As the days gradually grow longer and warmer, our weekends become busier and more fun. It happens every year. After spending months indoors, at the first sign of spring, everyone rushes outside and starts making plans for weekends months in advance. It’s one of the things I love about this time of the year.
This weekend was one of those weekends. We didn’t have much planned, but we spent the entire two days outside with friends. Ruby spent time in the sun for the first time since she was two months old and Quinn ran around so much she was completely exhausted by Sunday night.
On Saturday, we had dance class, a library visit, and a long walk in the woods with Jackson and some serious imaginative play. It’s crazy to see what kids come up with when all they have are rocks and sticks.
We got to have dinner with Grandma and Grandpa in Center City without the girls to celebrate Grandpa’s birthday. It was nice to sit back and catch up with them without having to talk over someone crying or screaming “Let It Go” at the top of her lungs.
On Sunday,we spent three hours in the garden cleaning it out and remulching it while Quinn helped and Ruby napped and then happily bounced in the exersaucer outside with us. Later, we had a delicious dinner with our good friends Lori, Emi, Mia and Seth, who we haven’t seen in forever.
Both days, I got in decent runs. One was alone where I made myself do multiple hill repeats. The other was with Carolyn around Kelly Drive as we watched a 5K race on the other side of the river and dodged a high school regatta on ours. Both runs felt wonderful outside in the sunshine.
Both days we had hours of playtime with scooters, chalk, basketballs and baseballs on the sidewalk in front of our rowhomes with Evie, Johnny and Jackson while the squealing kids terrorized the block and all the exhausted parents sat back on the stoop, drank beer at an impromptu happy-hour, and talked about how we were going to plan a night out together without kids. (We really mean it this time!)
The sun was out but it was still cool and comfortable. The the daffodils were blooming, the Phillies were always on in the background and there were friends and family around us at all times. We were (are) exhausted as usual, but it’s a good kind of exhausted.