Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hey there.

Hey, good people.  I'm here today for no particular reason.  I realize I haven't blogged since Monday...I try not to let my little spot go too many days without an update.

We haven't been up to much. I'm trying to figure out how I get more done when I'm working eight hours a day than I do when I'm not working at all.  I think this is part of the reason I wanted to teach summer school again.  Having a job to to go to every day adds structure to my day.  It forces me to have it together -- to have a plan...because I just can't seem to get it together these days.

I'm not saying I'm ready to go back to work.  I've actually enjoyed being home.  But it's turned me into a bum, y'all.  This stay-at-home mom thing doesn't work well for me. Some of my favorite bloggers are stay-at-home (and work-at-home) mamas who cook, clean, parent, and everything else, and seem to do it well.  How do y'all stay motivated and on point?  'Cause I kinda suck at this.

Anyhoo, here's a little of what we've been up to:

My hair.  I've been learning more about what works and what doesn't. I  naively assumed the stuff that works for my daughter's hair would work for mine.  Turns out it's true what they say: everyone's hair is different.  I've always used Miss Jessie's on her hair, but I've found a friend in KinkyCurly and a couple of other brands for my own. I ran into this display while trying to kill time in Belk one day:

(If you're familiar with Carol's Daughter, then you know how rare it is to find it on sale!  In fact, this same stuff was regular priced a few stores down in Sephora.  But Belk was trying to get rid of this inventory, and I was one of the lucky takers.  I'll go back in a week or so to see if it's marked down any more...if there are any left.)  

I'm still learning to care for my mane -- and it's quite an adventure -- but it's a very cool adventure.

Army Wives.  I finished watching Downton Abbey several weeks ago, and told myself I was done watching shows on my iPad for the summer (it's part of the reason I'm a bum).  Until one day I was bored and clicked on that first episode of Army Wives.  Big mistake.  My mom had suggested Army Wives to me before -- I'm not sure what took me so long.  It's GOOD.

I started with Season 1, of course, and am now midway through Season 2.  Almost every episode has made me tear up or cry.  (I used to be able say "I'm not a cryer," but something about motherhood changed that about me.  It's been 4.5 years -- I think it's time I stop saying it because it just isn't true anymore.) I don't like when movies and shows makes me cry (I used to make fun of my friends who did the same thing), but this show has pulled me in. I see myself in all of these wives and their personal struggles and accomplishments. It's also been interesting learning about the military life (the TV version, at least).  It's TOUGH. Soldiers are strong and dedicated, no doubt about that, but military wives and children are a different kind of strong. They're heroes, too, in my eyes.

Swim.  M finished swim this week.  Here's her latest. She's been pretty afraid of jumping in, but showed more courage this day (I titled the video Diving, but she's really just hesitantly jumping in):

I'm proud of her.  Especially watching her swim across that 13 ft water.

She's still not quite where I want her to be, so I'm thinking we'll do lessons in the fall, too.  I kinda wanted her to do soccer again this fall, or maybe gymnastics, so we'll have to make a decision soon.  I think one activity is enough for this age.  We'll see.

Speaking of my little one, I've truly enjoyed being with home with her full-time this summer.  As I mentioned, despite the fact that we still have to pay preschool tuition throughout the summer, I've kept her home all but one day. I was afraid that by Week 2, I'd be ready to take her back - ha! - but it's been fun.  I've seen her mature.  She's still not sleeping the whole night in her own bed, but I'll tell y'all about that (along with all the other stuff I still haven't accomplished this summer) another day.

In the meantime, here are a few recent pics of my girl (these are from at least two different days, but she's wearing the same thing):

Headed to the Children's Museum

Eating chicken fingers at Mama's favorite chicken finger spot.

Dinner at Firehouse

Dinner with Daddy

Have a good weekend, good people.  I'm going to TRY to be somewhat productive this weekend!


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