Weekend highlights: last swimming lesson, game night + handprint turkeys

Hi! How was your weekend? Ours was fun, productive and relaxing, so I’m feeling prepared to take on the last full week before the Thanksgiving holiday break. Woohoo!


Our Friday was low key, as usual. I hung out with Vera for the afternoon playing, coloring and being silly,


until Mike came home with takeout from Aladdin’s. Dinner, play, bath and bed for Vera followed, and then I curled up with my latest book, The Muse by Jesse Burton. I read her novel, The Miniaturist, awhile ago and loved it, so I was excited to find another book by her. The brief version of the description on Amazon is:

…a captivating and brilliantly realized story of two young women—a Caribbean immigrant in 1960s London, and a bohemian woman in 1930s Spain—and the powerful mystery that ties them together.

So far it’s interesting although my progress has been slow and steady.


I was up at 5:30 because I wanted to get in a little yoga…I ended up doing a short, workout-style of yoga that stretched me out but also got my heart rate up a little. It was a good way to start the day, even though Saturdays are normally rest days. Maybe after my easy week last week, I was craving an extra session? Anyway, Vera and Mike slept in until 7:30, so I had lots of time to work on Vera’s Christmas list after my workout. 🙂

Once they were up and everyone was fed, I cleaned the house in between playtime and sorted/stored more of Vera’s clothes. Then the two of us were off to her last swimming lesson of this session.


She’s like, mom, come on…I just want to go swim!

Even though the class was pretty laid-back, I am impressed with how much progress she made. When we started, Vera was a little apprehensive about the water in general. Actually, she hated bath time.  She would stand right up against the edge of the tub and wrap her arms around me while Mike scrubbed her clean. In and out as quickly as possible was the name of the game. I even tried getting in with her once and it just made her more upset.

At her first swimming lesson, she didn’t cry, but she would only be comfortable in the water on my lap or clinging to me tightly. She eased up during that first lesson, but wouldn’t stray from me. Now? She runs around in the shallow end, will wade up to her shoulders, let me lay her on her back against my chest, splashes and plays with the mini fountains, etc. She loves it. And she LOVES bath time. Now she only gets mad when it’s time to come out – although the doggie robe we got has sort of solved that because she gets excited to wear it.

After lunch, we prepped dinner and the house for our visitors…our friends Amy and Jay! They came over for dinner and playtime with Vera, and then we busted out some games after Vera went to bed. Mike made delicious roasted tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches and salad, and Amy made an apple oatmeal bar that was fantastic. We had a blast, although….I didn’t take any pictures 🙂


We eased into the day with a quiet Sunday morning, full of coloring –> it’s the latest obsession over here.


In addition to the usual request to draw Minnie and Elmo, I traced Vera’s hand to make a handprint turkey…and that became a much requested action as well. She even tried to do it herself, haha.


Eventually Vera went down for a nap and I headed out for a chilly 4-mile run. It felt great to be out in the fresh air even though it was cold at first!

After a scramble of packing up, showering, etc., we headed over to my in-laws’ house. As usual, Vera had a blast trying to keep up with her cousins – they are very good with her. It was a fun afternoon all around.

We got home in time for the dinner, bath and bed routine. After Vera was sound asleep, I did a little bedtime yoga stretch and got back to my book.

And that’s a wrap on the weekend!



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