Weekend wrap up

Blah. That is what I have to say about the mood I am in today. It’s Monday, which means I had to wake up early to get Ayden off to school. I also woke up at 3am to say goodbye to my husband for a few days. He went on a hiking/camping trip with his friend and they had to hit the road super early, so I’m sleep deprived and cranky now. I also can’t quite decide what to do with myself for the next few days. I’m used to spending long days at home with the kids, but I look forward to seeing my husband after an exhausting day. I’m going to miss him when I’m all alone after the kids go to bed. It will be weirdly quiet. Hmmmm. Should I sit around and read a lot & watch whatever I want on TV, or should I start a quilt and try to get as much done with all of this free time? Right now I’m undecided, so we shall see.
This weekend was kind of a bust for us. Ooooh! One super awesome thing I forgot to mention on Friday happened. I woke up to find an email saying I won a blog givaway. Yay! I love love love entering blog giveaways…I especially love some of the smaller ones because you have better odds of winning something. I’ve  won a couple of small things before, like a cute little ring and a spa gift basket full of beauty items and goodies. Wanna know what I won this time? It’s pretty freaking sweet!
It’s a signed copy of The Pioneer Woman’s newest cookbook! It’s called Food From My Frontier, and it’s not just signed by her…Marlboro Man also signed it! (her husband). I’m so pumped to get this. I have her first cookbook and it’s one of my absolute favorites. Her mashed potatoes & pot roast have become staple items in this house. I can’t wait to try some new recipes out, and how cool that it’s signed. Gotta love those blog giveaways! Seriously, if you don’t enter them you are definitely missing out…you can win some cool stuff by literally doing nothing more than just following a cute blog.
Saturday was a drizzly day here in the greater Seattle area, per usual. We stayed home and I read all day. I read Divergent, which as I said here was the next book on my to-read list.
Now, when I say I sat all day and read this book, I mean I literally sat all day and read this book. I started at about 8am with my coffee and read until about midnight when my eyes could barely stay open. I obviously took breaks to take care of the kids, make meals, clean, and I even did a little bit of laundry too. But for most of the day I was curled up on the couch reading as quickly I could. I couldn’t set this book down. I just had to keep going!
SynopsisIn Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris, and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together, they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes-fascinating, sometimes-exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret: one she’s kept hidden from everyone, because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly-perfect society, she also learns that her secret might be what helps her save those she loves . . . or it might be what destroys her.

I went into this book not knowing anything about it at all and I still loved it. Today I’m going to start the next one, Insurgent. So excited to continue the story…
Ok, back to the weekend thingy. Sunday was a gorgeous day. It was all blue skies and it was supposed to be about 70 degrees (that’s warm here!) So we headed to the park by Ayden’s school. We go as often as the weather will allow it, which ends up being about once a week. First we stopped by Target because I needed some new sunglasses. After I found a cute pair I let the kids each pick out one outdoor toy. Lily chose a big purple bouncy ball and Ayden chose a frisbee. As soon as we got to the park a fight ensued over the toys. I should have made them both get the same thing. Then other kids at the park got in on the fighting. My kids were trying to be nice and share their toys and the other mom kept yelling at her kids for playing with someone else’s toy. I kept trying to say it was ok, but apparently it wasn’t ok with her. She ended up making them leave (because her son wouldn’t stop touching the ball that Ayden let him play with). So she dragged them away from the playground kicking and screaming and was wrestling with her dog on a leash…all while glaring at me. Oops, sorry lady. So then my kids were pissed. They were mad that the kids left and they didn’t want to just play with each other. They started bickering and Ayden kept knocking Lily’s toy out of her hand. I warned them that we were going to have to leave too, but they didn’t stop. We ended up having to leave as well, and Ayden was dragging his feet, jumping up and down, screaming and crying with snot running down his nose the entire way back to the car (which was across a huge field). As much as I wanted to stay and enjoy the sunshine and let the kids run around for a while, I had to take them home and separate them for some quiet time. So our beautiful park day lasted about 20 minutes and then we spent the rest of the day all in separate rooms watching movies and playing alone. It ended up being great because the kids both got a nap, but I sure would have loved to sit in the sun for a little longer!
See? I look like a vampire wearing all black and being so pale. I like my new sunglasses though.
I snuck this picture on Saturday while I was reading.
 I looked up from my book to see this. It was so cute. The TV was off and we all sat and read like this for about 45 minutes. So cute. It almost makes me forget the park tantrum…almost.
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