Bullets Before Bedtime

I know, I’ve been a slackaholic on blogging lately. Believe me, I have a good reason, and I will tell you all about it in a few weeks. Meanwhile, why don’t we start off the week with some bullets? I like bullets.

  • I’m officially diving into the last year of my twenties.  I’m not sad, …okay, maybe a little…but mostly I feel like an old “parent”.  I mean, I remember when my parents were in their thirties and I use to look up at them and think “they’re old, and I’m a young kid! Woohoo!” and now its time for ME to be the grown-up? So, I’m suppose to be serious and stop singing to the music in the car, splashing people in the face in the pool and popping the back of the knees of people that annoy me? (Okay, I don’t really do that last one, but it sounded fun).  No! I refuse to let go of my youth!
  • For my birthday Dan was such a sweetheart to endured the movie Eat, Pray, Love (based off the book with the same title) last Friday night.  If you haven’t heard of the book or movie, then you’ve probably been living under a rock somewhere.  When I read the book a few years back I really enjoyed it.  I thought it tapped into many interests of mine including travel, food, culture, and love.  However, the movie gave me a different perspective of the story of the lady who took a year sabbatical to “find herself”. Instead, it left me feeling like she was just running away from her problems and that she decided to leave her husband because of some hokie advice that a medicine man gave her.  In the book it seemed way different, and it’s been so long since I read it, but the movie just didn’t resonate with me the same.  Dan also took me to a delicious dinner at Cabernet prior to the movie.  It was so nice to get all dressed up for a fancy dinner.  Those are rare occasions in this house!  It was great food, and the night left me feeling super special, even if I am a year older.
  • We are SO looking forward to fall this year.  I know, I know, I’m a sucker for a new season.  I was all gung ho about summertime when it was winter but it has been SUCH a hot summer, and we’re about all picnic and swimming pool’d out.  I’m ready for beautiful fall leaves, cool breezes, pumpkin pie, and Halloween costumes!
  • In preparation for the fall season, we have booked our first vacation in a cabin.  We thought a cabin would work out well for us because we have Parker, and we could enjoy cooking meals at the house and having the homey feeling while still being on vacation.  We used the site www.vrbo.com and found this fabulous cabin in Asheville, NC.  We decided on this cabin because it is five minutes from the Grove Park Inn, and in fact was built by the same people.  It was important for us to be close to town so we can easily get to and from between Parker’s naps, but also be able to enjoy a place in the mountains.  This was the best of both worlds.  We love Asheville so much.  I love its young artistic vibe, its culture, the architecture, the wildlife and the fact that there is so much to do for the family.  In addition to going on nature walks and enjoying the mountain air, there are plenty of great restaurants, festivals, art shows, and nature reserves that we plan on enjoying.  I can hardly wait for October to get here!
  • Okay, I know it’s like standard protocol for every Mom to think that THEIR child is the cutest, smiliest, laughable, squeezable little thing ever, but seriously… where did this child of mine come from?  He’s SO incredibly happy and laughable and squeezable… you get the point… ALL THE TIME.  Okay, he does have his teething moments, I can admit.  But really, where does he get it from.  I’m certainly NOT all hunky dory all the time, but somewhere in the gene pool, there was a sweet person that loved to smile, laugh, blow fart rasberries and give great hugs.  It is not something that can be taught..so what else will explain it?  I hope that when he’s older, a teenager perhaps, that I remember how sweet of a baby he is.  I took him into the Verizon office to see my ol’ co-workers.  Parker was such a ham.  He has no idea what stranger anxiety is.  Everyone is a friend!  He loves showing of his teeth grinning and cheesing it up.  Of course, everyone thought he was as cute as can be!
  • A few weeks ago I went to visit my brother Joey and his girlfriend JoAnna and met my new little nephew Jakson.  He is such a sweet precious little boy!  I’m so excited to see their little boy grow up and eventually be a friend to Parker.  Congrats guys!
  • This Thursday, me and some girlfriends are going to see Sheryl Crow.  I’m really excited to see her live.  I haven’t listened to her music a lot lately, but I loved her music in college.  She’s got some catchy tunes that put me in a good mood, and make me want to sing aloud to anyone who will listen.  Maybe Thursday, I can refrain myself for my friends’ sake.
  • Parker’s first birthday party is next month! I can’t believe he’s almost one.  It’s insane. Complete craziness.  To think that my little baby boy is about to turn one makes me sad.  On to the crazy 1’s and the terrible 2’s.  I’m not ready for that yet!  I am however, looking forward to Parker communicating with me a little better in the coming year and us having more fun together after he drops a nap, giving us much more time to enjoy play dates with the “big kids”.
  • So, my next big weaning stage will be weaning from the bottle.  Since we started introducing bottles four times a day around ten months when we weaned from breastfeeding, the bottle weaning has been a little slower than maybe other babes his age.  This week we dropped one bottle leaving him with three a day and started introducing formula in a sippy cup.  Parker wasn’t too keen on the idea, but I’m hoping that he’ll start to warm up to it in the coming weeks.
  • I’m getting SO incredibly excited about my girl’s weekend coming up in only a few short weeks!  My BFF Jess who lives in Charleston is planning some fun things for us to do and I can’t wait.  This will be my first trip away from Parker since he was born and as difficult as it will be for me to be away from him, I know this is something that I will enjoy, and something that will be a great bonding experience for him and his daddy.  Jess and I have been talking about some things that we can do…everything from salsa lessons to sailing to yoga on the beach.  I’m stoked!
  • In our small group we’ve been using the participant’s guide and dvd and going through John and Stasi Eldredge’s small group marriage study entitled “Love and War”.  It has been a great eye opening study, and it really has convicted me about some things in my life that I should change and be more aware of.  I never thought marriage would be easy, but knowing that other new parents our age are going through similar struggles lets me know that we’re not alone and that issues can be worked through.  The dvd is pretty funny as it has other couples that tell their stories in a…let’s say “animated” way.  Honestly though, it’s a great study!  I feel so blessed to be able to learn from such a great group of parents and friends.

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