Well, it’s the end of a fun summer weekend shared with family. This morning was glorious – I got to sleep in til 10 AM! That’s unheard of for mommies!! Mike insisted that he get up with Keira (at 6:40, nonetheless) even after a night of checking out a new bar in town and coming home at 2 AM to grill burgers and dogs with his brother. Call it brotherly bonding… I still think they’re nuts!! Even though I prefer running and working out early in the morning before Miss Keira wakes up, it felt great to catch up on some much needed sleep. I leisurely got up when I felt fully rested and came downstairs to whip this up for myself:
I planned on taking over with the Keira patrol since I had a morning all to myself but my mother-in-law asked if she could take Keira to church with her and my sister (in-law) Bridgette. So while Mom, Bridge and Keira were at church and Mike helped his dad outside with some car troubles, I took it upon myself to hit the pavement for a quick 3 1/2 mile run.
Usually I dedicate Sundays my rest days but if I’m feeling up to it, I certainly don’t ignore the urge. I’m not used to running in the middle of the day and it was pretty hot out. I made it a game to kind of pick up my speed through the sunny spots on the road and relish in the cool shady parts.
By the time I got back and took a shower, Keira was back from church and ready for some lunch. After a big plate of chicken nuggets, rice and a snowflake roll she was ready for a long nap. I didn’t even know what to do with myself!! I felt like I was “off the hook” from Keira duty all day. I even gave myself a manicure while she was napping!
I love my Keira to death but sometimes it’s just a really nice feeling when other people help out with the entertaining and whatnot so I can do some things for myself without worry. I’m so grateful that my family (well – Mike’s family… but mine now, too) are so supportive that way. My mother-in-law has five kids and knows exactly how it felt to just have some time to herself once in a (sometimes long) while so I think she enjoys helping me whenever she can. Mike is a terrific dad, too, and always steps up on weekends especially when he’s not working. I definitely enjoyed doing “me” things today.
Making dinner tonight was a team effort at the Sliva household. My brother (in-law) Jimmy grilled burgers and dogs like a maniac (I think we could have fed an army), my mother-in-law prepared the tray of veggies and lemon chicken, Jackie took care of the garlic bread and cheese platter, I made the salad and everyone else got all the plates, napkins, silverware, drinks and condiments out on the porch in no time.
I’m not much of a meat-eater and so I opted for a fillet of salmon seasoned with a little salt, pepper and lemon juice which came out great. A hefty side salad, grilled veggies and handful of baby carrots went just right with the fish.
Between my mother-in-law’s birthday celebration, visiting with family from out of town, having a movie date night with Mike (and Jackie and her boy Jeff), taking the kids to the farmers market, cooking good food and sleeping in – I’d say I had a pretty darn good long weekend. It’s good to be home, though, in my own house and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to crashing into my super comfy bed with my favorite guy. Good night, all 🙂