David says he had a really great weekend. I feel like that's quite the feat for me, considering the stress that has existed in this house over the past few weeks.
Example, the job that was too good to be true turned out, in fact, to be just that. Apparently they want a physic media artist /editor who will know and produce precisely what they want with absolutely no direction or collaboration. I'm not sure who I feel more sorry for; us for not getting the job, or them for when they realize the candidate they are looking for does not exist.
Anyway, we've recovered and resumed the status quo: David looks for something steady while doing some contract work. I halfheartedly hope for calls into work myself. Just enough to pay the bills, not enough to make me hate it.
In order to cope with the less than ideal employment (hence economic) situation around here, we are planning some fun and inexpensive things to look forward to this summer. This summer which started today, though the atmosphere didn't get the memo.
We are extremely lucky to live a short drive from a selection of pretty fantastic beaches. Fun for us, new and exciting for Sam, and totally free. Except for the obligatory stop at the most delicious gelato cafe outside of Italy. Seriously, tiramisu and black forest together at last. In my mouth!
Of course there is camping which is pretty cheap because we already have almost everything we need for it. We could use a bigger tent now that we have a third little body to house, but that's no big deal.
And almost every weekend there are festivals and exhibits, many of which are kid friendly or even kid-oriented. It's actually quite amazing how much there is to do out there with your children once you have them! Who knew?
So this past weekend for Father's Day we went to one of the beaches (sadly, not the gelato beach) to relax and enjoy. As timing would have it, Sam fell asleep in the car on our way there so we decided to park in the shade and read the books we'd brought until he woke up. Remember when I complained that he has only been napping for 30 minutes at a time? Well he chose this particular day to have a 2 hour nap (hello 2 hour nap, how have you been? We've missed you, please come back!) It was breezy and warm and quiet, the sun screened by the trees. Perfect. Who could blame him for falling into such a deep sleep. Not me. I joined him. It was pure awesomeness.
When he woke up we strolled through the quaint suburb of Crescent Beach and stopped at the local toy store before hitting the actual waterfront. I picked up a hula hoop to see if I had any skill at all (answer no, by the way) but Sam thought it was hysterical!! Seriously, I've never heard him laugh like this. It was so hilarious that people walking past started to stop and look. One man even took pictures then emailed them to me later that night. There is nothing quite so contagious and disarming as a baby laughing.
Top off the day with bbq and some wine. Very nice indeed.
So despite everything else that may be going on in our lives, it's really not that hard to find the fun if you put some effort into it. Especially when you've got a super-fantastic little family to share it with : )