the friday post – volume 4

Happy Friday, friends! This week was a short one for us. Last night we drove over to Bradenton on the gulf side to visit friends from college for the weekend. Their baby is two months older than Charlie, so we had a meeting of the babies this morning when they both got up. It’s been such a fun weekend to look forward to, and I love thinking about raising these boys at the same time. Two months is such a big difference when they’re this little! Next year no one will even be able to tell who is older. Little friends from bump to birth! Mike has a few meetings over here today which is the real reason for our visit. We’re heading home on Saturday, so we’ll still have time to do all those weekend essentials on Sunday before the week begins again.

This week flew by. Valentine’s Day came and went with a bang. I swear it seems like Valentine’s Day is a bigger deal than Christmas at my elementary school. So many cupcakes, chocolate and talk of crushes and notes of friendship passed between boys and girls. There was even a plot for a fifth grade boy and girl to hold hands in gym class, but those plans were intercepted before they happened, thank goodness! We made a pasta bake at home on Tuesday paired it with a little glass of wine, Samoas, and the newest episode of The Bachelor. Call me simple, but nothing could beat that in my book.

Charlie’s started blowing raspberries like crazy this week. He’s like a constantly running open faucet now. He goes through a couple outfits a day now from being soaked through with saliva. In rolling news – When we lay him on his back on the ground now, he almost immediately flips to his tummy but hasn’t quite figured out how to get back to his back. When he gets tired he just puts his head down and sucks on his hand.

There’s a new girl at daycare this week who is a week younger than Charlie. The daycare ladies are so funny about it. They’ve made up this whole story about Charlie and Lucia being boyfriend and girlfriend. One lady told me when I picked him up yesterday that Charlie was trying to hold Lucia’s hand, but she wasn’t interested and that the day before that she was trying to hold his hand but he wasn’t interested. Hilarious. I told them Charlie’s not allowed to have a girlfriend until he’s 18.

I’m sitting here holding my napping baby on a comfortable couch with a mug of coffee next to me feeling so grateful today for this life. I’ve been holding Charlie a little bit tighter every day after the terrible school shooting this week. The high school is about thirty minutes from our house so it has hit way too close to home. I have so many fears and what- if questions swirling around my head, especially working at a school and as a mother. I can’t even imagine what those families and kids are going through and am praying so hard that these fears can somehow be eased over the next few years. I don’t have any solutions, just the feeling that enough is enough. I just want to leave you with this quote from Mother Theresa, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”

On that note, I’m going to enjoy the heck out of my long weekend with my family and friends. Counting my blessings over and over after this week of both love and the worse kind of hate. I hope you enjoy your weekend too!

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