Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Our Sweet Weekend

Last week, was a tough one.  The Mr. was working 19 hour days everyday and I’m getting larger so my limits are growing.  Thank goodness Dutch was such a great little boy and listened well to mama, but I was on the entire week.  I felt terrible that the Mr. was working so long and he went days without seeing us (except when we were sleeping).  The week wasn’t bad and nothing super terrible happened, it was just really long and exhausting.  I do have to say that I have a new respect for single-moms.  I’m so grateful that I have such an actively engaged spouse to help me with child-rearing.  Since we had such a long week, we decided that this weekend was going to be just us.  We were not going to over schedule ourselves and we were going to rest and reconnect.  The torrential rains in Houston didn’t hurt us one bit; we locked ourselves at home and enjoyed each others company.  We ended up having such a slow and sweet weekend: lots of playing chase, reading books, baby gleeful shrieks, and giggles.  It was just the sweet weekend full of making memories and traditions that we needed after a long week .  So let me tell you about our sweet and simple Halloween weekend :-)

On Friday we celebrated at our neighborhood’s fall carnival.  Dutch got some stickers and a little treat bag with toys in it.  His favorite was a matchbox car.  He got to decorate a pumpkin and enjoyed watching all of the big kids play the carnival games.  For living in the city, our neighborhood is very active, and we really like where we live.
Saturday morning I put on my skeleton shirt.  I posted this picture on social media of me in the shirt in 2013 when I was pregnant with Dutch, 2014 with Dutch dressed as a skeleton, and then this year pregnant again with Teeny Peep.  I wonder if I will get to wear this shirt on another Halloween?12145457_1733043306924412_62278520_n

We went to Lowe’s, one of our weekly pit stops, and we found it so funny that on the day of Halloween, all of the Christmas stuff was put out, twinkling, and shining.  It was awesome!  It even inspired us to get some egg nog at HEB before going home, and watching Home Alone.  We are in full-on Christmas mode.12070831_1046664232032527_327549865_n12135467_1520744901584491_1042879349_n (1)

As a Halloween tradition we make homemade pizza pie.  I’m talking, everything is from scratch: the dough, the sauce, everything!  Oh goodness it’s delicious!  This year we got to teach Dutch how to make a pie.  He loved getting to squish the tomatoes for the marinara sauce.  This was such a fun memory to make with him.  I look forward to many years of making Halloween pizzas with our babies.12144121_1658073114476709_1998447402_n

After pizza it was time to check out the neighborhood.  Dutch was a teddy bear this year for Halloween.  He loves his bear so we thought he would be a great bear this year.  He loved to see himself as a bear in the mirror.  We took Dutch to 2 of our neighbor’s houses, so mama could walk him to one and daddy could walk him to one.  He didn’t really understand the concept of trick-or-treating.  First of all he doesn’t know what candy is, and secondly, and this is really weird if you think about it lol, but he didn’t grasp the concept of us leaving him at someone else’s door for a stranger to give him some random wrapped thing in his bucket and then shut the door.  Really a weird tradition if you think about it.  haha  After his two houses we came home and he helped give candy to the trick-or-treaters.  It was a nice and quiet evening.

Since it was a time-change weekend, we really were bracing ourselves for disrupted sleep.  But we definitely lucked-out.  So far (knock on wood), Dutch has adjusted perfectly to all of the time changes.  This week he has gone to bed an hour early and slept an hour late every morning.  So he didn’t get the time change memo, but is choosing to sleep more.  We are totally okay with this lol  Sunday we went to church and then came home for left-over pizza for lunch.  The Mr. smoked a brisket and I made some homemade mac and cheese for dinner, and a caramel apple pecan tart.  It was the first tart I’ve ever made and it was really yummy.  These are so easy to make that I can definitely see myself making more of these in the future.DSC_0615
See, we had such a sweet and slow weekend.  It was definitely needed after the previous week, and we’re so grateful for some time to reconnect.  The next several weekends are hopefully going to be slow as we lead up to the holidays and before Teeny Peep gets here.  It’s just the right time for us to be embracing the present :-)  I hope that your Halloween weekends were just as sweet!!!!
xoxo Darby

1 comment :

Kellyn Fleming said...

I still just love all these pictures! From the skeleton picture to Dutch's first trick-or-treating Halloween pictures. He was soo cute! So happy y'all had such a nice weekend together. Miss you guys!

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