I’ve been itching to start writing again. My archives are a goldmine of memories and experiences and life is just as wonderful now – I’d hate to miss out on these years! So a quick catch up…
The one thing I’ve loved the most since our move to Vienna has been the weekends. Living in (and commuting to) Bristow meant that weekends were jam packed with everything I could never get to during the week. I mean, my commute alone was like 4-5 hours a day. Add a 9 hour work day, an hour to get ready in the morning, and getting home in time for dinner and bedtime routines…nothing got done. Saturdays and Sundays were so stressful trying to fit it all in.
Now, we actually get to spend our weekends doing…nothing. Whatever we want. Friday nights we tend to stay in. Play outside late. Make dinner and eat it out on our deck. Make art or blow bubbles. We’ll wander in around 7 and watch a movie together with popcorn. Once Guinevere is in bed, Tyler and I sometimes watch a movie. Recently, Tyler took up playing the ukulele. I know, as I’m cutting everything out of my life and essentially now have no hobbies, my husband that is a master woodworker, owner of the greenest thumb, an incredible artist, computer genius extraordinaire, has taken up yet another hobby. Almost every night as I read quietly in bed, I hear him out strumming in the living room. The stress is gone, and a giant weight has been lifted from both of us. We’re…happy. Its so simple and amazing that a move has done so much.
Saturday mornings are often spent wandering over to the Mosaic District for their Cartoons + Coffee. They play old school cartoons on the big screen and you can grab a homemade pop-tart or cinnamon roll and iced coffee from any number of shops there. The kids can burn some energy, and its a nice start to the day – plus it has you out and about if you need to run any errands. Guinevere is all about the powdered donuts:
Recently, we did a four week stint of ballet with my best friend and her daughter (who is Guinevere’s best friend). I LOVE living so close to my best friends now – I’m 15 minutes from one and 20 from the other and we can do mid-week ice cream dates and last minute meet ups. I didn’t realize I’d needed them as much as I do, and I’m so grateful for this new time together, even if its gossiping for 45 minutes on a wooden bench while two little fairies practice their arabesques.
Is there anything cuter?
In Bristow, we had a house cleaner because otherwise, I never would have found time to get it all done. But also, that house was pretty dang big. Our new house is a lot smaller. The amount of purging I’ve done here is unbelievable…bags and bags of clothes and craft stuff and party supplies and furniture…it was crazy. Bristow home was like 2500 finished square feet but once you factor in the amount of stuff we had in the attics (OMG), the giant two car garage, and the huge unfinished basement…you’re over 4000sf. New home says 1100 square feet, plus the master addition. So maybe 2000? But no attics, no unfinished basement, and no garage. So it feels like half the size, and might even really be less than that. I did really love those massive closets…ha. But here, now that I have FINALLY downsized our belongings to fit in the space (and yes, I managed to puzzle one closet to fit 4 fake Christmas trees and 16 large tupperware containers of decorations!), its small enough and manageable enough to not really need a house cleaner. So that’s pretty cool…saving money, and staying on top of it on my own. Plus my kid has discovered that she gets paid for chores, and Pokemon cards aren’t free, so she’s all “This toilet seems a little dirty…”
I give her a quarter per chore, and she finished the master bathroom and was all, “Cool, so I did the toilet, the floor of the shower, and the counters. That is three quarters.” Except mean old mom is all “Bathroom is one chore, one quarter. I’ll give you two more if you do the other two bathrooms.” She was pretty irritated, but is now learning to bargain up front.
Guinevere is as awesome as ever. Still obsessed with superheroes, and her bedroom is not even close to Pinterest worthy. There are giant Spider-Man decals and a Spider-Man bedspread, and a gallery wall she hung herself with printed out Instagram pictures or pictures cut from family Christmas cards, and scotch tape. All the pics are uneven but she did it so its lovely.
What else has this summer been full of?
Meeting up with friends at a local brewery, Caboose. And having communication issues with Uber and discovering that while two miles is a long walk, we can actually walk home from the brewery.
Dinner parties with friends and babies:
Free outdoor concerts…we’ve done the Herndon Friday Night Live, the Thursday night concerts at the Fairfax Corner stage, and the Vienna shows. My little rockstar is all about the music.
Pop Up Taco Night at Bazin’s Next Door in Vienna:
A last minute trip up to the Baltimore Aquarium:
Day trips to local “beaches”:
Always, a few #whatguineverewore:
And I’m still a sucker for a good matching outfit 😉
Next priority has gotta be taking pictures of the new space. Its not quite “done”, but it feels ten times more like home than Bristow ever did, and I’m so grateful we found this home and took the leap to move! Lots more happy memories to come…