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    Our Weekend

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    As it can happen at times, plans will change. Ours did this weekend.

    Husband left early Saturday morning for training in Atlanta, and when the children woke two hours later the scallywag had a stuffy nose. It quickly turned runny. The little guy gets colds every now and then so I wasn't too worried. We know how to roll with these sort of things.

    But when Eldest, who never gets ill, came down with a stuffy nose, I scrapped our plans. Instead, we spent our Saturday and Sunday morning indoors, resting. There was lots of watching "Thomas the Train" for the little guy and "Castle" for myself and Eldest. We enjoyed little creature comforts to get us through the moments of exhaustion, sore noses, and disquiet.

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    We definitely used quite a few of these!

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    By Sunday afternoon, being forced to stay indoors was pulling on everyone's nerves. It didn't help that it was simply glorious outside. The scallywag was pressing his face against the sliding doors trying to get the best view of the sun~leaving his facial impressions and runny nose all over it~and Eldest was in a real mope.

    I was lacking patience and wasn't in a good mood either. So throwing my hands into the air, I gave in. We were going to get some fresh air and get out for a little while.

    Off to the Thousand Oaks Arts Festival we went!

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    I wouldn't have brought them out if either had been feverish, and in the past a little fresh air has helped not only their colds, but raised everyone's spirits considerably.

    Besides, there were cupcakes!

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    Sweet E's Bake Shop had their food truck stocked with mini-cupcakes, brownies, cake pops, and other delights. We were all in need of a sugary pick-me-up.

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    Along with Eldest's suggestions we chose a nice selection of red velvet, pumpkin spice, a vanilla chocolate chip cookie dough, and a blue velvet. Have you ever heard of such a thing?

    I hadn't, but the blueberry mixed with chocolate and cream cheese was a-mazing! The children loved their mini-treats, too.

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    We followed our snack up with a stroll through the grass. Walking up and down in front of the Civic Arts Center we looked at lots of different art mediums. There were paintings, jewelry, glassware, and antique silver.

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    There were dancers who were obviously stricken with Beiber Fever.

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    Eldest wasn't impressed.

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    There was a small orchestra that allowed children to feel and play their musical instruments.

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    Even the Conejo Valley Shakespeare Society Players put on a show for those in attendance.

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    Eldest was surprised to see that this group of thespians were all children! Most were her age if not a little older. We waited to see what they would perform after their break, but they seemed to be shutting down for the day. We did arrive near the end of the festival. It was disappointing, but Eldest made me smile when she asked if we could rent, "Much Ado About Nothing".

    She saw a little of it when we were at the Four Seasons and thought it was hilarious. But if you ever see a Shakespearean play or film with Kenneth Branagh at the helm, you know you're in for a treat. The man has a true love for the Bard and his works.

    I wished we coud have rented it last night, but I wanted her to go to sleep early.

    Perhaps this weekend!

    I'm pretty sure both children will be back to their very best health by then. This morning they're much happier and less stuffy. A sure sign they're heading down the road to recovery! I guarantee their short jaunt to the Thousand Oaks Arts Festival has something to do with it. They needed a break from being stuck indoors. Y'all know how that can affect your mental well-being, and I firmly believe a healthy mind, as well as a healthy body, go hand in hand.

    Friends, I hope y'all had a wonderful weekend. I understand some of you are experiencing the first throws of Autumn with its chilly breezes! Some of you hosted Emmy parties, others enjoyed Football, and other's still ran races for a good cause. I'm sure y'all kept very busy, enjoying every moment along the way.

    Here's to enjoying every moment in the week ahead as well!

    Take care, and a happy Monday to you all.

    6 Responses to “
    Our Weekend

    Bella Michelle said...

    I hope you are all sniffle free this morning! The festival seemed like a fun little escape and I am sure it did you all some good.

    Katie@Team Skelley said...

    Cooper is that way too- sometimes just distracting him from his cold makes him feel much better.

    We rented Thor this weekend, which was directed by Kenneth Branagh. I was not excited, but it turned out to be very good! He really elevated the material. It was still a popcorn flick, but a well-done popcorn flick and you could see the Shakespearean influences.

    Ally Garner said...

    Oh that sounds fun! I love little community festivals like that. SO delighted to hear the children are feeling better. Maybe it was just a changing of seasons sniffle attack.

    I have a recipe for a blue velvet cake that i've been dying to try. Since you loved that flavor combo I think i might make it this week. It does sound delicious!

    Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

    Aw- I hope your home is feeling much better now!

    Ruth said...

    The cupcakes look wonderful. Glad you got to enjoy part of the weekend

    Kerri @OhMann! said...

    OMGoodness - haven't thought about pumpkin spice cupcakes/cake yet - YUM! I will be on that one soon...
    Good for you for "airing them out" - fresh air can work wonders for sick little spirits and tired Moms. :)