Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Highlights from the Weekend (Easter Baskets with the Fam, a Solo Trip to Tarjay, and a "Doctor" Visit...or 10)

Hey, guys.  How was your weekend?  I had a great one, and I hope you did, too.  

I only have a few minutes to blog today, but I wanted to highlight my weekend before the sweet details are just a memory.  There's just not a lot of room in my brain these days.

The fam (my mother, grandmother, aunts, and I) got together for our Easter baskets for Bunny Aid.  This year we made baskets for seven little girls and boys. We did this on a slightly larger scale last year because I'd planned well in advance. This year, Easter (and the deadline for these baskets) came out of nowhere, so we just met up at a restaurant for lunch with our baskets.  Our little gatherings like this are always extra special to me because my folks live an hour away. I know, I know -- that's nothing to most folks.  But the fact of the matter is I don't get home nearly as much as I'd like.  So I look forward to these. 

If you're someone who lives in the area and would like to help a family in need, please consider making a basket donation to Bunny Aid.  It's fun, and it gives you the opportunity to spread a little joy.  Baskets are delivered to organizations like the Ronald McDonald House and the Salvation Army. Go here to learn more.  There's still time!

Once my family pulled off to head back their way, I just sat in the car and realized I had a day to myself.  DK and M drove over to spend the day with my in-laws, so I wasn't exactly rushing to get home.  I was already dressed and in my car, so I could actually...DO SOMETHING.

First on my list was a little shoe shopping for M.  Spring is approaching, and her fall shoes are worn.  I wish I could go just any place to get her shoes, but she's SO rough on shoes. So I have to go to boutiques and specialty/children's shoe stores to get the good, sturdy stuff.

On my way home, I passed the newest Target to open in our metro area.  I hate shopping, y'all, but the exception is Target. All day, every day.

I had no true need to go in there since I go to the one right by my house a couple of times a week (...at least).  But no need to pass a brand new Target when I was husband- and kid-free, right?  The day was mine to waste.

So I whipped my car around and headed back that way.  I drove up to the most beautiful Target I've ever seen, y'all.  Seriously.  What was even more beautiful was the fact that they were having a sell on children's play clothes - a sale the one near my house WASN'T having -- so I was able to pick up some items for M for the spring and summer at a discount.  I also browsed my section (rare), tried on a few dresses, and found the perfect cardigans (that I looked all over for last year and never found). This day could NOT get any better, right?  

Well, yes.  Yes, it could actually.  Because I got me some Target popcorn and a red Icee and headed to a nearby park to read. The day was too beautiful to be inside.

A Little Bit of Happy

After that, I decided the day had been long enough.  I'd been up since 4AM, so I headed home.  There was still about an hour of daylight left, so I decided to go for a quick run.  This may or may not have had something to do with the fact that when I tried on those dresses at Target, I noticed a little extra jiggle that wasn't there a few months ago...It was also because I hate letting beautiful sunshine and spring temps go to waste. 

The best things in life are free...

By this time, my peeps were headed back.  M had initially called and asked me if she could stay with my in-laws for the night.  When she realized her daddy wouldn't be staying there with her, she decided she didn't want to stay either.  What is up with that?  She could stand to be away from me for a day, but not her daddy?  A dagger through my heart - ha!

The funny thing about it is she came home and was back to the old M.  She and I played "check up at the doctor" 1,589,153 times, and we put some miles on her new Olivia playset her daddy bought. 

She's been stuck under and snuggling with her mama like usual the past few days, so maybe, just maybe I'm getting my girl back.  We'll see!  I wouldn't mind putting off the daddy's girl thing for a few more years. She's still all squishy and cute and lets me kiss her and hug her, so she can become a daddy's girl when she's too cool for parents.

Have a great week, guys!


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