This weekend is “MEA” here in MN, which basically means the schools are closed on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday state-wide. Or maybe just our school was closed Wednesday, but ALL schools are closed Thursday and Friday? Not sure, but the point is, this is an annual long weekend when you have school-aged children.
This year, we have some very not-firm plans to go out of town for the weekend. And then those plans changed. And then we made some other tentative plans, and then those plans changed. By that time, it was almost MEA, and we decided to stay home. David had already taken the time off work, and to my utter surprise, he actually TOOK THE TIME OFF WORK, even though we are home, just minutes from his office.
While I love traveling to see family and friends, can I tell you how awesome the past two days have been? We’ve had 2 Saturdays in a row, and it’s not even really Saturday yet! Yesterday morning, we took the kids to story time at the library, to Target for snow boots and snow pants (have to buy both of those things early, or they run out of stock and then promptly start stocking next summer’s line), figured out the girls’ Halloween costumes, and just futzed around. And then, after all of that, Tea and her children came to town (they live an hour away) for a sleepover.
I don’t need to tell you about our night of debauchery– suffice is to say I’ve been drinking a lot of water today, without peeing hardly at all– but it felt like a vacation. They left right away this morning, and I’m still in my pajamas as I write this. David brought home a projector and screen from the office and the girls have been playing Wii and watching movies on the big screen in the attic, while I found all of the kids winter clothes and brought them down.
David told me this morning that this is the first time– EVAR– that he’s taken time off work to just stay home. (I suppose paternity leave after our babies were born does not count). It’s been wonderful, you guys. No plans, but enough going on to feel productive… I highly recommend it.
After nap time this afternoon, we are going into the City to a family fun night downtown. With Tea and her family. And then we are staying over at their house. And THEN the actual weekend will begin.
Will you forgive me if I use the much over-used term and say that this weekend is full of awesomesauce?