After a yummy breakfast, Zac, Ben, Elly, and I played an exciting game of Uno. Elly and I were partners and we won the first two hands! Whoo Hoo! Ben won the third hand, which everyone was glad about. Even Elly thought it was nice that Ben won at least one round.
The kids decided they would play Lego or Nerf or some sort of adventure game in the basement. But, before I let them go, I asked them to all clean their rooms and the bonus room. Only Elly had a hard time getting the task done in a reasonable time frame, her little legs dragging as if tied to blocks of concrete..."but I'm just so tired," she said. "Well," I reasoned, "if you are just so tired, then I guess you should go back to bed rather than play with your brothers." With that, the cleaning continued and was completed. What kid wants to waste the day away in bed when there is some good playing to get to?!? Though, rather than play with "the brothers", Elly invited me to put together a puzzle...so we did.
After a little while, Elly and I went to the YMCA to partake in a family Zumba class and a family fitness class. It was really fun. Perhaps it will become a weekend ritual. Eliana enjoyed herself, but was clearly tiring out by the end. As we were putting on our boots to leave, Elly sighed and stated, "my body is not made for Zumba!" I had to giggle and wonder how many times I've said the same thing about exercise.
|Elly decides to go with the ever popular "Three Pony" hairstyle for Zumba today.|
No good work out would be complete without a nourishing lunch at....Taco Bell. Yes, that's right. Elly and I met up with my sister and her two girls for Taco Bell. Mmmmmmm.... I love meeting my sister for lunch. Actually, I just love hanging out with her period. It is one of the reasons I am happy to be back in Minnesota. She is a great sister and a good friend. It was my sister who also alerted me to the good deal at Target - buy 7 frozen food items, get a $5 gift card. So, off Elly and I went to stock up on frozen foods. 42 frozen food items later (along with some non-frozen items), we were done. I still have some room in my freezer, however, so I may meander back later. This time, I will have coupons in hand as well.
I am thankful for a relatively uneventful but full-ish kind of day. It makes me feel like I've accomplished some things without feeling like I was pressured to do so. I am even more thankful for the relational aspects of my day. I am sure I have a few more "chores" to do and some more family time to enjoy. Ben is having a play and then a sleepover across the street. Ken is grading. Elly is quietly playing in her room. Zachary has now moved onto the computer. And I am content and thankful for the simply good stuff of my day. No big insights to share...it's just my day.