I played with the small Bears' Lite-Brite this weekend, while drinking a bottle of hard cider. Yes, it's a wild and crazy life for me. Really, though, I enjoyed it a lot! Today's Lite-Brite toy is completely different from the one I had as a child, but mostly in really good ways. You can't burn yourself, for one thing. And four children could work on it at the same time, because it's a square, whereas mine was wedge-shaped with only one screen. Given the way my two squabble over it when they work on it at the same time, I have trouble picturing four kids doing this in harmony but I like the idea. On Sunday morning, the small Bears seemed slightly annoyed with my temerity, but I did reuse an old sheet which had already been punctured by pegs. Hey, Mommy likes to play too.
On Saturday, we ate lunch at a brew pub. We love to eat there; the food is good and the beer selection is excellent, though only the Bear imbibed (I drove). We ate on the outdoor patio this time, under a big umbrella, since the weather was perfect. This was my lunch - a club sandwich (turkey, ham, bacon, cheese) on toast with lettuce and tomato and fresh guacamole on the side. Oh, so good. I took half the sandwich home with me and ate it for lunch on Sunday. I ate all the fries then and there because who takes home fries? They're too good not to eat right away.
Swimming towels and bathing suits on the clothesline! Hard to believe it's that time already. The little boy next door invited my small Bears to play on his Slip 'N Slide on Saturday afternoon. It was nice out but not terribly hot, maybe 80 degrees. They had a great time, though; everyone got slathered up with sunscreen and they were excited to dig out their swimsuits. The GB's little suit is new, I bought it on clearance last year and put it away for her to grow into; the LB is growing more slowly these days and is wearing his suit for the third year in a row. They made me laugh when they put them on; each came out of their respective bedroom doing a different type of modeling walk to show off their beach bods. They are silly little people who make me very happy.
It doesn't get much better than quiet time alone with a juicy book and some chocolate. During the week, I enjoyed this experience while both children were in school. I relaxed on my bed, reading and eating chocolate. This is far more luxurious chocolate than I would usually eat; it was Valrhona Le Lait 29% Cacao - in other words, very light milk chocolate. I like dark chocolate, but I really love milk chocolate. Cadbury's Dairy Milk is just fine, but I enjoyed this special treat very much. The book is Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock & Roll, a memoir written by the sisters who front the rock band Heart, one of my favorite groups. I'm loving the book; they are really interesting women and I'm an avid reader of memoir and autobiography, especially about lives very different from my own.
Those towels and bathing suits are the real deal - summer is so close now! The small Bears will be done with school by May 22. This past weekend was the mass registration for swimming lessons at all the city pools; I have signed them up for two sessions, each running for two weeks, at our local pool, which is just up the road from us. I chose sessions which are not consecutive, to spread it out over the summer. Both will have musical performances and picnic or potluck lunches with their classes in the last few days; there has been much rehearsal singing going on around here! We're really in the wind-down time now. All the teacher gifts are done; I'll share them soon!
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