Both girls were out of school on Friday, so M and I decided to take the day off – something we rarely do. I wouldn’t really call it a vacation day – the girls slept in, but we got up early and worked on things all morning – so maybe it was more of a half-day vacation. But even breaking up the routine of the workday a bit was nice, and we had a good jump start on the weekend. And what a nice weekend it turned out to be.
After a Saturday morning at the gym and yoga and a soccer match, we ate a quick lunch at home and headed out for the rest of the afternoon to Shaw Nature Reserve. After a few gray days, it was nice to see the sun again and to hike for a few hours in the woods and through the fields.
Backing up again to Friday afternoon – after working most of the morning, the four of us drove to Theis Farm (the North Hanley location) to meet up with F’s new girl scout troop. E’s been on a trip here before, but this was my first time going. It’s a sweet little farm just off two major highways, between the airport and UMSL. We typically head over to Illinois farms on outings like this, but Theis is really convenient, and had a great selection of fresh produce for sale. The market stayed busy with shoppers all afternoon. I bought a dozen tiny ivory pumpkins for the events I have coming up next week. I’m trying not to panic about some upcoming deadlines and events – I think come Friday I’ll be wishing I had waited a week to take a day off.
Deep breaths, through the list, knock them out, one by one. You’ve got this.