Sunday, October 5, 2014

Time for us


7:50 AM - we take our kids to school. Then we stand in the schoolyard and watch hot-air balloons float past. It's the first day of Balloon Fiesta. We don't go; we just like to watch the balloons.


8:30 AM - coffee and a raspberry-filled beignet at Flying Star. Long, leisurely chat, three coffee refills and a lot of laughter (some guffaws).


9:45 AM - we hit up an antiques mall we've never visited before. It's huge, and awesome. We heart old things.


(A sweet little vintage crocheted hot-pad for me; I think I'll frame it to hang in the kitchen).


 11:30 AM - time to get some lunch for ourselves; standing in line for good burritos.


11:45 AM - we take our lunch to a little park that we keep driving past and saying we'll eat lunch in someday. That day has come.


 (Burritos and graffiti).


12:15 PM - there's an estate sale in a house right across the street from the park. Jackpot(s).


(Ancient photographic equipment is cool).


12:30 PM - we leave with a lot of lumber for the $5 they were asking...


and a funky old $2 necklace for me.


12:45 PM - Back to school to pick up these two and hang out while they eat lunch. Back home to play in the yard all afternoon in between loads of laundry (me) and fixing things (him).

Private Friday is my favorite. We have one every other week because of his work schedule and I look forward to it so much. It's time for us, to do things we like to do. We love to eat and we love to look around at old stuff. We bring home a lot less than we used to, but it's still fun. He's fun. Cute and fun. I love spending time with him. Always have and always will.

I took all of these photos with my phone. I didn't feel like carrying my DSLR that day, so I decided I'd just rely on my phone's camera. I liked the convenience of it, and I think I want to try using it more often. I have to be careful though; I accidentally put the camera on some kind of automatic picture-taking setting and it took nearly 150 photos of my legs and feet, and linoleum flooring and dusty-rose carpeting, as I walked around the estate sale with my phone held down at my side. So many photos! My flip-flops are cute but not that cute.

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36 comments:

  1. It looks like you had a lovely day. I think it's really important to have grown up time away from the kids, it can become all to easy to be so engrossed in being a parent that you forget that you're part of a couple too. I never use the camera on my phone, I don't even know how it works, so I've got a little pocket camera which easily fits in my bag for when I don't want to carry my DSLR around.

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  2. It sounds like a lovely morning. I like that kind of thing too, I can see why you look forward to it. I'm laughing about the 150 photos of your feet. Oops! The arrangement with your children looks really nice, being able to sit with them while they have their lunch. And how nice that their dad gets to join in sometimes too. These are such good moments. CJ xx

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  3. What a lovely morning, nice to have some time with your sweetie to catch up , laugh and do a few things together. Wow you have the most beautiful blue skies, your pictures are great. Warm fall days sure are lovely.

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  4. I have enjoyed reading about your Private Friday. It's so good to have days like this, isn't it? Since last month my husband has had days off during the week every week and it's been really great. I always look forward to these days and really enjoy them. We like old things too and we'd have enjoyed that antiques mall like you did. Your necklace is lovely! It took me awhile to get used to using my camera's phone but I use it all the time now...Hope you're having a good weekend. x

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  5. You still can wear flipflops :-) !
    That time has passed over here, today autumn kicked in... Chilly, a bit of rain, and the fireplace is working again in the evening (yay !).
    And I love that old flashbulb-holder-thingy (don't know the word in english for the thingy, oops sorry...)!

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  6. That sounds so good Jennifer, real quality time. Love those blue skies, sigh.

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  7. It's lovely having those days. You tend to forget about these when you've had kids, so it's great to get back into those routines. Love the idea of the balloon festival too. We only get those over us when they are about to descend on a field (much to the farmer's annoyance) :-) xx

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  8. Lovely times together....so good to have a chance to talk and laugh just the two of you. You packed such a lot into your morning too :) The photos with your phone look wonderful.
    Happy week ahead, Jennifer.
    Helen xox

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  9. How nice, to have some time together, just the two of you. I use the camera on my phone all the time as I don't have a DSLR camera (I would love to have one) and I do like the convenience of it.

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  10. I love reading about your time together. It's so nice to hear of people who like to spend time with their spouse, because so often we hear the opposite.
    We love old things and antique stores too!

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  11. Sounds like a perfect day Jennifer, love your little necklace, I have started to use my phone for taking photo's too because it's so much easier to transfer them to my laptop, my camera connection to the laptop doesn't work properly anymore. It does have some weird settings though I had to line up the arrows today before I could take the photo's it's never asked me to do that before. :)

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  12. What a lovely day and yes the mobile can take great pictures and had quite a giggle about those extra ones you got of your flip flops lol xoxo

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  13. That is so great that your husband can take every other friday to spend with you. You two are so smart to have together time to keep the romance alive. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  14. You two are so adorable, well your whole family is!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  15. What a happy day, full of colour and interest Jennifer. Love that you guys spend time together like that. We try to do it too.

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  16. Jennifer I really enjoyed this post. It's SO important to make time for the two of you. It's really easy to get wrapped up in parenting and forget each other. It's also great to see both of you having lunch with the kids. Your morning sounds like something my hubby and I would enjoy. I'm so glad to have you as a friend through this big world of blogging.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  17. Great to have quality time just for you two creating such beautiful memories.

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  18. So very lucky to have the time together, and great that you record it to look back on too. Have a great week xx

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  19. such a rich time together! it must have been so nice! it's one of the thing I miss a lot: our two children are still so young, and it's not so easy to have time just for me and him. but we need it so much!
    happy for you! ;-)

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  20. Such a lovely day together!! You had some great buys at the estate sale and the antiques centre, love the pot holder, it will be a lovely addition to your kitchen display! xx

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  21. Such a sweet post, and I love to hear how you enjoy time with your husband. Mr. M and I sometimes wonder how old we really are, as we have way too much fun together. Chipotle is good too. Carnitas fajitas burrito for me, please.

    You're still wearing flip-flops ... just a tiny bit of envy flowing here in chilly Wisconsin. :D

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  22. You are very wise to invest in your relationship like this, Jennifer. It would be so easy to fill that every other Friday up with the demands of life. You are focussing on the thing that is the most important - each other.

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  23. I think it's so important to have regular dates with your spouse, especially when you have little kids. Brian and I still (mostly) have Friday night date night.

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  24. My husband is off roughly every other Friday and I'm off every Friday. It's great to be able to go for coffee, do a bit of shopping or whatever we fancy. It's important to spend time together.

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  25. I agree it is nice to keep some time for each other. Since John retired we make a point to have a day out together each week, be it lunch, a browse round the garden centre or a walk by the beach. Life gets so busy at times. In fact he now says that after fifty years commuting and working in the City, he doesn't know how he had the time to go to work! Enjoy. P x

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  26. Beignets? And burritos in the park?? I want to come! The best burritos I ever ate were in San Diego but those look good too. It sounds like you needed that time together. And your phone takes really good photos. x

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  27. Beautiful photos even with a phone camera. You're making me really miss those Flying Stars.

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  28. Sounds like a wonderful day .Well done to both of you for doing this, we can all too often forget to make time to reconnect and remember why we fell in love in the first place.

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  29. This sort of time is so good and so easily squeezed out of life. Glad you had your day!

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  30. What a lovely morning you had I'm very envious! That made me laugh about the photos though!

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  31. What a lovely day. I've missed reading your blog entries. :) I have so much to catch up on. Oh and I love your new necklace. - Very pretty!

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  32. Hi, I love your private Friday and that you are still in love with your other half, sometimes it seems unfashionable to be like that. I have spent ages looking at the photo of the antique barn and am coveting the wooden cabinet with little drawers. Unfortunately it's a bit far from Yorkshire to come to make a purchase!

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  33. I think it is so wonderful that you and your hubby take this private-personal time. So often, married couples with children get into a rat race & are often like ships passing in the night. They not only lose that connection with each other, but I believe that it then filters down to the children.

    Had to laugh about the camera-thing. I haven't done that with my iPhone camera, but have with my DSLR. I think it is Action Mode, which is great if you are taking pics of kids' sporting events or of them just running around being crazy!

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  34. Lovely post. My husband and I had a day like this today. It will be the first of many I hope now the littles are in school together for a reasonable period of time. We really enjoyed the freedom and the chance to be just us for a little while. Bee xx

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  35. what a lovely thing to be able to do together, so often we don't give time to our relationships as we spend all our time working and caring for the children, but it is so important x

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  36. Such a lovely post. We snatched a quick lunch together today (without the girls!!) and it's so nice to just chat away together without distractions.

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