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How we managed our busy weekend

After a particularly busy (and fun!) weekend, Karine is looking forward to a quieter one with her family.

By Karine Ewart
How we managed our busy weekend

Last week, our good friends George and Marie-Michelle arrived from Vermont with their two-year-old son, Felix. (Adorable little man: He's at that age when you can not take your eyes off him for a second!) Milla had dance until 6:30 p.m. and our three sons had lacrosse until 7:30 p.m., but we all sat down at 9 p.m. for a simple, delish meal of BBQ steak, salmon, potatoes, asparagus and arugula salad. My 16-year-old nephew dropped by with three of his buddies, and we all debated the merits and pitfalls of social media. (Teenage boys are fascinating to me!) It was a late night, but I'm OK with breaking bedtime rules for special occasions. (It was so much fun!)

Here's what this past weekend looked like:

8 a.m.: Drop kids at school. Head to office. (Jay working from home.)
10 a.m.: George and Marie-Michelle  leaving to visit other friends.
2:30 p.m.: Jay picks up kids.
4 p.m.: Leave office early.
5 p.m.: Boys speed skating clinic
6:30 p.m.: Piano recital for all four kids.
9 p.m.: Our friends from Montreal, Helene and Roger, arrive with their two girls, Maya and Margot. (Hopefully, we'll all get to bed early!)

9:20 a.m.: Boys soccer tournament, Game #1
11:50 a.m.: Boys soccer tournament, Game #2
Noon-3 p.m.: Milla dance recital dress rehearsal
2:20 p.m.: Boys soccer tournament, Game #3
4 p.m.: Drive to Mississauga
5 p.m.: Pool party in honour of George and Marie-Michelle.
9 p.m.: Drive home.

9 a.m.: Groceries, laundry, house cleaning
Noon: Milla dance recital matinee
5 p.m.: Milla dance recital evening performance
10 p.m.: Arrive home.

I totally understand that this may not apply to everyone. (Next weekend, we should have more downtime.) But I am really looking forward to spending the weekend with my family, and I'm excited to watch my kids in their element.

And I am seriously considering dropping the laundry off at the local Laundromat where they wash, dry and fold laundry and charge by the pound... !
This article was originally published on May 27, 2013

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