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Lately, Charlie’s been a little bossy. She’s also been a little temperamental. Not too crazy considering that she’s almost two and a half. However, sometimes it’s really funny.
On Saturday, John and I were having a conversation. However, Charlie wanted to ask me a question. She looked at John, waved her finger in his face in a no-no fashion, and said “No, Daddy. I talking to Mommy.” She then proceeded to ask me her question while John looked at her, mouth agape, completely stunned. Once I answered her question (Why Rapunzel’s hair became brown), John and I looked at each other and bust out laughing. We then tried to explain to her that it’s not nice to interrupt people.
Tonight, at the dinner table, I was talking to John. She decided that she wanted to talk to John, so as I paused in my conversation, she jumped in. With her finger to her lips, “Shhh, Mommy. I talking to Daddy, not you.” That was it. John and I both lost it. I thought John was going to choke on his carrots because he was laughing so hard.
Guess that lesson from Saturday didn’t sink in at all.
Charlie had her school pictures taken last month. She practiced saying cheese, accompanied by a cheesy smile, all morning. Thankfully, we got a normal Charlie smile. Her hair’s finally starting to grow in. Maybe we’ll actually get to put a ponytail in this summer. Right now it’s in that in-between phase where we can’t do much with it. And, contrary to some suggestions, I’m not about to put hairspray in it!
We went to the park last Friday because it was beautiful out. 80s! (It was in the 50s yesterday. Gotta love spring).
And, here’s the reason why I’ve been pretty tired lately. Yep, that’s me on the right. 30 Weeks. Just have to wait until the end of July to get rid of the weight (and meet our new baby girl, Baby A).
Five ago as we were planning our wedding, I was drawn into a wedding planning board on the internet. It was very helpful to speak to women that were planning events at the same time in the same town, which was super useful as I was planning a Pgh wedding from Philly. I met some of the most wonderful women while I was on that board. After we were done with our weddings, a small group of us moved over to a private internet board where we still speak almost every day. We’ve been through a lot together. Babies, new houses, new jobs, moves, the loss of parents and grandparents, the sudden loss of a spouse. We’ve shared our lives with each other, even as we’ve lived in very different locations. We almost completely span the continent, from CO to the east coast. We’ve come to realize that these friends are just as good, if not better, than many of our in real life friends. We may not meet in person very often, if ever, but we care about each other very much.
Last year we heard devastating news. After living with several debilitating illnesses, which never kept her down, one of our own now had liver cancer. Her only chance was to get a new liver through a donation. She went through insurance red tape to get into one of the best hospitals in the country. And then she waited. We were all so anxious for her. When she got that news, you could hear her beaming from ear to ear through the internet. We were so happy for her. This was her chance to have a long life with her husband and child. She went in, had the operation and was recovering. When she had the chance to get back on line, she was so excited. Everything seemed to be going well – everything was right with the world. But, the good news didn’t continue. Unfortunately, this past weekend, our beautiful friend succumbed to GVHD, a rare complication from organ transplants.
Today, many of our friends are going to the funeral home to say one last goodbye to an amazing woman. She was the type of person anyone could use as an inspiration. The relationship she had with her child was remarkable. She was raising the sweetest child imaginable – obviously doing something right when her first grader still wanted hugs from their mother. She was always smiling and willing to help where she could. Never complaining, always telling us great stories and giving us good advice. She was the one that remained friends with women that fell out of our group, continuing to support them if they needed kind words and encouragement. She was a bright beacon in the sometimes stormy sea of this society. It’s at times like these that I am encouraged by my belief in an afterlife because I know that she is going to watch her child grow up and become an amazing person, all because of the foundation that she gave to them.
If I could be half the mother, wife, and woman she was, I would be content with that. So, with a heavy heart, and tears in my eyes, I say goodbye to my friend. I’m going to miss you.
Life’s been more than a little busy lately. I feel like I have three full time jobs: Working for the USDA, looking for a new job, and being a good mom. Sometimes things just have to give, and unfortunately, no matter how much I like it, that often ends up being blogging.
Things are starting to wind down at work. I only have 24 more working days (in other words, I’m done the beginning of June). However, it just means that the job hunt is going stronger. I was informed yesterday by my cousin that applying for jobs is like a treasure hunt. I don’t see it that way. To me, it’s just discouraging. I’m hoping this search goes faster than the last one. I don’t feel like being out of work for 14 months, especially since Pa unemployment is just not equivalent to NJ unemployment.
Did you know on Pa unemployment you can’t even take any type of freelance work or make and sell items to earn a little extra money? That’s considered self-employment and drops you 100% off the unemployment, even if you only make $100. Basically, they don’t want you to help improve your status, except by accepting a job from someone else. Boy, that just really lives up to the spirit of entrepreneurialship and job creation, doesn’t it?
I haven’t been quite as tired lately, so there should be more posts from me, which should make me a very happy individual.
Let me tell you, this whole no purchase February thing is pretty darn hard. How hard you ask? Well, let’s use this past weekend as an example. President’s Day Weekend. Lots and lots of great sales for children’s clothes. Tons and tons of clothes on clearance. Did I buy any for Charlie? Nope. I stuck to my guns and didn’t buy her any clothes.
And this was really, really difficult. It would have been so easy to jump in the car and run to Gymboree and Kohl’s to grab stuff that was on clearance (with additional markdowns and coupons as well). Does Charlie need more clothing? Yes, she does. I need some stuff for her for next winter (I like to shop a year in advance to buy stuff cheap). But, I kept up my resolve and didn’t go shopping for her this weekend. I did spend a small amount this weekend. $10 on a new 16GB flash-drive. But, this was something that was needed for organizational/decluttering purposes in our home and I don’t think it was too bad of a purchase.
(BTW – Are you following the new blog over at www.365homefix.wordpress.com? There’s a few things up, with many more to come)
Instead of shopping, we went to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for their Paleopalooza. Charlie was really afraid of the dinosaurs when we got to the museum, almost crying when she saw them, but before we left she asked to see the “saurs” and then as we were leaving, John was holding her and she could still see the dinosaurs as we went down the steps, she kept saying “Bye, di-saurs. Bye, di-saurs.” So I guess she liked them in the end.
By far, her favorite part of the museum was the butterfly exhibit. They grow and hatch butterflies and you get to walk through a butterfly room where hundreds of butterflies fly all around you. You aren’t supposed to touch the butterflies, as you can damage their wings. Charlie was very careful about not touching the butterflies, but she would point them out to us. And, if one landed near her, she would get up close to it, squat down, and watch it. Then when the butterfly would fly away, she would spin around watching it fly, giggling in sheer delight.
We also got to watch a reptile show. When he brought out the alligator, Charlie kept telling me and John, “Mama! It Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock!” As in Tick-Tock, the crocodile that goes after Captain Hook in Peter Pan and in Jake and the Neverland Pirates. She was very excited.
We had a great time and it’s something we’ll definitely do with her again. She’s at such a great age, curious about everything. It’s so cool to see her mind working when she stops to think about things. It’s another sign that she’s growing up, but that’s ok.
Here’s this week’s meal plan. As an aside, I just wanted to say that although I link to a recipe, it doesn’t necessarily mean that I follow the recipe to a T. I usually tweak the recipe to make it healthier or to make it better fit our family. Also, yes, we have a bunch of leftovers, but John and I almost always take leftovers to work for lunch over the week or on the weekends.
Monday – Stove Top Meatloaf
Tuesday – Creamy Chicken Marsala Pasta
Wednesday – Italian Pork Roast
Thursday – Chicken Fried Rice (carry over from last week that was unused)
Saturday – Italian Sloppy Joes (using leftover pork from Wednesday)
Sunday – Stuffed Pepper Casserole