More specifically, my own productivity makes me really happy. And it makes my husband happy and I'm sure Lily Grace appreciates it too.
I got a lot done today and I'm feelin' really great! I was on such a high that I cleaned out the refrigerator. Now I am drained. I wonder how long it will take for me to recover? I'm sure it will be quite some time before I clean it out again. Really, if I just took things out in a timely manner I would never have to clean the fridge out again. A revolation has occurred.
Starting to learn to deal with Lily Grace's Terrible Twos. Last night we went to the football game (Go Blue Devils) for 3 1/2 minutes. Then the fit began. Many factors: the overbearing, recently entered the picture, trying to make up for lost time Grandparents; the ostentatious gifts that they brought to the game for Lily Grace to play with; the other kids who also wanted said gifts; and most importantly, exhaustion.
I've come to realize that as a parent, on account of your children, sometimes you have to miss out. Last night was the first time that I fully embraced this concept. I wasn't even mad we had to leave. While my child's best interest is always in the forefront of my mind, my selfishness is always looming and making me somewhat bitter. Horrible, I know. But I'm being completely honest here. Anyhow, last night I literally only cared about fixing Lily Grace's situation so that she could be happy, whatever that took. I feel slightly like a real adult. If I can become selfless when it comes to my children, then I truly believe I will be a successful parent. (Whatever that means. ;))
Well, really, the last post was so in-depth that it burnt me out. As much as I love having the pictures when I go back and read that post, it was such a pain in my arse that I'm not doing that again! One picture will be enough. If I have time. I figure an imperfect post without all the stops is better than none. Hence the one you are getting now.
Life's great. The baby is great. Hubby is great! Football season started and the cotton's blooming. My Southern side is fortified. (Yea, I just said that!!)
P.S. Look what my incredible husband got me! :)
Two pictures! Wow, I out-did myself. Promise it won't take me 2 months to write again.
Man, it feels good to get stuff done. Now, if the husband notices or not, I don't really care because I know what all I have accomplished! I have realized over the past couple of years that yard work is like a haircut. If he's not here to physically see it happening, it doesn't phase him. Just as well, if I mess something up, he'll never notice! But once I point it all out, I know he'll be proud of me! :)
thanks to curious kitties sleeping in this bowl
LOVE my bench! Thanks Nana and Papa!
He hides somewhere in between the mint and oregano
The black-eyed susans that inspired my deck garden. The person who gave them to me will probably never know what she sparked in me. I have always been interested in gardening, but was always scared of it for some reason. These pretty things, and some wisdom from Nana, inspired me to just do it and not care if I kill it or whatever could possibly go wrong.
And, of course, my love, my little monster, my sunshine! :)
Clearly I am on a successful party high! Maybe it will last all the way until like next week! Wouldn't that be something? Or forever??? Ok, ok, too much I know! Anyhow, I'd post pictures, but I was enjoying myself too much to stop and get the camera out. I prefer to commit things to my mental log, at the expense of others, but I just get caught up in the moment. Also, in this particular situation of 8 people (including myself and the consultant) pictures would have been like "look at me! I did it!" Which, I did but..... My husband tells me I read too much into things. I. couldn't. agree. more. I torture myself with what I assume others are thinking. Another thing to work on. I'm all about self-improvement and as for now, I'm maxed out, or rather would prefer to coast for a bit before I take another challenge. However, I think making assumptions is something I need to work on because we all know what happens when you assume: ass = u + me
I had decided on a Dora birthday party at the park. Not only do I realize that this is cliche and unfashionable, but I realized that it's just lame. So, I scraped it and am planning on a birthday picnic here at the house. (Think pink, lime, turquoise checkered table cloths, watermelons, bubbles, yard golf, and all things yummy!) I have worked hard in my home to finally get it to where I felt like visitors would feel comfortable and welcome and might even like it. Side note: It's a rental so I didn't want to put too much into it, but had an epiphany one day that rearranging furniture can change an entire stupid room to awesome! Anyhow, after all of mine and Eddie's hard work there's really no reason to go to the no A/C, public restroom, and uncontrolled public park. Not saying we'll never have a birthday there, just not this one. Ok, maybe never. I'm started to get super excited for Lily Grace's party and have just about everything I need sans food. Once again, I am suspicious of my on-top-of-things-ness and put-together-ness, but I'm going to try and enjoy it while it lasts! Who knows, it may never go away?
P.S. CUTEST party invitations I customized on http://www.zazzle.com
http://www.zazzle.com/pd/realviewpopup?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zazzle.com%2Frlv%2Fisapi%2Fdesignall.dll%3Faction%3Drealview%26pdt%3Dinvitation%26pending%3Dfalse%26pid%3D161279219835690919%26rvtype%3Dproduct%26view%3Dfront%26max_dim%3D675%26bg%3D0xffffff%26square_it%3Dtrue%26draw_relative_size%3Dtrue%26style%3D5x7%26media%3Dbasic%26color%3Dwhite%26context%3Ddefault_invitation%26view_hack%3Dfvbv%26drawareaboundingbox%3Dfalse%26drawsafearea%3Dfalse%26view_auto%3D1.4&dim=675 (So, I wish I could post a pic but I haven't gotten that far with rights and all that... maybe this link will work!:))
This article has some really great advice! I find myself waiting as long as possible to turn the TV on and forcing myself to turn it off for my daughter. She just loves it so much. The first thing she asks for in the morning is "TV?" I challenge myself to serve breakfast and spend some time together before I finally give in. I'm not going to say that I don't cave sometimes, because I do. I want to get an early shower and the TV is perfect to keep her entertained while I am doing so. The kicker: turning it off once I'm done! This is a great article though and I wanted to share and will definitely try to implement these tips into my days at home with Lily Grace.
Today was a good day. A good day back "home" would probably consist of some heady lunch at a crunchy little bistro and ah-mazing bargains at all my favorite stores (that does sound fun)! However, today's good, no wonderful, day was spent eating shrimp and crab legs à la in-laws and riding four-wheelers and the mule (think half four-wheeler, half golf cart) around the huntin' land where a 9 foot gator almost got one of our dear friends! Can you believe it?! I can't lie though. I really enjoy going out there with my husband and today we took our bundle of joy who will be 2 in August and we had a blast! It was a relaxed and beautiful South Georgia day and it's ones like these that I wouldn't trade for all the sky scrapers in the world! Did I mention I woke up and took my bike for a refreshing ride to start my day? "Ahhh...."
On a side-note...I would like to be in a pageant some time in my life.. just one! I'll put it on my bucket list (I just started it right this second!) I think it would be fun to get all glammed up and strut around for a little while.. who knows? I could win??? :)