This past three-day weekend was the best one I've had in a long time. It wasn't even that exciting, but I got to nurture parts of me that were neglected, and that felt so, so good!
Saturday morning, we got up early. We were supposed to be meeting my mom at the Dundalk Parade. She ended up having a headache, so Harry, Bianca and I went by ourselves. We were only there to see Damian in the parade (otherwise we would have stayed home) but it was good for us to have an outing as a family.
Later that afternoon, I had a Pink Papaya party. I didn't make much money, but something is better than nothing. I realized, though, that my favorite parts of parties are actually closing them out. Entering the orders and submitting them to the Home Office gives me a thrill. In all honesty, I don't think I'm that great of a consultant. I even said to Harry that I almost feel done with it. He surprised me by saying, "But you haven't even really given it a real try yet." Which is true. I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting that encouragement from him. I thought he'd be happy knowing I had one less thing on my plate.
Saturday night, we watched Alice in Wonderland. I really enjoyed it.
Sunday morning, I got up early, as I was having coffee with my friend Carolyn. After I had my shower and got dressed, the most magical moment came to me. Harry brought Bianca into our room. While he was in the shower, I laid in bed with her. We had a good 20 minutes of sacred bonding. I was able to hold her, breathe with her, kiss her lightly on her head, and just love her. It made me realize that even though I don't have the quantity of time with her as I'd like, the time we do have can be so full of quality. I just have to make it a priority to be completely present with her when I am home.
I left to go meet Carolyn. The place we were originally going to meet had closed down, but luckily there was a small cafe on the corner only a few blocks away from our original destination. I can't even begin to explain how good this meeting was. As I mentioned in a previous post, I just love being around her because of the wonderful energy she emits. More than that, though, she gave me the advice and guidance I was desperate to hear. I think I will write about that in a separate post. I am just so, so glad she happened to be in Baltimore again exactly when I needed her.
Afterwards, I stopped by Walmart to buy Bianca some baby food. When I got home, my neighbor was outside. We chatted for a good half hour. It was nice, because they just moved in a few months ago, and we haven't really had time to get to know each other. We both decided that when things calm down, we should have a block party to get to know all our neighbors.
When Bianca was ready for her afternoon nap and Harry was engrossed in baseball, I went outside to enjoy our new deck. I took my journal and "Make Your Creative Dreams Real" by SARK, originally planning to write about Circle's End, but I didn't make much progress. Instead, I laid down our seat cushions in a line on the deck and took a quick nap in the sun. I also got to talk to Steph for a few minutes on the phone, which is always a nice treat. I went back inside as soon as Bianca woke up, and enjoyed a lazy afternoon and with her and Harry.
Then I packed her up and took her to my Grandma's house. We watched the fireworks being shot off in the Inner Harbor in the middle of Elliott Street. I took pictures, but I don't think BiBi was very interested in the fireworks. Honestly, she was so tired she had a hard time keeping her eyes open!
Yesterday was wonderful. We slept in. We took a walk as a family. We had crabs and cantaloupe for lunch. We had steak for dinner. I studied for my final exam. I never once thought about work or my lack of time with my family. I was present. I was happy. And everything just felt right with our little world.