Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday, At Last

At this moment, from my desk chair, I can peer between the blind slats of our office/soon-to-be-Lainey's-room window and view a scene that summarizes the goodness of summer, the commencement of a lazy weekend, the celebration of a daddy who's returned after a four-day retreat. A shallow puddle of water from an abandoned running hose slowly spreads across our driveway cement, and tiny wet footprints escape from its edge. There are barefoot babies, a mess of trikes, a bottle of bubbles tipped over and spilled, and a beach chair throne erected in the thick of it where Brett sits, content, as bright sky fades to dim sky fades to dark sky.

I love Friday nights. We make a big deal of weekends with its waffles and coffee refills and no-such-thing-as-time mentality, but really the peak of a weekend's glory is all about the Friday night. It's the Christmas Eve of Weekend. The potential of really great things.

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While Brett was gone, I remembered to haul garbage cans to the curb, lock the doors, dim the lights, and I only had to scrape dog poop out of our entryway rug once. It's amazing just how much I get done when I am motivated to prove a point to myself. Something about badassery, I guess, but still--knowing I am capable is satisfying.

I worked harder, stayed up later, woke up earlier, kissed more, cleaned more, and was that more aware to be present.

I enjoyed them so much this week.

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Bed photos: ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/50 s (16-35 mm) , no flash

Last night, I tucked them into my bed later than usual. Lainey fell asleep quickly and easily while I staved off Nella who laughed and babbled and tried to scale her sister's body, no doubt aware she wasn't to be disturbed. Finally, her steady breaths joined her sister's, and I huddled over them, studying my favorite features. Paper thin eyelids that beg to be kissed, soft wisps of hair swept over forehead, shallow slopes at the tops of their noses where I run my finger again and again.

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There is a magic to a sleeping child--a spell cast on the beholder. When I watch my children breathe steadily as they dream and peacefully sleep, I am so acutely aware of the gift they are, and I am smitten with love in a breathless moment of They Belong to Me.

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Big, big love.

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We enthusiastically welcomed our morning today with an early hike along a stretch of boardwalk near my dad's place. The setting was picturesque, brilliantly enhanced with dabbled sunlight and lush greens. Perhaps it was my last hoorah in proving I was a badass before Brett came home, a valid proclamation evident from our trek across the finish line an hour after we commenced.

But first, I felt brave and ambitious as we approached the starting line of our journey. The sun was angled for comfortable shade, Latte was trotting energetically, Lainey had a half-skip to her step, and Nella smiled and waved as the wheels of her car ka-bump, ka-bump, ka-bumped over each boardwalk plank.

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We stopped to collect pinecones.

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We paused to snap pictures of grasshoppers.

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And the half-way point took my breath away with its mirror image clouds and rippled water--like Monet's stippled paintings.

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It was peaceful, that half-way point.

We stared at still water, waiting for the surface to break with a manatee snout or dolphin fin, but the gulf was quiet, and so we made up for it in meaningful chatter. I answered questions like "Mama, what are bears afraid of? What do pigs give us? What do cows eat?" because she's enthralled with this food chain idea lately and wants so badly to make sense of it. Before I could answer what makes a bear fearful, she answered her own question with her quip of "I think bears are afraid of themselves--when they look in the mirror"--and then she laughed and carried on.

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Everything changed the moment we turned to walk home. The sun climbed higher, the mosquitoes grew hungry, the dog started panting, Nella fell asleep and Lainey insisted her Build-a-Bear wanted to sit by himself in the push car.

What began as a semi-manageable congregation of toddler plus baby plus dog-on-leash turned into a living hell. For three quarters of a mile, I walked--holding a camera case; guiding a leash; cradling a slippery, sweaty baby; slapping mosquitoes; and thrusting my hips to push a car with a grumpy toddler and a lazy stuffed bear.

I tasted the salt from my sweat as it streamed down my temples and beaded above my lip. And with every ka-bump, ka-bump, ka-bump on the way back, I alternated curse words with the little bits I knew of the Serenity prayer.


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But we made it. Home. At last. And Brett pulled in late this afternoon, and now we are complete.

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Looking forward to the weekend.

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Friday Phone Dump:
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Giveaway Winner:

I wish blogs had sound effects because I'd do some really cool Price is Right call down for giveaway winners. Just imagine it.

(I'm yelling really enthusiastically): "And the winner of the
Scentsy cupcake warmer and Happy Birthday bar is...(drum roll, drum roll, Bob Barker freak out...)"

Comment #22, Alisha: That last photo melted my heart. Nella looks so grown up sitting at the table and the way she is looking so adoringly at her big sister is SO beautiful.

Congratulations, Alisha. Sorry it's not a new car. Please send your contact info to
kellehamptonblog@comcast.net, and your house will never stink again.

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Re-Introducing:

One of our favorite sponsors is returning this month: Popina Swimwear. I've proclaimed my allegiance for their retro swimwear in several posts, and it's true--I love their butt-hugging, breast-boosting, waist-cinching vintage suits. So much, I occasionally wear them under jeans out and about when I'm feeling a little Betty Boop.

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Picking a swimsuit to wear from my collection of Popina suits is like choosing what my babies will wear their first day home (You remember that? It's so much fun). Every option is good.

One of my favorites: The Grace. Very Beach Blanket Bingo, Baby.

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Wear it. Love it. Shop for yours here.

Oh, and giveaways make weekends better. Popina is kindly giving away a swimsuit of winner's choice to a commenter who will be randomly selected from this post. Tell me what you hope your weekend looks like.

Ours: Quiet. Coffee. Long Bath. Lying on the floor in the living room watching some old Meg Ryan movie while kids climb on me and play with my hair. Unplanned gatherings with friends. Hot grill. Hot pavement. Bare feet. Music. Writing. Sleep.

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Happy Weekend.

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LEF said...

Oh Nella is growing so quickly. Love the pigtails...so sweet.

jadedlovely said...

Nella and Lainey are such bright, adorable little girlies! I love your posts and look forward to them every week! Thanks for sharing :)

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Erin said...

I love your blog and your posts because they challenge me to look at life with a different view point. Your girls and precious and beautiful! You are a blessing!

Ashley Weiss said...

Oh my...I love the pictures of your little darlings sleeping :) How did you get the pictures to turn out so beautifully...I assume the room was dark-ish? I live my picture-taking life frustrated by the turnout of pics taken in poor light...but those are gorgeous!

Greta: From Transparencies of Motherhood said...

Love the pictures of the girls sleeping in your bed. What special bonding time for them.

Would love to win new swimsuit :) Mine are looking a bit raggy.

e. Xx said...

Kelle, I have a confession -- the beautiful clothes you dress your daughters in has greatly inspired me for my little girl. I love trawling through your posts and checking out the girls' outfits... and then seeing if I can find something similar over on this side of the world! So thank you; all the fabulous comments I get on how my daughter is dressed all actually go to you!

Anneliese said...

i was just telling a friend how i knew where to find cool retro suits, these--from your recommendation!

Dani said...

Love Friday nights "Christmas Eve of the weekends :)" , the beautiful - magical sleeping angels and I LOVE that bathing suit too..I keep saving my pennies until I get to where I need to buy one :) thanks Kell for making my Friday night that much better...p.s. I could def picture the walk back :) have a great weekend!

Erin said...

I love the photos of the grasshopper... The clouds... Those little bits of beauty we often overlook. Your blog came into my life about three months ago and it has quickly become a favorite. Thank you for taking the time to share.

Kulio said...

She's looking little girlish! It's too soon for her to do that, must have just been a glimpse from the future :-)

I know exactly that can-do feeling when I'm on my own with the kids. It's like I step it up. But then he comes home and I slop back into my slovenly can't-do-this-by-myself ways. :-)
heatherbabe

Anniep said...

I love the innocence in your pics of the girls... and enjoy recognizing familiar places- my parents winter in Marco. Since it was too cold last Dec to really let my toddler go for it at the beach, I cannot wait to get down there once it turns bitter cold up north.
Now, if only I could find a reason/excuse to move down there year round. Something about my husband needing a job first always seems to get in the way of that.

L said...

Those swimsuits look great.

I love the magic of weekends too.

chambanachik said...

I know exactly the feeling of watching the sweetest baby sleep. :) It's perfect.

Noah's Dad said...

Great stuff! (As Always!) That sky is AMAZING! And the girls are just as adorable as ever! :)

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Katy said...

Love this post. Love the music. Love everything! :)

Joshua and Jamie said...

Florida looks like a beautiful place to live. I really enjoy getting to see that side of the US through your lens!

Megan said...

the half-way picture is AMAZING! but I have to laugh at your sleeping babes. Nella still has that baby/toddler "sleep EVERY WHICH way but the way I should" thing going on- while Lainey has hardly moved a muscle from beginning picture to end. I love it.

Jenna said...

Kelle, thank you for putting into words what so many of us feel but can't find the way to express it. You're writing is inspiring! Happy weekend!

Peaceful Cynic said...

Such great pics! <3 And I feel your pain for walking and hauling kid/pet/stuff in the July Florida heat. Been there before for sure!
Have a great weekend!

Ariel said...

Hoping for friends, laughter, productivity, inspiration, determination, worth, and meaning for my weekend.. I need one of those feel-good weekends.

Erin said...

You have this innate ability to match the perfect song to each of your blogs. As I began to read "There is a magic to a sleeping child--a spell cast on the beholder." Etta was belting out..."and a spell was cast"...

I'm not really a fan of music on blogs and usually mute them, it usually directs my focus elsewhere. But your song choices bring your words so much more to life, they make your photos dance for me. I NEVER mute your music. Absolutely wonderful! Bravo!

abbey bernardi said...

i couldn't agree more about sleeping littles!!! there is something magical in the stillness and i just love to kiss bayley's face off when she falls asleep : )
happy weekend!!

Monica Alvarez said...

Latte kills me in this post! Such a ham! And thanks for reminding me that I need to take more pictures of my precious babe while she is sleeping... those photos of Lainey and Nella in deep slumber are sure to be treasured forever. Happy weekend to you & yours!

Emily said...

brilliant blog post as usual. each one brings me a level of peace and joy - so thank you for sharing your heart. your "orange flower" picture from a few monts back is my current desktop background - however, the clouds/trees/water one may have to replace it...

the weekend, you ask? minnesota is beastly hot right now so i'll be poolside with ice water and a fresca. reading. and listening to a playlist of mumford and sons, the civil wars, the avett brothers, and bon iver/deyarmond edison/justin vernon. maybe venture to the hammock. then i am attending a polo match on friday and wearing a dashing hat.

{elena} said...

I always drool over these bathing suits...<3 your pics tonight!

The Proctors said...

I loved your story about the walk back along the boardwalk! It sounds like my walks. Stroller left home because my little guy is so sure he can walk it, then whining because he is tired, then me carrying him. I love it!

The Proctors said...

I loved your story about the walk back along the boardwalk! It sounds like my walks. Stroller left home because my little guy is so sure he can walk it, then whining because he is tired, then me carrying him. I love it!

Alyssa said...

I love the pictures of the girls sleeping together - so sweet!

Jay said...

I'm holidaying with my boyfriend, relaxing in Victoria, British Columbia. After a long afternoon stroll on the harbor, we enjoyed fresh fish and chips at Fiaherman's Wharf. Tomorrow and Sunday wenspend with hos daughter and her family - I've been "Facebook friends" with her for months, and cannot wait to finally meet her. We've become good friends, and I hope to foster that relationship over time :)

Jay said...

And she's not a hos daughter. iPhone autocorrect FAIL

Alli said...

Ooooh, I have been eying Popina's yellow and white polka dot suit for so long! Would love to win!

This weekend will include soccer, running, fresh melon, washing my car, and a little (just a little) bit of summer school homework. I crave those beneficial rays!

Lauren Ashlee said...

Our weekend is gong to be the opposite of yours, LOUD busy and celebratory! My little man is turning 2! I'm in the middle of frosting cupcakes and putting the finishing touches on the chocolate dipped goodness!

I loved this post, true for me as well: return trips are terrible and sucky but so worth the grumpies for the good:)

Weekend Wishes

Jenny said...

I'll be spending the weekend watching my little man run and play with his cousins that live an 18 hour drive away from us. It melts my heart watching them come together and instantly have a connection. You just know when it's your family!

toria said...

Beautiful girls! So glad Brett is home safe 'n sound! In the sleeping pictures what is your light? Are you using a flash?

Ashley said...

I have the pink and white polka dot suit and love it! Could always use more :)

This weekend we are celebrating 3 birthdays including my oldest turning 4! I'm also taking part in Illuminares, a lantern festival put on by my place of work, Public Dreams! Can't wait!

Perks and Beans said...

Hubby's out of town, so it's just me and my boy. There will be a little bit of girl time while he hangs with his grandparents, but mostly, I'll just enjoy him and relish in the fact that HE'S MINE!

Tiffany said...

I was hoping my weekend would be loud and boisterous, filled with shopping and eating good food and staying inside with my hubby and four little ones. However, your weekend plans sound even better. Maybe I will do that instead. =) Can't tell you how much I adore you and your sweet family.

Bits of Bee said...

We are enjoying our first taste of sunshine after a gloomy summer, so I hope for a weekend filled with beach picnics, giggling kidlets with pink sun-kissed cheeks, panting puppy running through dog park fields, and lazy sun-quenched family naps.

sucker4acoustic said...

Hoping my weekend looks like...
Relishing the little time my toddler and I have with Daddy. Gazing at my 37.5 week pregnant belly. Kisses and cuddles. And maybe getting this place clean and nested... if the mood/energy strikes.

Emily Guerard said...

rest. laughter. unpacking. the Word. friends. baking bread.
I have been reading your blog for a while and so much enjoy your honesty and the fact that you work every day as a mom investing in her children as I strive to do as well. :) God Bless

toria said...

Okay, nevermind on the light question. I just saw it! :)

Flor said...

Such inspiration. As for the giveaway- I'm looking forward to early morning hikes, fresh mango juice, some sweat that'll prove I'm being productive, and the sound of laughing children playing night games outside...

♥flor

amber said...

hope the weekend finds me walking around the local art fest here, down along the lake front.. baby in stroller, another by the hand, husband by the other, and older two lagging behind. and a nice cold diet coke somewhere in there too! ;)

love the sleepy time photos. doesn't get any sweeter~ so precious to see what great friends your girls already are!

k said...

Weekend consists of dog-sitting while my parents enjoy their first ever Alaskan cruise. Missing my boyfriend. Partying with my sister. Catching up with old friends. A good weekend :)

J-Dub04 said...

The glorious moment the smell of fresh brewed coffees reaches your nose and taste hits your lips. Dance parties with my nephews. A stroll with my husband. Quiet hour to do some reading. (And some homework, even though I'm not exactly "hoping" for that)

I love the pic of Nella with her arms and legs spread out taking up the whole bed - it's so funny that a person so small can take up so much bed space (my husband, who is a foot taller than me, says the same thing about me!)

DebZorn said...

There is nothing more precious than a sleeping child - unless it's two sleeping children snuggling together.

Fresh Mommy said...

BEAUTIFUL! Ours... busy, busy, busy with ice cream and putt putt tucked in there for fun. Oh, and the return of our daddy too! :)

~Tabitha

Amanda said...

Sleeping kid pictures are the best. You should frame those. You are such an amazing mom.

Heathrow's World said...

Love that suit!
I'm hoping our weekend will be easy and relaxing, maybe with a little bit of rain to water the desert!

Alicia said...

Love popina!! This weekend? Running a garage sale. DumPing the leftovers at goodwill. Soaking up sun the rest of the weekend :)

Amanda and Alex said...

I love love love the bedtime pics. Beautiful artistry:)

Although I know my weekend will look like me dragging my tired self to work (I'm a nurse who works weekend nights), I do hope to squeeze in a morning run, and some snuggles with my sweet baby girl. I have been wanting a Popina swimsuit for a while now, what a treat that would be!

VeggieDelite said...

Okay, seriously, your girls are too cute. I absolutely cannot get over how precious your little Nella is. Seriously, seriously, seriously, the cutest little thing, everrrrr.

The Lung Family said...

I have a confession. I've had a couple dreams about you and your kiddos, not in a creepy way, but we were friends hanging out sort of way. I told my husband about you afterwards, about your beautiful girls, and Nella's story. Man, i sound like a creeper.

Love those swimsuits, they're adorbs!!

Weekend...finish a cake for a client, tupperware party, swimming, church on Sunday, hang out with mom, and pack for our 2 week vaca to Missouri!!

Alisha said...

That's ME! I'm the winner! Thank you so much :)

Emailing you now!

Benay said...

This weekend we're moving! We're driving a moving truck from Boston to Durham, North Carolina with two dogs sitting in our laps. We can't wait to embrace our new environment! A new swimming suit would be a perfect way to start my life in the South.

Kelly Cach said...

Love Etta James. Always wanted that song for my 1st dance. Wonder why I didn't....hhhmmm.

I had a physical reaction to your phrase "They Belong to Me"....crying!

I like to huddle and study favorite features, too. Among my favorites: a dimpled chin, a button nose, and a poochy bottom lip.

All your photos are amazing, but I love it when there's that one (or two) that make me gasp out loud. This time? The last one of Nella!

I love your humor! You make me laugh at things that I also would say: "...and your house will never stink again." Hahahahaha!

And finally, 2 more things: you are looking so skinny minnie HOT! And I love it when your phone takes a dump.

Time to go enjoy my husband's famous chocolate chip cookies (at 11:00 p.m.), sleep in, and then hang out in our tiny, yet newly landscaped yard...aaahhhh, such peace back there. I finally have my sanctuary :)

I will now stop hogging all the space,
Kelly

CodynStacey said...

This weekend my husband is gone for work again...So I think I'm going to go to a swap meet, buy some flowers, and finish up my plans for my Bachelorette Finale Party on Monday. Want to come?

Harmony said...

I hope my weekend is sunny, with cold pools and even colder drinks!

Jessica said...

Gorgeous photos of your girls sleeping. I love sleeping babes. Looking forward to our relaxing weekend. My brother comes home tomorrow from a month in Hawaii visiting our Dad. Also spending time with my littles laying around inside, playing outside on the hot pavement and warm grass, cooking out, and picnic lunches.

jaime said...

All your pictures inspire me to pick up my camera and get to know it better. So that's precisely what I plan to do this weekend.

Becky said...

I hope my weekend looks like...
...Saturday morning coffee with my best girlfriend outside at my favorite coffee shop.
...my sister-in-law loving the earring holder I made her for her birthday
...a minor league baseball game with friends on Sunday evening.

simple but perfect.

melissa said...

the hubby has to work this weekend, so I'm hoping for lots of mommy/daughter/son bonding time....cuddles, laughs, and maybe a Winnie the Pooh viewing at the theater.

Kerri said...

My hope for the weekend is to be a part of something magical when I watch a childhood friend get married Saturday and something special when I watch my boys grow help each other conquer fears at the splash pad on Sunday. Your daughters are beautiful, your boardwalk walk sounds eerily familiar (minus the spectacular view), and I always enjoy sitting with my caffeine of choice (Pepsi at the moment) and reading your beautiful words. The swim suites are extremely cute and I would love to win one!

Michelle said...

This post was so poetic. I could feel myself sighing through the whole thing as if I was watching a gorgeous golden sunset. You have a beautiful way with words that captures life in the most colorful way. Thank you...for inspiring me yet another day.

Bethany said...

i'm really hoping for a fun weekend. our weather is finally nice, let's bust out the kiddie pool, barbeque with the neighbors, and maybe the housework will do itself :)

Andrea Lozano said...

Is it wrong to say that I've been dieting my butt off to look good in one of those suits? Hopefully when I'm done I will have enough butt left to actually look good!

My weekend? My weekend will be spent playing with my son while recovering from a sun burn I received while camping. As my dad puts it, "Its camping!"

Ruth said...

Weekend = coffee and a hoopla of a breakfast, family togetherness, church, and hopefully a spontaneous cause-it's-the-weekend adventure.

Corie said...

Weekend= fun with my 2 kiddos for this part time working momma!!! If I must work a few days in the week, I try to give EVERY breathing moment to my kiddos when I am home!:)

WesandCaren said...

Hope for the weekend, more Harry Potter marathon before finally seeing the end. Adventurous outings on the bike followed by ice cream, every summer weekend needs some ice cream.

Ali said...

I am hoping for much needed cuddles, a clean bathroom, a second cup of coffee, and a not so rushed storytime. it's been a long week. yay for Friday nights!

Love this blog like crazy my dear.

Sandryte said...

I should play with my child, swing with him a lot, study English, get to know my new camera more (10 pages of manual to read), find a gift for my Mom, find a gift for a new baby, clean my house to a perfection, read a book and have my pedicure & manicure done! Doesn't seem very hard working, indeed!

Stephanie B. said...

You always take the most amazing photos! I especially love the one where the girls are sleeping and Nella has her legs on top of Lainey....way to capture a wonderful moment! There's nothing like the bond of a sister! Weekend plans.....relax, play with my new puppy Nala, spend every minute I can with my hubby, go shoot some targets with our little buddy, church, relax some more, and then grocery :( (That's always my least favorte!) Hope your weekend is super blessed!

Coffee Mama A-J :) said...

Our weekend looks like: the zoo with mamas & sons; organizing both my home and mind; trying to prepare for setting up my first ever classroom (this includes decorating and evaluating procedures, rules, and lessons; and lots o' love, family, friends, and or course coffee! :)

summer said...

I love Nella's spread eagle while sleeping! She seems to be extremely limber!

This weekend....wishing Daddy would fly in for a visit, but realizing work probably won't let that happen. And starting a fabulously fun Family Reunion!

me said...

I hope my weekend is filled with friends, the beach and plenty of cousin time for my girls!

LCR said...

Thank you for putting up camera settings- great insight into the talent! Would love to see more of this:)

Tryntsje said...

hi Kelle,
Love the pictures of your sleeping cuties, beautiful!
Our weekend: hopefully sunshine (we haven't gotten much of it so far here in the Netherlands...), a nice espresso, fresh baked goodies, some unplanned visits with family/friends (usually we don't plan a lot, we tend to go with the flow...) garden time with the kids and hopefully the beach! There, that'll do it :)

Sweet B's Mom said...

Hi Kelle,
I wanted to let you know that I wrote about you and linked to you on my blog. Your strength has inspired me, and has given me strength. Thank you.

Sweet B's Mom said...

I forgot to tell you what I hope my weekend looks like...I hope that it includes me, my hubby, and the baby at the beach. And I hope to finally get my butt to church. It's been too long.

Alison said...

My weekend will consist of remodeling our master bath to surprise my husband with when he gets home from a work trip on Sunday!

Laura Jane said...

This weekend, I will drain my coffee cup and ask for more. There will be friends and games and camping. Oh, and brunch.

Hazel said...

Love the shots of Lainey and Brett, they look so happy to be together again!
Our weekend? Started well with French cheese and wine, our Friday promise of things to come. Sleeping in. Baking a chocolate cake, making a compost bin, hanging out togwther at the hut. taking the puppies for a romp around the block. Friday night holds so much, but our weekends are always over in a flash!

Di said...

I LOVE those swimsuits, so I am leaving my first comment on this blog (which I have recently started stalking) ...

This weekend we are helping a friend move, going to the zoo, headed to church, and I am having much-needed girl time with two great friends ... even though I just realized it will mean missing "The Bachelorette: Men Tell All" on Sunday night!

Rachel said...

Im taking a page out of your book and learning to notice the little things, and make time for them.

Ashley said...

our weekend? ... August in Arizona birthday pool party. blog. scan pictures. get babies room ready. laundry. pack my hospital bag. enjoy the last few weeks of my baby kicking around in my belly. and clean the kitchen ugh...

Love love love the sleeping baby pictures- thanks for the photo tip- I will try it right away!

Oh and I love the Friday phone dump!

Julie said...

Our weekend: pancakes, coffee, park, long thick afternoon naps, pool, parade, church, wedding, and a drippy ice cream cone somewhere in there. :-)

lauren said...

I want to thank you, Kelle. Reading your blog has reignited my passion and love for photography and I"m getting back into it :) thank you.
As for the weekend, my weekdays are rather simple, I don't know anyone in the area so my 6 month old girl is my company and it couldn't be any better.
On the weekends however, we are able to go visit friends, and we know that Mama's need their friends, their company. So, that it what i'm hoping my weekend will consist of

matt and michelle ray said...

ooooh, it's gonna be a good weekend! soaking up the last few days of our seattle vacation with a mariners game, boat ride, and then sunday is the big 33 birthday for me! what a wonderful gift a beautiful new swimsuit would be!!! <3

nuttymom said...

Love your blog...but miss lainey is not a toddler anymore! let it go :)

Shaams said...

I wish my weekend looked like: Sleeping in, shopping, lazy days at the lake on the boat with my family, bonfires, friends, diet coke. What my weekend actually looks like: wedding, birthday party, lawn that needs to be mowed, mountain of laundry. Somewhere in there we will sneak in all the good stuff that makes my heart hum!

colette said...

my weekend.... i'm doing 12 hour night shift 3 nights in a row. so i want my weekend to be quiet at night, restful during the day, and healing for my patients... physically and emotionally.

love popina suits!!!

Colette said...

Lovely and beautiful post once again.

This weekend...
Fresh bagels, hot coffee, sound of wild parrots Juan & Esmerelda nesting in the Palm tree, birthday song, grandparents, and the gulup, gulup sound of gentle ripples hitting my paddleboard in the bay.

Amber said...

Our weekend consists of roast pork with crackling, hot apple cider, chocolate liquor and hopefully a walk to the (freezing cold) park - it's winter here in Australia!

Jenn A said...

LOVED the photos of your sleeping girls! There is something so precious and innocent about sleeping chlidren :D

Mrs. Buckingham said...

LOVED this post! Life is always better once Daddy gets home! Just saw a quote and loved it... "I may appear harmless, but inside I'm pretty badass!" Ha! That swimming suit is seriously fabulous. LOVE it! I know my weekend will consist of: A family birthday party. Friends over for dinner, Picking up a fabulous craigslist find. I hope my weekend also consists of: a few spontaneous dips in our pool in the heat (and one maybe while baby is napping, so momma can truly catch some rays). some homemade guacamole dip. and evening on the deck with my love. And a family nap in our bed together.

megatron! said...

Oh Kelle, this post! <3
1st, I also LOVE my sleeping girl. There's nothing sweeter than those slow, rhythmic breaths.
2nd, I hope my weekend is half family, half fun, half getting stuff done!
Were moving to Hawaii in 7 days, and its pretty chaotic here right now!
Have a fabulous weekend!!

kollene carlsson said...

lovely post! lovely! hoping our weekend is full of sunshine! we're in Sweden just now and it's been raining for days... hoping for a little sunshine and sandal wearing!!! and would LOVE that retro bathing suit!

The Jammie Girl said...

Those sleepy kiddos shots made my morning! Especially the one of Nella sprawled out taking up as MUCH room as possible with her little body :) Since it's 4:30 in the morning, I went and peeked in on my boys to watch them sleep. Teenage boys are just not as attractive asleep as little ones - it was all messy hair, slack jaws, and big feet sticking out of the covers!

melissa said...

rain (hopeful), games, church, swim, coffee, hugs, and of course, gotta catch those zzzzzzzzzzzzz's!

Jenna84 said...

Our weekend? Late night fires in the backyard, swimming suits and baby pools, and ice cold sweet tea in the shade. Think we'll take it easy for once and maybe do some shopping up in Portland on Sunday! Nothing like a girls day out with a 7 year old. Enjoy the weekend Kelle!

Polkadots said...

What lovely photos! This is what I hope my weekend will be: sunshine, walk on the beach, coffee, afternoon tea with scones, hugs and kisses, good friends and good beer.

Happy weekend to you all!

Bless by Tone said...

Summer has finally arrived to Norway - I wish for lot's of swimming - my girls learned how to swim properly two days ago. Tone

Emily said...

My weekend... an early cup of coffee, lazy days, and good friends in the evenings to top it all off.

Team Lando said...

LOVE that blue sky...

Weekend: coffee (since it's 5 but ellie is up), long run, DS playgroup, hoping to take some pretty pictures, making dinner for friends, church, picnic, dinner with other friends. wow, that's busy!

Tammie.Banks said...

I love the photos of the two of them sleeping... Nella's hand reaching out and holding onto Lainey's. You can almost see the "just making sure she's still there" about it and it melts my heart just that little bit more. Your girls are growing up and they are growing up every bit as gorgeous as their mama.

Tams

April Vernon said...

I am totally diggin' the Betty Boop outfit (and cracked up when you made that reference b/c I didn't make the connection until that moment). The bed pictures are precious. Your words were beautiful. Lovely post.

And thanks for including the photo details about the pictures of the girls sleeping. I finally learned to change my f-stop and have been getting the pictures I see in my head that normally don't have enough light. Thanks for recommending the Mamarrazi book on your blog. It has really been useful to me, but in an easy to read, fun way.

Happy weekend! I have to present a teacher training today but only have to travel an hour & a half. I'll get to visit a friend and get home in time for dinner!

Would you consider doing a post about finding your own unique style? You seem so comfortable in your skin & your hair is perfect for you, yet so different from a few years ago (which also looked good, and you were still gorgeous). I would love to read about how you got where you are when it comes to that. I am intrigued by personal style & am not sure I've found mine yet.

West Coast Wendy said...

My weekend, coffee and tomato basil quiche with my Sweetie, on our new fabulous patio; while a sleepy puppy sunbathes on the warm pavers. Re-organizing the laundry room which is waaaaay over due, and trying out a new simple but fancy chocolate cookie recipe, Chocolate Sables. And then who knows, I love the idea of leaving a little room for spontaneity. Happy weekend!!!!

Kelly Pious said...

Such a sweet post! You've been wonder woman this week and I know you are glad to have you husband home.

We're headed to the beach for a mini vacation this weekend. We will hang out with friends, eat good food, drink good wine, and love on their sweet little girls. Can't wait!

The Conner Clan said...

Hopefully this weekend will be filled with fun celebration as we're away from home to attend a wedding! :) I just wish I was able to sleep in everytime me and hubby get away solo, but alas, I guess this morning is not my time!

jessicawhitephotography said...

Oh Kelle, I'm so sorry i had to laugh out loud imagining the scene from your walk including the cursing haha. It's pretty much like this every single time we decided to walk anywhere in the summer around Vermont, though it's not so much the mosquitoes as it is the horse flies, hornets, and no see-ums. Makes long walks even longer and less enjoyable but somehow we manage to make the best of the situation for our children. For the memories. For stories to share like yours. :-) Our weekend is looking like this: Wedding. Party. Family. Friends. BBQ. Long car rides. Beach. Reminiscing. Coffee. Sleep-overs. Kids washing the cars with buckets and over-sized sponges as we watch from the distance.

From the sea view said...

Weekend day (I only get the one day off work) = pots of tea, fresh coffee, a stroll on the beach, a cycle to the end of the prom, sofa time with catch up tv, sleep, photographs, time with a friend and a wonderful relax for 24hours.

frksillyh said...

You're week always look so amazing Kelle! It always take the breath away from me, and make me just want to grow up and get kids too! Even if its not only happy, happy, happy moments!

My weekend looks like a mothers: Exercise, clean the house, make dinner, have my friends over for dinner, bake, take care of my older siblings, clean after my older siblings, be with friends, make a recipe book, watch movies, and light candles & pick flowers for all my friends that died at Ut√łya last friday. Its weird to think about, that they have been dead for a week now, and I've only known about it for three days

Caitlin said...

You are a badass, you don't have to be cool every second of it to still be one.
I hope my and my husband's weekend is filled with inspiration, music, cool breezes, sunshine, laughter, love, hot tea, good food, and I suppose I'm obligated to include my dissertation, since I know it'll be a huge part of my weekend--but it will go well, and come easy.

Thanks for sharing as always.


Caitlin
from black currant thoughts.

Cait said...

Love the sleeping pictures. Melts my heart.

I hope my weekend looks (is already looking?) like this: coffee, long dog walks, soaking up the countryside, a peaceful, meditative, albeit 8-hour-drive back to NYC on Sunday.

Southern Gal said...

And just like that it goes from "heavenly" to "what was I thinking?". I've had those moments. Celebrating my man's 50th birthday this weekend with family, friends and cake...lots of cake.

Rocksee said...

We saw a bear today.. I wish I could have gotten a picture so could send it to you so lainey can see. I will stay on "bear watch".. and tell her they aren't afraid of anything..

The Mac's House said...

Our weekend is go go go this weekend.

This morning we are heading to DC for the day to meet up with my sister, her 2 boys and my mother who have been there for the past 2 days already.

Sunday we will waking up to pack the car since we will be traveling to Western NY for the week on Monday.

Those doll babies look so sweet sleeping. I love sleeping children, their faces are so angelic!

scgrits said...

My mama is coming to visit. Hooray!

Maryna said...

Me, me, PICK me !!! )

Karly said...

Oh, I have so been on that return trip before! Feels good to survive it and be home though. :) Our weekend involves some birthday-ing...woohoo!

Sharon-The OKI StampQueen said...

swimming! lots of swimming! with hopefully hot hot hot water! it helps with the fibromyalgia pain...and a new suit to swim in would be AWESOME! LOVE your photos and blog! Blessings, Sharon

The Morris Family said...

My weekend will consist of our new puppy Floyd & his snuggles & nips, pedicures with my 5 year old, french toast made from my favorite blueberry/cranberry sugar bread, feeling my son's sweet breath on my neck as I rock him to sleep, peace, serenity and intense gratefulness for the good fortune I have.

Ashley said...

My husband isn't out of town, but will be working 14-16 hour shifts the next 8 days. And for some reason, yes, it motivates me to do more and be more. When he is coming home at 5, I often count the minutes to his arrival. When I know he won't be home until 8 or 10, I fill every minute with something. Crazy how that happens.

Ashley said...

Oh I forgot to add I LOVE the bed pictures. So incredibly sweet and beautiful. Nella is quite the mover while she sleeps isn't she?

Scoops said...

Ah yes, sleeping babies. I just updated my facebook status to how much I love watching my son sleep while he smiles big, toothy grins at me without even knowing it. I'm almost certain there's nothing more precious than that! Such a great start to our weekend!

No No Nanette said...

My sister is getting married today. I hope the weekend looks happy, peaceful, not too sticky-hot, and fun!

Have a super weekend, and enjoy an extra waffle for me! -- I have to squeeze into a bridesmaid dress with my almost five months pregnant body :)

Katie said...

Love your pics! My husband is out of town so its a girls weekend at my house! We had a movie night (Monsters Inc.) and stayed up late drinking milkshakes! The rest of the weekend is just hanging out at the pool I guess!

Ezra's Mama said...

We are enjoying our last weeked at my in-laws lake house in the Adirondacks, NY. It has been SO beautiful, and the cooler temps have been a wonderful break from the hot and humid Southern temps where we normally live. I'm hoping this weekend is full of good weather and good family times - a fitting end to our vacation.

Kristin said...

My Weekend: Early morning playtime, long walks, swimming (fingers crossed), dinner with friends, art projects

Katie Murphy said...

I was hoping for a restful, fun weekend with two friends. We rented a hotel room in town to take a getaway from our kids and husbands for a night. There has been lots of fanning and margaritas. So far so good.

Amanda said...

I felt your pain when you described the living hell, I have been there so many times! My weekend? I'm about to step on an airplane headed for California. I'm leaving my kids at home with dad. It's the first time I've done this EVER!

Kelley said...

I dont know what the rest of our weekend holds, but our Friday night was out of this world. We gathered with a gaggle of friends and little ones at our local outdoor ampitheater for a dance/sing along production of "Hairspray". It was one of those nights that we went with the expectation of not being able to stay too long. But all the kids enjoyed themselves and wanted to stay out late! Heaven!

PapillionMom said...

My weekend: car seat check event, children playing outside in the hot humid weather, homework and groceries. Tonight will (hopefully) include the Nebraska Star Party out in the middle of nowhere, away from all lights of the city so we can marvel at the wonder that is our solar system.

Hutch & Meg said...

Visitors. Beach. Water Balloons. Kitchen Utensils as Beach Toys.

Michelle said...

Weekend: Slow times with close friends in their neck of the woods, new baby bump shopping, beach, prenatal yoga heaven, zoo with family, park BBQ, SLEEP.

Betsy said...

Our weekends are much like yours. Family, coffee, yard sales, sprinklers, and more family.

kparks said...

This weekend looks like us scurrying around to clean the house before we meet with our real estate agent and put our place on the market. Fingers crossed!!! All of this comes after coffee and a little blog reading, of course ;)

Shaina said...

First of all, I love that you used the word "badassery"!

And to answer your question...I hope our weekend looks like good sleep; watching Daddy and Daughter interact after a long week of work; block towers; homemade chocolate chip cookies; cold adult beverages; and watching my 2yr old learn something new.

DeeDee said...

Your style of writing so grabs my attention...makes me lean in and soak up every word you write! WONDERFUL! It's like I'm right there with you!

This weekend is MORE remodeling on our Clover House.....I love it, the work and the house!

HUGS! :)

Faith said...

I will be spending a lot of time with two very sweet 3 year olds. :) Those bed time photos just melted me.

Maria said...

Your posts always make me want to go to Florida and experience all those beautiful places you go to... however that's not my plan for the weekend. I'm borrowing my four year old nephew for the weekend and we're going to bake, find something to fix and probably vacuum the place... all of his favorite things ;)

Elizabeth said...

I love the sleeping baby photos! :)

I hope our weekend is full of a lot of laughter and family interaction. My husband just took the bar exam, so we've missed him!

Bonnie said...

My weekend looks like a sleepy baby waking up excited for all of the adventures that lay ahead. We may not be rich in the material sense but we savor every minute of our time together and find fun adventures every weekend :)

Lynn said...

We love our weekends. Daddy is home from a long work week, we swim, bbq & have no sense of time. This weekend is looking like a movie for my 3 year old - Winnie the Pooh...I can't wait! Have a great weekend!!

Allison said...

Love the word "badassery"!!

Sarah said...

Extra time in bed in the morning, yummy bonbons I just picked up from my new found British candy shop, cuddles with my little man who will be one in 2 weeks, and trying to calm myslef from that both happy and aching feeling that he is getting so big.

Julie said...

My weekend will start at the Farmer's Market but end at the beach tomorrow where we begin our week-long visit to Lake Michigan. Best part? Our 20 yo daughter will be able to join us for a couple of days!

The Stelly's said...

First of all...the song playing "At Last", it reminds me of my wedding! It was the song my bridesmaids walked down to and when I heard the song from the speakers in the brides room I got the butterflies... wonderful feeling and this song brings it all back.

Second... love the sleeping pics of the girls. PRECIOUS!

And lastly... my weekend:
Cuddles in the morning from my boy while we watch Baby Einstein... Saturday morning coffee and listening to CMT Music (my son is into Country ;)... A Saturday outing of some sort with my Mom, sister and my two nephews ... Saturday night dinner, something on the grill...drinks in hand. Little man playing. And our typical Sunday Funday... which really means doing nothing but just being with Family. AH I love Summer and I love weekends.

angela said...

I love seeing Nella's little teething necklace in photos, it just makes her look like such a well-accessorized little person :)

The weekend...running, my aunt's for a party with the California cousins, feeding ducks, snuggling, writing, more running, waffles tinted pink.

Jamie Willow said...

My weekend will involve adjusting to not being on the zofran pump anymore...hanging with my 2 yr old son...maybe finding a deal at a consignment sale...we will see!

Adriana Iris said...

My weekend is Birthdays, music, photos, sleeping,swimming and eating loads of grilled fruits and veggies.

Katie said...

I love your pictures for your ability to capture the every day :) The pictures of the girls sleeping are too cute, Nella sure does stretch out!

Katie said...

Hoping this weekend is full of daddy/son time for my husband and two year old. Daddy works very long hours and toddlers don't understand why they don't get to see Daddy until Saturday. The weekends are very sacred around here. Love the Christmas Eve analogy! Also hope the weekend holds some yoga time for me and a few good meals around the table with family.

Thank you for your words and images!

Brooke said...

It's the weekend! Yea! Mine will consist of: baking, a birthday with lots of giggling, splasing girls,sleeping in on Sunday, hopefully a nap and some lazy time.

Lisa said...

Kelle, Always love your posts, and laughed at your return trip description. It brought back memories of adventures and misadventures with my son (now grown).

The weekend? Gardening, running with Hubby, a little grillin', a little shopping and tea w/ something baked!

That last photo of Nella is a heart-stopper!

MommaHales said...

I hoping our weekend is filled with family fun at the pool, more photoshop editing practice, and maybe finally figuring out how to make my camera focus on what I want it to focus on! I'm also hoping next week is filling with my 6 month old still recognizing me after I dye my hair brown (the first time I haven't been a blonde in 28 years)! Your blog and your amazing photos inspire me! <3 Melissa

PS. LOVE LOVE LOVE my popina swimsuit which I purchase after your last post!

Angie Kroeker said...

This weekend I hope for a hair cut. It is desperate times here in the spce of my hair. If it turns out then the hair cut will lead to time with family as it is my sister-in-law who cuts it.

KP said...

Kelle- for quite some time now I have followed your blog, laughed and cried as I read your heartfelt words, and felt honored to be able to watch your girls grow. You continue to inspire me. Truly. Days when my energy is lacking, I look at your blog and see the potential of all that lies beneath and somehow I am capable of more. Looking at the pictures of your littles snuggling in bed this week, makes my heart happy. We are expecting our second baby in a few weeks, and I am simply tingling with excitement as I contemplate moments similar to these with my own children. This weekend we are painting our little princess's room and setting up her nursery, tailgating at a Brewers Game, and enjoying friends and family at a "deck party." I am promising myself to take more pictures and really soak in these last few weeks with my first born. <3

jenniwaka said...

My weekend is all about moving. I should be getting ready to go pick up the rental truck instead of reading/commenting, but...

LeighAnn said...

I am a teacher and I'm getting ready to go back to work on Monday, so I plan on spending the weekend squeezing every last bit of summer break with my precious girl...going back to work makes me appreciate the weekends even more.

Cailey said...

Unfortunately, my weekend is sweaty, stressful, and tiring. It's moving weekend for me, so it's also very nostalgia-filled. But come Monday, it will all be behind me and I can relax.

Leah said...

My weekend- started with yoga and a big cup of coffee so far...as for the rest? We are packing for a much needed vaca with my lovelies and choosing to decompress from life once we arrive!

Lisa said...

Our wkend~long drive.family reunion.long drive.Church.Quiet afternoon at home where everyone naps. The last one is what I'm hoping for!!

Love the sleeping pics and the fact that the girls look like the are holding hands~so very sweet! Happy wkend~

Lisa Coleman Boutilier said...

Oh I had a similar morning. My boy was perfectly well behaved and then we got home from market and a switch was flicked. I had a colicy baby and a boy who wouldn't listen...oh the joys....

The weekend is going to be great. Writing thank you notes, sending birth announcements, taking far to long to enjoy my morning coffee, a trip to ride miniature trains and, if we're lucky with weather, a trip to a water park on our holiday Monday.

Enjoy your weekend!

Bri @ Mod Memento said...

Our weekend will include pancakes at the diner, afternoon naps, bbq with dear friends, a Sunday morning sermon, and some splashing in the nearby riverbank! Just wish I could adopt more of that "no sense of time" mentality! Love your blog, Kelle.

Meghann said...

I have had those swimsuits bookmarked since the first time they were a sponsor!

Daina @ New York State of Mind said...

My weekend... fresh flowers on my desk, Union Square farmers market, chilled peaches, caprese salad, movies, and trying out a new recipe.

I really want one of those suits, love them all!

Kelly B said...

Taking the kids to the beach today. Not quickly enough, though, since Ryan has been up since 5 and asking when we're leaving at least three times an hour. We'll leave at lunch, I say. Is it lunchtime now, mom? Lindsey's 18 months old and this will only be her second trek to a beach. I'm excited at the possibilities!!

Tanya said...

Everytime I see pictures of FL, it makes me homesick. I was born in Ft. Myers and I miss it there. It's been too many years since I have visited!

beekay said...

tune up. last minute packing. Mass. long drive. all nighter. new home. forever!

dynajenn said...

That's it some serious entertainment. I love when kids are in their question forming stage of development, my favourite question: "What do you think (bears are scared of?)" Their answers keep me going dude.

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

My weekend looks like time chillin' with my family before I have to start back to school next week and they do the following week. Barbecue tonight with family!

You are a brave woman attempting to take that hike by yourself! :)

emmalemma said...

Love this post! I've had moments like your walk home, and although it's horrible in the moment, it feels good to get home safe and sound (even if you are a little sweaty). Good job, mama!

Our weekend usually involves some combination of kids in our bed, coffee, adventures in woods, pool, slip-n-slide, more coffee, friends, and lots of smiles. So happy to start my Saturday reading about you and your cutie pies. I'm new to your blog, but I already look forward to your new posts, and you inspire me to be a better mom! Thanks, xoxo!

Tristy said...

coffee filled, pajama mornings, freshly cut (and dyed hair), a day filled with extended family at the beach and a movie with my "biggies". The simpler things in life...ahhhh!

Lindsey said...

Our weekend is going to have a Mama's Day Out. Daddy and daughter get to hang out together all day today!

Heidi said...

Thank you for keeping it real and sharing the walk back! I hope our weekend holds long mornings with perfect coffee, an escape to the beach that built me, and listening to acoustic folk music at a concert performed by a very old friend.

Jessica said...

It's amazing how we can step up and take care of things when daddy's/husbands are away, it always makes me appreciate him that much more!!!


My weekend isn't going to be anything huge, we had plans to travel to Tampa for to visit MOSI with the cousins but my baby girl has a nasty tummy bug that set in yesterday and now my husband does as well. So I will be playing nurse and sanitizing everything all weekend and serving hot cups of soup and refilling Gatorade.

I'll love none the less though because we will be together.

Megan said...

Favorite picture? Where the are both sleeping, and Nella's little hand is on Lainey's. So sweet.

Stunningly Sweet said...

Ahh,shower me Popina PLEASE! After having 2 babies back to back my body could use a little perk! I've got a swimsuit bookmarked and a jar of loose change collected for my Popina fund, but at this rate it'll take me a couple years to save up - I've been wearing old shorts and t's over my bikini when I take my daughter to parent-tot swimming! Sexy, I know!

This weekend blowing bubbles, stir fry on the grill, butterfly kisses, and yucca with old college friends - check it out ... tastes like lemonade with a little zest!
(We use the largest pickle jar we can find instead of tupperware)
http://www.barnonedrinks.com/drinks/y/yucca-5574.html

Tish said...

Love your blog! I sincerely hope that my weekend will be filled with quiet moments with my family. My guess is it will be filled with house cleaning and chaos as usual!

Kellie Schenk said...

Hi Kelle,
This is my first comment! My name is Kellie too, but spelled with an "ie". I chuckle sometimes b/c lately when I got to type my name I type it 'Kelle'...getting to be more of a habit typing your name to find your blog than it is to type my own name correctly!
Love you blog, it has inspired me in so many ways, most importantly to be a better mommy to my Bennett & Ella, but also to begin my own blog...a sort of love letter to my kids where I will try to document life outside the pages of their baby books. Thanks for the inspiration!

Farmgirl Paints said...

you are just too hip. love your style girlfriend;)

Shannon said...

I'm hoping for quiet talking in bed, blue skies, walks in the park, and no stress. All I want is love this weekend...my hubby leaves for his 5th deployment (Iraq this time) next week and I am just wanting to be in love this weekend...in love with him, and my daughters.

Leah said...

My weekend is being spent 3.5hrs away from home, visiting family and attending my baby nephew's baptism, whoot! I hope my children (3.5, almost 2, and 3 months) will stay quiet in the church! :)

lisa said...

Love the popping suits!

Our weekend will be full of grocery shopping, having our washing machine fixed and hopefully some swimming!

Kat said...

I have a thing for red with white spots and I really want one of those swimsuits for when summer arrives back here in Australia!
Weekend:a sleep in, lazy mornings in pj's, special time with the kids, hot chocolates, music, a family walk, butter chicken, reading a mag, chats with my hubby, not having to make school lunches!!

B&S said...

I'm from Minnesota, but get to spend the weekend in Boston with my 21 year old daughter. We'll be doing a brewery tour, walking the Freedom Trail, taking the ferry to Salem and just enjoying the city and catching up.

Rhonda said...

My weekend will be filled with rain clouds and grey skies today, but with every ying comes a yang. After spending weeks outside in the hot sun, today alas is a cleaning day :) But tomorrow will be spent in the sun on a boat with family. Love the weekends.

Kat said...

What I really want and forgot to add is to be able to just RELAX and slow down on the weekends. That never happens with 4 children aged from 2 to 9!!

Jennifer said...

Our weekend will be full of resting. I spent yesterday getting the blood sucked out of me so today ... will be spent resting. With any lucky, I'll be watching my husband paint our bathroom a beautiful shade of beach aqua. :)

Anne said...

Because I've never left a comment before: a solo trip to Target!

Life As Wife said...

The smells of sunscreen, chlorine and fresh air are on our agenda!

Jen said...

I love the week phone dump of pictures! My weekend FINALLY looks fun. Time with family and friends!

LifeStylePhotog said...

Oh you hit it when you said Christmas eve of weekends!! Thats how our fridays are too. sometimes I get myself so excited that I end up disappointed by sat night. haha. but mostly not.

this weekend... my very big girl has her 6th birthday pool party. 6! so I will suck every ounce of 5 out of her while I can.. while meeting 6 yr old her. sunday... I hope for a lazy "we are not leaving the house" day. eating party leftovers.. cake for breakfast!... movies... coffee... puppy and kid cuddling.

Elizabeth said...

I hope our weekend is full of love. Celebrating a wedding in the same place we were married last summer with a group of friends we couldn't be closer to. My husband is one of a group of three best friends... the first got married two years ago in the middle of nowhere Ohio, we followed suit the year after, and this wedding is guy number 3. It'll be pretty special :-)

Heather said...

ahhh...so true. The promise of a weekend so perfect begins sometimes as soon as Monday for me! This weekend would be perfect if I could clean my house, lounge at the beach and read a book, and come home to cook my sweetheart of a husband a gourmet meal! Reading your blog inspires me to have the weekend of my hopes and dreams!

Amanda said...

Our weekend will combine one blissful last day of vacation and tomorrow the bittersweet return home. Today I will make myself put off packing to enjoy this day with my family. Tomorrow I'll be sure to rise early, clean, pack, and cry a few tears before loading up and heading back to the real world.

Sasha said...

As I am working this weekend, as a pediatric nurse, I am hoping for a nice, safe weekend of healing my patients and sending them home. The few hours I have to my self in the evening, also known as "my morning" I hope to spend with my boyfriend and enjoying my coffee and a meal or two.

Emily Hale said...

Farmers market; tennis with my sisters and my dad; a friend's wedding; and a friend visiting from the Cayman Islands.

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