Saturday, November 24, 2012

Quiet Weekend

It's been a quiet weekend around these parts, I suppose as quiet as it gets with two little boys.  When I say quiet, I guess I mean we've mostly been at home.  While others out there braved the mall and stood in lines for deals on blue-ray disks, we've been playing with what feels like every single toy we already own.

At times I've been so completely bored to the point of pissing and moaning to Dan about our lameness, but then there have been so many laughs, so many hyper crazy games that involve racing around the house and tackling and jumping and screaming, so much brotherly rowdiness, it's worth the moments in between where I'm all, "I need to get out of this damn house and be with all those people out there participating in commercialism!"

Seems like we hang out on the kitchen floor a lot.  What is that about?

I just really hate feeling trapped by two nap-times, there's literally a period of time of about 1-2 hours after Louie's morning nap to get out of the house and do something before we need to get home for lunch, then it's afternoon nap, lather, rinse, repeat.  Truly, that is one of the most difficult things about life with a baby.  I wouldn't say Dan and I are the kind of people who are total slaves to some schedule, but things sure go smoother if we take some consideration in planning our day.  It certainly is more enjoyable to be around a well-rested Louie than a crabby, cranky, tired Louie.
mom and kids
Countless attempts to get a good picture with the boys (whilst eating one of the delicious cookies Dan made).
They are so cooperative.

Anyway, I exaggerate.  We did get out of the house. 

Not only did we go to a furniture store yesterday to look at couches (thrilling blog material I tell you), on a whim (Dan hates whims) last night we had dinner with my parents at the Chinese place down the street.  And today we ran an errand with the boys during our 1 1/2 hour window, and then tonight after they were in bed my parents came over so we could get out for a few hours to do some Christmas shopping.

Wow.  Seriously, this was SO NICE.  

It sounds crazy, but I can't remember the last time Dan and I were able to go out shopping together without the kids.  We just don't do it, usually it's one of us getting out on our own.  

Anyway, felt like old times.  Felt like the old Dan and Alicia.  It's funny how you can take something so simple for granted, something so mundane that we used to do all the time before Gus and Louie.  To be able to discuss things and make purchasing decisions that don't feel like they're under duress because the children are freaking out or demanding something or running away.

It was nice.

We checked off a good portion of our list in just two hours and we had fun doing it.  And tomorrow is Sunday, still the weekend, and we're off to cut down our Christmas tree.  Super fun, just wish it was going to be warmer.    


Andrea F said...

Ah, the nap schedule! I totally hear you on that one. My girl does a morning nap around 9 AM and than again around 2 PM. If we push it and she falls asleep in the stroller, we risk a crappy short nap. Luckily, my husband and I trade off staying at home on the weekends. So, I can go out and do something fun with our older one (or maybe by myself weeeee!!!!).

Julia said...

shopping with husband, without kids? What freedom! I would love it! It's so weird to think how luxurious this seems when it used to be the norm back in the day. Ah, kids---you change so much!