Why is it that house guests wear me out so quickly, even when I love them? I wouldn't trade this time for the world, but the pace of our days is much busier than I am used to. Combine that with my increased exercise these past two weeks and Sabbath couldn't come at a better time.
We've already been really busy. Wednesday evening, hubby and I took my brother and his wife to the Phoenix Art Museum. When we finished exploring the museum, we stopped by the library, Whole Foods, Starbucks, and ColdStone. No worries; I'm being strict with my diet and didn't partake in either Starbucks or ColdStone but both smelled really good.
Thursday morning, we completed a 45 minute cardio session with a P90X DVD. The workout didn't seem as hard as the Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred DVD. The P90X cool down left much to be desired so we left the house and walked 2.5 miles. In the afternoon, I taught my brother and his wife how to play one of my favorite games - Ticket to Ride. They seemed to enjoy it and my hubby and I enjoyed the opportunity to play with four total players instead of our usual two.
Thursday afternoon saw me spending another hour or so finishing up my mom's cloth napkins. Then we all carpooled up to The Cheesecake Factory to celebrate Mother's Day with my mom. The restaurant has really good hummus. I wish I could figure out how to make my hummus taste like that.
After dinner, hubby, myself, my brother, and his wife all stopped into Macy's to search for a birthday present for my mom. Her birthday is the second week of June but we will be celebrating it over Memorial Day (along with my dad's birthday and Father's Day). My brother is traveling to Iraq the first week of June so we are cramming a bunch of celebrations into one long weekend at the end of May.
This morning I skipped my exercise. I was just too tired from all the running around we've been doing. Thankfully, I've been waking up about 20 minutes before the rest of the house so I've had quiet time each morning to read from the Bible. That's a nice blessing. Later this morning, my brother, his wife, and I visited a nearby mall looking for the present he couldn't find last night. After an hour and a half of visiting nearly half the stores in the mall, we declared it an unfruitful trip. At least we got a lot of walking!
Now my brother and his wife are off to pick up his daughter. They, my mom, and her boyfriend are going to a concert tonight. Hubby should be home any time now, as soon as he finishes with his client. Because I'm the only one home, I took the opportunity to catch up on dishes and tidy up the kitchen. Then I decided I might as well vacuum. While vacuuming, I figured I might as well sweep the kitchen and clean out the cat litter boxes. Even though I'm very tired, the work kept calling my name and it's a pleasure to know that my hubby will return home to a clean house and a calm wife.
I think I'm going to read for awhile until my hubby calls to say he's on his way home. I picked up several Christian nonfiction books about marriage and homemaking and I'm excited to see what I can learn. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and a very restful Sabbath!