I am definitely happy with the way this past weekend went. I was not perfectly distraction-free -- there were several occasions where I had my phone out and was texting, and quite possibly driving Josh nuts. But I spent a lot of time where I did feel present. With the kids. With Josh. With myself (while running). It was really really nice.
I no longer have many temptations on my phone, which really helps*. However, it's hard to let go of the conditioned response to respond to a text when it comes in. I clearly do much better if my phone is nowhere in sight (don't we all?!) but sometimes I hear it. Or see it when I pick it up to do something else (log an expense, look up directions, check if a restaurant is open, etc).
I might actually entertain the idea of turning it OFF -- OFF! -- for a weekend in the future, as long as I am with the kids. Who else could possibly need to reach me emergently? And if they did, they could go through Josh. That said I am dependent on the GPS to go anywhere unfamiliar. So, yeah.
- rather lazy Saturday AM
- dropped A at a playdate (seriously these drop-off playdates make me feel like I have such big kids!)
- took C for a coffee & cookie & some playground fun during A's date
- Josh worked in the AM but met up with us after. I have decided that this is my preferred time slot for him to get things done if needed -- best to get it OUT of the way!
- went to The Actor's Playhouse children's theater to see Jack and the Beanstalk - and both kids sat happily and watched! This was a first.
- family date night (Josh & his parents) at Macchialina. We never get to talk without a kid interrupting mid-sentence these days so this was really nice.
- 6 mi run
- beach trip! There were rainclouds in our area so we drove about 45 minutes north and ended up in Hollywood. It was super low-key, less crowded, and we did escape the rain. The water was a little rough and cold (uhh, to us, we're wimps) so the kids mostly played in the sand and ran back and forth along the shoreline. It was great.
- lunch @ Le Tub - beer + snow crabs* were consumed while enjoying a view of the Intercoastal.
- Whole Foods trip with Annabel. I loved having the one-on-one time with her.
We didn't do so well with the DST bedtime (I think it was 9:15 pm before the kids were in bed which is more than an hour later than normal so, oops). So, tired today. But it was a really nice weekend.
Zen Habits: The Practice of One Thing at a Time
Neverhome(maker) My month away from Facebook
Un-Fancy Some Pieces Are Worth the Wait(mostly b/c I am jealous of her Piece)
* I miss Instagram, but honestly the break is healthy.
** Yes I am trying to eat more plant-based but I just am not an all-or-nothing kind of person!
View of the intercoastal waterway at Le Tub
Enjoying the view
Apres-beach. Attempted a photo together but he played hard-to-get as usual
Boats and blue sky