Long Weekends {and why I love them again} | Life

There is something so nice about a long weekend. Especially now that Punky is at school, I was positively giddy with the prospect of 3 whole days of not making lunches and washing uniforms. For so many years weekends just meant the same old thing, they were no different to every other day of the week. Now that the girls are a little older and Punky is at school, I have a new-found appreciation of the humble weekend.

Friday nights have become my favourite again, we take them easy, there is no bedtime to stick to or lunches to make, we can read as many books as we want without having to worry about the time (which is a very good thing now that we can't get away with anything less than 3 books before bed each night!).

On Friday afternoon just gone I decided to treat the girls with their afternoon snack. Normally we get a paddle pop or something from the servo on the way home from school & preschool pick-up, but I needed to get eggs for a big batch of lemon butter I wanted to make so we went to Coles instead. I told the girls I was going to get a tub of vanilla ice cream, and then they could choose whatever toppings they wanted.

So with our purchases made (yay for Ice Magic being on special 2 for $7!) we headed home to make ice cream sundaes on a wet afternoon. The girls were so excited to add their sprinkles & ice magic and strawberry syrup (plus white milk chocolate buds for Punky, she is her father's daughter, that one!) and the looks on their faces when I let them have two big scoops of ice cream and as many sprinkles as they wanted were priceless.

I love how something as simple as ice cream and sprinkles can absolutely make their day. Punky told me it was her luckiest day ever! I'm really going to miss the days when ice cream is the thing that makes a day the best for them.

Saturday night we headed over to my Mum's so my sister could baby-sit the girls while I went out for dinner with my girlfriends. It was so good to catch up together and have a few drinks and lots of laughs. It doesn't happen often enough these days, we're all so busy with kids & work, so when the stars align and we're able to get together for a night out it's always so good.

It doesn't matter if it's been a week, a month, or a year, we just pick-up where we left off and dive right in to the conversation.

Sunday was spent hanging out at Mum's waiting for her to get back from QLD and my cousin's 50th birthday party and then we spent the afternoon chatting and watching the girls playing. I'm so lucky to have a Mum that I can hang out with like that. It's funny, but if you'd told me 15 years ago I would have looked forward to spending the Sunday arvo of a long weekend drinking coffee and chatting with my Mum I would have laughed at you!

Yesterday I got to have a massive sleep-in (I needed it after a Saturday night of drinking and not going to bed until 4am and then being woken up by the girls at 7:15am!!!) thanks to the fact that Dave finished his last night shift for the week so I didn't have to worry about getting up and making breakfast for the girls at sparrow's fart like usual! It's amazing how much longer it takes to get over a big night as you get older. However despite that, it's so much more worth it when you do get to have a big night, I think I appreciate it so much more now than I did when I was 20!

So that was my long weekend in a (pretty big) nutshell. I'm sorry this post doesn't have much more substance to it than that, one of the side-effects of that whole longer hangover-recovery/getting older thing I mentioned!

Did you have a good weekend? Was it a long one? What's your favourite day of the week?


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