weekending. my favorite part of the week. a time to relax, live, love, just be. if you’d like to share your weekend either with words, photographs, or both, leave a link to your weekend post or flickr photo in the comments.

this weekend was cool and sunny after a grey, wet week
i braved the fruit stand with all five kids in tow and survived
in fact, i celebrated by buying a fancy dessert to eat that night after the kids were in bed
then i applauded myself for my forward thinking and
*ahem* rewarded myself with a cappuccino
which really was just the fuel i needed to make it to the library with all five kids
there was pizza (delivery) and raging bull
this morning was bagels and coffee
the laundry is going
the kids are playing outside so
i’m putting the baby in the wrap and putting on a big pot of soup
baking up some brownies, the dark and gooey kind
and at some point the mr. will take the kids for a walk and
i’ll be in my house by myself and most likely
i will not dust, sweep, nor fold clothes
i will just sit and revel in the silence
awaiting those pink cheeks to barrel through the door and
breathlessly recount every detail of their walk

how was your weekend?

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  • Do people ever make comments to you about having 5 children? I use to get the weirds things said to me when we were all out as a group.
    Your brownies sound so good. I made chocolate chip bars for my guy’s here. I have been off sugar and wheat for almost a month now and greatfully am feeling better.
    Enjoy your bit of silence and then the wonderful return you your loving family.ReplyCancel

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      YES!!! And if I had a dollar for every lame and predictable comment I’d be wealthy 😉 Walking into the fruit stand a lady said, “You’ve got your hands full!” I hear that one the most. And of course the Red Bean was standing right by me and mumbled under her breath, “Could you be a bit more original?” So if it’s bugging the 10yo, you know I’m getting it a lot!ReplyCancel

      • Bravo to the red bean for standing up for his mama. I am looking forward for Samy to do it too ;0)ReplyCancel

      • oh dear, i guess it gets dull. but i think that most people are simply trying to connect. i often consider ‘lame’ comments like that, and the weather, or one’s accent, etc, as simply another trying to connect with me.
        i saw a program here about women with 9+ kids (one had 15 and still wanted more), so 5 isn’t so bad. lolReplyCancel

      • The Red Bean cracks me up. I do hear “you have your hands full a lot”. My kids sometimes say that having four kids is a lot. I am sure they hear it too.ReplyCancel

  • For no reason in particular, this weekend has been really lovely. I think I officially have that new baby euphoria I always heard about but never had before!ReplyCancel

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      this makes me ridiculously happy for you annie!!!ReplyCancel

  • your weekend sounds great – a balance of the kids and downtime (lovely downtime and I am so glad you planned ahead too!). love the red bean; she is an intelligent astute young lady just like her mama! it warms my heart that your kids just get to be kids and express themselves however…ReplyCancel

  • I smiled at your recounting of the trip to the market. I can still remember the faces of people the first time I went to the store with my three little ones: shock, awe, admiration….and the comments. I used to mind now I just smile and keep going.
    Your weekend sounds lovely and kudos to your husband for making some quiet time for you.ReplyCancel

  • Those kind of trips do deserve rewards. Well done on the foresight. I think sometimes I spent the whole day dreaming of my after bedtime mama rewards.ReplyCancel

  • I didn’t realize you have 5! I think that’s awesome :) & I’m proud of you for braving it with all five by yourself. I don’t know their ages (aside from the oldest is 10 it seems, which must provide some help). Our oldest isn’t quite six. We have four. So yes, I understand those looks & comments … but don’tcha love it even more when you venture out & get to be like, ‘haha! yes I CAN do this with all of my kids in tow!’ 😉 heehee Happy Sunday!ReplyCancel

    • Yes you know there is a special kind of pride, and I know this part is shallow, but it’s also fun when my brood of four are routinely the best-behaved. Sometimes I think folks believe if you have many children, they will be wild and uncared for.ReplyCancel

      • admin

        so true angela! and yes, my 5 are usually well behaved which makes me proud of them.ReplyCancel

    • admin

      yes, yes, yes! and let’s see…10yo, almost 9yo, 7yo, 3yo, and 5 week old.ReplyCancel

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  • Pamela

    I think you have inspired me to make brownies.
    Thanks. I needed that!ReplyCancel

    • admin

      chocolate has never disappointed. ever.ReplyCancel

  • Well I have to say, when I see a mama around here out and about with all of her kiddos, I look on in amazement. I think it’s a magical, wondrous thing you must know how to do – to get everyone out the door. Here I am with one, and it feels like such an ordeal at times to get her in the car seat.

    Good for you for thinking to get yourself a treat. Treats make a mama’s world go round, I say.

    We’ve spent most to the weekend outside. The weather has been gorgeous. http://livefree.typepad.com/living_free/2012/01/weekend-spent-outdoors.htmlReplyCancel

  • Your weekend sounds divine ~ a nice mix of family, getting out, and some quiet. Mine was much the same. Except right now, I’m laying in bed with my 10 year old who has a tummy ache. Quiet & relaxing.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda, your weekend sounds wonderful. I love your forethought for the evening treat, well done! So happy for you to be able to sit quietly.

    Here is a little of my weekend;


    Love Katie xxxReplyCancel

  • downtime!! yahoo!!! enjoy! (along with all those goodies and the cappaccino~yum)
    it was cookie-time at my house.ReplyCancel

  • Your weekend sounds lovely! Yay for outings with all children at your side, I get the hands full comment a lot with my three, and am anticipating it even more when this fourth one arrives..I just try and take it in stride.

    I had a few quiet moments here myself this weekend…though i did spend them picking up and sweeping :) But I am in serious nesting mode, but I relished in the quiet stillness of the house.

    And dark and gooey brownies sounds devine!!ReplyCancel

  • I can imagine you soaking in the silence. I did that when our son left last weekend to his campus. It always takes me a full week to adjust to whole house to empty house. My weekend was pretty good and fun!ReplyCancel

  • your words bring back such sweet memories of cheeks flushed with cold and smelling glad like wild air
    and the warm yumminess of having all my chicks safe and tucked near my reach
    under one cozy roof.
    thanks for painting such sweetness and light:)
    more and more joy to you and your lovies,

  • everythings sounds good especially the capuccino and the brownies.. hope you have a great week!ReplyCancel

  • I love taking the kids to the fruit stands and farmers market. They absolutely love seeing all the fresh food and farmers, so they are usually well behaved. We had a trip to library, too. I thought taking my 3 was brave, but all 5 – I think you deserve another cappuccino, or an extra brownie! 😉 Dark and gooey is the only way to eat one, imo.ReplyCancel

    • admin

      i can never stop at just one so it’s safe to assume i had an extra brownie or two 😉ReplyCancel

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  • What a delightful weekend, Amanda! Coffee reward yourself for a reward you were waiting for, umm, yes please! The brownies sound scrumptious… do you have a recipe to share?

    Our weekend was a hard one, but full of life as well… isn’t that how it should be?


  • the golden moments alone in our homes and how it all changes the moment “those pink cheeks barrel through the door.” brownies and soup sound perfect.
    i was reading your comments and i am reminded of something i read. when one mama had one child, she felt heavy as if her whole being and home revolved around this cherished one. it wasn’t until she had many more children she learned that motherhood can feel light with her children gliding around her. she writes that it is as if she moves through and around, never anchored by the weight of one. i have three children and this idea has never sounded truer, like i hold onto them like balloon strings, gazing up in wonder.

  • We spent the day out on Saturday, hunting treasures, building bridges. We hatched a plan for the whole family to take ballet, because he is a fencer and she’s a little girl, and I’ve always wanted to dance. And then we came home and rested together before Sunday, when there was an ox in the ditch and we both worked hard.

    This extended my weekend, offered just a little more rest than we had available to us. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Gooey brownies followed later by time alone sounds like the perfect combination.ReplyCancel

  • “I will just sit and revel in the silence.” Yes, how lovely this is. Sounds like a weekend full of awareness and peace, despite all the goings on. We had soup too, split pea with chicken sausage, one of our favorites…
    Wishing you a good week!


  • There’s nothing wrong with enjoying those moments of silence. I find myself doing the same thing in the rare moments that I’m alone. I feel like I should be “productive,” but all I want to do is just be.

    Hey, I reward myself whenever I get out of the house with just one trip, so surely your cappuccino was well-deserved! :)

    Our weekend: http://alifesustained.blogspot.com/2012/01/weekending_30.htmlReplyCancel

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  • Love this weekend. We do quite a lot of fancy dessert celebrations in lieu of going out.

    Ours: http://stitchandpurl.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/weekending-21/ReplyCancel

  • What a wonderful weekend. Good for you for planning to sit in the silence and enjoy it. We have to fill ourselves too. Can you share you brownie recipe?

    • admin

      i’ll dig it out of the drawer and get it to you!ReplyCancel

  • Sounds like a good weekend – especially the balance of alone time and togetherness. Do you have that gooey brownie recipe to share or do you (cheat) make the box kind (I like Ghiardelli’s version).ReplyCancel

    • admin

      can’t make boxed because we have the nacho and his tree nut allergy to contend with :( so homemade and i’ll dig the recipe out of the recipe drawer and post it soon!ReplyCancel

  • Such a lovely weekend. Love your self rewards :) Way to go mama!!!

    So happy to hear you had a few moments to yourself, I think you used them prefectly 😉ReplyCancel

  • I love that your weekend includes much coffee. makes me feel better;)ReplyCancel

  • your weekend sounds perfect and very balanced, with child and alone time.

  • Ahhh rewards – they make the parenting world go round…ReplyCancel

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