I'm all over the place today. Bear with me.
Carter recently saw just the face portion of this picture (in the new part of my Facebook profile) and said, "Mom, where was that picture taken of me?"
Obviously, he missed the braids. But, that is me. And, Caroline. Lord have mercy, Carter looks like a Clemens. Yes?
I love California. LOVE it. I recall several years ago, a friend saying, "I wake up each morning and thank God I live here. It's that good." I concur. This morning, I took Carter to school, drove down by the water to get coffee and paused a second to take in the Pacific Ocean. I never thought my life would take me here. So glad it did!
Our kids have not been sick since early Spring of 2010. We made it through 5 months of Cobra, a cross country relocation, acclimation to a new climate and 3 months of Preschool without a sniffle. I know it's coming. And, since I just wrote that down, Blake will be hysterically worried that I just jinxed us. If our kids get sick within the next 6 months, he will blame me. Since I stopped listening to him years ago, this really doesn't have a huge impact on me.
However, several people have asked me recently how our kids stay so healthy. While I'd like to pat myself on the back for feeding them fruits and veggies night and day, I cannot due to Jack's extreme pickiness and gastro issues. Instead, I'll attribute it to some simple, old school tactics:
*Carter sleeps 10.5+ hours each night. Jack and Lainey sleep 12.
*Each kids eats 1 vitamin a day. A generic version of the Flinstone variety.
*They drink a ton of milk.
*We stay active and keep busy.
I'm not saying it's the perfect formula, but it works for us.
I've started straightening my hair every day. I'm 36 years old and I just took this on. Turns out, it's not as painful as I thought. And, my arms didn't fall off.
Lainey received the motherload of shiny heals from Aunt Jody for Christmas. Can you tell she likes them?
I finally hung some art above our fireplace. I'm thinking of painting the scrolly-type wooden pieces a teal color. Thoughts? Still working on what will sit on the mantle.
I also hung my sweet birdy plates Aunt Donna gave me for my birthday. Love them!
This makes me happy. Jack and Lainey are playing so well these days. Yes, they still fight and would strangle each other at times if I allowed it. But, they're becoming good friends.
One of my favorite parts of our house and another reason I love California. Mid-January, doors open, fountain trickling and a view of the gazebo and mountains.
*We moved Jack to the back of the Suburban in order to prevent a likely surgery ahead. Carter was coming from the 3rd row and would plow through Jack or Lainey's legs, seated in the 2nd row captains' chairs, upon leaving the vehicle. Carter is now in the 2nd row, Jack is happy in the back and our guests will be, too, since they don't have to maneuver to the 3rd row now.
*The Bachelor is the best show on TV.
*Both of my wrists are scratched up via Batman trying to play with my hands while I type. Depending on who I report this to, it could be as believable as the returning the scale scenario.
*Pa is booking a villa near the beach for the kids during his stay next weekend. Super close to the water. They're going to have a blast!
*I'm loving my job. 10 hours a week, from home, doing what I enjoy. Happy.
*Les Miles is staying with LSU. That's 2 football related mentions in 2 weeks. How you like 'dem apples, Mae Mae?