Thursday, November 14, 2019



FEELINGMy parents are coming to Delaware this weekend and we're really excited! Max is eager to play pirates with Papa, and I'm itching to paint the spare guest room with my mom. Priorities, right?? I can't believe it's taken me over 1.5 years to tackle this to-do, but we've had very little need for the space and used it mostly for storing random pieces of furniture, suitcases, etc. Since we got rid of some of the junk and organized the things we wanted to keep, I think we're finally ready to get the job done. The walls are currently a pale yellow (painted by the previous owners), and we're going to switch it to something neutral instead. With Winter coming and more time spent indoors, I think we're going to utilize the space as a playroom for Max. It will be nice to nest in another area!   

THINKING ABOUT: I brought chocolate chip cookies to Max's preschool program a few weeks ago. I used THE recipe and one of his teachers FLIPPED out. Like, her reaction was embarrassing for this introvert! To make matters worse, she's still talking about them. In fact, she's even asked me to bake her a couple dozen to take to Thanksgiving. Haha! While she offered to pay me, my baking is always pro bono. Let's face it, I'm not opposed to sucking up in the name of sweets. Hey, maybe the next time Max lives up to his wild things side in class, she'll cut him some slack? That would greatly benefit his mom in the event my child gets turnt—kind of like that Friday in September when a certain somebody got in trouble for talking too much in class. Oops! We'll call this one a kindness kickback.

THANKFUL FOR: Max's preschool program at the YMCA is every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for two hours in the morning. Well, they recently started offering a "Lunch Bunch" option on Mondays in which the kids can stay until 2 pm, eat lunch with their teacher and play games in the gym. Obviously, I was pretty jazzed about the idea of getting more time alone, so I signed Max up ASAP. Because he was sick last week, this was his first week joining the pre-k crew and he had the BEST time. He's obsessed with his teacher and wishes they could have Lunch Bunch every day. Haha! I've got to admit, the feeling is mutual. I've never looked forward to Mondays so much in my life.   

WATCHING: Speaking of Lunch Bunch, Beesly was beyond confused when I returned home Monday sans Max. She kept sitting by the dining room table waiting for him to enter through the garage door or porch side—as he does most days after checking on his playhouse in the back yard. I kept inviting her into the office to lay beside my desk, but it took a good 30 minutes of convincing before she left the kitchen. For the past five years, I've always had Max by my side and it's clear our darling Berner has gotten used to it. Oh, but just wait until she finds out about kindergarten. Woof! Don't worry Sweet Bee, you'll learn to love your newfound freedom—from what I've been told. Hehe!

READING: Are you familiar with the children's book, The Good Egg by Jory John? Well, my mom bought a copy for me, and I didn't think much of it until I went to read it to Max one night. You could say that a lightbulb went off (AH-HA!) and her message was received. It had me smiling and laughing; I even got choked up. I had no clue that a book about an egg could resonate with me on so many levels. Should I go on a camping trip? Is this why my hair is thinning?

EATING: On Tuesday it was gloomy and cold outside so I decided to whip up a batch of chicken noodle soup. I've yet to find THE recipe (I'm talking about something chocolate chip cookie level!), so I just kind of winged it. The result was tasty enough, which is good because I'll probably be eating leftovers for the next week. Instead of egg noodles, I threw some orzo in the mix and boy did those suckers expand! Yowzah!! Most of the liquid has been absorbed at this point and I'm working with a hearty chicken pasta fusion. Definitely not THE recipe, but better than the stuff in a can.

: Slowly but surely Max is warming up to the idea of having a cousin. Haha! Just recently he began sharing with me different things he wants to teach "that baby." Monday morning our conversation went something like this...

"So you know when that baby comes to my house someday?"
"You mean, your baby cousin?"
"Yeah. That baby. Well, I'm going to have to teach it about momentum. You think that will be good? That baby will definitely need to learn about momentum. Maybe even gravity. I'm really going to have to teach that baby a lot." 

Let's hope for the sake of "that baby" his lesson is strictly words and examples. No physical force required. Yikes!

LOVING: I follow celebrity hairstylist Ashley Streicher (Striiike and Streicher Sisters ring a bell?) on Instagram, and I'm convinced she couldn't be more adorable if she tried. Seriously you guys, her hair is #goals! I haven't had the urge to chop my mop or lighten my locks in a long time, but Ashley's textured tresses make me think otherwise. Swoon! She's the epitome of effortlessly cool, and she nails an orangey-red lip like no other. Sigh. Can we be friends already? How about an honorary sister? Perhaps a fly on the wall when she's zhooshing Mandy Moore? 

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

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