Sunday, January 27, 2008

the perfect saturday

I think Jon and I like to fantasize about our pre-baby Saturdays a little too much. Our Friday night discussions usually go something like this:

me: So, do you have anything you need to do tomorrow?
Jon: Um, no. But, I'd really like to sleep in, workout, sit on the couch and watch sports, and then go out to dinner and a movie. What about you?
me: Yeah, I was thinking that I could sleep in, go workout, go shopping, and then go hang out at a cafe and read my book... then maybe we could meet up and go to dinner and a movie.
Jon: That sounds nice... but what about Noah?
me: oh, yeah.

As nice as it would be for both of us to have our pefect Saturdays every week, it's rare that either of us ever do. We usually trade off who gets to sleep in and every once in awhile one of us will go out on our own (it's usually me :) and we pretty much never go out to dinner and a movie. I know, I know... that's the nature of the game and we really need to get over it. I guess we need to start differentiating between the perfect "me" Saturday and the perfect "family" Saturday.

Well, we go pretty close this past weekend to the perfect family Saturday. It was completely unplanned and it turned out to be a great day. We took turns working out in the morning and then after Noah's nap, we headed down to Central Park to wander. We came across the Zyrtec Spring Wonderland Dome (a ridiculously shameless pharmaceutical ad campaign) where Noah got a free carousel ride and then we wandered through the park. Noah had a great time. He's finally at the point where he can walk pretty long distances without getting tired or cranky. So, that was a great way for him to expend some energy and it wasn't too terribly cold out. We actually got him to wear a hat, which is a feat in itself, and he was really excited about posing for pictures for some random reason. Then we wandered over to the new Magnolia Bakery on 69th and Columbus (hooray for the Upper West Side!) where Jon stood in line and Noah and I thawed out at Barnes and Noble. We ended up getting there right in time for a free Little Maestros performance where Noah was completely mesmerized and had a blast.

here are some pics from the day:

so, what's your perfect Saturday?


lsnarr said...
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lsnarr said...

Two comments:
1- It looks like it was the perfect Saturday. Carousel rides, a walk through Central Park, Magnolia cupcakes, and the Little Maestros; it doesn't get much better than that!
2- And you wonder why Noah refuses to wear a hat. (just kidding) Actually, He really pulls off that look, just keep him away from frozen telephone poles.

nikki said...

Jess, hey it's Nikki... your friend from down south on the island. So glad to come across your blog. Your little boy is so big I can hardly believe it. I don't have any kids yet, but I rarely have the perfect Saturday as you describe it. I am so busy during the week, that my Saturday is a whirlwind of errands and cleaning, so I can relax on Sunday. I miss lazy Saturdays... I suppose it only gets worse with a child.