I used to take Saturdays for granted. Then I worked at Verizon for 2.5 years and didn't have any Saturdays. I Looooooooooove Saturdays now. They will be even better when Matt is teaching, and we have Saturdays off together. But for now, I'm starting to figure out how to fully enjoy Saturdays and fit it as much as possible.
Last Saturday, I met Celeste for breakfast. Definitely a treat! Going out to breakfast is my favorite thing, but it was extra special to catch up with a long-time friend. (We've been friends since 2004). After breakfast, we still had lots to catch up on, so she came with me back to our apartment. We talked and caught up while doing dishes and laundry. It was pretty perfect. Being productive AND hanging out with a good friend. I need to do this more often!
Today, I got up pretty early (I think I'm too old to really sleep in now) and decided to take the dogs to the dog park before it got too hot. On my way, I decided to see if I could pick up my favorite 2 year old to take her with me. Her mom happily obliged. :) So, Allie and I took Nala and Zoe to the dog park... the very muddy dog park. I totally should have turned around when I saw the puddles, but I knew my girls (the dogs) needed to get some energy out. Well, we had SOOOO much fun. All 4 of us got muddy and messy but burned up a lot of energy and made some fun memories. It was a blast!
Dropped off a muddy 2 year old almost 2 hours later and came home to wash up my two girls. Neither of them like baths, and it's not very easy to man-handle either one of them into the bathtub, but I somehow managed to get them both clean. Felt like a HUGE accomplishment! Matt came home for lunch, and I straightened up a little bit while he ate. I LOVE that he can come home for lunch now and will probably miss that when he teaches. Then again, I'll be working most of the days that he teaches, so I guess it doesn't matter...
This afternoon, my friend Lauren (also the momma of my favorite 2 year old) picked me up, and we got to enjoy an uninterrupted afternoon hanging out (hard to do since she's a busy wife and momma of 2 + a new exchange student from Australia.) :) But we had sooo much fun enjoying chatting at Starbucks then going to the grocery store. (Again, mixing friends and productivity... it works well!)
My heart is full. AND I get to enjoy an evening with my honey and a day of family tomorrow. We are truly blessed. I don't want to wish this time away. I don't know how long this season will last, so I want to treasure it while it's here. Soon enough, Saturdays will be full of new adventures and joys (with home-ownership and parenting on the horizon). New responsibilities. For now, I'm going to enjoy my pups and low-maintenance apartment as much as possible.
(P.S. Sorry no pictures. The beloved camera is MIA and has been for about a month now. Pretty bummed about that.)