Tomorrow is April 1, and in a week, my baby will turn 1. It is something I simply cannot fathom. She is a beautiful, smart, funny little darling, and while we’ve had moments of stress and anxiety in the past year, I would not have changed a thing about it at all. I have a dream job—staying home and raising a little person. What a joy! Even though I just had some Easter portraits done at Sears, I scheduled an appointment to have some more portraits done on her actual birthday over at Picture People, since they sent me a coupon.
Today, Leah and I went to the mall with my friend Lisa and her little guy, Daniel, who is about 5 months older than Leah. We walked them around the mall, they both met the Easter bunny, we had a nice lunch, and let them play at the playpark in the mall. Lisa and I met last summer when I decided to have a Pampered Chef show and put a notice in every mailbox on the street to try and meet my neighbors. Unfortunately, Lisa couldn’t make it, but we started walking together around the neighborhood. Leah was still too little to play much, so we didn’t really hang around, but now that Leah is a little bit bigger, we’ve been spending more time together. Tomorrow, we are going to go up to DC to see the cherry blossoms, have a picnic, and let the kids play out on W. Potomac Park. It should be a great day. We are both going back to WW the Saturday after Easter (Leah’s birthday party), and we’ve been motivating each other to walk a couple miles each day when the weather is nice. I have been enjoying having a friend right down the street and we have common interests and a similar parenting philosophy. The other night, she, Daniel, and her husband were walking around our block and stopped over. John and Michael hit it off like a house on fire, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of them!
Work started on the house today. The main level and all the brick and the front porch were powerwashed and the old shutters were removed. It looks kind of odd in that whoever lived here before didn’t bother to paint underneath the shutters when they painted the house, so we can actually see the color of the original brick. It makes me wish even more that whoever did it had not painted the brick, but what’s done is done, so now we will finish the job. We picked what I hope is a nice yellow color, although I suspect that it’s going to be more beige-ish. I’m reserving judgment till I see it, but I hope I’m going to like it!
Then it’ll be time to get ready for the weekend!!!! I plan to spend Friday shopping and defrosting a giant turkey, as well as starting to prepare the coconut cake I’m going to make for dessert (unless I wimp out at get the Wegman’s Ultimate White Cake, which, frankly, is AMAZING). Saturday will be spent doing preparations for Easter, and then in the evening I’ll be going off to dinner and bingo with Wendy. (Anyone else want to play? We’ll be in the usual spot!)
I’m really excited for Easter. I think we’ll have a nice crew and it’ll be fun having some kids around. Most importantly, Mr. Gobble will be out of my freezer, freeing up valuable real estate for provisions for the party. I hope the painters get the house painted by Easter is the only thing! I plan to take Leah to church first thing and then we’ll get cookin’! So far, Manda is bringing potato salad, Melissa is bringing devilled eggs, and Wendy is bringing a ham and mac n’ cheese to make her fussy eaters happy. I think we’ll have a nice variety of food for sure.
Monday is book club. We’ll be discussing Olive Kitteridge and then I will post a review here afterwards. Friday, Michael is having some training on Leah stuff, and then we have to go to DMV, since we just discovered his ID expired a year ago! Then we’ll start preparing for the big blow out. My buddy Joe is coming down Friday to help out, and we’ll go and get the food. I hope the weather is nice—we’re going to try having a cook out and I would love to be outside as much as possible. If you’re coming and it’s nice, please bring a camp chair, lawn chair, etc. if you have them. Saturday is the party and then Sunday I have choir practice. Then Jennifer arrives that Thursday, and we’ll spend Friday apartment hunting. Saturday we will take her back to Richmond to the airport, go to a birthday party in Richmond, and hopefully meet up with some new friends we’ve been corresponding with through our adoption attorney—they are hoping to adopt soon, and have turned to us for advice. The following week is our wedding anniversary, and a pile of dress rehearsals for the chorus concert, which is the following weekend. The 24th, I am getting together with my friend Kris, whose kids and husband will all be out of town. The 25th is the big concert (tickets are still available at the low, low price of $85!), and by then, it’ll be the end of the month! Sheesh, I’m tired just thinking about it.
I’ve been in contact with a friend from home since I sent out the email asking people to vote for Leah. I said to her that if we won, we would come visit her while we are in NYC, since she lives in NYC, and she told us not to wait, to come anyway! Turns out she lives right near where I went to college, so I’m thrilled that I can go visit my old stomping grounds, show Michael Manhattan College, and we can go around NYC. We are hoping to get up there in June. And of course, in May, we’ve got our trip to Myrtle Beach lined up. I got Leah some clothes today and a bathing suit—this one a one piece to compliment the two piece her auntie sent her. We are so excited to be going, although sad to hear the Wellses can’t join us after all!!! I plan to do a lot of R&R that week. And it’s nice the fee for the condo includes the maid service, so we can just walk on out of there Saturday morning with nary a thought.
We have become the smoothie king and queen. We had a box of oranges to use up, so I juiced them all and then put the juice in the blender with the strawberries I had picked and frozen last summer. YUM! Since then, we’ve been trying different kinds. We had strawberry lemonade slush tonight, and last night we had peach-berry. Michael has loved them too, and we have similar taste in fruit, so it’s working out very well.
So that’s about it. Less than a week till I get to go back on Facebook, but it doesn’t seem as important as it did nearly 40 days ago. I have enjoyed blogging again, so I can see myself reading other people’s updates, and I’m sure I’ll post updates, but I just hope I keep up with my blog.
Till next time!