Well, it was a long weekend with some progress on the homefront (i.e. “that” closet).  I didn’t get as much other stuff done as I had hoped, but that’s life at Chateau L. 

Friday, we attended a parade in Waxhaw, NC.  Olivia isn’t fond of parades.  I think it’s a crowd issue more than anything else.  She got up to see “soldier boys” and the Patriot Guard Riders participated in honor of Sgt. Jonathan Roberts allowing him to ride in the parade.  She has gotten to love the roar of the motor cycles as we’ve attended several functions with the PGR.  We were sitting at the end of the parade route, which proved to be a small blessing to us since she was absolutely miserable so we hiked the short walk back to the car.  Where we parked, was where a float had emptied its riders and she was thrilled, “Look, mommy.  A parade, a parade.”  Will and I just looked at each other.  Where was this enthusiasm when it was a manned float in the parade?!  The other thing that made her tickled to be there was the train that passed us by.  Go figure.  So, we loaded up in the car and headed home.  That evening we went to my parent’s house and had dinner, picked veggies from their garden and took Olivia to the rodeo.  She loves horses, cowboys, cowboy-girls, etc. so we thought it would be the perfect event before the fireworks show.  Whatever.  She could have cared less.  That is until we were leaving!  Then she pointed out every animal and rider.  Then it was off to the fireworks.  The town my parents live in is little.  No stop light little, but every single townsperson was there to watch the show.  We chose to stay a few blocks back and watch from afar.  This is the first fireworks show we’ve attended since Will returned home from Iraq as it’s the first time he’s felt comfortable going.  Olivia enjoyed the first few minutes and then she was done with it.  We went home.  So, we got a taste of everything fun and were home by a decent hour.  Can’t complain about that.

Saturday we cleaned and did lots of laundry.  How is it possible three people can have so many dirty clothes?  It’s not like we aren’t doing at least one load a day or every other day as it is.  Thank goodness we’re in sandal season so there’s no scrounging to match socks. 

Sunday Will had to work so Olivia and I chilled around the house and played.  She informed me she didn’t have enough toys to play with and we needed to go buy more.  Umm, think again, sister.  She also told me her box of 500 crayons was “old” and she needed new ones.  That’s not happening, either.  She managed to pull out every single toy she owned and had a fit when it came time to put them up.  After a little encouragement from me, her room was spotless and I had her move on to the living room.  If she would just master clothes folding.  Heh.

All in all it was a good weekend.  I certainly enjoyed the days away from the office and no real schedule to follow.  There are pictures and they will be posted soon, but probably not by your definition of soon.

I hope you all had a nice weekend.