Wednesdays are such full days for us. Wake up, blog, sniffari, breakfast, and get to co-op by 9:00. (I know, that doesn’t sound early to most, and those that have everyone out the door hours before that everyday, you’re rocking it; we generally have slower starts to the day). But we love co-op days.
We love the other families we get to see there, I love the social mom lunch hour where the kids run wild and we all chat, I appreciate being the Spanish assistant and having the opportunity to consistently brush up on my basic knowledge of the language.
I don’t love packing lunches. I was SO excited about our new Bentgo boxes, and with good reason. They are strong while being lightweight, have sections that seal liquid tight, and can be cleaned with a quick rinse or being tossed into the dishwasher. BUT. My kids barely eat at co-op because they are so distracted and packing lunch often ends up feeling like a waste of time. So yesterday I hit the easy button.
I just threw a bunch of little snack foods into a cooler for us all to graze off of. Once back at home, which wasn’t until close to 3:00, I heated up leftover spaghetti. Go figure, it worked out pretty darn well and I see a lot of community snacking lunches in our future.
We had about and hour and a half to burn before we had to split with the kids for evening activities. David and I took a walk to debrief each other on happenings. There was some good stuff (we officially closed on our other long term rental we were selling- one we didn’t renovate) and some stuff that bummed me out (his work scheduling means we won’t end up being able to make it to an event I was really hoping we’d be able to go to). It honestly put me in a bit of a grumpy mood; not at him but at just how little control he has over his schedule. In his job you can’t just take days you want off if there are cases to cover. It’s always been this way, but sometimes it feels more frustrating than others.
David and Kaitlyn took off for soccer. I pulled out everything I needed to make dinner and just stared at it. It’s a simple dish but I was having a day when I just reallllllly didn’t feel like cooking. So I ate leftover soup from a Pyrex measuring cup, text David that tonight would be a good night to take Kaitlyn on an overdue “Daddy Daughter date night” and told Hailey we were leaving early for her swim practice.
We have family pictures this weekend and she needed some simple boots to go with her dress. I took her to Target and we poked around for over an hour. We found her some ankle boots (in the women’s section; she’s size 6.5- a half size away from me being able to borrow her boots- what?!). We played in the Halloween section, wandered the grocery isles, and browsed all the planners. We both ended up selecting one and she completely geeked out about having a planner to fill out with her practices, trips, and friends’ contact info. It was so cute to see her all lit up.
We had some extra time to burn before swim, so we wandered through a local farmers market. It was closing up but they didn’t mind us gawking at the large selection of various pumpkin types, all while Hailey chatted my ear off. It made me realize how little one on one time I get with her and what an absolute delight she is to be with. I’m a proud mama.
I picked Hailey up a Jimmy John sandwich after swim practice. When we got home I made a cup of tea (pumpkin spice, which was delicious!) while hearing Kaitlyn giggle and share all about their fun dinner out (mac and cheese AND TCBY in one night!). I was so happy they had a great time.
I am a fairly structured person I suppose. Having a night where we all had some special one on one time and I didn’t have to cook felt like a fun mix up to the middle of the week. But because I didn’t get to share with you yesterday, let me leave you with a picture of Tuesday night’s culinary success: homemade sourdough bread bowls with broccoli cheddar soup.
Legit, right?! Maybe I’ll share my broccoli cheddar recipe next week- it’s a good one. Have a great Thursday!!