Thursday, June 1, 2017



THINKING ABOUT: Sometimes it's the moments leading up to a nap or bedtime that are the worst. Gee, I wonder why?! Ha! Yesterday, despite numerous warnings, Max decided that he needed more yogurt before he was finished with his lunch. Having already polished off 3/4 a tub of honey Noosa (among countless other foods), I declined his request because it was time to clean up and it was clear he just wanted to postpone his afternoon siesta. Naturally, all hell broke loose and I was this close to my breaking point when the doorbell rang. In most cases this would only add to the chaos, but then I found a box from Farmgirl Flowers at the doorstep. Say what?! Flyboy arranged to have peonies sent as a belated anniversary gift. To say I was surprised would be a ginormous understatement; I was beside myself. This sort of stuff never happens—especially on those days when motherhood feels particularly messy. I wanted to pinch myself! Needless to say, Max got REEEEEEALLY lucky with the timing of his dad's gift because I was this close to selling him off to the lowest bidder. And as if nap time wasn't already a treat, two hours of peace and quiet with the aroma of fresh flowers from the dining room only sweetened the deal. This far from basic bloom might just be my weakness!

THANKFUL FOR: We're planning a long weekend trip to Austin later this month and I'm beyond excited! I know there are oodles of places to visit in this great state, but there's just something about the ATX that always leaves me wanting more. While I mostly find myself thinking about all of the food I want to eat, I'm honestly just jazzed to have something to look forward to and plan for.

WATCHING: Last Friday Max and I went into town for an outdoor showing of Moana at the Whitehead Museum. The movie was beyond PRECIOUS!! In fact, I may have even shed a tear or two just thinking about Hawaii and how much I want to go back. Sigh. But in true Swell Rio fashion there were aspects of our evening adventure that I just can't stop laughing about. The venue is what you might expect for a heritage museum in a small border town. There are lots of cacti, an empty pavilion, old wooden shacks, rows of rusty tractors, and a few random parrots. Yes, you read that last part right. PARROTS! Anywho, we've been to the museum a few times for various events like Oktoberfest, an outdoor craft market, etc. and I truly appreciate their attempt to offer various opportunities for the community. I think the town needs more of it! So when Max and I arrived for Moana, you can only imagine my disbelief when I looked around and realized it was us and six other people for the movie. Since the audience was looking rather sparse, Max took it upon himself to put on a show and he began to act out. Gee, thanks kid! I kept looking at my watch and wondering when the rest of the people would arrive or when the movie would even start when a group of people emerged out of nowhere. I felt like I was staring at a bunch of "walkers" from The Walking Dead. Seriously you guys, I have NO clue where these people came from because I kept staring at the entrance wondering if we were at the right place for over thirty minutes. WTF?! This group looked rather peculiar—not exactly your animated film kinda crowd. Their feet were dragging, their mouths were somewhat slack-jawed, and their spines kind of serpentine. I didn't know if I should be concerned by the company I was with that night (I mean, it's a Disney movie...) and if I should pack up my pom-pom tote, grab my kid, and we should just start making our way to Alexandria already. Ha Ha! Thankfully, I didn't have to look for Rick or Daryl and the crowd grew as the sun set. Oh Swell Rio and your stories!

EATING: My parents are jumping on the Whole30 bandwagon for the month of June, so I've opted to  join them for the sake of solidarity. Yaaaassssss! Now, before you think I'm crazy, I do plan to have the occasional weekend cocktail, allow myself a cheat meal on the weekends, and I have every intention of throwing this nutritional nonsense out the window altogether when we visit Austin. Clearly this isn't a true W30, but after my last round in May, I feel a lot better about my sugar intake and I want to keep up the good habits for as long as I can. Ideally, it would be nice to make this more of a lifestyle shift, but I also want to allow myself some room to indulge from time to time. Sometimes a girl just needs some baked goods and melted cheese. Can I get an amen?!

Over the long weekend Max got in the habit of laying in our bed to watch an episode of Kazoops before his bedtime. On Monday night I was getting the show ready to load when Max began jabbering about the stuffed animal he was holding. I was halfheartedly listening to him, as I was mostly concerned about the swirling red circle on Netflix working its way to 100%, when my toddler began talking about his toy's tail. He went on to say, "Max have a tail." At which point, I responded "No, you don't, silly!" He then replied, "Yes I do!" and then proceeded to point to his crotch. Insert giant face palm here. Yep, so I guess we've officially reached this point of raising a son. Gulp! Somebody, hold me! I'm SO not prepared for this boys and their tails business.

READING: Here's the deal, I don't have time to sit down and read at the moment. I'd like to, but every time I attempt to do so, my heart leads me to Bravo. Whoops! As a result, I've turned to Audible. Have you tried it?! I'm currently "reading" (AKA listening to) The Wellness Project by Phoebe Lapine. It's kind of fun to let Max loose on his bike when we set out for our daily walks and I feel like I'm in the company of another adult. I'm learning so much from the voice behind Feed Me Phoebe and her yearlong investigation of what made her well while striking a balance between healthy and hedonism. Surprisingly enough, I find myself laughing a lot too because the author is just as witty as she is wise! I'm only a few hours into the audio book, but I can't recommend it enough.

LOVING: I've relied on these Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads to to give my face a little color for the past few years, but since they're not necessarily cheap I'm kind of choosy about when I apply them. I've been on the hunt for a new option for awhile, so when I read about Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base I was more than intrigued. Why have I never heard about this product? Also, it gets AMAZING reviews!! Naturally I had to try it and I'm obsessed. While I realize it's still a bit of an investment, I think I'll be using this magic pot of goodness for a VERY long time. It looks amazing with foundation or when mixed with a little moisturizer.

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!! 

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