Play By Play | Girl's Weekend

Simon asked to go spend some time with my parents at the coast so Anna and I had a whole weekend by ourselves.

I'm actually pretty sure this was our first weekend all on our own. It was pretty great. Great to just hang out with her, great to let her pick out things to do and watch and eat, great to listen to her laugh and great to just have her upsets to deal with vs. two.

Here's a run down of our adventures:

FRIDAY NIGHT | Ate mac & cheese and watched Babes In Toyland (Katie picked it up for us a the library earlier in the day). I let her sleep in bed with me and we read a couple stories before she finally fell asleep and I read until I finished Mockingjay.

SATURDAY | George the cat wanted to wake up earlier than Anna and I and he kept walking over us and purring really loud right in our faces. We finally woke up and Anna asked to watch The Princess & The Frog on my phone. I went downstairs to grab it, fed the animals, picked up my laptop, the newspaper, and some goldfish + apple juice and headed back upstairs. We lounged in bed for the duration of the movie.

Stripped the beds, carried the bedding downstairs to the laundry room and started that process.

Made some eggs and toast and Anna played legos and washed dishes in her little play kitchen (which is basically in our kitchen). I unloaded and re-loaded the dishwasher, cleaned the pantry, kept the laundry moving, cleaned out a couple drawers and she "helped" and chatted and worked on her own dishes and drawer.

We drew cats. And ate more goldfish and some Skittles. We watched Babes In Toyland again (I did a bit more sorting in the kitchen during the second half). Right near the end of the movie she had a melt-down, hit Lily, and ended up in her bedroom for some "quiet" time.

I left her up there for 20 mins or so and went to check on her and she was quietly playing with her Playmobil people.

We cooked together. Sausage and bean soup. To have someone interested in the food being prepared was awesome. Soundtrack was Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto. We ate together (she had yogurt, oranges and a couple bites of the soup). Soundtrack was Dave Matthews on Pandora.

Did the dishes. Anna played doctor with one of her barbies. I love listening to her stories and conversations.

And then popcorn. And a cup of milk for her. And a couple rounds of Olivia on the DVR.

A meltdown on the way to bed. Stall tactics. Lots of crying. I get her in her PJ's and get her in her bed. In and out of her room a couple times in-between making my bed and she finally gets that she's in there for the night. I get ready for bed, check on her again and turn off the light, take a shower and start reading 1000 Gifts.

SUNDAY | When she wakes up we repeat Saturday mornings ritual. Iphone movie, banana muffin (+ a few crumbs) and reading the paper in my bed.

Bath-time for Anna in the big tub.

A trip to Sears to deal with a microwave that's becoming an expensive fix (with a quick stop for a latte & kid's hot cocoa - only she was very insistent that it was a "girl's" hot cocoa vs. a "kid's"). The microwave is one of those that's built in above an oven and it's only sold as a set with the oven. Awesome.

A stop to look for a new coffeepot, two stops at thrift stores. Come home with four new barbies, including two that have pink and purple hair and sparkly bodies. All barbies get a very good bath in the kitchen sink.

Lunch of left-over mac & cheese and strawberries.

A couple Dora episodes for Anna and magazine reading time for me in-between laundry folding sessions. Lots of "potty talk" - right on target for a freshly minted three-year-old.

Head outside for some weeding and picking up dog poop and dreaming about what that space could be. Thinking this may be the year that I really invest some personal time in that space.

Play soccer. Shoot a couple baskets out in the driveway. Lots of laughing. Clean up the yard stuff we got out.

Feed the animals.

Inside for edamame. We both love it. Black Butte Porter for me and apple juice for her. Watch a little TV.

Carry the baskets full of clean laundry upstairs and she helps me put clothes away in Simon's room, in her room and in my room. Her interest in domestic stuff makes those sorts of chores just a bit more fun. She picks out her jammies. I help her put the top on and she does the bottoms.

She crawls up into my bed for some snuggle time and falls asleep playing a matching game on my phone.

I finish up this post, read a bit more of the paper, and then say a really big thank you prayer.

53 thoughts shared

  1. Jessica

    2012-02-20 12:55:27 -0600

    this is so very awesome!

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  2. Karen F from New Zealand

    2012-02-20 13:37:22 -0600

    Oh having that one on one time just cruising sounds awesome.It's good for the soul. Great to see you had that time together and Simon would have loved going to your parents. Everyone so happy.

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  3. Corinne

    2012-02-20 14:44:33 -0600

    goldfish? In our house 'goldfish' as sliced tinned peaches!

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  4. Lori

    2012-02-20 14:57:13 -0600

    Do you like reading one thousand gifts? I read that last year and absolutely love it!

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  5. Jenni Hufford

    2012-02-20 15:57:48 -0600

    what a great weekend!!! i can't wait to hear what you think of 1000 gifts. it is an incredible book!!

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  6. Jill S.

    2012-02-20 16:10:37 -0600

    How fun to have some girl time! I read 1000 gifts in December, and it's the reason my One Little Word for 2012 is "gift" :)

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  7. kat-in-texas

    2012-02-20 17:08:35 -0600

    Love your play-by-play, Ali! Fun times. Hope Simon had fun too!

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  8. Lindsey N

    2012-02-20 18:08:21 -0600

    I cant wait to do things like this with my little girl. Shes 10 Months now, as much as I enjoy her now I will enjoy the little moments we have together cooking, cleaning, and shopping =)

    This post reminded me of the movie Marley and Me. Where there's that portion of the movie where he just reads all these little stories.
    Cute!

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  9. Ann

    2012-02-20 18:16:24 -0600

    I can't wait to have some alone time with my girls!
    Have you ever seen the other "Babes in Toyland"? The one with Laurel and Hardy? (It's also called "March of the Wooden Soldiers"). It's a family tradition in our house to watch it at Thanksgiving. It's a cute movie, but the Bogeymen might be a little scary for young kids. Still, one to watch someday!

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  10. Brooke

    2012-02-20 18:38:35 -0600

    Sounds like a fabulous weekend. I'm just beginning to get used to some one on one time with my youngest (my eldest is in kindy). I love that you documented your play by play, I'm sure Anna would love to read it when she's older. And how awesome that Simon asked for some time with his Grandparents.

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  11. orange gearle

    2012-02-20 18:52:12 -0600

    I absolutely love this dairy. I have a little girl that is 2.5 (today!) and this sounds so familiar, and lovely. :_)

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  12. jenr

    2012-02-20 18:59:50 -0600

    Love to hear about the girls weekend. I have a 12 year old girl who is a competitive swimmer. Our girls weekends are all over the southeast as we travel for meets. While it is not at home, I always look forward to this time together. We leave in March for 3.5 days to Greensboro for Sectionals and I am already looking forward to that time with just her!
    Also love the new Coldplay. Going to see them in Atlanta. Great selection of music :-))

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  13. Beatrice

    2012-02-20 20:37:22 -0600

    Awesome post...What are her favorite app games and movies right now?

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  14. Lisa W.

    2012-02-20 20:48:59 -0600

    what a wonderful post...SO wonderful the one on one time with Anna. So sweet. I truly enjoyed reading and imaganing some of the things Anna did/said. Just so bittersweet:) Thank you Ali for sharing with us all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Karin Podolski

    2012-02-20 21:20:27 -0600

    Grear weekend! Don't back down with Sears---they usually cave when you give them them the squeeze.

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  16. cinback

    2012-02-20 22:18:22 -0600

    Ali, you look and sound so happy. I am glad for you.

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  17. Amber

    2012-02-21 03:09:18 -0600

    What a sweet sweet weekend. I love the things they say at this age too. Whenever Tuesday tells me something; today it was, "It would not be good to have a crocodile in a petting zoo." I ask why and the responses are so good I swear I could listen to her all day. Have you used the phone to record just audio of Anna yet? I do this with Tuesday all the time and there is something about it being just her sweet voice that I love so much. I haven't decided what to do with all the recordings, but I love them so. Sometimes I listen to the best bits before I go to sleep and wonder what she could be dreaming about (possibly crocodiles at petting zoos tonight!).

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  18. Melissa

    2012-02-21 09:47:03 -0600

    I love your blog as this is the first time I am posting. Then, I am sure you enjoyed your girls weekend but you are in my heart and prayers as I know it is still probably hard with the unforeseen changes in your life. My son is almost 3 and we have these days and weekends all the time and I was a single mother for his first 2 years that sometimes it's pretty lonely with just you and the kids. My prayer while I was a single mother was not for my his dad and I to work things out but that every time he looked into our child's eyes that he come closer and find God. 2 years later we got married but of course still have our rough patches as he works so much and many times I still feel like a single mother. But all I can say is, I truly enjoy that you still document your life if for anything the kids sake. That is truly amazing and shows how unselfish you are. Keep your head up and enjoy many more weekends and girls time!

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  19. Camille

    2012-02-21 10:13:42 -0600

    Sounds like a fun weekend. I used to shre those a lot whne my daughter was small and her Dad and brothers went off on baseball playing weekends. I wouldn't trade them for the world.I received a question from a friend that I like to share that helps me to remember the way Grace has touched my life, "What if you woke up tomorrow with only what you thanked God for today?" Made me think of all of the ways I am touched daily in my life. You have always helped me to look at life a little closer and enjoy the smaller parts of it. Thanks for that.

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  20. Margalyn

    2012-02-21 15:27:39 -0600

    Did you like the Hunger Games Trilogy?!

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  21. Amy P.

    2012-02-21 21:44:50 -0600

    Love this blog post! So fun to see how others live their lives. I am thinking that I should try this one weekend, a really good way to document life! Thanks Ali!

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  22. Suz

    2012-02-22 14:24:22 -0600

    Minus the meltdowns, sounds like you had a lovely weekend Ali! Edamame is a popular snack for my family too.

    Happy Wednesday to you!
    :)

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  23. Linda

    2012-02-23 23:43:34 -0600

    I read 1000 Gifts a little over a year ago. Loved it and the way Ann Voskamp writes, painting pictures and telling stories with words in unusual ways. Enjoy it.

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  24. Sandy

    2012-02-24 12:29:16 -0600

    I always enjoy reading about how you spend time with your kids. You seem to have a natural gift for being a good mom, and I'm sure your kids will one day be grateful for the time you spend with them now.

    I want to thank you for sharing with us the books you are reading. I recently followed your advice and checked out "Cutting for Stone." It was one of the most enjoyable reads I've experienced in a while. Thanks!

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  25. Creative Photo Albums

    2012-02-27 09:58:53 -0600

    I keep on coming back to your site because I get so inspired how you get a simple day worth celebrating for. Love your insights and your perspective as a mother, wife and businesswoman.

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