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This week’s quotes of the week (QOTW):
John Paul: “Steve Young was a woman?”
Scott: “No, John Paul. I said ‘Mormon.'”
We are still laughing about this one.
“You’re two hands, John Paul!”
Alex, the cutest nephew in all the land, when he called to wish John Paul happy birthday this week. I love kid speak.
“Well, that was pretty much the most boring hour of my life.”
John Paul, after enduring an evidently very brutal hour on how to cloth diaper your newborn. Ok, now that I type that, it does sound horrible. Oh well, building character here folks. And lots of it.
“Um, I’m gonna need you to explain all of that or I’m out for changing diapers.”
Anna-Laura, *the* master diaper changer in the house. Oh, don’t you worry, sister. I’ll get you squared away! Speaking of cloth diapering, I can’t even say thanks enough to all of you who commented and emailed about the new frontier that is cloth diapering.
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Is this not the greatest shirt of all time? Yes, yes it is. Some seriously sweet Dominican Sisters knocked on my door last weekend and delivered this shirt as a gift from the Blessings Christian Gift Shop in West. I cannot wait to break in that shirt. Just in case you can’t read what it says:
I want to be the kind of WOMAN who when my boots hit the floor in the morning the Devil says, ‘Oh NO, she’s up!’
You’ll be hearing more about that little West shop come March and it will be good. When a Texan girl promises, she delivers.
Thanks to a friend-who-shall-not-be-named, I am now addicted to White Collar on Netflix. We still have the last season to go on Breaking Bad, but I needed a meth break, so white collar crime it is. Yes, I realize that’s sooo much better. Of course, there’s the addiction to Downton Abbey. Just ask the Dominican Sisters. They heard me threatening the kids to march toward bed because we only had ten minutes ’til showtime. Mom of the year award, coming riiight up.
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My second had a big birthday – TEN! – this week and I shared a sappy love letter (because that’s what mom’s do) and the skinny on our family’s ten-year-old trip. We totally stole that idea from a family we adore. It has turned into one of our very finest, and most fun, family traditions. Earlier this week, I brought the birthday boy lunch and cookies. Just after the class busted out a rousing round of “Happy Birthday,” the fire alarm sounded. Party over, I guess. I am pretty stoked that we are celebrating with his friends tonight. You’ll get the full details next week. But, hello. Fourteen ten-year-old’s, bowling balls and sugar. Nothing can go wrong there. At all.
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Wednesday night, as I drove home feeling tired, overwhelmed and very large in the mid-section, I realized I needed to employ my two go-to pick-me-up’s. 1) I called a dear friend and within five minutes I was smiling from ear to ear. Just hearing her voice brightened my day. There’s nothing that says LIFE PRESERVER like a fellow mom in the trenches. 2) I came home, opened up my email and clicked on the folder marked “Pat on the back.” Please tell me you have one of these. A few years ago, Scott received a wonderful note from a donor. His assistant asked if she should file it in his “pat on the back” folder. He looked at her perplexed. She immediately made him a folder and said, “Keep this. On the days that are rough, pull it out and read those letters.” I took that advice to heart and immediately created myself one. I think it is the single best folder I have ever created. It definitely beats “Taxes: 2013.”
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Last weekend a girlfriend of mine introduced me to a fabulous restaurant in Austin, MaLaga. Halfway through the first bite of the best papas fritas I have ever tasted, I knew that I am so woefully inept at all the great restaurants our sweet town has to offer. How did I not know this goodness existed? Please tell me your favorite place. The only requirement is that it cannot be a chain or I will delete your comment. Kidding. Maybe. Honestly, wherever you live, I’d love to hear your city and your favorite dive or fancy pants restaurant you’d miss forever if you moved.
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It’s always fun when people you respect and admire think your writing is worthy of an award. I’m not a Pulitzer author, but I was quite smiley when I found out a few of you nominated me as the Coolest Blogger (nobody is cooler than Dwija), Best Looking Blog (I sure do like Sole Searching), Best Lifestyle Blog (This Ain’t the Lyceum cracks me up) and Best Blog by a Mom (well, I have half of that!) through the Sheenazing Awards. I found some great new reads through this last year and I hope you do, too. Voting is going on now, so click on over and peruse the goodness.
Chances are by the time you read this, Austin will be on lockdown because of that 1/125″ of ice on the roads. Plenty of time to read all the other takers. Thanks for hosting, Jen!