It was such a sweet weekend….filled with family time together, crafting and snacking. I mean, what’s a better way to spend a couple of days?
Generally James and I have a date every Friday night, but this past Friday we decided to invite the 4 boys who were home to go with us. It was a last minute decision since all of the older kids were gone and it was only going to be the 6 of us. For a big family, having only 4 kids to take with you means you can drive a normal-ish sized car and eat at a normal-ish sized table so we thought it would be a fun thing to do.
I told the boys, “Hey, y’all go get your shoes on and come to dinner with us!”
I thought they would be all excited but instead they looked at me like I had invited them to go to the moon with me. “But Mom, what’s going on? Is there something happening?” “Did you forget to cook dinner?” “What’s the occasion?” One of them even asked me, “Are you about to tell us something bad?”
Gee, I didn’t realize going out to dinner would be such a shock to them. Clearly we have given our children the impression that it only happens when there is a serious reason for it. Like a birthday or announcing terrible news.
Once they warmed up to the idea and accepted that it was just for fun, we had a blast. Over burgers and salad we talked about our upcoming trip to Universal and what they’ve been doing lately and a little about politics, geography, whatever crossed our minds. We ate and ate and then drove around looking for PokeStops for a while. Perfect evening.
On Saturday I got the urge to create something and since I had borrowed my BFF’s Cricut machine for the weekend I got the boys to help me design some t-shirts for us all to wear to Universal. I like having matching shirts in crowded places and since the theme of the event we are attending is super-heroes, I wanted something to celebrate that and also share our faith. We came up with a design and went to Hobby Lobby to pick up the supplies.
We had packed a lunch to take with us (dinner the night before was all the money I was willing to spend on eating out for the weekend) and no one remembered to pack napkins. So we ate our lunch on Kleenex from the car, which didn’t work as well as we had hoped considering we brought Cheetos and cheese cubes (not me, I had sliced veggies which weren’t any better for our napkin needs). I finally got tired of fighting with my Kleenex and decided to drive through Sonic and get us all a drink and some napkins. I pulled up and ordered, “2 medium Root Beers, 1 medium Coke, a large cup of ice (that was for me) and a handful of napkins.” I’m sure that didn’t seem odd to the Sonic employee at all. No food, just the napkins please. But, of course, the boys were thrilled to get the rare soda. I’m surprised they didn’t start asking me again if someone was dying and I was just sugaring them up for before I dropped the news on them.
I spent the rest of the afternoon making t-shirts in the kitchen and being the audience for a bunch of magic tricks my boys made up. That was fun. Cut some vinyl, iron-on the transfer, pick a card, any card, just a card. For 2 hours we did this until I couldn’t take it anymore. The magic tricks were slowing down my t-shirt making. So I said, “Hey boys….why don’t y’all go swimming?” They replied that they would rather do more magic tricks, at which point I offered to buy them some ice cream if they would leave the room for an hour.
It worked. They swam, ate ice cream and I got an hour to myself.
I finished the 6 shirts and they are so much fun I had to show you….
I also made some numbers for the new mailbox we put up last week….
I’m gonna have to borrow her machine again soon and do some more crafting. I have a Cricut, but it’s an old model and it doesn’t do nearly as much as hers does. I can use mine in a pinch, but being able to use the app to do all your designing and just sending it to the machine via Bluetooth is th’bomb.
Sunday was lovely….just quiet family and games and snacks and finishing up my Cricut crafts before I had to give the machine back. And naps…..oh the deliciousness of a Sunday nap.
I hope you have a great week and find some quiet time to spend with your family before the summer passes you by. Maybe take the kids out to dinner and teach them some magic tricks. If you do that though….be sure to have some bribery ice cream in the freezer in case it gets to be too much.
If you liked this you might also like my Mom’s Guide to Universal Studios.