Ahhhh... what a great weekend.
It was my dear sweet husband's birthday on Saturday, and per his request, we did nothing big. On Friday we headed to an outdoor concert in our town. We met up with neighbors there, ate a picnic on our blanket while Josie rolled around in the grass next to us and the older kids ran screaming through the playground, and listened to the music in between chats. On Saturday we went out to breakfast,played at the park, then went out for ice cream. Josh's aunt gallantly volunteered to watch the kids for a couple of hours while we raced over to Harvard Square to eat at our favorite Indian place. On Sunday, we went over to our favorite friends' house and had the perfect summer barbecue. One of those summer barbecues that reminds you of the beauty of summer, with swing sets, popsicles, homemade cupcakes, food, laughter, and the cutest kids around. The kids were seriously delicious, playing together nicely for the whole day, making us laugh so hard our stomachs hurt.
Josh and I drove home in a contented haze, our kids passed out in their car seats behind us, holding hands over the center console and talking about what an awesome weekend it was and what great friends we have. This is the kind of weekend to make you adore summer.
The house is still on the market although we've had a couple of calls for repeat showings and we're very hopeful. Hoo boy, though, people are suspicious. I provided a list of updates we've done over the years, and people have questioned tons of them, as if we have something to hide. Hello, people, I redid the kitchen because it was a nasty old 50's kitchen! I painted the exterior because that is what you do when you are a homeowner. I painted the basement again because I want to sell the house and I want it to look good. No crazy ulterior motives here, just a regular old seller who would like to sell. If it doesn't sell in the next couple of weeks- well, let's not talk about it. Positive thinking, I say.
Our next days are full of plans for trips to the beach and pool and parks and since the house is perpetually clean for showings, all I have to worry about is laundry and planning dinner. Now I understand why people work so hard to keep their houses neat; it is such a relief to walk into a gleaming house. I'm not sure I can keep it up, but I see the allure.
As an aside, remember back in the day when people used to make radio dedications to other people? Like, "this one's for susie, I love you so much"? I sent Josh an email with this link- my version of a radio dedication to him. I don't say much about Josh on here (per his request), but seriously, besides my children, marrying him is the best thing I've ever done. I love him.
Hope your days are also full of fun and sunshine and ice cream. Those are the best days, indeed.