good with the bad


It’s Monday.


Am I right?

It is a drizzly, pre-winter (yes that is all you are to me, Autumn) day.  We are coming down from the high that was last week.  Let me give you a little preview:

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Granny came…MG was in a dreamy, princessy Heaven the entire time.  Chick-fil-a and the Children’s Museum were made so much more magical by hearing the two of them giggle and play together. One afternoon G took MG out on a special outing to visit daddy, snack on french fries, and pick out a toy (a PRINCESS toy of course).  My grandmother used to always take M and I shopping when we would visit her so of course this brought back sweet memories.

On Wednesday, I left the house for SEVEN HOURS by myself.  I shopped, I met up with a friend, we ate without feeding anyone, we pre-saled the baby consignment, and I walked away with most of the girls’ fall wardrobes.

I lost my favorite pair of jeans and found them again (how’s a girl to face Fall without her favorite pair of denim).

MG poured all of her extra Granny affection into her sister; combing her hair after bath, and Bea even began responding to MG’s requests for kisses.

Granny watched the girls while N and I went on a date (crepes & froyo of course, 2nd time in a week #notsorry).  We finally figured out our fireplace + Internet plans (our two major bugaboos right now) and even had time just to talk about nothing. So needed.

MG drew her first family portrait!  She enjoys art but is not one to pick up a brush or pen unprompted.  I wonder if this will change.

On the morning of September 11, I was surprised by a beautiful display on TU’s campus.

Our Internet has been fixed (after 10 days of completely spotty service).  And this week we had cable installed for the first time in 8 years!!  When we got married, someone challenged us to go the first year without it.  We did and never looked back (especially since we discovered Hulu, Amazon Prime, & Netflix soon after).  But I’ve mentioned our Internet woes here and we have spent countless hours trying to figure out a solution.  In what I’m hoping is our last compromise, we successfully haggled with the company for a rate we can live with (plus cable) to be what we were paying prior to last week.  Since watching a few shows here and there (like <5 hours of tv a week) was hogging all of our bandwidth, this will be hopefully a solution we can live with.

So for the next few hours, I’ll be drowning my sorrows on a few episodes of House Hunters and trying to pretend it’s not Monday.



The best

While this week has held many less-than-pleasant-moments (certainly not the 24-pound-2-year-molar-teether being the root of it :))
God has given me some sweet little moments to see me through.  And remind me how much I really do love her.  No matter what.

MG and Atticus played chase.  He would run away, stop and let her catch up, and just when she was within reach, he would dart off again.

This repeated for 15 minutes.

On the 15th try, I asked her if she was ready to go upstairs for nap.  She was.  At the top of the stairs Atti was waiting for us and let her give him a little pat.

Then he took off running and she chased him under our bed…..where the white flag was raised.

Naptime sequence commenced, but just before placing her in the crib, I looked in the doorway to find him watching us.  I picked him up and over to be petted.  She held out her arms to embrace him.  He resisted at first, but then, just like a veteran pet, relaxed and let her squeeze him for a good minute.

My cat and my child are officially playing together.

We went to a play group in a large room with a lot of different stations of toys.  MG stayed close by my side and asked me to accompany her to the different areas.  As she became more comfortable, I would let her take a small lead and watch her play from a distance.  Every once in a while, she would look up and make eye contact to make sure I was still there.  We always have a secret smile that we share with each other in these moments.  Towards the end, however, she had become a little too comfortable and wandered off to the other side of the room.  I had my eye on her the entire time, but wanted to see what she would do.  She neared her desired item but soon realized I wasn’t behind her.  I watched her look up at all of the adults around her trying to recognize one.  She walked up to the nearest lady with a baby and from a distance I could read her lips saying  “Ma-ma? Ma-ma?”.  And that is when I ran over and reassured her I was right there.  It melted my heart to see her miss me like that.  I won’t ever let that happen again, baby!

The day before:
It was naptime, but someone was NOT taking a nap.  I could hear her rustling around in her crib so I decided to go intervene.  Before I went in however, I peeked in through the crack in her doorway.  She was kneeling in her crib, rocking her baby that she had swaddled, and was giving it quiet kisses “muah!”.  One of the sweetest things I have ever seen.  I watched for a few minutes and then tiptoed away.  Not too long after, she finally fell asleep.  Baby tucked safely under her arm.


If that is the good, then I will take the bad most any day.  Love her.