Today is Saturday. Does your family breathe a little sigh of relief because it’s the weekend, and now you can kick back and relax? So do we, but I don’t know why. It’s not like we actually relax on the weekend. Here’s what we did on our day off:
First, Perry and I got up early to make a quick run to the grocery store for coffee beans. Being out of coffee is not a good way to start the weekend! Then we rushed home so we could go our separate ways:
Our church group organizes a soccer match every Saturday morning, and Perry always takes 4-6 of the kids to play – along with himself. The game includes all ages from 60-something down to 6yo.
I always stay home from soccer. I may be tough enough for Krav Maga, but I’ve heard what happens at those soccer games and I’m scared! The one time I stayed to watch, I saw a ball hit PerryBoy full in the face at short range. It picked him up off the ground and spun him in a full circle before he hit the dirt face first. He took it like a man, and came up sputtering but without a sign of tears. They may be playing for fun, but they are hardcore! People come home with bruises, bumps, and strained tendons/muscles/ligaments. And they like it.
I usually stay home – but this week was our neighborhood’s community yard sale. I was out the door before the soccer players! I think I hit around a dozen yard sales in the next 90 minutes, and spent right around $20. My favorite catch of the day: a super-sized set of Bob Books (18 books in a box) for $1.50! Here’s my haul:
The moment the soccer players got home, it was time to race to our Krav lesson. They always play to the last possible minute, and this week was no exception. Class today focused on dealing with various attacks using moves we had already learned. We used mouth guards and heavy boxing gloves while we took turns being pummeled, choked, pulled into an imaginary van…fun stuff, right?
At home this afternoon, Bethany blasted through the first 4 Bob Books. She just started reading lessons this week, but she’s ready and raring to go!
While I listened to Bethany read, the older girls made 60 lbs. of mashed potatoes for a friend’s upcoming wedding. See the bricks lined up on the left side of the counter? That’s 20 lbs. of butter. We didn’t use it all today, but we’ll need it for the next 100 lbs. of potatoes when they arrive on Monday.
As soon as they were done in the kitchen, I threw together a pot of Ham & Bean Chowder for dinner. We love chowders, but I wanted to make something with more protein and less carbs, so I replaced most of the potatoes with white navy beans. I just made up the recipe, but it was very well received. I think it’s a keeper.
Then I put on my gun, enlisted a bodyguard (Lydia volunteered) and went on a Craigslist pick-up errand. Remember my new career as a daytrader in weightlifting equipment? I scored a hot deal on some weights, a barbell and a bench.
We ate dinner, reviewed this week’s Sunday School (church history, Bible passage, catechism and the alto part of a hymn), did dishes and baths. Now it’s just the downhill slide. I need to decide what to make for tomorrow’s fellowship meal, find the baby and nurse him, and maybe talk myself into lifting some weights. Maybe.
So, how was your Saturday?
- Day 1: Neighborhood Night Out
- Day 2: In which the city hauls away our neighborhood’s tree trimmings
- Day 3: Impromptu date night
- Day 4: Pizza night