1. Thank you guys for being so encouraging and excited about the Cottage. It’s so fun to have friends to share it with…even friends I haven’t met yet. =)
2. Sarah has picked up a new phrase from her beloved Junie B. Jones book series – “boom. do the math.” She knows it drives her Daddy crazy so she tries to work it into conversation with him whenever possible. “Dad, I already tied my shoes. Boom. Do the math.” “Of course I’m going to brush my teeth after dinner. Boom. Do the math.” That sort of thing. It’s almost as funny as the hysterical giggle she break into every time she says it.
3. I love my grama’s latest blog post. She talks about all the fun things she and her siblings used to do when their parents were working. It reminded me of an awesome paragraph I read recently on Momastery as she’s talking about the book she wrote and her daughter’s response to it (“Oh! Is that what you’ve been doing instead of playing with us?”). Here’s what Glennon says…
I hear you, Mommy Guilt. They didn’t used to listen to you, you know. Mamas used to have their babies and let them do their kid thing for twelve hours a day while mamas smoked cigarettes and played bridge or worked all day and then made Hamburger Helper. I think all this obsessive Mommy Guilt is relatively new and I am going to try every day to silence it. I will not let you take me down, Mommy Guilt. I did a good thing. I’m proud of myself. I wrote a book that is going to help people take it easier on themselves – and maybe one day one of those people will be Tish [Glennon's daugther]. Shut up, Mommy Guilt. I’ve got work to do and kids to raise and honestly, neither job needs my UNDIVIDED attention to thrive. There is nothing about me that is undivided and there never will be. I am a woman divided. Wouldn’t have it any other way.
I will strive to not entertain my children 24 hours a day…better yet, I will strive to (gasp!) ignore my children several hours a day so they can end up with the kinds of creative memories my Grama has. Case in point.
4. My mom and stepdad are coming into town this evening on a tour of Huntsville with their British friends. Ephraim keeps asking when the “Chinese friends” will be here. And Sarah is walking around practicing her proper English accent, compliments of the Sound of Music. These children of mine.
5. Knology email accounts are driving me crazy today! I’ve gotten no less than 10 bounceback messages from email addresses that use Knology. Don’t they know I’m trying to iron out minisession details???
6. We’re putting the finishing touches on our holiday card template line. Oh my CUTE! You’re gonna love what we have in store! I’m keeping my fingers crossed we’ll be ready to go next week.
7. My friend Jen asked me to share that in recognition of Children’s Cancer Awareness Month Chili’s is donating 100% of their net profits this coming Monday, September 24th to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. So go ahead, add a slice of chocolate chip paradise pie to your order. FOR THE KIDS!
8. Last night I made Mark Bittman’s tomato cobbler (+cheddar and parmesan cheese). Two words: make this.
9. Coincidentally my neighbor Donna also sent over a serving of chocolate cobbler for me. I don’t what recipe she used but if this one bears any resemblance you will be in for a treat.
10. I love you. That is all.