The title is self-explanatory. We’ve had a jam-packed weekend, actually a jam-packed few days. It all started on Friday. DD had extra music practice since her music class was performing for the first time at the annual day function for the local temple. My BFF’s daughters and DD are in the same music class. We both also needed to do some shopping – she, since she has recently undertaken a weight loss program and has done phenomenally well with it. She needed to update her wardrobe to fit her new size. I needed to shop since I recently threw out clothes that I have owned for over 3 years and have washed so many times that it is difficult to say what color they originally were. So post music class we decided to shop with the girls in tow. We had a super fun time and we ended with dinner at the girls’ favorite restaurant in the mall.
On Saturday morning, I took DD to her last swimming lesson for this session, brought her home and put her down for a nap. Her class was performing at the temple in the evening and I wanted her to get enough rest. On Saturday, my cleaning lady ditched me, too. I have a cleaning lady that comes in once in a while and does the vacuuming, dusting, mopping etc when I am really pressed for time. She was to come on Saturday since I knew I would have no time to clean during the weekend. However, she couldn’t make it due to a personal emergency. My house was filthy and I realized there was no way I could leave it looking like that. So after DD went for a nap, I spent 2 hours scrubbing, mopping, dusting, cleaning and got some quality time with the vacuum. DH was MIA in all of this since he was out picking some supplies for his hiking trip.
Come 4:00 PM, I got DD up, dressed and to the temple. The kids did really well for a first time performance. They’re all between six and eight years of age and performed on stage the first time ever.You can hear them here. Post the performance we went to a friend’s house for dinner. The night went by quickly with good food, music, laughter surrounding us.
Sunday morning, DD had a music class. We finished that and set off on our drive to Seattle. We were headed to a SONU NIGAM concert. This was our wedding anniversary present to each other for having successfully stayed together for 12 years. We got to Seattle with a couple of breaks at about 6:30 PM. The concert went on till 11:30 PM that night. I can’t say anything about Sonu Nigam that hasn’t been said before. He was phenomenal. Worth every penny we spent and every minute of the back and forth drive. We started driving back at 12:30 AM, got home at about 3:30 AM with DH driving all the way. It was a difficult drive. DH had to try really hard to not fall asleep at the wheel while I tried to stay awake next to him and keep him talking. We got home and bundled a sleeping DD into bed. We were up at 7:30 on Monday morning since DD had a field trip to the local beach. We got her to school and DH chaperoned the trip with a few other parents.
DH and DD came back from the trip looking wet and bedraggled at 3:30 PM in the afternoon. A quick shower and a quicker lunch and we all took a nap on a Monday afternoon. The lack of sleep had finally caught up with all of us. We woke up and went to the temple to seek God’s blessings. We came back and went to dinner with friends and thus ended our 3 days of celebrations.
It feels like quite the accomplishment to have completed 12 years of marriage. When I look at our life, I only find reasons to be thankful. God has been immensely kind to us. I end this with the hope that our life ahead will continue to be full of love, laughter, kindness, lasting friendships and an ever-increasing readership of the blog