Weekend Recap: When Ryan is Away

Sunday, May 18, 2014
It was just me and the kids for most of the weekend. In the past, weekends like this have made me wonder if I am qualified to be a Mother. Ryan is the patient one. The playful one. The one always saving me when I think I might have a panic attack because of all The Noise in the house (HSP's understand this, right?). Which is all the more reason why I wanted him to getaway this weekend, go out with his friends, and get some rest. So I kissed him goodbye and truly wished him a good time at John's bachelor party weekend. He would be seeing friends he hadn't seen in a long time, and I wanted him to make the most of the trip. I then vowed to myself that I would not bombard him with cries for help in the form of text messages and phone calls. And much to my surprise, that is what happened. 

The weekend was exhausting, and noisy, and I was fighting another mild mastitis infection, but it was good. It was great actually. I didn't want to look back on the weekend and lament that I'd spent the entire time yelling at the kids or being grumpy, so I challenged myself to try and make it fun, even if I had to hide the fact that on the inside, all I wanted to do was sleep my infection off. 

Spring is Sacramento brings perfect weather. Not too hot and not too cold, which was great for playing at the park, a trip to the bookstore in midtown, dinner with friends, a few quiet moments at home, and coffee and donuts outside after Church (although there were a few "incidences" during the service...one that involved me losing a toenail, which then resulted in quite a bit of blood loss, but that's a story for a different day). And the upside to having a baby that hardly naps (and trust me, it's hard to find "an upside") is that it forced me to go out and do stuff, because otherwise, my homebody ways would win out. 

Ryan returned home Sunday afternoon and reported that he had a really fun weekend, got to sleep in, and was able to catch up with a lot of his old law school friends. He said he kept waiting for me to text him with my usual, "our kids are crazy!!!" text messages, and thought something may have been wrong when they didn't come. I assured him not to worry and that I would be back to my usual ways come Monday. 

The house may be a total mess, and I'm exhausted from Dominic's all-night nursing sessions, but it made me pretty happy to see Ryan do something fun with his friends for a weekend (and heaven knows, I'm counting down the days to The Edel Gathering :).

A few snaps from the weekend.  



"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014"

Riley: Being silly. She is becoming more shy when we're out in public, but at home, she is a huge goof ball. 
Luke: One of my favorite images of him I've ever taken. His Peter Pan doll brings him so much security and it's really cute.
Dominic: His favorite place to be lately is eating at the table with the other two kids. He's not one to quietly observe what is going on around him...nope! He's super vocal and loves to shout and yell to let us all know he wants to be part of the conversation. He also makes a huge mess when he eats...but ya know, I kinda buy into the whole baby-led-weaning thing so we go with it.  



"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Another week in the books, and playing catch up with The 52 Week Project. It was pretty quiet around the Seeley Camp the week I took these photos, so here we have some pretty ordinary, yet perfect, moments of the kids....just being themselves! I promise to be a little more interesting with my captions next week :)   


Thursday, May 8, 2014

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014." 

Riley: Making a list of everyone who was coming to her reception after she made her First Communion. She's wearing my veil from when I was little. I really hope to share all the photos from this beautiful day but I chose this one for now because it's one of the only candid shots I took of her the whole day...she was so excited that our entire family was here to celebrate.

Luke: Pretty standard portrait which is kinda boring, I know...but his little smile, blue tie, and a fresh hair cut, speak to my heart. 

Dominic: I don't even know where to begin with this one....his crazy dirty shirt, frosting on his face, and that expression that says, "don't even think about taking this cake away from me!"...he's a wild one, this kid! 


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014"

Playing catch up with the 52 week project. Between losing my card reader (so I can download my photos), Spring Break, and having family in town for Riley's First Communion, it's been a crazy few weeks!  

These three photos of the kids were from our Spring Break. Usually, we try and take this time to go on a little vacation but we had too much going on this year so we stayed home and Ryan took off a few days to hang out with us. It was nice to have Riley home for the week, and it made me realize that there are some aspects of homeschooling I really miss. I like the slower paced days and I like the (mostly) positive influence she has on the little boys...and selfishly, it's nice to have an extra set of hands to hold the baby. So it was a good week! 
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