Before I rewind the weekend I just want to say THANK YOU for all of the love, support and kind words y’all have poured out in response to my announcement on Friday. I truly feel so grateful to have such a supportive community, and I cannot tell you just how much all of your messages, comments and emails have meant to me.
While this change is definitely going to be an adjustment to figure out, the weight off my chest has been instantaneous and felt by everyone in our family. It honestly feels surreal to not have work email on my phone and I find myself checking for it constantly out of habit. And even though I’ve turned in all my equipment and all traces of work have been wiped from my devices, throughout the day I swear I hear phantom team chat dinging noises coming from my home office! It’s been such a strange and exciting transition.
Alright, let’s rewind the weekend…
Friday night we watched Marvel movie #20 (Spider-Man: Homecoming) on the back porch for Family Movie Night. I would definitely rate this movie at the top of my list of favorites so far. It was really good. And after the kids were in bed, Matt and I binged a few episodes of Bad Vegan on Netflix. This series is wild!
Matt played in a golf tournament all day Saturday. Meanwhile, the kids and I ran a few errands (Home Depot for herbs, picked up BBQ from a Boy Scout Troop and Publix for lunchables for lunch) and spent as much time outside as possible since it turned out to be such a pretty day. We rode scooters, I planted my herb and veggie garden (one of my favorite projects to tackle every spring!) and Caroline and her friend Lucy spent most of the day building a lemonade and cookie stand. The girls had a blast selling their treats to all the neighbors and Thomas supported them as the official taste tester.
We had a delicious BBQ dinner using the pulled pork we purchased from the Boys Scouts earlier that day. I made sandwiches, fries, corn on the cob and baked beans for the family, and I recreated my favorite BBQ chopped salad (from Midwood Smokehouse) for my dinner.
After dinner we played a few rounds of Hedbandz which is always fun and hilarious.
Sunday morning I took Caroline to a fun Princess brunch! She’s slowly starting to age out of princesses so I was SO excited to squeeze in one more of these before this phase passes! And it was so fun!
After brunch we played tennis as a family until it was time for Caroline and Thomas’s lesson. I still cannot get over how much these kids are loving tennis. It is SO cute to watch them play too.
Sunday afternoon we caught up on chores and for dinner we grilled pizzas!
And that’s a wrap on the weekend!
Congratulations! You will have no regrets being at home. I have been a stay at home mom for 18+ years. I just accepted a teaching position so I am going back to work after all this time. I only have one left at home and I am ready to be back in the full time work force.
I just got done making my way through the Marvel movies and Spiderman has been one of my favs. Off topic but I’m wondering if you would ever do a post on Sprinkles cage set up? I plan on getting a pair of guinea pigs in a few months and would love to know what has worked for you.
June Pope says
Congratulations Christina! I’m so happy for you, choosing your family at this stage of life. The kids are going to love the freedom it will afford you and Matt will love his no-stress wife every evening. You’ve always been so adept at keeping up with your blog even though only part-time. I see it blowing up for you with more time to spend on it. I started following you when Caroline was a tiny baby and loved your down-to-earth transparency about becoming a parent and being a young wife. I always loved time at home with my kids when they were young and you will too! You’re so creative and present with them, you will reap the rewards as they grow, watching them become self-reliant and independent. Good luck and I’ll def be sticking around to see you in this next chapter.
As a mother of thirty somethings and long time blog follower, I know have a different perspective than most of your readers. I have a rewarding career as a speech pathologist and did not give that up when my children were young. But everyone’s story is different and I am so proud of you for following your heart. In saying that, I know that you have such a close relationship with your children that you have discussed with Caroline (and Thomas) that many mothers work full time , have a family and live happy successful lives. I hope Caroline has someone in her life that is a successful working mom role model . Reading all the comments I had no idea I am clearly not your demographic and wish you and your family all the best. Unsubscribing from Waco 💚💛🐻.
I hope this transition is amazing for you.
My husband and I just watched all the Marvel movies for our Saturday evening date-night watching. It was SO fun (we’d seen them before, but I forget the plot to every superhero movie about 5 seconds after I finish watching it, so I am completely unaware each time I watch it what’s going to happen – sad but true).
We also recently watched Bad Vegan. It was our “Spring Break” last week and I didn’t watch anything all week and was just busy with the kids and by Thursday night I was absolutely burnt. I’m not typically a binge-watcher, but we actually watched the entire series of Bad Vegan in one night. Ugh those things are SO frustrating and maddening to watch (but I can’t turn away because the story is so unbelievable).
What a fun weekend together x