I was given a second chance at a long weekend. And for a second time, I was asked to come in on Sunday. This time, even they felt bad about asking and immediately said to not worry about it. So I didn’t. Well, not too much.
I devoted my first day off to rest. At 8:00 AM, I drug myself out of bed. I NEVER sleep that late, but having gone to bed between 1 and 2 AM the previous 4 nights, I was tired. I worked out to TV shows I’m not used to seeing, and ate breakfast pretty close to lunch time. I spent the rest of the day chillaxin’, and only took a short break to play with my new vacuum.
Saturday was used to replenish the pantry and fridge. The kids, bored from being cooped up all week, cleared out the food entirely. Once it was stocked, I tried out a few recipes I wanted to make last weekend. Homemade granola (yum), oven “fried” pickles (yuck), and Greek chicken (deelish!)
But the best part of my weekend, was today. Today, we celebrated the New Year as a family. Finally. Every year, we try to do something a little different. Before I began working in a hotel, we used to welcome the New Year in different locations – Gatlinburg and Table Rock Lake to name a few. Then we began doing things we’d never done – ice skating, laser tag, and today….
We couldn’t have asked for a better day. The temps were in the 60s, allowing Hubby and I to watch without freezing. The kids were able to ski without wearing too much bulk. In fact, they were shedding layers with each trip down the hill.
The snow here is all brought in, although I’m sure some of the snow we had this last weekend helped build it up. And for beginners, they did very well. Chip took one hard spill, scratching up his head and face on the icy snow. (The one time he chose to go down without his helmet…..) and Amp took a horrific spill which I’m thankful I didn’t witness. It knocked the wind out of him for some time, and his chest and back are a little sore, but I think he’ll be alright. In fact, he’s quite proud that he “bit it”.
Near dark, we came into the lodge to warm up a bit, and grab some grub. The kids were starving and were anxious to tell their tales, often talking over each other. I tingled from head to toe listening to how happy and excited they were. I was so happy to have had this day.
The hour and a half ride home was very quiet, the exhaustion finally settling in. I’m quite sure their muscles will be screaming tomorrow, but I know they’ll say it was all worth it.
A terrific start to the New Year, even if slightly delayed.