a look back at the weekend...

this weekend was a great one. often when i get to sunday night, i'm looking at my weekend to-do list and feeling terrible about all of the stuff i didn't get done. feeling stressed about all of the things i'm going to have to try and cram in during the upcoming week...you know the drill: you find five minutes in between bathtime and bedtime and that's when laundry gets worked on. or, you find a few minutes while you're waiting for the pot of water to boil for dinner that night and you log on to e-mail that friend back (who e-mailed you two weeks ago). yes, this weekend and this sunday evening, there are still a lot of those things on my list that were neglected. but tonight, i'm thinking more about all of the great things i did get done. some expected, some unexpected. join me as i relive this weekend....

1. time with mr. re-nest. without the kids. this was friday afternoon/early evening. (warning: this is going to sound so lame to those of you without kids. to those of you with kiddos, you'll understand.) we had an appointment for 4pm on friday for our house. yes, we got a sitter because we weren't sure how long it would take. turns out, it only took 45 minutes. all of a sudden, we had almost two hours to ourselves. so, we decided to go do boring, married people with kids things: go to sherwin-williams to pick out paint (more on that later), we headed to target to exchange something, and checked out the new dsw in our town (which is the biggest news in a while). i do have to give major props to mr. re-nest though: when opening the car door for me, he had gotten me flowers. knowing this was going to be our date, he did it up right. (side note: it is incredible how much you can get accomplished when the kids aren't with you.) 

2. paint. it's been five years since the main part of our house was painted (this being the mud room to the downstairs hallway to the foyer to the staircase to the upstairs hallway). after begging putting together a very convincing argument to mr. re-nest, we have officially hired out having this space painted. (note: five years ago, we painted it. me, in my nine months pregnant glory with little mr. re-nest #1.) looking at it and remembering and now with two kids, there was just no way it was going to get done if we left it up to our own devices. so, painters arrive this thursday and by saturday night, it will be finished. oh, and most importantly, here's the color i chose: rain by sherwin-williams. (the third one down) like it?

just a few more days and a new paint job!
3. little mr. re-nest #2's birthday invitations. these had to get finished this weekend. and they did. with some late night work on friday night and some early morning work on sunday, they are done. 

the official invite for #peanutturnsone!
4. ikea. yep, another trip to ikea happened yesterday. to pick up eight cabinet feet for the basement bar. short trip. with two kids who were melting. down. (thank goodness they have ice cream there.)

5. sorting the kiddos' clothes. this has been on that ever-growing to do list and i finally did it this weekend. out with the small, in with the clothes that fit. little mr. re-nest #1 is finished. little mr. re-nest #2's closet is almost done. 

6. yardwork. i can't take one single bit of credit for this, except for talking to one of our neighbors and hiring him to help us. best. decision. ever.

7. thank you notes. for little mr. re-nest #1's birthday. i'm not sure i've ever actually gotten these done for his previous birthdays. but they are done now. even signed by little mr. re-nest #1. 

8. some good old fashioned outside family time. play time on the swing set. shooting hoops on the new basketball goal. these are the moments i'll really remember from this weekend.

weekends are crazy. this weekend was nuts. but it was so amazingly wonderful and not just because of all of the stuff we got done. it was wonderful because of all of the little family moments that we shared together.

how about you? do you feel like your weekends balance time together and getting the to-do list done?

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