Monday, May 11, 2009

My Mother's Day

My Mother's Day was fabulous. It started off a little shaky, with R waking up at 6am (which meant I had to wake up at 6am, too) and discovering a pile of cat blurf in the living room (which I then had to clean up). But then A made us a lovely breakfast of pancakes and sausages, and I got to do some of my favorite things.

After breakfast, we packed up some snacks and water and headed to Concord to rent a canoe. It was a gorgeous day, sunny and cool - although a bit on the windy side. We canoed on the Concord River down to the historic Old North Bridge. The river was so peaceful, and we listened to the newly formed leaves rustling, the birds calling, and the old trees creaking. The mansions along the river are amazing. It's fun to daydream about winning the lottery and buying one. :-) At the bridge, we turned around to head back and quickly realized it was more than a bit windy. A few times, the wind nearly blew us out of the water. A and I struggled to make it back to the docks, but eventually we did it. My shoulders and arms were SO sore! But we had a great time.

After canoeing, we stopped for a quick lunch and then headed further west to our favorite flea market. The flea market was like a ghost town. That seemed strange in this economy! R found a stall that had Hot Wheels 2 for $1, so he spent his remaining allowance on two new cool cars. I found a 1960s Richard Scarry book in great condition for $1, so I picked that up for my friend' s twins. A successful and inexpensive trip!

After our drive home, during which I failed in my duty to keep R awake (I paid for that later at bedtime), A made a delicious dinner of penne with vodka sauce and pork & asiago cheese sausages, and a gorgeous salad. R even ate it! (Well, the pasta anyway.)

Stuffed to the gills, we took a family walk to the playground to burn some energy. R wanted to play chase, so I got good exercise running away from him. That boy runs fast! He kept catching me, even when I was really trying. :-)

All in all, a lovely day. It was just what I needed to gear me up for this week, which is going to be super busy with lots of late nights because of work. By Sunday night, though, our big project will be complete. Then, we get to go on vacation - woohoo!


sandwhichisthere said...

when I was a young lad, you could rent a canoe or a paddle boat at Norumbega Park on the Charles River. After several outings I learned something. When on a river paddle upstream first. That way when you are tired and decide to head back, you can just let the current do all of the work and float back.
Paddle boats are too much work to really enjoy the day. I used to enjoy them but then one day in Sturbridge you and your sisters almost killed me.
Concord is a beautiful town. Some day go to the hardware store, it is a nice place and retains an aura of days gone by.
The picture of Rix is endearing. He has grown so much. He is going to be lean as his Mother and his Father are. I think that that is a good thing.
If Harley is blurfing, he may have fur balls. Put a dab of Crisco on one of his front legs. He will lick it off and that usually solves the fur ball problem after a few treatments,
all of my love, always, daddy

LEstes65 said...

WHEN did you get that young MAN in the picture!!! Where did the little BOY go???!!!

What a wonderful day. Man, what I wouldn't do for one of A's home cooked meals!!!!

Happy Mother's Day (a bit late).

Greg C said...

That sounds like a really wonderful day. I love cahoeing. Sorry about the wind. That can ruin a day. But thanks you gave me an idea for another post.

Kristen said...

Glad to help, Greg! :-)

shaun said...

I'm really glad you had such a good day..