May 23, 2011


It all started out innocently enough, the weekend, that is. But it turned epic, not for any single thing but, instead, the collection of things the weekend became.

On Friday night there was a school event that Mia and Beth attended. A silent auction. Mia ran away with an outing with her kindergarten teacher which is quite a score when you're five. Bedtime was late all around. Saturday was my mom's birthday. My folks came by early for breakfast then Beth hijacked the kids while I took care of the yard. Owen and I hung out and laid low while Beth and Mia went to a friend's birthday party. Saturday evening brought a fresh round of excitement. Beth and I got dressed for a nice dinner out with my parents while a real live teenage babysitter dropped by to take care of the little people. Her arrival was hotly anticipated, something that was dwarfed only by the excitement of her actual physical presence. They all got along famously and all parties agreed that it was an arrangement that should be repeated. On Sunday, the four of us woke up early and headed to a local park. We rode a train, hiked around a lake and ate a picnic lunch despite the geese that threatened to carry Owen away if we didn't cough up some bread.

Finally, on Sunday, I went and picked up longtime friend Alektra up at the metro station and brought her back for dinner with my insane and slightly punchy family. Alektra started reading, oh, a hell of a long time ago (practically day-one of my site) but this was the first time we'd met in person. Say what you want about the internet being good only for crappy YouTube videos and porn, but it allowed us to meet and spend some time with a very cool person and, frankly, that's worth all the Mentos-Diet Coke videos the webosphere could throw at me. We were all thrilled but none more so than the kids who saw it as another opportunity to show off.

And then came the epic bedtime. While Beth and Alektra headed off, I rounded up the children and bribed them into baths and beds. It took some doing since both were worn out and hysterical. It was the most impressive and well coordinated display of tandem meltdowns that I have had the pleasure of being a part of over the last six years of parenting. Owen picked a fight, claiming that Lando Calrissian was not a Star Wars character and Mia, well, let's not even get into what she wanted to whine about. When Beth return home, the three of us were shellshocked. We got them into bed, the slept, I drank beer.

And that, my friends, is an epic weekend. How was yours?

Posted by Chris at May 23, 2011 6:44 AM

Awesome weekend here too. Watched my son's soccer team play in the mud and did a bunch of other things too, but none were quite as amusing as that game. And I survived the end of the world. What more could you ask for?

Tandem meltdowns are awesome in a stand-back, jaw dropping, duck and cover sort of way. :)

Posted by: Elizabeth at May 23, 2011 7:38 AM

Lando Calrissian is kind of questionable. I keep wondering if he's going to shill a beverage during his scenes.

It was SO fun getting to meet you guys in person, and the kids were hilarious. I really appreciate the long drives you all took, too.

Posted by: alektra at May 23, 2011 7:47 AM

I was working at a Charity Yard Sale when the skies opened and I got soaked, as did all the other people working there.
I tried to repot plants, and I really wanted to plant my garden, but all we have had is rain, rain, rain!

Posted by: Maribeth at May 23, 2011 8:26 AM

It seems to have been the weekend of awesome. Friday night was date night for us. The 38 Special concert (with free tickets!), then lingering over drinks at our favorite local wine bar.

Posted by: COD at May 23, 2011 8:45 AM

Fantastic weekend here too. Saturday was rainy, so no outdoor time, but Sunday, we went to Illinois Beach State Park and two of my three children and my two grandchildren got to see Lake Michigan up closer than they had so far, for the first time. The reaction from the little ones was epic. I had to post video on my FB page of the kids squealing as they played at the water's edge and the waves kept 'coming to get them'.

Posted by: Julee at May 23, 2011 10:02 AM

It was nice, thanks for asking:) Yesterday we ended up at the last standing roller skating ring left in San Diego county. I have not been on skates in many years so why we did this I do not know. The kids thought it was amazing, it was like being back in 1983, except Lady Gaga was on instead of Joan Jett. Only time will tell if I left that place disease/bug free because I don't think that it has seen a sanitizer wipe or mop since 1983 either....Then we had a terrible dinner at a popular tourist spot but for some reason the awful food just made us laugh and we had a really great night.

Posted by: Shannon at May 23, 2011 10:58 AM

My weekend was pretty awesome, in an ordinary way.

Saturday I drove my daughter, son, and stepdaughter to a kinda nearby town to see my stepson's marching band compete in a parade. The drive was gorgeous, through some lovely rolling hills, and no one threw up. D's band won the sweepstakes prize. The girls and I went home and had lunch. Little D had a nap. When he woke up, my daughter and I played outside with him until my daughter's dad came to pick her up. Then we went to Target for bubbles, and when we came home, the kids got in the pool. They had a great time and I lounged in the sun on the deck. My husband grilled burgers for dinner and then we watched a Netflix movie until I was deliciously tired.

We were similarly busy yesterday with more mundane tasks. I did get my son signed up for swimming lessons, so hopefully he will be relatively water safe by the end of summer.

Good stuff, summery beachy weather both days. The weekend felt long, and that's always nice.

Posted by: Brooke at May 23, 2011 12:09 PM

Weekend was pretty normal around here. We did projects around the house on Saturday and then Sunday we went looking at a couple of open houses in the neighborhood just to see what was being offered for the price. After that we headed down to see D's grandmother and visited for a few hours. We drove home and are just getting ready to head to the beach on Wednesday!!

Posted by: Krush at May 23, 2011 1:08 PM

Oh heavens, not nearly as epic as yours I'm afraid. Gave a riding lesson to a co-workers kids then did a little riding myself Saturday. Sunday was pretty much hang out at home, do laundry, all that jazz. So yeah, pretty boring and totally un-epic!

Posted by: Dianna at May 24, 2011 6:23 PM