Coming Up for Air… Thanks in Part to Google
Life was really a bit crazy last week/end, and all of a sudden we’re settled in back home, and I realized that I’d been rather quiet on the social media front and hadn’t posted in a week now. I know you all missed me. To get you up to speed:
I apologize to anyone who got excited when I hinted at house things… they’re not happening. The short version: we looked at a different house, and upon closer inspection, realized it would suck not only our money but our souls as well. Maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but it’s a no-go. We’re fine with it, and are happy staying where we are for now.
I took the girls to my mom’s for the weekend, so we could be in town for my sister’s bridal shower. It went off well, Grace ate her body weight in mini muffins, and Sophie was a trooper, even with a missed nap. I went to Target by myself for about 45 minutes and it seriously felt like a vacation. Joe had to work on Saturday, and so he couldn’t join us there (for the weekend, not just Target). Grace took advantage of the situation and decided to morph into a generally horrible person. I’m pretty sure she was trying to break me and came dangerously close to succeeding. Recent exploits include shoving magnetic letters into the wall vents and unrolling the toilet paper roll and claiming it “fell in” the toilet that she was sitting on.
Both kids have minor colds, and I’m really hoping that they don’t spread them to me, although it’s inevitable when I consider the number of times Grace has coughed or sneezed on me. Grace has been going through tissues like it’s her job, and we’ve discovered there isn’t much Sophie hates more than having her little runny nose wiped.
At any rate, we’re back home, getting back in our routines, and I’m trying to be better about actually sticking to them. Motivation has never been one of my strong points, but I have been trying to manage my time better so I can fit in the things I want to do instead of wasting it and feeling bad that I didn’t get done what I should have. Apparently I haven’t been the only one evaluating this, as Anna and Jen have written. I’m trying to make the time to write (and do it even when I don’t feel like it – like exercise) here and elsewhere. I’m figuring out what energizes me and focusing on those things, while spending less time on draining activities.
Bonus: Upon our arrival home, Joe presented Grace with a surprise: a bucket with her initial that had a bunch of beachy things in it. Apparently Google was having some party in Cannes, and they wanted a few lucky people (or unlucky, depending on how you look at it) to feel like they were at a French beach party too, without leaving their own homes.
Thanks, Google! It did feel like Cannes in my kitchen. I think it was the inflatable tree. And now when the Midwestern sun is blazing this fall, I’ll be good to go with my sunscreen stick and several tubes of chapstick. The ones that Grace leaves me, anyway. She’s been applying it every hour on the hour since she got her little paws on it. She also is a big fan of having Joe blow up the balloons, then letting them go, which is what was happening here: