Sunday, June 30, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Early to rise, right?
Yesterday, we finished packing for Drew. Due to a surprise going away party for him (organized by a friend), we skipped out on driving to Jacksonville the night before. Instead, we simply woke up at 1 a.m. so that we could get to the airport in time for the flight to NYC.
This was the view -- and the only picture I took yesterday -- as I tried to go to sleep early (operative word being tried) last night. Drew never went to sleep. Yet, we made it to NYC and we are now waiting on Dalton to come in on the train at Grand Central.
I'll have both my boys for a couple of nights. And that is good.
Tomorrow, we move Drew into his apartment. He will be officially living in NYC!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
After a day of training on the curriculum in our state, I came home and worked on laundry and packing. Today is Drew's last day at the museum and tonight we leave for Jacksonville. Early in the morning, my sister and I will fly with him to NYC. We are staying for a few days and then flying home without him.
I'm excited for him and I'm a bit sad that he won't be right down the hall.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Got to take the girl to her first birthday party. She told us that she'd gotten an invitation once before but wasn't allowed to go. Well, all that is changing now!
When we picked her up to go get the gift and to go to the party, she talked about wanting to spend some of her own money for the present for the birthday girl.
That sweet precious girl. She had a blast! When I think of how she is almost 9 years old and had never been to a birthday party before, it just overwhelms me.
We are supposed to get her full time the first week of July. Keeping my fingers crossed...
Sunday, June 23, 2013
The exhaustion from yesterday led me to opt out of my usual Sunday morning long run. When I woke a few hours later, I immediately felt guilty and improvised my own run.
Afterwards, the man and I decided to just lie about and read. And nap. Even Mili joined in on the napping idea.
Worked all day with the man. All day and all evening.
Typically, when we work a wedding reception where alcohol is not being served, it is a quick event. Eat, be merry, and leave. This reception was the exception.
The wedding party, the guests and even the DJ tore up the dance floor. It was mildly hysterical.
When I came home (late), I heated up some leftovers and ate with purpose. Then I went to bed.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
We may have found a new way to warm up for speed work. I love meeting my friends at the track but I really don't love speed work -- especially in 90 something degree weather. Jumping like this was hilarious plus we got some crazy looks from other folks.
52 of You - Jump
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
I wake up hungry. In fact, sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with my stomach growling. But I don't eat until after my morning run. And that makes this version of the overnight oatmeal as my favorite one.
Oatmeal, ground flax meal, chia seeds, agave syrup, pumpkin seeds, PB2 chocolate peanut butter powder, mashed banana, and chocolate almond milk. Oh, and a small handful of dark chocolate chips.
It takes a few minutes to throw it together in the mason jar the night before but it is such a wonderful treat after a morning run.
I only eat this chocolatey version about once a month. It is always worth the wait. And worth the calories.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
I love dragonflies. They are just so cool and prehistoric looking. Plus, they always remind me of my mother.
My mother has always been very girly and prim. My uncle likes to say that she "grew up on a farm but nobody bothered to tell her." Being outside is just not her thing.
BUT when I was a kid, she did take us to swim at various pools. While there, she would stick her dainty finger out for the dragonflies to land on -- and they did. They would sit there together as if they knew they could trust one another. My sister and I were always amazed.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
What I want to remember about this day are these things:
That it was my first day of summer and I absolutely couldn't stay in bed past 6:30 a.m. I tried. I just was awake. But it was still sleeping late based on my usual 4:30 a.m. wake up time.
That it was my first day off contract from work -- and I still went to work. The furniture in my office was getting moved back in and I wanted to rearrange a little.
That Kippy got locked out of the house and I ran a key to her. In my bathrobe. With hair dye in my hair (no more random strands of gray). No wonder the neighbors think we are weird.
That it was Avery's birthday and we celebrated even after he had to go into work for a medical emergency. Being on call was no fun for him. But he still had an awesome party!
Monday, June 10, 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Or at least my version of a lazy day. I wanted to lie around and read but I vacuumed and did laundry while listening to an audiobook instead.
At the end of the day, this hummingbird was right outside my office window. I thanked her and took her picture.
Tomorrow is my last day of work (other than a few workshop days) for the summer! I'm ready to get it over.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
During a break in the rain, we went outside to pick peppers and tomatoes (yay summer foods!). When the rain started falling again, Mili sat down in confusion and began shaking her head before running for the door.
At least she has the sense to come in out of the rain.
I thought the blur of her was crazy and funny! That girl can shake off like a motor.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Tropical Storm Andrea has dumped a lot of rain on us for the past couple of days. While I'm not having to water the garden, I am missing the sunshine.
Tomorrow may be lie around and read day since the rain is predicted to continue.
Late this afternoon, I got an update on the foster child placement. Now it looks like it'll be the beginning of July (instead of the middle of June) before they place the girl with us.
I got frustrated today. This process has been painful and slow. I know it will be worth it but I am just ready to have the girl with us already.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Smokey lives next door but sometimes comes to hang out on our cars (kitty paw prints are adorable). This evening, he gave me an affectionate welcome home.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
The prompt was smile and I thought, "No problem. I smile a lot." Yet, when I turned the camera on me, all the smiles felt so forced. And they looked forced, too. This subtle smile seems to be the one that best sums up the day.
Meeting with the superintendent -- check.
Office boxed up for the custodians to move all the furniture out to strip and wax the floor -- check.
Rush home to meet the lady for the home study -- check.
Celebrate a good report on the home study -- check.
Get ready for bed - delayed but next on the to do list.
It looks like we are about a week or two away from being declared fit to be parents and having that sweet girl move in.
After I typed that last sentence, I smiled really big. Too bad I didn't have the camera in my hands.
52 of You - Smile
Sunday, June 2, 2013
It was another wonderful day with the girl. It had been a full week since she'd been to the house and we all missed her.
She swam like a fish with Ray for hours and then strummed on Kippy's banjo after dinner. I love that she just seems to fit into our lives so well.
When I was taking her back to her temporary home, we blasted her favorite song -- "Stronger" by Kelly Clarkston. Seeing her singing and dancing in the backseat through my rearview mirror was happiness. Pure happiness. When she got out of the car she said, "That is our song." She pointed to me and then back to herself.
Yes, baby girl. Our song indeed.
You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave...
Getting away to St. Pete with the man and some friends was just what I needed. After four days of no agenda, no real internet service, no cooking, no cleaning, no work emails, I was as relaxed as I knew how to be.
52 of You - Rest