Five Things

1. We’ve all been running on less than adequate sleep lately. This season will pass eventually, right??? One morning, Oliver and I came out into the living room where Bea’s basinet was, to find Theo on the sofa, with the basinet next to him. He was sitting there rocking Bea, adjusting her bink when she fussed, and talking to her. I stopped, a little startled, and asked him what was going on.

“I’m just playing quietly with Bea so you could keep sleeping,” he said. After I picked my jaw up from the floor, I quickly went over to him and wrapped him in a big hug. This guy has the biggest heart and is a natural caretaker. He has matured so much in the last few months and it does my momma heart so, so good to see him love us like that.ย 

2. Do you get dark circles under your eyes? I sure do. I readย this article that went way beyond the typical suggestion of placing cucumbers on those dark circles. My favorite alternative was….a potato! The article said potatoes are even more effective because they stay cooler longer than a cucumber. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, though, they had a great list of alternatives.

3. I really enjoyed this article written by a father about keeping a journal of things he wanted his kids to know but couldn’t/shouldn’t say when they were young. I love the idea of jotting down an on-going list of things life lessons -both large and small- to share with my kids. Writing them down and allowing kids to read them on their own makes it seem more inspiring and less pushy, too. I also loved how this dad included simple, every day bits of advice that make you into a better human being. Things like: “Look at your waiter in the eye when they come to the table! Don’t just stare at the menu.” What great advice. I can also imagine this type of journal being a wonderfully personal and touching keepsake for grown children with kids of their own.

4. I am in a SERIOUS cooking rut. Ugh. Guys, I just can’t even. The whole process of meal planning, grocery shopping, and then COOKING makes me just want to curl up in a ball on the floor and rock side to side until my kids are too scared of me to ask “What’s for dinner?” one more time. I found this recipe for freezer-friendly vegetable enchiladas and I might have to give it a try. Someday…

5. We have a big weekend planed. I get to see some people that I haven’t spent time with in awhile and that makes me very, very excited. I’m especially looking forward to introducing Beatrice to my long time college bestie. Eeek. That’s going to be so special. I hope your weekend will be full of good food, happy people, and fun adventures.

 

Happy Friday, my little tulips!

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