The real joy of life is in its PLAY.
Play is anything we do for the joy and love of doing it, apart from any profit, compulsion, or sense of duty.
It is the real living of life with the feeling of freedom and self-expression.
Play is the business of childhood, and its continuation in later years is the prolongation of youth.
Saturday, July 3 started off very similar to Friday..."the guys" got up and ate their breakfasts; made their beds and got dressed; went outside to practice their hockey shots and puck control; and then we all went for the daily walk up the hill. The morning routine was just a little more leisurely this morning as we were all a little tired from playing on the beach Friday afternoon. In fact, the boys developed a painful sun burn on their lower backs (fyi...best if mom or dad applies sunscreen on kids; kids tend to miss areas on eachother and then suffer later). Yes...while they were very nice to eachother on Friday afternoon, assisting the other with the application of sunscreen on the back - well, you can tell the areas they missed :(
So, what would our plans be for Saturday you ask, since we all were home and had no committments? Well, the boys decided that we would go see Toy Stoy 3...
and DH decided that we would grill something (I alway keep a variety of proteins in the freezer, ready for spontaneous family meals) and have a family meal at home in the evening. With the plans set, I took out a bag of frozen scallops and 3 chicken breasts and put them in the refrigerator to thaw...and then we were on our way to the movie.
Well, if you haven't seen Toy Story 3...I recommend it!...and bring a box of tissues, too. True to Disney's and Pixar's movies, we all were drawn into the story line pretty quickly. Especially since Andy, now 17 years old, is getting ready to go to college and his mother has asked him (several times - for they never seem to want to do anything you tell them to do the first time you tell them) to go through his stuff and organizing it into boxes/bags: "trash", "college", "donation", and "attic". After some sighing, Andy starts going through his stuff and eventually gets to the Toys - with decisions made a mix up occurs and that is what most of the story is about ...how to rectify the mistake. The tissues are needed at the end, when mother comes into Andy's bare room to say "good-bye" before he heads off to college. But right before he drives away, Andy heads over to a little girl's house to drop off the box of toys to the new, "approved" owner. And right before he departs her house, he stays...and PLAYS...holding on to his childhood a little longer.
DH and I were in tears...and Matthew (younger son) was crying, too.
Back home, we had the afternoon to relax before dinner - DH stayed downstairs to try and finish a book he has been reading and I went up to my needlework perch ('my special place' on the couch) and worked on my Ornament for the Ornament swap. A part of the ornament is stitched using Krenik blended thread, which takes some patience - meaning no distractions; so since I had a couple hours of peace, I decided this was a perfect time to PLAY with the blended thread. The boys also took this opportunity to read.
Dinner was very nice and simple to throw together. With the scallops, I marinated them in a citrus-balsamic sauce and put them on skewers with some apricot halves. A bite of grilled apricot and scallop together..."yummy"...pure heaven. It is fun to take time and PLAY with your food.
After dinner...a trip to the grocery store for DH & I for he was looking for some ice cream sandwiches (for a summer holiday weekend is not a holiday unless you have ice cream...something that we learn in our childhood). And the boys took out their Legos (something that they haven't done in a long time) and PLAYED together until it was time to get into bed.
Happy 4th of July...Happy Independence to you!
Only TIME will tell where we PLAY today. So, stay tuned...but remember:
Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch often!