i was beginning to forget what it felt like to sleep in my own bed. but let me tell you, there is no better feeling. especially on clean sheets. we had a great time on the east coast and crossed a number of important “1st times” off the list (including pink eye – don’t need to revisit that anytime soon). over the next few days i’ll share some highlights but for now, a quick run down:
- when ABN and i first arrived in CT after a weekend in florida, both my mom and dad chastised me for not packing enough clothes for EBN. now, anyone who knows me would find this SHOCKING. sure, i might forget socks for myself (true story) but i was pretty sure i had made sure that the little one had plenty of options – the girl has a style all her own. but they were steadfast. only one sweater, only one shirt, only a pair of leggings or two. i made my way upstairs and went through her drawer. seemed to me like there were a fair number of options. sure not as many as i would have liked, but enough. then i opened her suitcase, and then her diaper bag. they were both full. of clothes. glad to know i wasn’t losing my mind.
- the WESTPORT LIBRARY is out of this world. i’m a girl who loves a good library and let me tell you, i’ve never encountered anything better. ABN and i spent a couple of hours there on tuesday catching up on work and it was hard to not explore every nook and cranny. it’s light and bright and there were tons of places to spread out and get work done. the kids’ wing (yep) is it’s own library with an entire room devoted to toddlers. there’s even a cafe. basically, library heaven.
- i finished my book. it was good. did it make me want to pack up a massive backpack and head toward the trail? not so much. but the story was inspiring and the journey sounded incredible. but the blisters? eek.
- i’m so behind on tv. i find this incredibly stressful.
- we did a pretty good job of sticking with paleo during our time away – i mean other then thanksgiving. that was a disaster. a planned for disaster but still. i think i ate half a loaf of rye bread, 3/4 of a sourdough bread stuffed with warm and melty brie cheese and a slice of pecan pie. oh and then a slice of pumpkin cake. after i fell off the wagon, hard, there was no going back and the rest of the trip and then our dinner at home on saturday night (sushi) led to a pair of unhappy and bloated tummies. but now that we’re home, we’re ready to get back to the basics. we took a family trip to whole foods on sunday night and i’m back to cooking three meals a day.
- i’m in love with the way EBN cuddles. it’s my favorite thing that seems to have come along with her turning 2.
- we made blue toes a reality. at least 30 times a day EBN mentions her blue toes. and that she would now like pink toes.
- for EBN’s birthday, my mom gifted ME with a book of all of EBN’s milestones from the first two years. it’s awesome – full of all the things that i meant to write down but never got around too. we’re so lucky. and i’ve already told her i’m counting on her for next year.
- i spent a large part of one morning going through my dad’s old record collection. it was dusty but full of fabulous finds. i packed a box full of as many LPs as i could squeeze in – fleetwood mac, harry chapin and sesame street does disco – just to name a few. i’m pretty sure our holiday season is going to be full of a lot of living room sing alongs.
mostly i just sat and watched my parents be all googly-eyed over EBN (truth: ABN and i were pretty googly as well). we love where we live – so much – but it is hard to be so far away. there’s no question that we were away from home for too long but it’s hard to leave nani and p’pa without a date on the calendar for when they will hang with EBN again (my dad is lobbying hard for the first week in feb as yo gaba gaba live is apparently coming to CT).Read More