It seems like she turned 12 the day she learned to talk.
Our house was as I wish it would be each weekend: every room spilling with family, eating chili & watching football while the kids ran around. My husband even got the guys & their kids out in the backyard for touch football. Girls, dressed in Lilah's new princess costumes, played too. Pinch-me-I'm-dreaming!
Here's a free tip: Chili, with a toppings bar is about the most stress-free food you can serve this fall for a party. It tastes better the day after it's made, so make it the night before as I did. I served hot dogs so kids could eat those or grown-ups could make chili dogs. Add some homemade mac-n-cheese on the side & you're golden. I've used this recipe for years & it's a winner each time.
Miss L embarrassed me something terrible this week at story time. Not in the cute way, or otherwise redeemable way either. In the "if only she didn't look just like me & I could inconspicuously round the corner out of the room and not be associated with her" way. The other moms graciously accepted me in spite of my parenting-malfunctions on display. Thank goodness because this story time is magical! Remember Meg Ryan's character at The Shop Around The Corner in You've Got Mail? She wore that cone-shaped hat as she read to the children, sitting cross-legged on the carpet in front of her. Our story time reminded me of that scene. The (well-behaved) children threw back their heads & laughed as story lady dramatically entertained them with stories & songs & a real live coconut to illustrate Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. It was something special.
Some highlights since I last wrote:
1. One of the best of my friends visited me from Colorado last week. Her hemp milk remains in my fridge as a reminder of her week here with us. I've decided to discard it only when it smells. I was so worried she'd hate her time here since our conversations, solving the world's issues would be interrupted by my kids all day long & I feared she'd be disappointed by my SAHM life as compared to the life we'd dreamed up years ago. On the contrary, she fit nicely into our routines and her company was deeply refreshing to me. Thank you, Lord for friends that transcend!
3. Carter was THRILLED to learn that in 1st grade they are allowed to check out 2 books. "So I got this one for me and this one for Lilah." sweeeeeeeetheart.
4. My motivation to run has waned significantly in the past 2 weeks. I go to the gym just about every week day (free childcare, holla!) but it's tough to push past mile 2 each time. I did 4 today (motivated by #5)
5. I ate WAAAAY too much of this carrot cake, that I made to celebrate my sister-in-law's birthday since it happened to fall on the day of Lilah's party. Make it. Or don't. Depending on your will power & pants size satisfaction.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT) "love...is not irritable.." Oh man. Lawd, help me!
7. We've decided to give home-schooling preschool a try with Lilah since it worked wonderfully for Carter. I read this article to refresh my memory on what she needs to know before Kindergarten. I'm confident I can prepare her adequately at home for all but the social aspects. I suspect it may take more than regular interaction at the gym & church with kids her age to prepare her in this regard. She is quite different for Carter. We'll see.
8. I'm turning 32 on Sunday. I figured out my husband bought me a pair of Uggs slippers when I noticed him studying his own suspiciously. I've been looking out the window for hours waiting for the delivery! They're red! How fun!