Sunday, October 5, 2008

Relaxing Weekend

We’ve had a nice weekend.

Friday night was our pizza-and-a-movie night. I made homemade pizza and breadsticks and we watched The Bee Movie. We try to watch a movie and have pizza every Friday. The ritual sort of gets us in the mood for the weekend. Poor Jensen doesn’t think you can eat pizza unless you are sitting on the floor watching a movie.

Saturday, Jolie and I started the day off at the salon. We had a semi-girls’ day out. We hadn’t had our hair cut since early May when Jolie donated her hair to Locks of Love, so I figured it was about time. Jolie just got her hair trimmed this time. She is planning to donate her hair again as soon as her hair is long enough.

I, on the other hand, wanted a change. So I went drastic. I chopped a whole three inches off! Okay, so not really a drastic change, but I couldn’t make up my mind. I hate getting haircuts. I usually get antsy about twice a hairstyle just is no longer working for me. It’s either too long; too short; not enough layers; too many layers…you get the picture. When it’s too long, I cut it and for a time it’s too short. When it’s all one length, I get some layers and they just don’t lay right. So I thought I would look online for a new “do.” Can you believe that I didn’t find one online that I was completely happy with? So, as usual, I went to the salon unprepared. The stylist was great. She worked with me and cut my hair exactly how I asked her to. Just not quite as short as I had asked. I guess you can always take more off but you can’t glue it back on.

Here are some before and after photos –

The rest of Saturday was spent around the house. We took the kids to the neighborhood park. The kids climbed on the equipment and swung on the swings. Do you know that I haven’t swung on swings since a few days before Jensen was born? I was trying everything to go into labor and thought that playing tag with Jake and Jolie and then swinging at the park might do the trick. Unfortunately, no. I didn’t remember how relaxing it is to swing. I just closed my eyes, leaned back, and felt the wind in my newly cut hair. I can’t remember the last time I felt that relaxed. It was great. The park adventure was followed by a refreshing run. Dinner consisted of Dumplings (‘n Chicken for the non-vegetarians), rolls and corn, yum! Jolie and I made ice cream while Justin and Jake built a model rocket. I also started some cajun boiled peanuts in the crock-pot, double yum!

Sunday was a lounging sort of day. We had a nice breakfast (pancakes, scrambled eggs, and sausage) followed by “home church.” Then a little left over pizza, and because we can’t have pizza without a movie, we watched a documentary on George Washington and Ben Franklin. The kids played for a while while I made pita bread for dinner (thank you King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion) and Justin did some research.

We had Greek salads with pita bread and tazhiki sauce for dinner and because Jake wowed Justin by knowing one of the political commentators on “Meet the Press” this morning, we splurged and went out for ice cream. We finished the night off with a blast from the past, the movie Mrs. Doubtfire. Jensen has decided that he wants to dress up like Mrs. Doubtfire for Halloween instead of Spiderman. How do you dress a nearly three-year-old up like Mrs. Doubtfire? That would be a sight!

So I rambled on and on just to tell you that this was a wonderfully relaxing weekend. I don’t think I really got much done, but it was great nonetheless.

Back to the real world tomorrow…though I think we might take the week off of school. I’m trying to complete six weeks of school and follow it with one week off (except during holidays), that way we’ll end up schooling year round. We’ve completed seven weeks thus far, so this week might just be a “catch up” week. Jake has a few history projects he needs to get caught up on, and I’d like to go through and make sure I’ve documented all of our “achievements” thus far for the year (i.e. fieldtrips, projects, community events, etc.). This week is definitely a down week at the Miller house. Woohoo!


Carol said...


Sounds heavenly. We had a super busy weekend with church and boy scouts (Don's installation). I have a fabulous (in my head) recipe for homemade tzatiki (we eat it quite a bit). Also, send your email and I will send friendship bread recipe! (

Carol said...

By the way, I really like the new do. :-)

Colyn said...

Your hair looks great!
About the pizza on the floor: how do you keep the dog from getting it? I really, *really* wanna know, LOL!

Jaynelle said...

Hey, Colyn! You know Chester. He'll just sit by the blanket, patiently waiting for all of us to get up and then try to sneak a bit of someone's crust. He is usually very good about staying away, but sometimes he just can't help himself:)