This weekend, Mommy was at a wedding in LA, so it was just me and Malachy this past weekend. It made me feel that much more blessed to have Shien as a partner. It was awesome hanging out with Malachy, but it made me that much more appreciative that we have a team. When one of us is tired or bogged down with work, we have each other, and that makes a HUGE difference. I thought about all the single moms and dads out there, or even the parents that go it alone most of the time, like stay-at-home moms and dads. And… I only have ONE child! 😉 It makes such a difference when there is support.
So, Malachy and I got to eat take-out (more than once 😉 ), played in the tent, went to the library, played in the park, went food shopping at Trader Joe’s, ate out, and I even managed to cook chicken stew, and had Malachy doing his homework at the same time! I got a glimpse of why some parents resent homework so much sometimes. 🙂 He even got to pitch in with the cooking after he was done. It was a great feeling to have Shien come home to a hearty cooked meal, and a semi-cleaned up house. Trying to be a good Dad, a good husband… Priceless… 😉
Weekends used to be a time for rest (B.M., Before Malachy), but with Malachy, we have to try to keep up with his energy and imagination. 😉 Forget about sleeping in anymore. We consider it lucky when he gets up at 8. And once he’s up, one of us HAS to get up. YAWN…
Lately, I’ve become the “chosen one” because he claims, “I’m the best snack maker ever.” Meanwhile, I’m the one who prepares a snack with no cooking involved. Just lots of “stuff” from the pantry – cookies, crackers, wafers, mini pretzels, rice crackers (American or Japanese), pizzelles, and granola bars. Some of the above, or all of the above. What else? From the fridge, there’s always milk and a bit of fruit.
Today, it was cold, and it would have been so easy to just stay home and vegetate, but we mustered enough energy to take him to the playground to get some fresh air and exercise. Then, we went to the library to get some books. We decided it’d be a good idea to go the library on Sundays, after brunch. I’ve been buying so many books and forgetting that we could actually borrow some! 🙂
This evening, dinner wasn’t easy, so I promised him that we’d pitch up the tent that he got for Christmas. He had a blast! Just loves to use his imagination. At first, he said, “Make sure Mommy doesn’t come in,” but when I started watching football, he said to Shien, “Make sure Daddy doesn’t come in!” He had a great time, moving as much stuff in there as he could, and then doing some buddy writing with Mommy. Mommy temporarily dozed in there for a couple of minutes. 😉
More on Malachy’s prolific writing later… 😉
because Dads need to take time out to STOP and THINK…