Weekdays: Scarsdale, NY
Weekends: Litchfield County, CT
Family: Dan, sons Nash, 3.5 and Carter, 23 months
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My older son Nash usually wakes up first and I hear the same thing every morning: “Moooommmy come and get me I’m awaaa—-aake.” I don’t budge.
That usually wakes up baby C, and then Dan goes into their room and is greeted with mild wrong-parent-disappointment that quickly dissipates upon the promise of some outlandish but spectacular breakfast.
Dan and the boys are on the couch watching SportsCenter. Every dish in the kitchen has been used for breakfast. Every food product we have has been used for breakfast. The kitchen is a modern art exhibit of toppled furniture, yogurt graffiti, dish statues, and half-had beverages.
I come downstairs well-rested and excited for the day. I give the boys kisses (which they half acknowledge amidst the sports highlights). I hi-five Dan for letting me sleep in and set about rebuilding the kitchen over some coffee and music.
I realize that both kids are covered in remnants of breakfast so we decide swimming is the easiest way to tire them out and clean them off.
They are out of the water and taking out the soccer goal to play some “Sock.” We have spent a lot of time and money on toys to keep them engaged but NOTHING has been better than a $40 pop up soccer goal.
We take them into town for some lunch. I love a sandwich shop lunch with kids because it’s low key and it doesn’t matter if they aren’t perfectly behaved. My boys split a wrap with chicken, avocado and honey mustard and two fresh juices.
There is an amazing local chocolate shop that makes everything you can imagine for kids. The glass case is covered in little fingerprints. Nash orders a dark chocolate screwdriver (they have a whole toolbox selection) and C wants the same. By the time we get back to the house, it’s melted all over them and they are asking if we can go back and get more.
The DOUBLE nap!!!! Dan and I lay out and read for 2 hours of peaceful heaven.
Grandparents offer to get the kids from their nap, so we go for a quick run and workout. Even when I am exhausted I always feel so much better afterwards. We make smoothies as a snack. This is one of their favorites:
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- Ice (optional)
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 2 tablespoons wheat germ
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
*Makes about 12 ounces, which could serve two little ones
We are back on the dock with both boys in Puddle Jumper Delux swimmies. We take them out on the stand-up paddleboard or in a canoe.
Dan takes out the fishing rod. If they catch something, they look at it and let it go. Nash thinks it’s the same fish every time — he calls him “BOBO” (who is a bass).
We make pizzas outside in a little outdoor wood oven and the boys help put on the cheese and sauce. They love baking and cooking.
After dinner they get a bath and put on pjs. Carter calls all of the pjs “yucky” and “gross” and only wants to wear something with a truck on it.
Then I let them pick out as many books as they want, and we read them all. They are finally tired. Dan and I divide and conquer and put them to bed. I have yet to stay awake while doing this.
Dan wakes me up and we go downstairs for dinner and drinks. Usually a cold rose for me and a martini for D. These weekends with them are the most fun and exhausting days I have ever had. Working full time makes the weekends very precious so I try to really soak up the chaos.Less