Archive | November, 2011

A really good day.

7 Nov

I have lots of pictures to post from Halloween and Clara’s birthday party.  I will try to do that this week, but today, I am just having a really good day.

I had coffee and creamer in the house this morning, so my coffee was fantastic, which always makes for a better morning.

Clara and I headed out to the gym, and even though it was a tough workout, it felt good to be back.  I have a goal in mind, and I’m slowly but surely making my way there – between eating right and working out, I’ve lost about 50lbs since having Clara, and I am finally starting to feel like myself again.

Mondays are our long days without Joel, which doesn’t always make for lots of fun, but today we met up with Heather and little Lulu at the playground.  Clara absolutely LOVES to be outside, but since our yard isn’t exactly conducive to running around and playing, we have to find other places.  Someday we will have grass and a sandbox and a swingset, but for now we will frequent the parks to get our outdoor fix.  Anyway, it was a gorgeous day, the fall colors perfectly set against the carolina blue sky.  I love it.  Fall is definitely my favorite season.

The kiddos loved playing together at the park.

A little young for showing off that midriff… but I can’t buy shirts long enough to cover her belly!  She has a loooooong torso!

Clara thinks she’s so big!

We must have worn Clara out with all that playing and sand-eating, because she fell asleep right as we pulled in the driveway at home.  She never stays asleep when I take her out of the car anymore, but miracle of miracles, she did today.  She laid her little head down on my shoulder and passed right out again when I took her out of the car and stayed asleep all the way inside and up the stairs into her bedroom.  I had a sentimental and nostalgic moment from when she was a tiny baby and used to sleep on my chest, and just sat down in the glider in her room with her in my arms, head on my shoulder, and sat there with her for about 30 minutes.  Best 30 minutes of my day.  Hands down.  I miss my tiny, snuggly, sleepy baby girl, but my active, wild little 13 month old hardly ever slows down enough to snuggle anymore.  I have to take the chances when I can get them.

That is the anatomy of a happy day.

Thankful Thursday

3 Nov

I’m stealing the title of this post from my friend, Sus, who is awesome and totally won’t mind if I borrow her title. (Right, Sus?)

1. Today I’m thankful for the sunshine and leaves changing colors.  They make me happy.

2. I’m thankful for my calendar that keeps me organized and sane.  Most of the time, that is.

3. I’m thankful for great friends and neighbors who help us out when we need it the most.  In particular today, our neighbor, Sarah, who is going to watch Clara for us on Saturday!  You’re the best.

4. I’m thankful for a washer and dryer that work… now I just need to get them into action.

5. I’m thankful for freeze-dried fruit, which seems to be the only thing that Clara wants to eat lately.  Thanks Trader Joe’s.