Good morning, all! Today is a special day in our home: our son's 11th birthday. At this time 11 years ago, I was just getting to the hospital; 12 hours later, I had another baby in my arms. I'm so glad I'm a mother of two. It has been such a different experience mothering a son and daughter. I'm grateful to have both of these kiddos in my life. Motherhood hasn't always been easy for me. I don't know that it's easy for anyone, actually, but as I look back on these 11 years with my son and almost 13 with my daughter, I feel blessed. That word gets tossed around these days (usually with a hashtag), but it's the most fitting way I can describe my feeling today.
Here are a few peeks into my week so far:
The sun has been coming out bit-by-bit this week. I went down to the lake near our house and stood a while, realizing spring is around the corner and then summer. Slowly, it's starting to feel like home.
This wine, on sale from $18 to $10, was great. It's a little spicy, which I like in a red wine. I enjoyed my glass for three nights this week. I've got a bottle of white in the fridge, so we'll see how this brand fares on the white side. I'd definitely buy it again and give it a 7/10.
I've got this Valentine hanging in the kitchen and look at it when I'm at the stove. It's from our son, who is growing up fast and who breaks my heart every single day in the way little boys break their mother's hearts.
We have some high drama around here when it comes to lunches. The kids get 'tired' of the same thing if I pack it too often, but with refined palates, it's difficult to find food they'll actually eat. Many days, lunches come home uneaten. Well, let me clarify: the chips and junk are eaten. The grapes and sandwiches are left untouched. To that end, I've eliminated or cut down on any junk and set the kids to making their own food. Our daughter actioned these sandwiches with a baguette I purchased last Thursday. It's amazing what they'll eat if made by their own hand. :)
The town is preparing to build a new school in a huge, open field nearby. I used to love this field when we lived here before, several years ago. The fog would sit heavy in the mornings, early light filtering through it, the trees lit on fire as the sun came up. I stopped often on the side of the road to watch the sun that way, thinking how lovely it was to live in a place with great swaths of open land. Now it's changing. Progress is such a double-edged sword, no?
That's it for me. I'm going to go barreling toward the last two days of this week with gusto, probably killing it at Jazzercise, watching our son open his gifts and decluttering the house. Exciting times, I know. While I'm busy with all of that, here are a few little bits from around the web keep your company:
Would you ever go to a sex therapist with your spouse?
50 Contemporary Books Every Woman Should Read (according to Modern Mrs. Darcy) - I'm tempted by at least 10.
What if everyone in the world felt like this?
I am both tempted by and skeptical of this podcast. :)
This book looks intriguing. You all know I love some self-help.