Every morning I have thought I should post something (other than Cooper acting crazy on video), and then the day is gone and I’ve not updated our blog again. The past few weeks have flown by in a blur of sunny days, fun with Coops, preparation for him to begin his summer school in a few short weeks, time with family and friends and yard work.
Usually over Memorial weekend we spend the three days at my parent’s cabin. Unfortunately, being in northern Minnesota, the weather is usually cold and windy, and the usual 3 hour drive turns into sometimes 5 or 6 hours due to the traffic from the city with everyone rushing to get to their vacation spots. This year we decided to skip it and stay home to work around the yard, get ourselves steadied for the busy summer we are anticipating, and spend some quiet family time.
My parents and my sister went up, though, and of course they had some weather that was so beautiful that it resulted in a nice sunburn for my sis. Of course. Oh well…we got a ton accomplished.
We enjoyed some gorgeous outdoor dining at some of our favorite resstaurants as they opened their patios for the summer season. Doug and Coops did some lawn work.
I took on a front yard project of starting my own perennial garden. I usually plant some flower planters that sit by the front door and around the back deck, but D.Jones has a new aversion to purchasing flowers that only last one season, so in response….to prove to him that I do listen to his weird eccentricities, I created a perennial garden. Now, I have attempted some basic landscaping and other various projects in the past, and though I finish them, they are not always the result I desire. This one isn’t perfect, but I’m happy with it. In fact, I’m pretty proud of it and I can’t wait for everything to start blooming!
It did, unfortunately, take me all of 2 1/2 days, 2 smashed fingers, lots of repetitive trips to a local garden center, and some swearing…but it’s done and I love it.
Doug’s cousin and his wife were in town from Madison over the weekend for a wedding, so Sunday morning we were able to meet them at Pracna’s on Main downtown on the river for a waterfront brunch. I had my first bloody mary of the summer, and then took Cooper for a walk along the river so the group could catch up without all of his truck noises as a backdrop for their conversation. A few other wedding goers had joined us and I thought they’d like some quiet time. Plus, the river walk along Riverplace is one of my favorite areas and I was excited to go for a walk with Buddha. We had so much fun that we were gone for a long time and by the time we returned, D.Jones was a little concerned. We walked out on bridges, talked about paddleboats, saw some great views of the city skyline from the far side of the river, visited the pavillion that was the start of last summer’s 5k that I participated in, and then found a stage that looks over the river that Cooper loved because he was “higher than the trees!”
Afterwards, Doug’s cousin Mike returned to our house while Joanna hung with her family and got ready for the wedding. I put Doug and Mike to work replacing our storm windows with screens. Perfect!
This week I have tried to jam in some fun stuff for Cooper and I. Each day I feel like I am counting down to his first day of summer school and I already miss him. Plus, I know that once his school starts, I will be not only attending class myself and needing to study, but I will be putting in my volunteer hours at the Bridge…all which will take away from our time together. It’s a sad but exciting turning point for us.
So, this week we went to the zoo, we have put in many hours of play time in the backyard, we have gone on many walks, and shared some popsicles on the front steps. I have so much fun just being around this child. Two years ago, or even one year ago, I didn’t realize it would be like this. Don’t get me wrong…I loved being around my child, but he was still in a place where he couldn’t do much for himself. I spent lots of time marveling at how fast he was learning things and how cute he was, but he wasn’t exactly great company. Now, he makes me laugh all of the time, we have actual conversations, make up games, and get completely crazy together. He is more than I ever imagined…
Amidst all of this fun, I am also trying to complete some final paperwork for his Fall preschool entrance. Some of which includes not only driving all the way to his Ped’s office to get some forms filled out, but also bringing it to a notary public. Seriously!? Do that many folks lie about the health of their child and the immunization record? I mean really. I called them because Cooper’s Pediatrician first gave me a printout directly from his files and said that should be good enough, but no. They need him to fill something out, sign it, and then have me sign it in front of a notary public. Good Lord people. So, I’ll be running more needless errands next week…but I won’t complain too much because it’s the program we really wanted for him, so a few hoops will be alright I suppose.
Lastly, I’ve also been taking bids on the removal of a huge spruce tree that sits right off of the front of our house. All I’ve got to say about that is:
A. I can’t wait for it to be gone
B. Tree people are insane
C. D.Jones shows a preference for tree guys who have tats of playing cards on their throats
D. I can’t wait for that damn thing to be gone, so it’s all worth it
It’s been a crazy ride meeting with these guys and choosing one. Boy oh boy are they interesting people. Whoa.
Tonight Papa Jones is coming to visit and bringing with him a gift for Cooper, which is a yard-sized digger. I mean, it’s crazy big. I won’t be around much for the visit though because tonight I am attending my niece’s birthday party downtown with my parents, tomorrow I have a full day of training at the Bridge for Youth, and Sunday I need to write my first paper for class.
If someone could please just press ‘pause’ for me once in a while so I can spend a few fun, sunshiney moments with my boys, I’d appreciate it….