Skip to main content

when momma's away the kids will play

I recalling telling someone recently that it gets easier to be alone with the kids the older they get. I think I need to take that back, at least partially.

Beth was at Dafuskie Island last weekend with two girlfriends, so I had the kids from Thursday night until Sunday afternoon. I normally don't get too stressed, but I felt like I was more on edge this past weekend.

Friday after Michael was home from school, I took them to the "big red playground." The playground was an absolute zoo. We have never been there with more than 5 other kids, but I swear there were 30-40 there on Friday. Here's what irritates me, the parents don't even pay attention to the kids. I can't tell you how much that bugs me. Maybe that's what started to stress for me.

Saturday, Michael had his 1st soccer game of the season. The whole team did great and I can't get over how much they have improved since last season. They really enjoy playing together. The best thing is, they are having fun. Almost all of them went back on the field after the games were over to play more. Oscar & Elizabeth did great at the game. Thanks Christie for helping!

We had to rush home from the soccer game; Michael had a birthday party at 11am. I was able to drop him off and then I went to lunch with O & E. Oscar wanted pizza so we headed to Johnny's and low and behold one of the players on Michael's soccer team was there. He was so cute, he came up to me and said "Hi Coach!" His Dad told me later that he wanted to come over and talk to us some more. Michael had fun at the birthday party and got his face painted by the clown.

Sunday we went to Clayton State to watch the Eckerd soccer team play. There were several alumni there with their kids so that kept the kids busy for the most part. Michael really liked watching the game, Oscar preferred sitting in my lap, and Elizabeth stayed with Grace from our alumni association. We got to have pizza with the team after the game and all Michael wanted to do was talk to the coach and players.

Beth came home Sunday afternoon, so all is back to normal now.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

A 103 Minute Gelato Tour of London

My friend Eva got into town yesterday and I happened to mention a few weeks ago about the amazing gelato tour that Beth and I did back in September 2016. Now, if you know Eva, she's a massive fan of gelato, and she's vegan, and each of the stops on the gelato tour had vegan flavors. And she can eat...A LOT!

Since I didn't have a whole lot to do at work yesterday, we decided to make our own little gelato tour, hitting my three favorite stops from the five stop tour Beth and I did.

We took the bus from St. Paul's to Savoy and began to walk to our first stop. Wait, what's that in bright orange up on the right? OMG! It's a big groups of Reese's employees giving out free peanut butter eggs! I so wanted one of their jackets and hats, but settled for a silly picture.


One we went to our first stop, Gelatorino in Covent Garden. This was the last stop on the tour Beth and it's authentically Italian. It remind me so much of all of the gelatorias we went to in Tus…

Race Recap: London Winter Run

Back in August when we signed up for the London Winter Run 10K, it was sunny and warm. Perhaps the race organizers do this intentionally so that people don't think about how freaking cold it can get in the depths of winter in London. Between the winds and the temps, it was a pretty brutal morning for a race with temps around 37ºF / 3ºC and winds at a gusty 12mph. However, in central London anywhere near River Thames, the winds are often much higher and race day was no exception.

The route through central London is likely what attracted 16,449 runners.


The race begins at Trafalgar Square, famous for often being the center of political demonstrations and anti-war protests.


The route heads east past the Savoy Hotel and London School of Economics, out to the Bank of England before circling back past St. Paul's Cathedral.


From there, the route heads back west to the finish, passing the London Stock Exchange and Somerset House. In the last, downhill straightaway, we passed Horse Gu…

Bruges: Canals, Cobbles & Beer

The kids are on break this week for February half term (basically a one week break in the middle of each trimester) so we headed out on our next family adventure to Bruges, Belgium. This time we decided to take the Eurostar which made for a comfortable, quick journey. By quick, I mean the Eurostar bit. From home to St. Pancras to Brussels to Bruges took 6 hours all in, but there was minimal complaining from the kids so I'll count that as a win.

Per usual, Beth had pretty much everything planned out. We tend to plan too many activities so this time Beth let the kids vote on what they wanted to do and she built the itinerary around that. They got to do what they enjoyed and Beth and I got to do some things on our own without them.

TUESDAY When we arrived in Bruges, I made everyone walk to the Airbnb so that we could see the city a bit and get our bearings. Along the way we got a good feel for what the city was known for: canals and beautiful cobbled streets.




After struggling a bit …