Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Weekend We Needed

This weekend, is exactly what we needed. As a family, it was nice to spend this good quality time together. It is not always easy to make time for our family. But on a long holiday weekend like this, it is exactly what we needed. Not doing expensive things, but spending quality time together.

Friday night we had a nice BBQ. The kids played in the pool while we cooked. And it turned into an entire evening of poolside fun! The BBQ chicken was delish! Even our dogs enjoyed some of the food. We dropped a plate and they just attacked it before we could pick it up! The kids enjoyed splashing around the pool.

Saturday was dedicated to being lazy. Yes, we all laid in mommy and daddy's bed eating cereal and watching cartoons. The kids really enjoyed that. My husband also enjoyed that. It reminded us of when we first became parents. Something that I would like to make more of a weekly thing. More of a tradition for our family.

And on Sunday, we went to church. And to breakfast. The kids were completely fascinated with everything at Cracker Barrel. It was too cute! They each got a new toy while we waited for a table. Then we decided to take the kids to the BioPark. One of our favorite things to do around town. All 3 of them enjoy the fish. And playing around the BioPark. We finished the evening with a train ride around BioPark, Zoo, and Bosque. And ended our day with dinner at the park. A real picnic. Of Cathy's Carryout. Yum!

Yesterday, was all about family. We had a group of family and friends come over. And it was just a day to spend reconnecting with everyone. My parents and in-laws came over early. Both my mom and mom-in-law helped me cook. The guys fired up the grill and got started on the burgers, ribs, and hotdogs. The kids sat around making crafts and coloring. That time, just before the BBQ, was some of the best time our family has had together in a long while.

My husband and I even managed a little alone time before the party. It was nice to just go for a walk with him. Not that we don't love our kids. But every once in a while, it is nice to get away by ourselves. To know that we still love each other. To know that we can kiss without having our kids crying for mommy and daddy. And to be honest, it was nice to feel my husband's arms around me again.

This weekend is just what we needed. As a family, we totally reconnected. Jake surprised us with all that he has learned in the last few weeks. I can't believe how much he is blossoming at school. Our girls, they just make me smile! To see how much they love their daddy. To watch them play mommy with their baby dolls. It makes me proud to know that this is the family we have built together out of our love. ~Maggie