reflections on the weekend

With my youngest 2 boys on a scout camp out Friday night, Geo and I had a day and a half together, just the 2 of us.  I got up early to get the kids out the door by 7 am (school holiday), and then went running for half an hour.  I saw my breath as I jogged around my little neighbor a couple of times, and realized Fall was really here now, with it's crisp morning air and crunching leaves under my feet.  Back home to get some paperwork sorted through for school, and then some errands.

I had spent the past couple of days putting together a box for my missionary son in Mexico, and I wanted to be sure and get it sent out Friday.  3-5 day delivery.  Pretty good.  So as Geo made his way out the door to BYU for a lunch meeting,  I loaded up the box and paid 33 bucks to send a pair of pants, a sweater, some Starbursts, and chocolate chip cookies to Monterrey, Mexico for my red-headed son, whom I miss incredibly.

Back home- I cleaned out the car and got it ready to drive down to the credit union for a refi.  Unknown to us, there was a cash gift for anyone refinancing a car or home, so we not only walked away with a much better deal on our monthly car payments, but we also walked away with a couple hundred dollars.  A night out on the town seemed in order, no?

To the mall where I bought a winter coat and some jeans (skinny ones... heehee), and Geo got himself a cool new watch with a fat black leather band.  Some sushi for dinner.  And we never even felt the pinch, using our windfall money.  Bonus.  It was fun to stroll around and shop for real, without having to call home to check on the kids.

At home we curled up in sleeping bags in the living room and watched "The Philadelphia Story", because I was having a total Hepburn, Grant, Stewart craving.  So much fun to watch the banter between all three characters.  They were such pros at that kind of acting.  We laughed a lot.

Saturday morning I went to visit my bleachers at the high school across the street (yes, I consider them mine now), and then Geo played football with the young husbands and dads in the ward.  It was fun to see him hold his own with those youngsters.  He had a good time, and we both felt revitalized and good after some great exercise.  It is so cool to experience the connection between body and spirit.  I love that about exercising.

The boys arrived back home around 5 pm, just before G and I were heading out to have dinner with  high school friend of G's that he hadn't seen in 27 years.  Wow, we are old.  But it was a great night, and a wonderful way to end a good day and a half.  We needed some time together, just the 2 of us.  And now it is back to the grindstone until we can find another secret weekend.


Kim | October 17, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Oh how much fun! You can't beat free money! I can relate because I am missing my missionary son terribly.

Glad you feel rejuvinated. :)

Anonymous | October 17, 2010 at 7:38 PM

You can't beat a surprising windfall of money, a weekend with your lovey, good movies, good feelings (exercise), and happy endings. =] I bet your Mish will LOVE his care-package! *hugs* Hope you get more days full of happy!

Jenny P. | October 17, 2010 at 8:54 PM

This is the kind of post I needed to read tonight... I needed to be reminded that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that soon, probably sooner than I can ever imagine, all these little people that made me late for church today because they used their ties to tie each other to the bunk beds instead of getting dressed, and that dropped one of my favorite bowls on the floor, shattering it to pieces and that keep wearing clothes that I keep having to wash will eventually grow up and become a little more self sufficient and I will have a little bit more time of my own.

I love this work that I am doing now. And I will keep smiling as I do it. But I will also smile knowing that it doesn't last forever.

Connie | October 17, 2010 at 9:59 PM

What a nice weekend! You know how to party with that extra money. Can't wait to see you in those skinny jeans, you skinny thang ya!
My weekend was quite different than yours...bottles, hair bows, car seats, mac and cheese and lots of wet kisses...not from Andy.

LisAway | October 18, 2010 at 12:31 AM

Quality time together (alone) is priceless, but the extra money doesn't hurt either! Fun!

charrette | October 18, 2010 at 12:35 AM

Oh, every couple needs a day and a half like that! Yours sounds ideal. Windfall or Godsend? It's all in how you look at it.

CiCi | October 18, 2010 at 7:32 AM

Curling up in sleeping bags watching a movie and laughing and sharing the experience is my idea of a great time. Your care package to your son in Mexico is so sweet.

Barbaloot | October 18, 2010 at 7:56 AM

What a great weekend. I'm a little jealous about this skinny jeanS:)

Lesa | October 18, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Sounds like a perfect day and a half! I love when things work out like that.

Becca | October 18, 2010 at 9:17 AM

"C.K. Dexter Haven! Oh, C.K. Dexter Haven!"

"This is the voice of doom. Your days are numbered to the seventh son of the seventh son."

"Uncle Willy is a pincher."

Do you think I love that movie? Good choice.

Valerie | October 18, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Sounds like the perfect weekend!

Charlotte | October 18, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Your weekend sounds lovely! Want to trade next week? Especially if you bring unexpected money for me to spend.

Lara Neves | October 18, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Sounds pretty wonderful! Nothing better than spending time together (with unexpected fundage, no less!)

wendy | October 18, 2010 at 7:39 PM

I remember sending packages to my sons while on their missions....and most always the PRICE to send them cost more then what was inside. Sheeeeesh.

sounds like a great weekend with the hubby.
and how fun to have splurge money!!!

mermaid gallery | October 19, 2010 at 9:02 AM

What a fabulous weekend...sometimes everything just meshes perfectly with a little windfall to really punch it up...good for deserve all good things!.....

amber_mtmc | October 19, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Secret weekends with husbands are awesome. Oy, you just reminded me that I need to write my brother who is currently residing in Peru.

The Crash Test Dummy | October 20, 2010 at 12:03 AM

It is so cozy to hear about your life. Just want to hug you.

Thank you for always being there for me, girlfriend. I lub ya!

* | October 20, 2010 at 12:23 AM

Skinny jeans, love 'em already!

And missionary packages, those rank in the top 5 things most important in my life, even though, once my mom sent me a bar of soap and a baggie of homemade chocolate chip cookies in the same box. I still ate every cookie crumb, even though they tasted like roses.

Melanie Jacobson | October 20, 2010 at 12:24 AM

This sounds perfectly lovely.

Rachel Cotterill | October 21, 2010 at 2:37 PM

That sounds like a great weekend together - very relaxed :)

The Motherboard | October 22, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Skinny Jeans? You are a ROCK STAR!

ps: I heart your playlist!

Ca88andra | October 23, 2010 at 2:46 AM

Sounds like you had a fantastic time and great news about the windfall! Yay to times like that!

Mrs4444 | October 28, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Sounds like a perfect weekend :)

I keep hearing about people refinancing, and I'm seriously thinking about it. Not sure if it's worth it, though, if we plan to move in a couple of years. Decisions...decisions...