When we, as a family, have the kind of good day that we did in fact have today, I feel the need to write about it. Life rarely feels effortless. Somehow though, today did.
I ran this morning with my good friend, Justine. My back was sore from cleaning both bathrooms yesterday, but I dragged myself out of bed this morning nonetheless. As we ran (read: logged), things loosened up, and I ended our run feeling significantly better. I got home in time to have breakfast with the girl and the guys, and then Josh and Jude headed off to the Wilson Skate Park for some skateboarding. Ramona and I stayed home, prepped veggies for chili, and took a nap (her, not me. Seriously!).
The boys came home and we ate lunch, and then Josh headed off to get some work done. I got word of a Curious George party that was to take place later in the afternoon. Jude and I decided to make pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies, so I pulled out the Learning Tower, and we got to work. Ramona got on and off the tower, on and off the tower, on and off the tower, while Jude and I measured, stirred, and beat. When the dough was finished, we put it in the fridge to chill for a bit and I cleaned up the kitchen while the kids played together.
And then it was time to get ready and head out to the party. Josh made a game-time decision to join us, so we hopped on the 22 and made our way south to Andersonville.
The Curious George party was put on by the lovely people at Women and Children First bookstore. The party was pretty neat; the kids got to play games (and lead them! You should have seen Jude-he had a blast!), color, listen to a story, win prizes, and eat a “monkey snack.” (Josh and Ramona didn’t stay for the party. The opted, instead, to visit a nearby park.) Jude was engaged with all of the activities. He jumped and moved around, made a great monkey mask, and listened, intently, as the original Curious George story was read. He was even lucky enough to win one of six prizes!
After the party, we headed home. It felt wonderful to end the night with a hot, tasty dinner that needed only minimal preparation before being consumed. Once dinner was over, Ramona and I retreated to our bedroom where she got snuggly with some milk and promptly fell asleep. The boys, on the other hand, made their way into the kitchen where they baked off some of the cookie dough Jude and I had prepared earlier.
And now, it’s bedtime for the boy. Cookies have been consumed; teeth, brushed; stories, read. The quiet excitement of the day seems to be catching up with me, so I, too, will soon call it quits. I hope you all had as good a day as we had.