Tuesday, July 31, 2012

project catch up

Before Mason arrived, I felt on top of daily/weekly/monthly tasks, at least most of the time. I was the queen of productivity and efficiency. And now, I constantly wonder when, or if, I will ever catch up on anything. Scrambling around at the last minute used to be a rarity for me, and now it's become the norm.

It's been months since I wrote a meaningful post on this blog and my excuse is not a lack of content. I haven't finished a book in time for my book club's meetings since Mason arrived. We've even changed our meeting schedule to every other month and I STILL can't finish a darn book! I've completely fallen off the running circuit, although I still aspire to run another marathon one day.

So, what is filling my time these days besides loving on my sweet boy? I'm still working full-time, albeit 100% from home. I turn into Superwoman each day during Mason's naps--firing off emails and working on projects. The good news is that my replacement has been hired and my official last day is August 24th. When I gave notice in early March, I had no idea that Mason would be three weeks shy of his first birthday before I would be officially done working. Balancing work with caring for Mason during the day has been tricky, but I'm thankful that this arrangement was not only possible, but it worked out for us. Hanging on to my salary and benefits these extra months have been a blessing and getting to work from home, in varying degrees, these past five months have meant that I've missed very little time with Mason. What a delightful age to be with him so much! This time with him has made me wonder why maternity leave can't begin once babies turn six months old--they turn into such fun and interesting little people at that age, and each new development elicits even more wonder and awe.

I've also been spending more time with my husband. Brad and I linger over dinner each night after Mason's gone to bed. It's taken us a while, but we've finally resumed our former practice of daily quiet time when we read scripture and pray together. We also just try to hang out and relax together a little more, rather than busying ourselves with chores. (It's amazing how difficult this is for two task-masters like us.) Being more intentional about our limited time alone together has been good for both of us and our marriage on multiple levels. Life has changed. But we're both feeling like we're finally coming up from being submerged in a deep ocean. 

My house is dusty and my yard is an overgrown jungle. I'm reading very little and not running at all. I keep telling myself that I'll begin "project catch up" after my last day of work on August 24th. I'll have unlimited free time then as an official stay-at-home-mom. Right?


Thursday, July 26, 2012

my budding vampire

See those four pearly whites on Mason's bottom gum? He has a matching set on the top, and boy does he like to use them.

When Mason was teething, he bit me a few times while nursing, but he hasn't done that in months. People's shoulders are now his meal of choice. He's a smooth operator, though. As you hold him, he leans back to look you squarely in the face. His big blue eyes capture yours, and then he smiles and flirts. Sometimes he coos and gently touches your face. He may play with your hair or appear fascinated by your earrings.  And then, just when you least expect it, he goes in for the kill, sinking his eight little teeth firmly into your shoulder.

This boy has left teeth marks before, even on his own arm!

Brad and I immediately established a discipline system, trying to nip this potential bad behavior in the bud. I'm trying to keep my little man from turning into a vampire who preys on innocent children in the church nursery. Why didn't anyone tell me that discipline would start so early?

Monday, July 23, 2012

summer reader

I signed up Mason for our neighborhood library's summer reading program. Thus far, he's already logged enough hours for a free book and a night light--a few more hours to go and he'll be eligible to enter a drawing for a Kindle!

Sadly, I'm not reading much for myself this summer. But reading to my boy each day, even the same books over and over, is great fun. He writhes with excitement when we lie down on the bed or floor to read. He's just started pulling books out of a pile and handing them to me--his way of asking me to read to him. Watching him develop a love for books makes my heart explode.

And yes, selfishly, I am hoping he wins that Kindle!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

squash and zucchini debacle

I took a pass on tomatoes and peppers this year and tried squash and zucchini instead, hoping for a more bountiful harvest, but no such luck. I planted the squash and zucchini seeds, and the plants seemed to thrive.

I had about six pots of plants, and every plant was loaded with blooms. I mean, TONS of them. And then, nothing happened, and the plants eventually withered and died. All of them.

I have no idea what went wrong. Too little water? Too much? Not enough sun? Should I not have planted them in pots? I thought squash and zucchini were supposed to be easy!

Any thoughts on how I should go about planting and caring for squash and zucchini differently next time?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


The author list for the National Book Festival is up! I am hosting September's book club, and I was thinking of choosing a book written by one of the authors who will be at the festival this year (and perhaps attending that person's talk). Fellow book club members, any preferences?

Monday, July 16, 2012


I used to be a shorts gal. As a child, during high school and college, and even well into my 20s, I sported cute shorts for as much of the year as the weather allowed. But then I moved to DC, got married, and for some reason that I can't remember, decided that shorts were no longer hip and that I wouldn't be caught dead in them outside of my house.

For nearly 10 years, I snubbed these comfortable and cute garments, but I'm thrilled to say that I've finally come to my senses. I am in LOVE with shorts this summer! And, they perfectly complement my new career as Dr. Mommy.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

the laundress

After 10 years of marriage, I've officially become the laundress now that I'm staying home. Brad's and my goal is chore-and-errand-free weekends so that we can enjoy our little family. Laundry days have moved from Saturday and Sunday to Wednesday and Thursday. Our weekends feel so relaxed and free now!

Brad has gotten our laundry routine down to a science. He set up and passed along some great systems. And, I think he even misses this chore a little because he jumps in and helps with it pretty often.

Fortunately, I have another fabulous helper. Household chores can be downright enjoyable with the right company.

Monday, July 9, 2012

more neighborly competition

My next door neighbor's yard used to be kind of a train wreck, but now it looks like this.

Les said that I inspired him. I told him thank you, but stop trying to outdo me.

Friday, July 6, 2012

summer delight

This sorbet has become this summer's go-to treat. It's light, simple, fresh, and fat-free! Not to mention delicious. Raspberry is my favorite flavor thus far.

What's your summer treat of choice?

Monday, July 2, 2012


The storm on Friday night brought down our neighbor's tree, right on top of my car.

Thankfully, my car wasn't damaged. I was able to back out from underneath the tree. My flower bed, however, is smooshed.

Yep! It's completely covered and I'm sure my plants are as flat as pancakes.

Local readers, how did you (and your property) fare as a result of the storm?