I’m writing this post while watching “The Bachelorette.” So if you read an “Emily” or “Kalon” or “I was about to go all West Virginia on him” in the middle of a sentence, now you know why.
Our weekend was unusually packed and it was a barrel o’ fun. The most defining part and my favorite was discovering “The Pitch.” Have you all seen this? It’s addicting, my new equivalent to barbecue kettle chips. Janna told me about it over Memorial Day but we just now watched it. Oh my. We watched two episodes on Saturday night, tried to fall asleep but couldn’t so we watched one more. We stayed up until 1:30 a.m. Not our smartest move ever but it sure was fun.
Another favorite but not smartest move was drinking an entire gallon of homemade sweet tea. It tastes so good when it hits the lips. (Name that movie.)On Friday night, Madeline and I had a pint-size girls night out, our first since Caleb was born. We sat at the high table in McDonald’s and went to the Fever game. We had so much fun.
For four and a half years, this was all I saw in my backseat. Oh, how I love that little face.
As soon as we sat down, Madeline asked for cotton candy. I didn’t say no. (And I so desperately wanted to point that fact out to her but I bit my tongue.)I didn’t realize this when I bought the tickets but we sat in the exact same section as our first game two years ago and I’m 99 percent confident we sat by the exact same people. The same LOUD people. Madeline loved watching them chant and tried to keep up. When they screamed, “Get it, get it, jump ball,” she turned to me and asked, “Why are they saying “giggy giggy Dumbo?”
We planned to go to PBS Kids in the Park because Madeline had seen a commercial for it only about 97 giggy giggy Dumbo times. We had every intention of getting there as soon as it started to avoid the long lines.
This plan did not come to fruition.
It started at 10 a.m. but we arrived around noon, when the sun was the highest and hottest. The lines were out to the streets. Basically, it was AWESOME.
But this little girl had a blast and we did get some Chick-Fil-A coupons out of it. Totally worth it.
We came home and took naps because the fun was not over. We headed to Blake’s birthday party which has been on Madeline’s social calendar forever. She’s literally been counting down the days to this party. Several weeks ago, she went to the Disney Store with Peter and reported back to me that she found Blake’s present. It was “the bad guy’s sword from ‘Be Brave.’” (That’s what she calls the latest Pixar movie, “Brave,” which I can’t wait to see, by the way.)
Well, we finally went back to the mall to get his present but I didn’t just find a sword. Oh no, it was an entire arsenal.
Holy weaponry, Batman!
I sent that picture to Jenn. I could not give this to her son (and essentially her other innocent children) without her approval. She’s a cool mom who said yes. Madeline could hardly wait for Blake to open it. I hope he enjoys it. I hope Jenn doesn’t hate me.
The party was at our favorite splash park and I wistfully sniffed Joe’s piece of Costco cake. I’m adding Costco cake to the ever-growing Post-Weaned list.
You better believe we came back home, put the kids to bed and watched another episode of “The Pitch.”
Sunday was church, cranberry almond chicken salad, chalk hopscotch, so many perfect summer moments. Our Sunday movie night choice was “The Absent-Minded Professor.” Did you watch this when you were little? I remember laughing hysterically at it. I was so happy when Madeline laughed her head at the flying basketball players. Also, I believe it's part of my parental responsibility to raise a child who likes black and white movies.
Then we headed over to Greg’s house for a family dinner. His bachelor pad is perfect for just him but also perfect when the other eleven of us invade, including two babies.
Greg made Special-K loaf. That is also going on the Post-Weaned list. Jenny made The Pioneer Woman’s chocolate sheet cake. I wanted to bathe in the icing but thought that might be inappropriate. It should be obvious at this point that cake is going on the list.
I helped myself to a second helping of Costco potato salad as my dessert. It was almost as tasty. Just minus the four sticks of butter.