Memorial Day Weekend and Our First Playdate

Okay, someone remind me that I have got to get some pictures of myself with Hula Girl while I am ginormously pregnant with Gelato. Seriously, I have absolutely none of the two of us together since she was like… a year old? Yeah, and that’s only 10 days away from being a year ago. So, I’d say I’m behind the times. Moving on…

Memorial Day weekend was great for our family. Memorial Day was the first holiday Jonathan has gotten off from work ALL YEAR. Seriously, while the rest of the world celebrates Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day, my husband sits in his office counseling the troubled youth of our fair city (and doing a lot of paperwork to go along with that). Needless to say, we were ecstatic to have a three-day weekend.

We spent Saturday the same way we spend every Saturday. I went out early in the morning to get some coffee and doughnuts (yes, I get doughnuts… yum!) and then hit a few yard sales in hopes of scoring some good deals on toys for my Hula Girl. I found books for $.25 apiece at one yard sale, and stocked up! Then I went home and we went to the park as a family. Hula Girl loves going places with Mommy and Daddy. What kid doesn’t like to see his/her family having fun together? I love the sense of security it must give her to see that her parents actually like spending time together.

We also began going through the things in our garage in preparation for our yard sale next weekend. Holy moly, our garage was in desperate need of a yard sale pick-through. Boxes and boxes ofย  “we just threw this in at the last minute when we were moving so we have no idea what all is in this box!” Let me tell you, for people who’ve moved six times in four years, we are not good at packing and moving. Yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

Saturday afternoon and evening were spent at our across-the-street-neighbors’ house. They really like to go all-out for holiday decorations. Memorial Day was no different- they even had sweet red, white, and blue striped sparkly netting woven in between the rails on their deck and patio! And the food wasn’t bad, either!

Sunday we traveled to my parents’ house, where we got to participate in another barbecue that evening. It was a lot of fun, and we learned that Hula Girl can sleep through some very loud noise. Thank goodness.

Monday… ahhh, Monday… Jonathan and I spent the entire day out together. We left just after Hula Girl got up (she stayed with my mom). We went shopping for Gelato, Jonathan, and Hula Girl. We found some things we wanted for Gelato’s room (crib mattress, white noise machine, crib sheets, and a Miracle Blanket). We decided which toys we want to purchase for Hula Girl’s birthday. I got a new shirt and flip-flops (hint to all women: when shopping with your husband, make sure to wear your most uncomfortable clothing and shoes and complain the whole time so you get to buy cute new things). And Jonathan got a couple pairs of dress pants for work. We also looked at cars to figure out what we want to get next… we really need to get a new vehicle. Safety is our number 1 priority, and spaciousness is our number 2. So we’re looking at SUVs and sedans… so far Toyota is winning our hearts. Shock. We ended Monday by catchingThe Avengers… Jonathan loved it. I thought there could have been worse ways to spend 2.5 hours.

Today we had a playdate- our first official one. I was so excited because I have liked the little boy from the moment we first met him (he is such a sweet obedient boy!) and his mom is really fun. We met up at the playground and the kids sat in the swings for about 20 minutes before saying they wanted to go over to the slides and things. They went over there, and the little boy started climbing up and sliding and pretending his dinosaur was eating rocks. Hula Girl just stooped over and picked up the smooth rocks (her obsession with rocks continues… but only if the rocks are smooth) and handed them to me one by one. And then my nose started to bleed. For the fourth time in 24 hours. And my nose bled the entire rest of the playdate. Super cool to be trying to have a conversation with another mom and keeping an eye on your kiddo while pinching your nose and holding a napkin to your face. Zero points for me.

Yes, I had a one-hour long bloody nose at the park today. Hula Girl enjoyed seeing her friend and his new baby brother. And I was thoroughly humiliated. Overall, not exactly what I pictured when I said, “Playdate,” in my mind. Here’s hoping that the next one is a bigger success!

3 Comments

  1. kristypowers said,

    May 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Oh, no! It doesn’t sound that humiliating when it’s happening to a friend, but I bet I would have felt the same way as you to be experiencing this great opportunity while bleeding.

    My husband really wants to see The Avengers, too. He’s probably seen it by now. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your Saturday sounds lovely.

  2. May 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I agree- I felt like a doofus, and I was apologizing left and right. Then I thought, “If that were me and my new friend were bleeding like that, I wouldn’t be upset or weirded out… it just happens!” So I had to let it go. Laugh it off and all, while I had to ask her to lift my daughter into the car for me. Ugh.

    I guess The Avengers was good… but I don’t know any of the characters and backgrounds… and Jonathan trying to fill me in during the film would have been obnoxious. I vaguely remember seeing The Hulk and Iron Man… but nothing sticks out in my memory about either of them. So strange.

    And yes, I surely enjoy Saturdays. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you get a loooooong Saturday break to yourself once your husband gets home!

  3. kristypowers said,

    May 31, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Oh yes, thank you. I’m sure I will. Plus we are going to get some quality time together one way or the other.


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