Thursday, December 20, 2018



FEELING: The older Max gets the harder it is to keep up with subjects like Ninjago (AKA topics I never wanted to know about in the first place). Just when I think HOW will I ever understand all this "boy" stuff, I'm reminded my kid is still a product of his environment. Afterall, last week he asked me why I haven't put any "sparkly decorations" in his room, and then a day later expressed how happy he gets when he gets to use colorful tape. In the words of RHOA's finest, Mrs. Leakes, "We see each other!"

THANKFUL FOR: My sister and her boyfriend are coming to town on Sunday and I'm really jazzed to get to share memories at our new home with them. The week leading up to Christmas has felt like FOREVER. Is it just me? I'm honestly not sure how many more cookies I can bake, lists I can make, bedding I can clean, etc. to pass the time for their arrival. We haven't had any guests since Max's birthday 2.5 months ago, so it will be nice to have a full house again.

THINKING ABOUT: I signed Max up for an indoor soccer class with the local parks and rec beginning mid-January and I'm interested to see how it works out. I figured it would be a good distraction for us since Flyboy will be gone, but convincing Max it's going to be fun is a whole other story right now. I'm sure he will enjoy it once he starts, but it's been a hard sell. He tells me he only wants to go if "daddy can be there," which is an absolute bummer for all parties involved. Thankfully, Max's friend is going to be at the class as well and I'm hoping they can be placed in the same group. Being stubborn AND shy is a wicked combination. Woof! 

READING: In case you're looking for a few holiday-related reads to add to your kid's library, here are some of our latest favorites:

LISTENING TO: I just finished wrapping a batch of presents on Monday during Max's nap time when I heard tiny footsteps make their way to the bathroom. Upon flushing, I saw our wily one's cute little face look down the steps, sleep mask propped on top of his cranium like a headband, his shirt aggressively tucked into his pants (because four year olds...), and we waved at each another. "I just got done pooping and wanted to tell you what a great job you're doing with those presents, mom! They sure are beautiful. Okay, bye." As soon as he spit out what he wanted to say, he raced back into his room and shut the door. He takes the rules of nap time very seriously because he knows he's only to get out of bed if it's to go to the restroom. Haha! I, on the other hand, spent the next five minutes grinning like a big goof ball and giggling to myself because it's moments like that I'll cherish the most.

WATCHING: We have a Santa Tracker app on our TV, and every day since December 1st Max has made sure we log in so he can answer a series of questions to determine whether or not he'll be on the naughty or nice list. Naturally, Maxwell's percentage fluctuates on a daily basis, but he takes it VERY seriously. For this reason, I asked if he'd like to meet St. Nick in person on several different occasions and each time he suggests we just FaceTime Father Christmas instead. Well played, kid. 

: Yesterday I baked ten dozen cookies to distribute to our neighbors and Flyboy's coworkers, then I immediately announced I never wanted to bake or eat anything sugary again. Gasp! I do this at least once or twice a holiday season. I eat ALL the dough, and I taste test ALL the baked goods. I swear I want NOTHING to do with sweets EVER again. Then, 72 hours later, I forget about my gluttonous proclamation, I become a repeat offender, and I'm miserable once more. It's such a vicious and tasty cycle. 'Tis the season, am I right?! My pants already hate me and the bulk of the indulging hasn't even started.  

: I featured the Kristin Ess 3-in-One Flat Iron last week in The Love List and promised to report back. You guys, there's a reason it gets nothing but five-star reviews. The price point is great and the product itself is incredible! My hair can be described as fine, but the texture is rather funky because I have some natural curl. This flat iron keeps my hair smooth and silky all day and requires very little in terms of touch-ups on day two or four. Ha! The fact that the tool looks so pretty is just the cherry on top.

How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!! 

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