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.

the weekend was most welcome
last week was a bit off
dealing with ailing grandparents
a possible stroke and the implications (dreadful)
these people that are still young and vibrant in my heart and memories are aging and
no amount of memories or love can fight the pull of time
they’ve had sixty-six magical years together
i’m still hoping for more
needless to say there were a lot of phone calls last week
there was worry and tears on my part and
memories and stories unearthed and recounted to my children
the mr. took off of work early friday and
joined us for a milk run followed by milkshakes
saturday morning the mr. took the boys for beignets and haircuts
it was time for the nacho to lose his little buster brown ‘do
time for him to have a real, big boy haircut
the mr. texted me images
i sobbed a bit, let my heart break before they returned home from their morning
the three of them sailed in the front door singing at the top of their lungs:

we are men, men, men, men, men
we are booger pickers and baby toe lickers
we are men, men, men, men, men

there are more verses but i’ll save you
admiring of the new haircuts on both boys with much laughter and tickling
the weather, fabulous
really, really fabulous so we soaked that up
at the park, riding scooters, a walk around the neighborhood
bubbles, bubbles, bubbles

also, he won’t let me photograph him without his cowboy hat
he’s cool like that
now that the hairs are cut, i look at him and see my dad
then i get all emotional and mushy on the inside
dinner was mexican, on a patio under ceiling fans with friends
margaritas, laughter, things feeling just right
and today, well today is for catching up
bacon and eggs and toast with fig preserves
painting the girls’ toenails
washing and hanging out diapers
and even elbow-deep in the picking up and preparing for the week ahead
my heart is full of love and thankfulness for these amazing people that i call family

how was your weekend?

ps: thanks to each and every single one of you that emailed/tweeted/texted/dm’d me to let me know my site was down! so glad to know so many of you “have my back” as it were.


The winner of the Bound For Home giveaway is Courtney of A Life Sustained — congrats Courtney! I hope you will love your sweet pouch! Email me your snail mail address and I’ll pass it along to Amanda.

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  • Oh I love that cowboy hat! Too darned cute. Don’t you love a new hair cut on the boy? I always miss my guys long locks, but it’s sweet just the same.
    Here’s our weekend post.

  • That’s one cute little cowboy!

    Sorry to hear about your grandparents. My thoughts and prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

  • Oh! That cowboy hat and grin! Too cute! That first “real” haircut is always a kicker. I hope your grandparents are better and you get to enjoy more time with them.ReplyCancel

  • I got choked up about your grandparents…..my gram was a major influence on my growing up and I loved her so. Your little guy is beyond adorable and cute….wait….handsome with his big boy cut! My son had very curly hair and he’s been wearing it kinda short at univ….I miss the curls a bit.ReplyCancel

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      yeah, i feel like (aside from my mr. and the kidlets of course) they’re my only family so this whole getting older thing is just *that* much harder.ReplyCancel

  • oh that boy in that hat… love it. i cried when my first boy got his first hair cut. my husband was cutting it and i was sitting on the floor of the bathroom crying. my boy walked in {18 mos old} and said, “don’t cry mama.” it was amazing and so sad at the same time. here’s my weekend… http://totrainupachildwithlove.blogspot.com/2012/04/weekending.htmlReplyCancel

  • your little guy looks awesomely cute!! i’m sorry about the bad news you got. i know how it feels! helps to hold our dear ones extra close!! hugs to you!ReplyCancel

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  • What a handsome little guy! I love the hat. Sending you prayers and love regarding the ill grandparents. What a difficult road, eh?


  • Big boy haircuts, sniff. Been there, done that. But he looks sooooo cute!

    Btw, I received my Twist & Twine giveaway package, so thanks again! LOVE the yarn.ReplyCancel

  • What a great looking young man with his hat and big boy hair cut! Love the smile too!
    I do hope your grandparents are well. 66 years of being together? That is amazing and wonderful!ReplyCancel

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      i know…66 years is a lifetime in and of itself.ReplyCancel

  • Howdy Pardner!
    What a cutie he is- Foghorn lurved his cowboy hat too.
    Wonderful to read how close you are to your grandparents- I hope all will be well with them. I was closer to my grandfather than my dad…so I know this all too well.
    I got your note and will send a little card to your friend- thank you again Amanda :)
    Have a great week.ReplyCancel

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      you are wonderful! thank you camilla :)ReplyCancel

  • you are so sweet and very sensitive, aren’t you.

    your boy is super duper cute. the cutest. they don’t come any cuter.

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      maybe? i dunno. well, let’s say i think i am. the mr. would probably disagree. he’ll also tell you i’m not romantic at all but i am. we just have two VERY different definitions of romantic 😉ReplyCancel

  • oh good I’m glad you are back! I was worried when you disappeared. and yes, that first haircut…
    ouch. I feel you.

    We finally had some sun this weekend, and my daughter helped my husband fix an extention cord.

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  • So much growing, ahh first big-boy hair cuts are heartbreaking.

    If only we all get 66 happy years with the one we love! (I hope I do).

    Here’s a glimpse at our weekend:

  • Such a cutie!!
    I hope your grandparents are well. It is such a blessing to have them around. My grandmother was my favorite person in the world!
    Margharitas are becoming my sunday staple ;o)ReplyCancel

  • sorry to hear about the grandparents. it is a very sad and trying time.

    bittersweet watching them grow, with haircut changes and such.


  • Of, what tough things to deal with, Amanda. So glad the weekend was able to offer you a bit of a respite. I’m glad your boy will only pose with the hat on. It’s adorable!

    I couldn’t believe my eyes when I got to the bottom of your post and saw that I won the giveaway for the pouch. Thank you so much!

    Our weekend: http://alifesustained.blogspot.com/2012/04/weekending_16.htmlReplyCancel

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      thank the random number generator!!! and amanda, ‘cos she’s awesome for offering up the sweet little pouch :)ReplyCancel

  • Manise

    On my, I welled up at the now grown up Nacho in his cowboy hat. I too held out on those haircuts esp with my last one. Thoughts and prayers being sent to your grandparents and to you. So sorry to hear about the stroke and it is so sad to see medical issues and illness cut them down like that. Hold on too those wonderful memories and fingers crossed there will be more. Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Glad you’re back up!

    Sending your family healthy, healing thoughts.ReplyCancel

  • So sorry to hear about your grandparents. I’m very close to my maternal grandparents (my first born was named after my Papa). My papa had a stroke 30 years ago. His movement is limited and his speech is impaired, but he still lives life to the fullest. It’s hard to watch them getting older. Makes you realize how precious our time is, and to enjoy every second of it. Hope they have a quick recovery.

    Big kid haircuts – sob!!

    Congrats Courtney!! Hope you enjoy your new pouch. :)ReplyCancel

  • Aww what a tough week you had. That’s the worse…seeing the people we love who are always young starting to fail. The hair cut is precious though!! He’s such a cute little man!! I’m so glad your site is back up!
    Here’s my weekend: http://www.thehabitofbeing.com/journal/?p=4955ReplyCancel

  • oh, my–it’s that circle of life thing again….the highs and the lows…….and all the laughs and memories and good times shared in between. sounds like a weekend of making memories (adorable cowboy-man…..love the song, really want to hear all the other verses!!!!) and reliving memories. Will be keeping you and your family in our heart and prayers.

  • Annnnd I didn’t mean to post your own post under my weekend!!! I meant HERE is my link to MY blog! :-) http://ihappyree.blogspot.com/2012/04/weekending_16.htmlReplyCancel

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  • Sorry to hear about your grandparents. It’s tough. My thoughts are with your family.

    Luckily the weekend gave you some joy too though.
    And glad you’re back up and running!

    Here is us: http://stitchandpurl.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/weekending-31/ReplyCancel

  • yes, when my sister first cut my nephew’s hair i was “shocked” to see how grown he suddenly looked. it made me a little emotional since it reminded me of how i’m missing out on so much being so far away from him. he’ll just keep growing and i can’t stop him :)
    my weekend was nice, we celebrated our friends’ anniversary.


  • We had margaritas with friends too–over pizza though. A really delicious white pizza with bacon and spinach. Yum! Sounds like a nice weekend! Sorry about the aging grandparents, I know what you mean though. Just a few weeks ago I saw my grandmother and took the kids to see her. She’s the last grandparent I have left.ReplyCancel

  • Even though you’re the one talking, I feel as though you are my therapist. You’ve inspired me to focus on the sweet little things that amount to a very happy life. My life is full of stress, mother’s guilt, blah blah blah, but it is also full of happy times too. I love your blog! Thanks for doing what you do.ReplyCancel

  • Such a sweet and grown up Nacho! Love the new haircut although I fully understand. Hope the next few weeks are good for you and your grandparents. That is a tough time. Very tough. And so glad to see your site up and running. I wondered what in the world happened.ReplyCancel

  • Oh, that boy and his hat (and his smile)… It’s killing me! What a cutie!

    So sorry to hear about the grandparents. Health scares like that really can knock everyday life off its axis… I am sending peaceful, healing thoughts and prayers for you and your family.ReplyCancel

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