Friday, May 10, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Spencer: "Oh, I just handle the shoelaces."
Chelsi: "The shoelaces?"
Spencer: "When we all get our family pictures taken and stuff."
Chelsi: "What if I never wear shoes with shoelaces unless I'm working out?"
Spencer: "My antics on the jumbotron were not well-inviting."
Chelsi: "No, they weren't. What did you do?" (Trying so hard not to laugh.)
Spencer: "I was just saying that my comments about my phone weren't worth repairing. It was a joke!"
Chelsi: "You're so funny, honey!"
Hahahaha! I love when he talks in his sleep. Nothing beats, "The Amish have a fun time coming up with excuses," though....or library disease for that matter.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
I cried last night. Pretty hard. Why? My baby is six! I can't imagine this life without her and time is going by way too quickly. Luckily she is still as playful as a pup, and healthy as can be, so I need to calm down-- even though next year we're supposed to start her on senior dog food. Great. Tearing up again. You may find me cray cray, but it doesn't matter. I love her like a child and I don't care who knows it! And this is why:
1. That face you look up at me with when you want to come inside
2. That you're kinda a scardie cat and come to me to protect you
3. That you don't like bananas, jelly beans, or cheese popcorn but you loooove spinach
4. That you make it adamantly clear when you want to spend the night at grandma and grandpa's
5. The funny face you make before you give kisses
6. The way you make everyone feel so special and loved
Happy birthday baby girl. Mommy loves you.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Pam describes her 30th birthday as one that she was not looking forward to. She stood in her kitchen in her pajamas crying to her husband that she did NOT want to go out and just wanted to go to bed. He finally told her that all of her friends and family were waiting at her favorite restaurant to surprise her. So, she put on her LBD and "wiggled her hips" right to the party and life after. I know this birthday was 29, but I felt the same way and related to her as she said, "I had a wonderful time. As beleaguered as I felt on so many levels, I was able to let it go that night and revel in my friends, my neighborhood, my marriage-- in the adult life I'd spent more than a decade building." And then, "...My adorable husband had transcended his own exhaustion to arrange this party." It sounded familiar.
So, I'm going to take this list and strive to complete it and hopefully next year, my attitude will have changed, due in part to this book and the preparation it provides me, even if. Even if I'm not a mom, even if our papers aren't in. Even if. (Even if I get a stomach ache thinking those words.) She describes getting off the train of childhood at thirty and boarding the train of adulthood- the one that will take you the rest of the way, "Just like the night of my thirtieth birthday, when I thought I was heading straight to bed and found myself in a lively room, wearing a tight dress, surrounded by love and possibilities. Just like we all start out believing we're going in one place, only to find ourselves at those great train stations of life, having arrived at another unbelievably better place." So, here's the list:
- ✔One boyfriend you can imagine going back to* and one who reminds you of how far you've come. (*If there was no Spencer.)
- A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family. Sorta check. I don't think it counts if you haven't boughten it yourself.
- ✔Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
- ✔A purse, suitcase and umbrella you're not ashamed to be seen carrying.
- ✔A youth you're content to move beyond. Working on this one.
- ✔✔A past juicy enough that you're looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
- The realization that you're actually going to have an old age and some money set aside to help fund it. Hmm.
- ✔An e-mail address, a voicemail box and a bank account-- al of which no one has access to but you. I don't feel that for me, nobody having access to it but me is an important factor.
- ✔A resume that is not even the slightest bit padded. Yet I am still unemployed.
- ✔One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
- A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra. If I need my own, then no check. If I share with the hubs, then all I need is the bra.
- Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
- ✔The belief that you deserve it. Even though I don't have it, I totally deserve it. :)
- ✔A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine and a plan for handling those few facets of life that don't get better after 30.
- ✔A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets that do get better.
- ✔How to fall in love without losing yourself.
- ✔How you feel about having kids.
- ✔How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
- ✔When to try harder and when to walk away.
- ✔How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn't like to happen next.
- The names of the Secretary of State, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town. Uuuhhh...
- ✔How to live alone, even if you don't like to.
- ✔Where to go-- be it your best friend's kitchen table or a yoga mat-- when your soul needs soothing.
- That you can't change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents. I think I deserve 3/4 a check on this one.
- ✔That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it's over.
- What you would and wouldn't do for money or love.
- ✔That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for long. (I got in trouble for not flossing yesterday at my dentist appointment. New resolution.)
- Who you can trust, who you can't and why you shouldn't take it personally. Again, 3/4 check.
- ✔Not to apologize for something that isn't your fault.
- Why they say life begins at 30!
Friday, April 5, 2013
I stayed up the Friday night before, in the bathtub, reading till 6 am. (Yep, you read that right.) I lost all track of time. So, later that day I woke up in the very late afternoon. Spencer woke me up with a gift and I was ornery because, well, it wasn't my birthday yet and I don't like to be woken up. I cheered right up when it was a Ben and Jerry's cookbook for homemade ice cream. Then he lead me down stairs and I couldn't believe my eyes. He'd set up an entire party all by himself. An ice cream party! He made me a cake and cupcakes (that everyone thought were ice cream cones) all by himself. I had no idea he was paying so much attention as my sous chef! He made labels for the cups with a little logo that said, "Chelsi's Ice Cream," he bought the cutest ice cream bowls and spoons for the toppings, and he made a chalkboard insert for our cabinet that had a menu for "Chelsi's Ice Cream Shop," and he set it up so adorably all by himself. I wish I had more pictures but I was so overwhelmed I forgot to take any, so the only ones I have are from Dad's cell.
He told me to eat breakfast fast and get ready because I was expecting a lot of company. I was! So many people came and I was completely overwhelmed that so many people came just to make my day. They even brought gifts! I was completely spoiled. I got a few gift cards, a lovely wall hanging to hang my niece's artwork on, a cute keyholder, a new purse, a scarf, like 5 books, some earrings, and a Kindle Paperwhite that I am OBSESSED with just to name a few things! I don't think I can put into words how special I felt by the company that came. I have really great friends and it meant SO much to me and just when I thought that was it, more surprise friends kept coming, as did the squeals.