Wednesday, September 17, 2014

weeknight playdate




It has been one of the marathon weeks the beginning of a new school year is famous for: late night meetings, solidifying old routines with new students, getting babysitters, packing lunches. It never takes long to get overwhelmed and feel burnt out.  While I'm at work, I'm Knope-ing it as much as possible and giving it my all, but when I'm home, I'm really cashing in on family connections to get me through.  Today, Laurel came to visit.

My sister Laurel is my best friend and one of my favorite people to spend time with.  My husband and boys love her, she compulsively does chores, we always get iced coffees, she seamlessly jumps in to the dinner/bath/bed routines, and we usually wrap up the evening by binge-watching Disappeared on Netflix.  Tonight was no exception.  We picked Laurel up at the train station and stopped at Gourmet Donuts on the way to the playground.  While the boys ran with Aunt Lulu, I called in a pizza order, and we picked up dinner on the way home once the sun was down.  Laurel's birthday was this week, so we put some candles in her slice.  We watched Sesame Street celebrity songs on my Kindle on the living room floor and took ridiculously late baths.  It was perfect.

Normally, a Wednesday night with a late meeting would have been a blur- too many episodes of Daniel Tiger, throw together lunches, space out and then fall behind the routine during bathtime, hassle the kids into bed, maybe fall asleep on the couch.  Having Laurel come out this even was a total breath of fresh air.  It was amazing to watch the boys' faces as the commuter rail train thundered in and be on the playground at sunset.  I love my routines; I firmly blieve they add to the quality of life and take a ton of stress out of day-to-day life.  But I'm also reminding myself that a gentle break can be a huge relief.  Do something out of the ordinary and you won't regret it.

3 comments:

  1. Between your constant quest for the Knopian spirit and your love of Disappeared (a show I swore I was the only one who watched), I'm convinced we would make the best of friends. :-

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    1. Haha, Netflix brings people together! Parks and Rec season six is coming to netflix next Sunday (I saw you were working your way through, I bet you'll be caught up in time!) but sadly, Disappeared is going to disappear on October 5th! Get your fix in nowwww!

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    2. I had no idea that Disappeared was leaving on Oct 5! Nooooo!

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