With an out of town baseball tournament for Keats and Gabe last weekend, I spent most of Saturday and Sunday with only Seth and Job. Our younger kids enjoy tournaments and playing with the younger siblings of other players, but I felt that the car ride was a bit too long for Job (and for me).
Even with most of my time being spent with just my oldest and youngest children, the weekend was actually really busy. A lot of time goes into preparing food and clothes and other necessities for tournaments. Jonny arrived home with the kids late Saturday night only to turn around and drive back the following morning. In the meantime I was soaking uniform pants, and trying to come up with healthy foods to prepare and pack. Not a tiny “x” did I stitch, nor a stitch did I knit.
I need to do some re arranging in the house, and I’ve also been wanting to try Annie Sloan’s chalk paint ever since my friend Lori told me about it. I sat up one night last week watching videos of Annie demonstrating different ways to use her paint, and knew I had to try it. Job watched while I washed down and prepared to paint a bookcase that Jonny built about eight years ago.
Two coats in and it looked better. Seth took another look at the bookcase and asked me, “Did you pick this color because it was the cheapest?” For some reason, retelling the story to Jonny that night, I could hardly spit out those words without laughing to the point of tears. Seth is a serious kid and rarely makes a joke. For some reason, that one really got me, so much so that I grabbed a scrap of paper and wrote it down so I wouldn’t forget it. I’m still working on the bookcase. I have distressed it a bit to break up the neutral sea that it is, and I’ve got to wax it, which should be interesting. I’ve not done that before.
Sunday afternoon, Seth, Job, and I took a trip to Belmont, mostly to wander the grounds and walk down to the river. Seth seemed happy enough, but told me that I was having a lot more fun than he was. Yes, I do enjoy that place. (More from Belmont on a beautiful fall day over three years ago, and then just this past summer.)
(New gift shop at Belmont. Lot’s of great things there! I told Jonny that if he needs to take the kids somewhere to buy me a Mother’s Day gift this is the place. I also mentioned that it might be really stressful. Maybe he should leave Silas at home.)