Well I had a fun weekend. I’m sure Kris and the kids did too but I wouldn’t know. I wasn’t with them. I was at girls weekend with Michelle, Jen, Robyn, Pam, Laura and Jeanette. We were at Michelle’s cabin north of Motley, MN. I kissed the kids good-bye Friday night and left about 6:20pm for the long drive. When I got home from work that day I told Annika where I was going and she helped me pack. She picked out a shirt for me and folded my pants. She’s becoming quite helpful! She told me she didn’t want me to go and was a little upset. Then she said that I should bring my running clothes just in case I wanted to go for a run while I was gone. See? I’m getting this whole exercise is important thing ingrained in my children early.
When I was done packing I woke up James from his nap. It was after 4pm anyway and I needed adequate cuddle time before I had to go. I woke him up and we rocked in the chair a few minutes. Then he and Annika picked out some books to read so we cuddled in the chair and read. Then we went downstairs and made some dinner and ate together. At that time Kris got home from his bike ride. He ate too and then he left for work.
Krystle came over with Emerson and introduced him to Dagur. Thankfully they got along. Dagur wanted to play like he does with Bailey but Emerson didn’t really understand that at first. I wasn’t paying too much attention to them because I was busy loading the car at the time. As soon as I was done with that I said one final good-bye to the kids and headed out. As I was saying good-bye to Annika she told me she was glad I was going. Thanks dear daughter. She was just excited to play with Auntie Krystle and Emerson and knew that Sunday she had plans to go visit Auntie Melanie too and that I would be home after that. You don’t need your mom when you have busy, fun plans! Jamesy was OK with me leaving too because he was too busy playing with the dogs to really even notice I was going.
When I did leave I drove to Jeanette’s house and picked her up and then we drove up to Robyn’s house. There we transferred all our stuff to Robyn’s van (more room than in the Eclipse) and headed north. It was a little before 8pm when we finally were on the road for the cabin. We had a fun drive up. We talked and talked and talked. We stopped for gas and bug spray and coffee drinks in Motley. After that we were pretty much out in the wilderness. The towns were small, the trees were tall, the roads were two lane. Robyn was completely freaked out by the dark roads (no streetlights in the country) and possible deer. Jeanette was using her blackberry with a spotty connection to check her e-mail and facebook page. The funniest moment of the drive was when Robyn said “There’s a dead deer (on the side of the road)” just as Jeanette’s phone chimed. Jeanette said “No, that’s a text message.” Oh my god we laughed so hard at that.
We arrived at the cabin at 11pm and found the rest of the girls in the bunkhouse. They were sitting around chatting, waiting for us to arrive. When we did we broke out a couple bottles of wine and the board games. And talked. And talked. And talked. We stayed up until 3am playing games and laughing and talking. So fun!
The next morning we were all up by 9am. After a yummy breakfast courtesy of Jeanette and Laura we all got our running gear on and went for a 3 mile run. The two people in the group not up for 3 miles (one doesn’t run and one is working her way back up there) went for a long walk instead. It was fun to get all of us together and just to run – not for time or distance or training – just fun. We didn’t care about pace, heart rates, zones. Just fun. I loved it.
After we were all showered we sat around talking for a few hours trying to decide what to do with the rest of our day. We had talked about going tubing down a local river but then the sky opened up and started raining pretty hard. Instead we had a tasty lunch courtesy of Pam and Jen and sat around playing more board games and talking and laughing. We only stopped because we had dinner reservations in a nearby town.
We went to Dorset to the Mexican restaurant in town. There were hour plus waits for most people. Because we had a group of six or more, Michelle made a reservation for us and we only waited 20 minutes or so for our table. A couple pitchers of margaritas to share, some salsa and chips and a chimichanga later and man, was I stuffed! It was all so good though!
After dinner we went back to the cabin and settled in for the night in the bunk house again. More wine, more board games and more conversation and laughing until 3am again! I was falling asleep in my chair! I have such great friends though. We can be so different, disagree on some pretty big topics and still laugh and hug and love each other anyway.
Yesterday morning we were all up again by 9am. This time brunch was courtesy of Robyn and myself. I had prepped the egg bake and refrigerated it the night before so all I had to do was bake it. Robyn had a couple yummy recipes she made Sunday morning and then we set it all out with the other goodies we brought. The table was full of food. We had enough to feed 5 more people if we had wanted too. After we were done eating we sat around the table for a couple more hours talking. Then we cleaned everything up, closed up the cabin, loaded up the vehicles and headed for home at 1pm.
I got home a few minutes before 5pm. Jamesy ran out the door of the house and jumped into my arms. He laid his head down on my shoulder and we hugged and cuddled for several minutes. I think he missed me a bit. I said hello to Kris and then went upstairs to change into my swimming suit. I had ten minutes until I had to leave with James for swimming lessons. Upstairs I found Annika watching a cartoon in my room. I said hi to her and she was pretty nonchalant about me being home. Not as warm a welcome as James was.
James and I left for his swimming lesson. We had a good last lesson. He went off the diving board for the first time (I lowered him into the water and into the waiting arms of his teacher) and then we went down the big water slide twice. He loved that.
Back at home we read through Annika’s camp paperwork for this week. Back in March we went to a YMCA open house and won a week’s worth of camp through the YMCA. This is that week. Very conveniently, camp is only a few minutes away from our house so Kris can drive her there and pick her up at the end of the day. But she had to bring a morning and afternoon snack and a lunch each day plus bug spray, swimming suit and towel and probably something else I’m forgetting. We didn’t have enough easily portable treats and meals in the house so we had to make a Target run. Before we did that though, we went on a family walk around the block. Annika insisted that she and I go on a walk and Daddy and James go to Target. She almost melted down until I sat down to be at her level and we talked. The problem was that Annika really did miss me and wanted me to stay by her and just be with her. I promised that I would walk right by her on her bike and Daddy could walk by James on his bike. She was OK with that so we dried her tears and went outside for our family walk. Annika was on her bike. James insisted on riding his “bike” – the Dora big wheel – on the walk too. And he insisted on being first. So did Annika. To avoid a meltdown on the sidewalk I negotiated taking turns being the leader. That worked very well and our walk was very nice.
Then it was our trip to Target and back home. Kris had to go into work for a bit and while he did I did bathtime and bedtime routines. A very fun weekend indeed.
Sunday morning while I was still gone Kris and the kids went to Dusty and Mel’s house. Mel watched the kids while Kris and Dusty went to a group bike ride in anticipation of our upcoming duathlon. They rode the duathlon course and got some tips for the race. While the boys were gone Mel and the kids watched a Care Bear movie, a Strawberry Shortcake movie and some cartoons. Mel had bought the movies special so she and Annika could have a girl day together. Isn’t that sweet? Mel was gracious enough to watch Jamesy too and was even worried Jamesy wouldn’t like the girl movies she had. He’s young enough that he doesn’t care if he’s watching “girl” movies or not. I think they all had a great time together. I know the kids did!
Today is Annika’s first day of camp. I’ll try to get a play by play from her on how her day went and post that up soon.