Thursday Thirteen

All Things Lovely

As you can imagine, the last few weeks have been crazy. I'll explain below though if you've been following my blog at all they will not be a surprise to you!

1. Abby is seven now. She had two parties, including one that was a surprise to the both of us, thanks to my awesome friend Heather!

2. She has also started first grade. This is her third day. She is loving school and the new freedoms she has as a first grader.

3. Homework will start on the second week. I don't expect she will love this part of first grade.

4. Living away from family and friends is always hard but even harder sometimes. I miss them all.

5. If you are a friend or family member of mine, don't be surprised if you get a note from me soon. I'm back to my card sending self. I love keeping in touch the "old-fashioned" way.

6. The weather here has been odd. Some days have been over 90 but then today is 77. Variety is the spice of life, I guess.

7. I've been trying to not be tied to my phone as much. Between that and the fact that it dies fast - sometimes I miss a call or two. Or, five. Sorry babe.

8. Remember the chocolate ganache I tried to make for Abby's birthday cake? Yeah. That didn't turn out. Apparently, you can heat the chocolate/cream mixture too much. Oops.

9. Abby and I (and all the other parents & kids at her school) got caught in a vicious sort of downpour yesterday. Then, the second we got in the car it died down. We. were. drenched.

10. Our house is the cool place to be. Well, if you are wasps. Why do these things keep hanging out here and building nests? The gutter near our front door is especially tempting for them but they will settle for the underside of our recycle bin handle. Anyone have tips for me?

11. The other night I put on Pandora's Rockabye Baby station for Abby to fall asleep to. They play popular music without words in lullaby form. I almost fell over when they played "Ragdoll" by Aerosmith. The words were going through my brain but at least Abby had no clue that was a highly inappropriate lullaby song. 

12. Our dog is a stinker. He gets mad about something and rebels by dragging something outside. 

13. I made a yummy stir-fry last night with beef, broccoli, and zucchini (from our garden!) Everyone loved it even the 7 year old who "hates" zucchini!

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