Our weekends have changed a lot over the past year and a half. Whereas they used to be pretty low-key (i.e. spent on the couch watching TV marathons), they're now a lot more structured and kid-friendly. Each one is different, but here's a look at what we did over a recent weekend.
1:00 PM - We implemented Summer Fridays in the office through Labor Day, which incentivizes us all to finish up all of our work so we can kick off the weekends a little early. G and I drove to Orange County to meet up with friends before an Opening Ceremonies party that evening. We'd originally planned on bringing Sloan, but instead decided to go on our own (our incredible nanny stayed with her) so that we could stay later. We grabbed lunch outside at Bear Flag, a seafood spot I'd heard about for years, and ordered margaritas, fish tacos, chips and guacamole, and ceviche. We walked around the area for a bit before heading over to our friends' house to help set up for the party.
5:00 PM - After hanging flags and setting out food, I changed into my gymnast ensemble. I bedazzled a plain blue swimsuit, slicked my hair back with a scrunchie (and plenty of clips, of course), wore a gold medal, and carried around a bouquet of flowers. The weather was warm so we ate outside, then watched the ceremonies and continued to eat entirely too much food (we brought dessert from Georgetown Cupcakes, which was a big hit).
9:00 PM - We drove home, which was such a lovely time to spend together at night. It was so quiet without Sloan talking in the back or listening to the music she insists upon and reminded me of when G and I first starting dating.
10:30 PM - Sleep.
7:00 AM - Sloan usually wakes up at 6:30, but then just talks to herself in bed for a bit before she starts calling for me. I got up, made her breakfast (waffles with yogurt and banana) and fed her. On the weekends she's allowed to watch an episode of Sesame Street, which makes her very happy. When I ask if she wants to watch, she literally trembles with excitement. She grabbed Cookie Monster and Elmo and settled onto the couch while I made coffee for G and myself. Since I had a meeting later in the morning with our interior designers and contractor (we're doing an outdoor renovation), we walked over to Go Get Em Tiger to pick up some pastries to set out for everyone.
9:00 AM - Meeting. We discussed timelines and budgets for our upcoming project. After the meeting was over, I walked around our property and took "before" pictures.
12:00 PM - After Sloan woke up from her nap, we headed down to Santa Monica where we went to Thyme for lunch. It's a cute spot where you can order a bunch of random salads and sides and they have an outdoor seating area in the back that's ideal for a loud toddler.
1:00 PM - After lunch, we went over to my friend Cristina's house, where Sloan loves to visit. Cristina has a big basket of toys for all of the kids in her life and Sloan picked up a Barbie doll, looked at it, and said, 'Mama!' which of course I found very funny/flattering. We hung out for a bit before attempting to visit a splash pad for Sloan, though thanks to insane Santa Monica summer traffic, we decided to just head home.
3:00 PM - Once we got back, we had a little dance party. We do a lot of dancing in our house—she and I dance to more '90s hip hop, but she prefers G's '80s hair metal when it's just the two of them. I put on Frozen's 'Let It Go' for the first time assuming Sloan would love it, but instead she insisted on 'Jump,' by Van Halen. it's her go-to song with G and it's pretty much the best form of exercise for him. They listen to it several times in a row, which is hard to do when you're tossing around a 30-pound kid.
6:00 PM - We gave Sloan dinner, put her in the bath and then I sang her to sleep. G and I decided to make dinner together, which is something we don't usually do. We opened up a bottle of wine, put on some old school R&B (Digable Planets' 'Reachin (A New Refutation of Time and Space)') and made farro with lemon and Parmesan, a salad, and Asian-inspired pork patties. We watched the Olympics for a while (I cried multiple times, naturally) before heading to bed to read for a bit.
10:30 PM - Sleep
7:00 AM - I got up before everyone to make Sloan some oatmeal and have coffee. We all ate breakfast and then left for the farmers' market. We got some sourdough english muffins, berries (though they're on their last leg), cantaloupe, hummus and pita, eggs, and nectarines.
10:00 AM - During Sloan's morning nap, I squeezed in a little work and we cleaned up the house. I jumped in the shower, got dressed for the beach and packed everything in the car.
12:00 PM - When Sloan woke up, I gave her a little snack, slathered on sunscreen and headed down towards the beach to pick up Cristina and Brooke. They'd grabbed sandwiches and chips for us at Bay Cities and we put out our towels, complete with lots of toys for Sloan. It was her first multi-hour beach excursion and she was happiest in the water. Since she has such pale, delicate skin, we made sure to keep her slathered in sunscreen the whole time, but of course I completely forgot my own back, which got properly burned.
4:00 PM - Sloan's going through a major "Dada" phase, so she was particularly pumped when we got home. G had done his own thing that day, which is good for both him and us. We then "made coffee" with Sloan and visited with our friends, Rachel and Dustin, who stopped by later that afternoon.
7:00 PM - Once Sloan was down for the night, G made this soba noodle dish and we watched the Olympics. Though our weekends are more routine than they used to be with Sloan's sleep schedule in the mix, weekends like this one give me the space to realize just how lucky we are.
11:00 PM - Sleep
P.S. - We'll be sharing a weekend in the life of Alina and Leslie in the coming weeks!