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 started with red wine and pizza and this
all good things on their own but when combined, well
there was greatness and laughter and singing along
then kidlets in bed and there was sherlock and knitting while the mr. played draw something
i went to change the little bit’s diaper before bed and heard what sounded like bouncing
walking down the hall toward the living room, i see the mr., iphone in hand, singing and dancing to this
and i mean dancing as in full on 80s dancing, arms going side to side
he tells me it was hugely popular, the kids in the bars would go wild when it came on
i just chuckle a bit because i was still in middle school
sporting braces and a bad perm* my mom foisted on me
and he was in bars, dancing – crazy

saturday morning my wee lass woke up early, as in with the sun early so
i made coffee and caught up on emails in the silence
the mr. took the kidlets across the street to the park after breakfast
i could hear them, their laughter and squeals carried on the breeze through my windows
and i just puttered around
couldn’t commit to doing any one thing
emailing with a kindred spirit**
a little straightening (stacks of books are beginning to grow too tall, too crooked)
listening to this and this, a little dancing with baby on the hip
drool on the shoulder (classy!)
hearing my dad’s voice in my head as i replay a few tall tales he recently relayed,
smiling to myself when i think of his craziness
and then, the cacophony of four little people and one big one
crashing through the door, hungry, and sweaty
apparently there was a birthday party at the park
elmo was there and he tried to shake hands with the nacho
the nacho growled at him, yes, yes, he growled
i kinda love that
we herded them off to a local mexican joint with a patio for a late lunch
tacos and margaritas, my feet in the mr.’s lap
brainstorming and daydreaming and what ifs
laughing ourselves to tears
this is what it’s all about

awake too early again today
the girls already playing in the backyard, boys still sleeping
i think this morning needs breakfast burritos, chorizo, scrambled eggs
more coffee
that issue of kinfolk, a treat from the mr. a few weeks ago
today, i’m finally digging in
pushing everything else to the side
the laundry, the dust bunnies, the dishes can wait
today i’m going to read and enjoy the company of my mr.
before he leaves again
before the craziness this week will be bringing our way

sending you thoughts of peace and light

ps: how was your weekend? do tell.

* still haven’t forgiven her for that.
** love to each and every single one you kindred spirits this blog has brought into my life.

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  • Sounds wonderful as always. Enjoy your time together today.ReplyCancel

  • happy weekend.

    such life. such love.

    we had a weekend full of family, it was fantastic and simple and heart swelling.

    now off to catch up on the bits and bobs that were ignored 😉ReplyCancel

  • Reading your posts always makes me wish I lived next door so I could visit, joining in on all the fun. Your weekend sounds so lovely Amanda. I do hope you find time to get started on that book, the world is waiting! :)


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      you are too sweet tracey. maybe. one day.ReplyCancel

  • Sounds like another enjoyable weekend!

    Love the picture with the knitted cozy…and I want to order some of thos mason jar lids!

    Happy Sunday!


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      i highly recommend the lids. i ordered a couple and love them.ReplyCancel

  • I love weekends like yours. Lots of family time; lots of “ordinary” time that makes up our lives!

    Thank you for hosting this every weekend. I so enjoy seeing what everyone has been up to!

    Here’s our weekend: http://ihappyree.blogspot.com/2012/04/weekending_29.htmlReplyCancel

  • Love your blog. This post was the perfect way to begin my Sunday morning. I will live more deliberately today and enjoy my loved ones because the time together is always too short. Thank you for this post.ReplyCancel

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      thank you for your sweet words debbie!ReplyCancel

  • That video is dated 1985. I was four. Oh, man.

    My husband gave me a “new” laptop. He got it off of Cragslist along with a carload (I kid you not) of random electronic junk for $60. It’s a step down from my old laptop – but it has a functional battery and the screen doesn’t flicker weirdly. However, the script that dumps the photos from my camera to said laptop isn’t yet functional. So my weekend has been frustrating in that department. All week I was too tired to post to my blog. Now I have pictures and a few words to say, only I can’t. Blergh.

    On the plus side! Today is my Beast’s second birthday! Woohoo! I got to start it with almost an hour of peace and quiet – no one awake but me. That’s a very rare treat. My coffee is almost cool enough to drink, the Elf is getting his breakfast. Today will be a good day. It helps that I finally get to give the Beast the Ponyo and Totoro dolls that I made for him – it kills me to make things and hide them away for a special date. (:

    (Hey, look! I practically wrote a post in your comments section. Sorry about that!)ReplyCancel

  • I love coming here to read of the quiet world of your weekend and to escape the busy, sometimes crazy weekend of my own. You have such a beautiful view.ReplyCancel

  • …you have a way with words…I can see it all so vividly (starting to love that word)
    So you like Kinfolk? I have heard of it…must check it out…looks pretty neat.

    We have been painting Base Camp Cafe interior…weeeeee!ReplyCancel

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      yes, enjoyed it. it has a quietness about it that other (more mainstream) magazines don’t have.ReplyCancel

  • I too had a bad perm. Why, oh, why could my mother not accept I had stick straight hair. It never looked right, but we both yearned for curls. Now it has an odd wave post babies and nursing. Love your weekend thus far. So much fun. Love the growling kiddo and Elmo. Must watch some muppets. We watched the documentary about Elmo’s puppeteer and are hooked. Love that version of Sherlock and hope to watch the new season soon. And I want to thank you for the reminder to finish Larkrise. I did via youtube. So sweet. hugs, amanda.ReplyCancel

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      yes, stick straight hair. and the night before school pics my mom would send me to bed with those pink sponge rollers in my hair. remember those? next morning, she’d release those forced curls and by the time my portrait was snapped, my hair was always stick straight. ha! now, five babies and hormone rolller coasters later, my hair is first cousin to curly. even if i blow dry and straight iron, let it meet humidity and it starts curling so i just roll with it. it’s hair – it’s not worth worrying about!ReplyCancel

  • We have had a very special weekend…the first one with my husband around since he finished his dissertation. It has been a long time since we have just had easy, open time all together and we are enjoying it.


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  • I love that song! I can just see the Mr dancing and hopping around. What a wonderful weekend, Amanda… I hope you get some things done today! My last night was a lot like your yesterday. A whole lot of thinking about doing, but nothing got accomplished!


  • ok, so the 80’s dancing… thats me!! Its the only way to dance! plus I love that song!! hadn’t heard in a while, so its blasting at this moment and I am going to go do some dancing :) btw sorry about that bad perm, we have all been there. but I destroyed the evidence and no one will ever know! sounds like you are having a lovely weekend!ReplyCancel

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      i’ve destroyed a lot of evidence but i’m not sure i’ve gotten it all :(ReplyCancel

  • That Kinfolk mag looks awesome! I watched the new version of “Great Expectations” (PBS) and I really enjoyed it. I haven’t read the novel so I don’t know how it compares, the I liked the movie. We got our garden planted this weekend too, which was lots of fun. Can’t wait for all the veggies.

    And the Muppets! I grew up watching the Muppet Show on “pizza nights” growing up. Fond memories. I put that movie on hold for my kids. They’ve not see any of the muppet movies yet. Thanks for the idea!ReplyCancel

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      thanks for the doc martin suggestion…season one has been added to the queue.

      muppets are classic! we have a dvd of the muppet show…it’s the episodes with john denver, roseanne cash, and harry belafonte. my kids LOVE it.ReplyCancel

  • Love this — thanks for such a sweet peek at your sweet family and these last days. Our own weekend has been harder — lots of financial worrying — but on the upside we did have lunch and movie date yesterday, which hasn’t happened in AGES. Very important. And I feel a little more grounded just reading about your weekend!ReplyCancel

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      i know financial worrying and it’s never fun. hoping those worries will soon be wiped away!ReplyCancel

  • Hmm. Think I have to check out that Sherlock – was it good?

    Here’s mine :)

  • perfect weekend….kinfolk, new to me, thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • A wonderfully perfect weekend. Hope you have many more of those.


  • Pizza, red wine and Muppets for breakfast sounds just fantastic. Seriously, SO great!
    And all your weekend, what a blast.
    I am joing you today first time although I have done some “lonely” weekending on my blog before…


  • A very pleasant weekend! Your Mr. has good taste in music!ReplyCancel

  • Great weekend!! Love that your little boy growled at Elmo. He told him!!!


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  • A. How awesome to live across the street from a park.
    B. Kinfolk? I am intrigued…
    C. My mom got me a perm when I was in kindergarten. (I don’t remember, maybe I asked her to?) I was slightly traumatized by the smell.
    D. Around here we LOVE the Avett Bros. (whom I learnt of from you, I think) and Bon Iver (good sleepy time music)
    E. Your photo reminds me that I still haven’t ordered a Cuppow. What am I waiting for?

    Here’s mine: http://themakinglife.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/weekending-9/ReplyCancel

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      get on it! you’ll love the cuppow!ReplyCancel

  • Sounds like a weekend full of bliss. Love that your little one growled at Elmo. 😉ReplyCancel

  • your lunch at the mexican place sounds wonderful~ I love the daydreaming, brainstorming and what ifs sessions…… had a few of those “this is what it’s all about” moments this weekend, too…
    watching her carry her little pail to feed the chickens
    eating outside together in the warm sun, juice from just-picked strawberries dripping everywhere

    linking up with you~

  • What a lovely weekend! So grateful I recently found this beautiful space you have created here.


  • I always find it hard to believe that I was in grade 6 when Dan graduated high school…I was contemplating shaving my legs when he was planning a career.

    You always make me want to drink coffee. Even though caffeine does bad things to me. And eat mexican.

    Here’s mine: http://www.housefullofjays.com/?p=3999ReplyCancel

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      yeah, we have a 10 yr difference so it’s always fun to give him a hard time 😉

      also, i don’t apologize for the coffee or mexican. they’re my weakness (hello dorcas lane!!!).ReplyCancel

  • laughing to tears is my favourite, absolute favourite.

    we’ve had too many early mornings, sigh. but sunshine is here. :)


  • I love reading about your weekends.
    The realness of your days, it’s a beautiful thing.
    Here’s mine: http://www.shetoldstories.com/2012/04/weekending-4.htmlReplyCancel

  • Wonderful weekend! I might have growled at Elmo as well. 😉 Thanks for the introduction to Kinfolk, I hadn’t heard of it before.

    Our weekend: http://alifesustained.blogspot.com/2012/04/weekending_30.htmlReplyCancel

  • Oh, man! Thank you for taking me back to the 80’s! I loved that song and used to rock out to it whenever the DJ would play it at my middle school dances.

    Sounds like a rockin’ weekend. :-)ReplyCancel

  • A day late reading, but I had to laugh about the Mr. dancing to a that song. My husband is six years older than me, so we have lots of those “moments.” “Honey, do your remember…” “No dear, I was 8.” It always makes me giggle just a bit.ReplyCancel

  • Such a sweet, honest weekend post.

    I ,too, can identify with not being able to commit to one thing at a time. I try as hard as I might though.

    Take careReplyCancel

  • Your weekend sounds awesome. Sending good luck vibes to you and the hubby re: the work project. Okay I think we are on some kind of brain smash-up because I was watching the same episode of Sherlock! Jinx! That actor’s face fascinates me and freaks me out. Hmm.
    You are so right; the housework will always be there; boy will it always be there, so it’s good to take those moments. I’ll be thinking of you all this week.

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      yes. there is something about his face that i’m on the fence about. random, eh?ReplyCancel

  • Oh I love seeing everyones cuppow with a felted sweater sleeve cozy…we do all think alike:)ReplyCancel

  • you have a magical life! wonderful to read about. I always feel like I’m “right there” when I read about your weekends.

  • I cracked up when I read about your age difference with your husband. Music is the big tell, isn’t it? There’s six years between me and mine and music is the only time we really notice it.

    This weekend I volunteered to teach preschool at our church’s retreat. I had fun but now I’m totally wiped out!

  • You have great taste in magazines and music. And my brother just met The Avett Brothers! I don’t know the particulars of the story, though, cause he’s been too busy studying for finals to respond to my text 😛

    Sending peace and light back to you! Your blog is lovely.ReplyCancel

  • it’s fun following your links, i always like those. the avett brothers are one of my all time favorites. we saw them here in santa barbara a couple years ago, tonight my youngest is seeing them in providence (i think thats the place) and in aug they are playing in central park (crossing my fingers i can make it there) LOVE them.
    yes to mexican food, red wine and helpful dancing hubbys.

    your package arrived today. you!ReplyCancel

  • thanks for your beautiful words and for bringing me wonderful music into the house…as you were “listening to this and this”
    I am enjoying it NOW!ReplyCancel

  • things i did do on the weekend:
    – ride my bicycle
    – walk in the rain
    – try out a new local pub (it was good)
    – make plans
    – go bowling
    – make bread
    – shoot some film
    things i didn’t do on the weekend:
    – go into the city on friday night
    – sleep in on saturday morning
    – make it to the parkland walk
    – call my motherReplyCancel

  • It does sound wonderful, and almost creepily like I could have written it – Sherlock, Kinfolk, Cuppow and all! Not to mention the perm. I had one in middle school, too. :) My weekend also included planting in the garden! Can’t get much better than that. (Except for harvesting, of course.) :)ReplyCancel