Sunday, May 25, 2008

A taste of a whirlwind weekend

We're three days into a four day weekend, and so far it's been a real kidapalooza around here. Well, after Friday morning's massage anyway.

On Friday afternoon I headed to Rehm Park with the girls to meet fellow Oak Park blogger Carrie and her two adorable, very outgoing daughters (each about 6 months older than my girls). There we were harassed by a warty Russian nanny (who, incidentally, shoved her two charges into a single stroller as we were leaving). If you're interested in learning how to game CVS's ExtraCare Bucks system, check out Carrie's frugal living blog, Shoplifting with Permission.

Saturday morning we hit the first Farmers' Market of the season, were we noshed on charity doughnuts (now 75¢ a piece) and chatted up bike trailer owners. I spend most of Saturday painting our front steps, and that evening Z and I saw a local production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with friends.

Today Z had her friend Lia over for a couple of hours and I had the girls help me make monkey bread. It's a fun but messy preschooler activity. I rolled balls of sweet bread dough that they dunked into melted butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar before placing in a bundt pan.

After Lia left we headed to FitzGerald's for the Constructor Craft Fair, where Josh bought a guitar strap and I ran into a woman who had once been my chiropractor's receptionist. She's now selling beautiful children's portraits and wedding posters.

After lunch and naps we headed north to the recently completed Field Park (now my favorite Oak Park park), where we met Deb and her family. The big kids got wet on the splash pad and Baby A did a little swinging, a fair amount of snacking and a whole lot of crawling, pulling up and squealing. She also spent a fair amount of energy sticking her tongue out at people and waving and saying "hi" to perfect strangers.

Tomorrow we'll be hanging out with Julie's kids in the morning, then watching the River Forest Memorial Day Parade and having an afternoon cookout with the neighbors.