Amazingly, it hasn’t fallen off the wall (yet).
Amazingly, it hasn’t fallen off the wall (yet).
Just had to post that I am having a fantastic weekend.
First – I got to spend a lot of time yesterday with my friend, Bobbi Jo. We have a good time when we’re together and I always laugh a lot around her.
Then – last night was Christie’s Panty Party. It was less about embarassing her with lingerie for she & Andrew (though we certainly did and with lots of laughs) and more about getting to celebrate my really, really close friend before she gets married. This is such a special time and I’m so excited for her. I wanted to make her feel special last night and I think we accomplished that. Thanks to our friends who came out to shower Christie with laughter & lingerie.
Overnight was not pretty since Ella isn’t sleeping well and she & I were up battling it out between 11:30 pm and 2:30 this morning.
BUT – I woke up at 7:30 this morning next to my beautiful baby girl. Then – I got to get ready and head out to breakfast with my friend, Melissa – who I feel like I never get to see and we used to go out at least once every weekend when she & Jay first moved here. It was so wonderful to just sit with her and chat for a couple hours in a local coffee shop. So needed!
Then, lunch today was a celebration of mine & my dad’s birthdays. My grandmother, great-aunt, and aunt came in town from Newport News to eat with Dad, Mom, Jeff, Ella & Me. We had a good time and Ella got to show off a bit. After lunch we went back to mom & dad’s apartment and hung out while Ella really showed off how much fun she is to be around. So good to have Ella spend time with her GG, EE & Aunt Carla.
Tonight, we went to Jeff’s parents for dinner in a late celebration of Jeff’s mom’s birthday (Feb 3). It was great since all three boys (Jeff, Jerry & Gabe) were all able to be there with no schedule conflicts. Kristen & I were there, too, but the most fun is watching Nana and Papa interact with their two grandkids. We were all together.
It has been a great two days and tomorrow is lining up to be fantastic too…
I actually get to go to church at United tomorrow. I feel like it has been a lifetime since I’ve been there and for me it has. The last time was January 24. Church was snowed out the 31st & February 7 and then Jeff & I were away last weekend (Feb 14). I can’t wait to hear my dad preach. He is my favorite minister…and it isn’t just bias. I feel that he preaches from the heart to the heart and I love that about him. Tomorrow’s theme: God as our shepherd. So excited!
Then tomorrow night is my book club meeting. I haven’t posted about book club before…not sure why not except I just post so little…
Tomorrow night we’ll be discussing the book, The Help. It was a GREAT book that I recommend to anyone interested in a fiction story set in a all-too-real 1960’s segregated Jackson, Mississippi. I had to remind myself that Mae Mobly and Aibileen weren’t real people. Oh, little MaeMo – your nanny Aibileen loved you. It has been a month since I read the book and I can’t recall what MaeMo called Aibileen in the book, but it tugged my heart strings. SUCH A GOOD BOOK.
I’ll have to do posts on the books I read since I have become a voracious reader. I read the bookclub book and then find as many other books to read in the remainder of the month. I can’t stop and I love it. I’ve also found that I’m currenly very drawn to stories (fiction & non-fiction) set during the 60s that focus on segregation and integration. I find it fascinating…okay – that is another post too.
Well – that’s it. It is a great weekend and I just found the desire to share that with you. Thanks for reading!
We got home Valentine’s afternoon and I promptly got dressed and ready to head out with my mom to The Carpenter Center to see the Richmond Ballet (and Richmond Symphony) perform Romeo & Juliet. I love the story – love the play, LOVE the Leo/Claire Danes movie – but wasn’t so sure how much I’d like it as a ballet with none of Shakespeare’s words. I LOVED IT!
Jeff & I celebrated Valentine’s on Monday, the 15th. It was a great night with dinner & small gifts. I got him a book, Ella got him a stuffed version of that brown thing that chases kittens in some internet thing. He got me a Starbucks gift card. Now that rocks.
Well, my little one has blessed me with 30 minutes of time, but is now up and fussing in her crib. I need to start dinner anyhow. See ya sometime soon…just maybe longer than 7 days.
Oh well…such is life, eh? I planned on posting Friday, but with a sick little one I just didn’t get to it.
Baby sickness stinks. Let me tell you! And we have been extremely fortunate where this is concerned. We went Ella’s entire first year without a major illness for any of us. Granted, for the first two months of her life we had some tenuous moments with the feeding stuff. She’d gorge herself and throw up, but we all thought there was more to it. It took about 4 weeks to work it all out, but once we did we never looked back.
As soon as she turned one, she got strep throat. Then an ear infection…then another. We’re currently preventing #4. Thursday (1/21) we went to story time at the library and then to a playdate at our friend Whitney’s (Becca). All was well. We came home & I put Ella down for a nap. Twenty minutes later she was up screaming. She hates to nap in her crib during the day and always cries when she wakes up in it, but this was different. She was irate. I went to get her and she was burning up – a fever of 103. HUH??
So off to the doctor where we have every test known to man run to eliminate anything not viral. It’s viral. So home we go with instructions to alternate Tylenol & Motrin every 3 hours as long as her temp is over 100. Then Friday, we’re still hitting 103 at least once every 3-4 hours. So back to the pediatrician we go (their call) to be sure something worse hadn’t developed in the 24 hours since Thursday’s visit. The only difference? Her ears are starting to look gunky (not yet infected) and they don’t want to go into infection #4 so she gets a shot of a powerful antibiotic and we get a script for more oral antibiotic.
We’ve been fever free since Sunday morning and I’m thankful. I’m also thankful to a great mom & hubby who carried the brunt of Ella-care on Sunday. Both Jeff & I were scheduled for praise team and I didn’t want to expose the tiny baby in the nursery to anything so mom came to our house to care for Ella while Jeff & I went to church. Then Sunday afternoon was Christie’s bridal shower. The plan had been for Ella to go with me & mom, but after a diaper blowout during church time, Jeff decided to keep her home. Good call since he had another diaper blowout that afternoon.
Yesterday we only ventured out to the library (quick visit for me to pick up a hotly sought after book) and Target for needed essentials (like wipes). Other than that we were home in sweatpants.
Today, my mommy friends convinced me that being fever free for 48 hours meant it was okay for Ella to play so off to the playdate we went. It was a lot of fun and I really like my mommy friends. They are wonderful. Thursday we’re going to Maymont to see the animals before the weather predicted for the weekend.
Wouldn’t you know it – they are calling for a FOOT of snow and Jeff had bought me tickets to The Wedding Singer musical for Christmas. Oh…my present better not be ruined. I may cry. Oh well…