just one kid, specifically just one baby. We picked up Boogie Burger and cream soda and hopped in bed to catch up on Project Runway, Top Chef, It's a Brad, Brad World and The Soup. Caleb slept the whole time and never once asked for a fifth glass of water.
Have you had Boogie Burger? I dream about those fries.
On Saturday, we did nothing but relax and lounge around and then relaxed some more. Joe and Madeline watched "This Old House" while I finished "Peace Like a River."
You guys. I can't wait until January 2013 to tell you that this book is awesome. As I was reading this novel, I really really liked it. But then I read the last six pages and, oh my, I cried and fell IN LOVE with this book. Oh yes I did.
Back to Saturday. I spent the whole day in my pjs until I decided to shower at 5 p.m. I only did this because I needed to enter the World of Other People to grab the third season of Parks and Recreation before the library closed at 6 p.m.
Even though it was late, I felt like cooking a big meal and made a rare weekend feast of Caribbean jerk chicken, roasted asparagus, rice and French bread. (We normally eat sandwiches or quesadillas for dinner. Or cereal.) Even though we ate at 8 p.m., it was worth the wait. Madeline insisted on putting candles on the table and turning off the lights which just bumped the meal up to complete awesomeness.
All four of us went to her room to read another chapter of "Little House on the Prairie." I would love to see a Pa versus Jason Bourne match-up.
Then there was today. Before 7:15 a.m., I had already fed a baby, fed a 4 year old, started spicy pop pulled pork cooking in my slow-cooker and finished my BSF study for the day while Madeline read her library books next to me. It was one of those mornings when everything went perfectly and I felt like a woman who had it all together.
It lasted 45 minutes but I'll still claim it.
We even made it to the 9 a.m. service and walked in JUST AS THE MUSIC STARTED. You guys. We always, always walk in at least one song late, even when we go to the 11 a.m. service. More proof that this weekend was perfection on a stick.
We came home and exercised our right as parents to make our baby lip-sync to Louis Armstrong.
Handsome doesn't even touch these two.
We spent the day reading, watching football, eating pulled pork and napping.
Then Joe made popcorn on the stove and we had a dance party.
I so badly wanted to pick up the messy room before I took photos but hey. This is real life and I think I should captured it how it is, not how I want it to be.
Because real life is pretty sweet.
Even with a yellow plastic bag hanging on the swing.
And what did the other male our house think of all this hullabaloo? Well, he was thoroughly entertained.
Wouldn't you be amused too?
So Caleb got in on the action while Joe apparently wanted to wish world peace upon everyone.
They were dancing to a Seeds CD. We bought all six volumes as one of Madeline's Christmas gifts and I just love them. All the lyrics are taken directly from the Bible. One of my favorite songs is Psalm 46:1-2.
God is our refuge and strength
an ever-present help in trouble
Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
I love hearing Madeline sing these songs, knowing she's memorizing Scripture. I love singing them, knowing I'm repeating God's Word. I can't recommend these CDs enough.
They also make for some pretty killer dance parties.
Now Madeline's in bed, Caleb's about to wake up to eat one last time and there's still more pulled pork and sweet rolls and I'm waiting for this overtime game to end so I can watch a "Sherlock" episode with my husband.
Perfection on a stick.
Monday, you're gonna be rough.