Lately, I have had the great joy of spending all day with my kids on the weekends. At least it feels like that – maybe it hasn’t been that way for long, but I LOVE this exhaustion from a day well spent. We squeezed out every ounce of good times from each available minute today, and my feet have much to say in response. It was good.

Saturdays are Pancake Days — occasionally Sundays are also Pancake Days — which sets the day into gear. Today, after pancakes, we putzed around the house for a little while and then went to the grocery store for apple cider and a few additional odds and ends. Then we swung through a few garage sales, first by car and then by foot (BIG mistake – long walk – Elvis fell asleep in his race car and Lydia tired out 1/4 of the way back to the house, but everyone slept well this afternoon!), and then back to the house for a lunch of leftovers. Elvis had a hard time falling asleep but once he did, he slept until a little after 3. Lydia went down at 1 and slept until 3:30. She was pooped.

After the kids fell asleep this afternoon, I took a shower since that didn’t really happen this morning, and then I made something I am dying to taste – Pumpkin Streudel Squares. mmmm they sure look and smell yummy. They are in the fridge right now, and I’m debating, first, why I made them, and second, when I’m going to eat them. There was an initial motivation behind baking these that has since passed. I don’t remember what it was. I’ll probably save them for small group tomorrow night.

Once the kiddies woke up, we had a snack and lounged around a few minutes and then went to feed/terrorize Lisa’s cats. Mission accomplished, we ran through the ATM at the bank to deposit a check and then drove the few minutes’ ride out to our friends’ farm for a fall festival (ffffff). It was… fun! 🙂 We had a blast, to be completely honest — playing with other kids, meeting more great people and finding a kindred writer spirit, carving a pumpkin, eating hot dogs, taking a hay ride — it was a grand affair. We are all thoroughly exhausted, I think. Here’s hoping the kids sleep in (yeah right).

The weather is amazing this weekend, too. It is so nice to be outside – I feel as if it is a necessity to get outdoors as much as possible before the days get shorter and the temperatures drop even more. The kids (and I) love to be outside and take walks, and I will miss it a lot when the snow starts to fall. I get a cold nose and dry hands just thinking about the freeze.

I think tonight is the perfect night to veg out in front of a good, predictable movie I’ve seen a hundred times. And then fall asleep on the couch, probably.

Published by Sarah M. Wells

Sarah M. Wells is the author of The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Gospels to Help Kids and Parents Love God and Love Others (2022), American Honey: A Field Guide to Resisting Temptation (2021), Between the Heron and the Moss (2020), The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Bible to Help Kids and Parents Engage and Love Scripture (2018), Pruning Burning Bushes (2012), and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award through Finishing Line Press (2009). Sarah's work has been honored with four Pushcart Prize nominations, and her essays have appeared in the notable essays list in the Best American Essays 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Sarah is the recipient of a 2018 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She resides in Ashland, Ohio with her husband and three children.

One thought on “Saturdays

  1. If you need assistance in consuming the Pumpkin Streudel Squares, I would gladly partake!! Or I would at least take the recipe!Your kids did look like they were really enjoying themselves Saturday evening. I have yet to see how they turned out, but I know I have a few photos of Lydia and Elvis, that I will share with you.


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