Sunday, March 20, 2016

A(nother) Day in the Life of Me


Trish of Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity is hosting the second annual "A Day in the Life" event, encouraging bloggers to share one day out of their lives with each other. It was kind of a spur of the moment decision on my part to participate. I can barely keep up with prep for my regular blog posts this month. How would I ever have time to do this one? And yet, on Saturday, March 19th, I found myself journaling my day . . . just in case. 

Last year I recorded a work day in my life, and so this time around, I thought I would share a weekend day with you. It is not anything special really, just another day in my life.

I was awakened by an evidently very hungry cat at 6:30 a.m. Didn't he realize it was Saturday--my day off--and therefore a day I would like to sleep in? Although, technically 6:30 a.m. is sleeping in when compared to when I normally get up for the work week. Still, it's too darn early for a Saturday, especially after a rough night. My insomnia has been back for a few weeks now, unfortunately. After dragging myself downstairs to fill Parker's dry food dish (in true cat fashion, he merely sniffed the food and then went about his business--so much for being hungry), I thought of my options and quickly decided more sleep was in order. Back to bed it was.

I woke up again at 8:22 a.m. (much better!), took a quick shower, got dressed and picked out clothes for my daughter, Mouse. Sometime during my shower, Mouse had woken up and made her way downstairs with her tablet where she sat on the couch watching The Odd Squad, her new favorite show about two child detectives who solve mysteries using math. It has been only recently that Mouse will venture downstairs on her own. Once she even got herself some cereal for breakfast. Not this Saturday though.

Before I had a chance to head down the stairs, I heard the new gardener outside and woke my husband so he could open the back gate for him. We had to let go of our previous gardener when my husband lost his job last year. This new one just started last week. Neither of us like gardening much and with our busy schedules and a Home Owner's Association that insists on a nicely manicured yard (who can blame them? I want that too), it's one extra expense we feel is worth it now that my husband is working again.

I could tell from my glance out the window it was already turning out to be a lovely day. The sun was shining and the birds were tweeting, flying around the trees in our yard. I made a note to open the windows when we got home later in the afternoon to let in some of the fresh air. My allergies might not thank me, but I do love the smell of orange blossoms, which is heavy in the air this time of year.

I finally made it downstairs, and gave my daughter a kiss on the head, asking her how she slept. She informed me she slept well. I gave the cats their wet food, and I made my daughter breakfast while she got dressed. I helped her with her socks. She is such a pro at putting on her shin guards by herself (we really need to get her bigger ones--she's grown so much since we bought them last year). I dried my hair somewhere in there, brushed Mouse's hair, got the snacks ready for after soccer class, and my husband cleaned up cat vomit (poor Parker). A quick glance at the clock and it looked like we might actually be on time to soccer class today. Nope. A little someone still needed to go to the bathroom. "Going potty is boring!" *Sigh* There was a time when leaving the house was more of an ordeal. Everything was a fight. I am already liking her being five if this is anything to go by. 

We arrived just as the kids were doing their opening stretches. Mouse decided it was time to be extra shy and clingy. I walked her to a spot in the line of other kids with her practically welded to my side, encouraged her to listen to her coach and have fun, before slowly backing away as she looked at me with sad eyes. As soon as her coach gave her a grin and said, "Hi, Mouse!" (he used her actual name--he doesn't call her "Mouse"), she brightened up and all shyness was gone. She made sure he knew what she had for breakfast when he asked who the fastest child in the class was. And I'm pretty sure she told him about Parker throwing up all over "Mommy's book room floor."

 Soccer Class

The soccer class was a bit chaotic this weekend. I felt for the coach. He had eleven 3.5 to 5 year olds, and many of them had their own ideas about what they wanted to do. We are just past the halfway mark for the season, and it's typical to see the kids start to stray at this point. At least that has been my observation over the years. The kids took frequent water breaks, and Mouse was mostly good about listening to her coach. At one point my husband used the "You are one of the oldest in the class, and the younger kids look to you as an example" speech. It did the trick. 

After soccer, we walked over to the playground where Mouse played with her soccer class friend. For once she didn't come over and ask us to play with her and pretend to be the sharks to her and her friend's pirates or to beg for a snack. I was both relieved and saddened. My husband and I wandered over to near where the friend's mother was chatting with a couple of other mothers as they watched their children play. The set of benches looked inviting, and there we would have full view of the play area.

We couldn't help but catch snippets of the other women's conversations. I tend to be on the shy side and so making small talk and initiating conversations is not something I do easily. My interest was piqued, however, when I heard one of the mother's mention that her son was going to be attending kindergarten at the same school Mouse would be attending. She mentioned her efforts to find a decent after school care program for her child--something I am actively searching for as well. Knowing I couldn't let this opportunity slip by, I found a moment as the other mothers had stepped away to check on their kids, to approach her about what I had overheard. Most of the other parents I've encountered when out with Mouse are sending their children to other schools, and so I was happy to meet a parent with a child going to the same school.  Later, my husband told me he was surprised I had struck up the conversation with the mother. I was pretty proud of myself.

After an hour in the park, we headed to the car and a quick stop at home for a change of clothes from soccer stuff to a dress and restroom break. Then it was back in the car for lunch at a favorite Mexican restaurant across town (we don't get to go very often anymore, but since our errands were taking us in that direction, we decided to take advantage of it). After was a trip to the store for new bath mats, shirts for hubby, and necessities for Mouse and me. There might have been a big tantrum in the car about not staying home to clean the house because she says she loves cleaning the house so much. She was very clear: not the dusting; just the mopping. "I hate shopping!" Me too, kid.

Our next stop: Barnes and Noble for Mouse's free birthday cupcake--the real purpose of our trip. We looked around a little, and Mouse played at the train table for a bit before we found our way to the children's stage where I read a couple books about Pete the Cat and Easter to her. She picked out a vanilla frosting cupcake with a colorful array of sprinkles on top before we headed out. The clerk behind the counter wrote "Happy Birthday!" on top of the container, which just thrilled Mouse. Surprisingly, we left without any books.

We finally made it home again. Mouse wanted to dive into her cupcake, but she only managed to eat a little of the frosting before being ready to move on. Now it was time to clean! Late, I know, but we do it when we can. I got a little distracted, however, needing to get the mail (my postal book club pick came in the mail!), checking out my rose bushes, finding a couple dead lizards (so sad), and setting up the sand and water table at Mouse's request. We had a tea party with potato tea and butter soup. I cannot tell you if we were supposed to be talking in British or Australian accents. I think we used both. My husband was inside vacuuming the kitchen floor in preparation for the mopping. At least one of us was staying on task. 



Bookish Mail with the next Postal Mail Club pick

The roses are starting to bloom.

"Potato Tea"

Making more tea.

Mouse and I finally made our way inside and began dusting the library (otherwise known as "Mommy's book room" or the living room if you are my mother). Despite her earlier proclamation that she doesn't like dusting, Mouse volunteered, even grabbing her own rag and getting right to work. She sang and told me a story about what she wanted to do at work with my staff the following week. It has become a little game for us, her telling me about her day at my office while I tell her about my day at her school. She's got quite the imagination, and I love seeing where it takes her.

 As soon as Mouse heard her dad was ready to start mopping, she was off like a shot. Obviously mopping is more fun (not for me--I hate mopping with a passion). It did not take her long to make her way back to me though, seeing me go through a pile of her art projects I hadn't yet managed to take upstairs where I store them. She found her measuring snake in the pile and wanted to know if she'd gotten any taller. She had. I won't go into too much more detail about it, other than to say I dusted, sorted, organized, and tidied the family room and library. I now have a pile of giveaways (toys and puzzles), stuff to take upstairs to put away (toys mostly), and a small bag of garbage/recycles. Mouse only fought me on a couple things she wanted to keep that I think we should let go of. And finally! All the birthday stuff is put away (well, except for the birthday decorations hanging in the dining area--they'll stay up for the rest of the month). Spring cleaning is officially under way. And I'm already feeling lighter. (Or I was for the rest of that day, at least.)

As it grew later (approaching 7 p.m.), we wrapped up our cleaning, and enjoyed a quiet evening. My husband put on an episode of Doctor Who as he prepared dinner for Mouse--pasta, I believe it was. I labeled Mouse's puzzle pieces in case they get mixed up with the wrong puzzle. Mouse was busy cooking in her play kitchen. I know it goes against all the best advice, but Mouse ate her dinner in front of the television, and her dad and I didn't bother with dinner at all, both still full from our big lunch. Mouse followed her dinner up with a "blue bunny" ice cream cone.

Mouse was not happy when told it was time to go upstairs to take her shower (she prefers showers to baths) just around 8 p.m. She wanted to watch more Doctor Who. I got her showered ("I don't like washing my hair!") and settled in to make sure my Sunday Post was ready to go up while my husband got Mouse's teeth brushed and read her a story before bed. Mouse was waiting for me when I came to her room, wanting to cuddle before falling asleep. We talked a little about the day we had and what we hoped to do the next day. Sometimes she falls right to sleep, but most nights it takes her awhile to drift off. I had planned to get in a little reading before bed, but I ended up falling asleep too.

One of the things we really need to work on over the next few months is getting her to bed earlier. We started the bad habit early on of letting her stay up late because of our work schedules. With both my husband and I not getting off work until late--my husband an hour after I do), we generally are eating dinner at 7:30 p.m., and that pushes bed time to extra late. She doesn't have to be up at the crack of dawn like I do in the mornings, and so it hasn't been a big problem. It will be when kindergarten starts in the late summer though. It's going to be a struggle, I am sure. Our goal is to start slowly, maybe fifteen minute increments at at a time until we get her to bed at a more decent hour. 

Any ol' way, overall it was a good day I would say, albeit not very exciting. One in which we got a lot actually accomplished, at least. I can't always say that happens! Sunday Mouse and I let her dad sleep in while we got up and watched The Pirate Fairy movie, ate breakfast, and lounged around in our pajamas. Sundays are almost always much more relaxed around here. Maybe some day I will tell you about it.

I would love to hear about a day in your life! If you are participating, and I hope you will, please let me know. Trish of Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity will be posting a link page on the 23rd of March.

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  1. Since she likes to clean house so much, Mouse can come stay with me!

    I'm so glad you struck up a conversation with that other mother!

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    1. Kathy - Haha! That's what all my relatives had said too. :-) She likes it now, but we'll see how she feels when she's older.

      I'm glad I reached out to the other mother as well. :-)

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  2. Oh I loved this, Wendy! It reminded me of days with my girl when she was younger. And she used to love mopping and vacuuming. I even have a picture of her trying to use the vacuum when she was about 2. Me, I've never loved either of those and she doesn't like it any more either. 3 dogs have cured her of the fun of 'cleaning the floors'. LOL

    Your soccer times remind me of the days when she was on swim team. Every Saturday morning we got up way early and went to swim meets. Worked the concession stand when our team hosted. Nothing more fun than kids asking for nachos and dill pickles before 7AM. ;-)

    It was an ordinary day, but those are the best. Glad you talked with the other mother. I will say that when it is about your kiddo, it's easier or it was for me. I'll be sharing my ordinary day on Wednesday.

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    1. Kay - I bet that's an adorable picture. :-) I should take one of Mouse mopping. She doesn't quite have the hang of it, but it's fun to watch her try. I'm with you--I just have the cats now, but they have more fur than I'd like.

      I imagine we will have plenty of early weekend days in our house in the years to come. :-) My husband will be the least happy about it, I imagine. LOL He's such a night owl.

      I look forward to reading about your day on Wednesday, Kay!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your day with us.

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  4. A full day! Sometimes the less excitement, the better. :)

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    1. Jenclair - It was a full day. :-) Our Saturdays often are.

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  5. I enjoyed reading about your day and how you spent with your family, Wendy! Sounds busy but a wonderful day, too! Thanks so much for sharing with us! :-)

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    1. Melody - It was a nice day although busy. We didn't get as much done on Sunday as I would have liked, but there's always next weekend. :-)

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  6. I enjoyed your post! I hate mopping, but I bought a steam cleaner and I find I use that more... I got it when Mackie was a puppy to clean up his messes and now I don't know how I lived without it! I mop, too, but this is better for day to day messes. (Cats... Dogs... Mud...)

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    1. Kelly - Thank you! We have a steamer too, but it's a bit cumbersome. We use it now and then, but not regularly.

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  7. What a fun idea -- I'll have to look into it! (Though with our impending move, my days aren't exactly normal at the moment.) I loved reading about your day -- and it was a busy one! Your Mouse is more than welcome to come to Ohio and help me mop. It's my very least favorite chore and I have to do it tomorrow, so if you just want to teleport her over... I promise to treat her to a tea party! ;)

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    1. Lindsay - You can do your own day in the life post whenever you want, I am sure. :-) I wish I shared Mouse's enthusiasm for cleaning. She's so funny. I'm sure she wouldn't mind helping you with your mopping, especially with an offer of a tea party. :-)

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  8. It sounds like you had a busy day. Sometimes things like soccer can seem to take up a huge chunk of the day. I am very proud of you for making it out of B&N without a stack of books - that is hard to do. If Mouse needs a house to clean, send her my way...I could keep her busy :) Thanks for letting us have a peek at your day.

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    1. Carole - Yes, it definitely does take up a lot of our Saturday. It's worked out nicely for us though. The classes are at a set time--she doesn't play in competitive league yet. Mouse is getting good at folding socks. :-)

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  9. Very nice post! Thanks for sharing it. I enjoyed reading yours, and I will be posting mine soon. It's fun to read about our other blogger friends, and even the ordinary days mean something to your family. I'm glad you got to see Mouse's soccer game and eat out and clean together.

    That's what it's all about :)

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    1. Rita - I enjoyed reading yours too! :-) We enjoy our time together, although it never feels like enough. :-(

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  10. It sounds like a very busy weekend, but fun and filled with excitement!

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  11. I love that Doctor Who is a family thing for you! And I'm glad you found 'the other mother' and struck up a conversation! That's a big deal - I'm shy too ;) It was so nice to read about your day, relaxed Sundays sound awesome too.

    I'm really tempted to do this now as well...!

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    1. Annika - I was really worried Doctor Who would be too much for my daughter, but she's really taken to it.

      I am glad I worked up the courage to speak to the other mother too! Now I have a tour schedule with the after school program she is going to be using. It sounds wonderful--but the cost may be too much for us. We'll see. I always worry when they won't give me an idea of cost over the phone.

      I hope you do write about your day!

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  12. Loved reading your "day in the life". I had to laugh about Parker's vomiting. We have (1) poker cat that we can expect at least 1 or 2 hackers a day. I loves to much plants and paper and then eat like a pig :)

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    1. Diane - Parker has his days. He is an older cat and has health problems, including intestinal issues. He's on medication for nausea, but it only seems to work some of the time.

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  13. Great post! Your daughter is so cute. I love the picture of her "making tea." And yay for Doctor Who!

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    1. Stephanie - Thanks! I think she's pretty cute myself. Haha

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  14. Your Mouse sounds precious! I take my kids to Barnes and Noble for their birthday treat too. It's such a fun thing they do and I know my kids enjoy the special trip.

    It was fun to read about your day!

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    1. Lindsey - Thank you. :-) I think it's great that Barnes and Noble has that program for the kids. :-)

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  15. Love your day! It's funny, as I think I'm introverted too-- except in blog posts and LETTER WRITING--but it's hard for me to just strike up a conversation most times too. Small talk that is. Now if they want to talk books? And I think we all want Mouse! We could have a tea party and then some mopping!

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    1. Debbie - I do much better when it comes to using the written word than I do in person--at least until I know someone well. :-) I am not a small talk type of person. Unless, like you, they want to talk about books. :-) Mouse loves tea parties--and she's already agreed she'll go to everyone's house to help with the mopping. LOL

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  16. I love that your day included a bookstore trip and a tea party :) :) OOH and I love all your kitties!

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    1. Julie - It made for a nice day. We don't get to go to the bookstore very often. Tea parties, on the other hand, are very common in our house. Haha I came home from work yesterday and both cats greeted me at the door, wanting to be cuddled. Who says cats aren't affectionate? :-)

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  17. Getting rid of things makes me feel so much lighter too! I didn't know Barnes and Noble gave out treats for kid's birthdays, that is pretty great!

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    1. Cassie - I get so tired of the clutter. I wasn't mentally prepared for all the toys that come with having a child. LOL

      Our Barnes and Noble has a little cafe attached (I don't know if they all do), and so we get a coupon around her birthday for a free cupcake or cookie. It's part of their Kid's program. It's very nice. I just wish they'd do it for adults too.

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  18. I miss having "little helpers" around the house. My grandson is just getting to the age where he wants to "hep". I can't wait to have tea time or whatever it is he wants to play. My daughter worked to get his bedtime earlier by starting 15 mins earlier, it took them about 2 weeks.

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    1. Nise' - Sometimes you have to go over their work, but I quite enjoy having my little helper too. :-) I'm going to miss the help and enthusiasm when she gets too old for enjoying cleaning. Maybe I'll get lucky and she'll never tire of it. What are the odds of that though? Haha

      Two weeks doesn't sound too bad for getting her to bed at a decent hour. Thank you for sharing. Hopefully it will be a mostly painless process. :-)

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  19. Sounds like a good day! I love the weekends where not everything is a fight and you can just enjoy hanging out with the little ones. And seriously what is up with the needing to go to the bathroom just as we're about to leave the house. I have a hard time being on time on a good day I don't need him sabotaging me! I didn't know Barnes & Noble did birthday cupcakes! I'll have to check out the one here and see if they do that too. Good for you for starting the conversation with the other mom. It's so hard to start a conversation from scratch - especially when it's someone you don't know.

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    1. Katherine - It was! I was just glad there weren't more meltdowns. Mouse refuses to nap, but sometimes she really could use one after soccer and playing at the park.

      I wish I knew where this animosity towards going to the bathroom came from.

      Does your Barnes and Noble have a little cafe attached like ours does? I signed Mouse up for the B&N Kid's program and they send a coupon out for the free cupcake or cookie around the child's birthday. Hopefully yours offers the same program!

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  20. I hate shopping too Mouse! Yay for Doctor Who! You had such a full day.

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    1. Melissa - I don't think anyone in our house enjoys shopping. Unless it's for books. ;-)

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  21. It's so nice to read about your day and your "big helper". The pics were adorable as well.

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    1. Diane - She is such a big helper. :-) Such a sweetheart.

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  22. I bet that Mouse will adjust more easily than you think. A week or so of having to get up early for school, she'll likely be exhausted in the evenings and naturally push her bedtime up a bit.

    Good for you for approaching the other mom. I find that really difficult to do as well. I have made a few mom friends at the school (after Elle has gone there for 4 years!), but a lot of them socialize outside of school so have formed really close bonds and that is so intimidating. And the potty. Ha!! I'll hear "but I already went!!" "When?" "Before I went to bed." Um...it's time to go again. :)

    Thanks for sharing Wendy!

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    1. Trish - I hope she will. She doesn't go to sleep easily (she takes after me that way).

      It took me awhile, but I made a couple of mom friends at Mouse's current school too. One of those relationships is now strained for reasons I won't go into here, which makes me sad. And while I would like to think Mouse will keep some of the same friends and I will stay in touch with the moms--I have my doubts, it will definitely be more of an effort on all our parts given they won't be attending the same school and we don't live in the same city.

      Haha the potty story made me laugh. :-) Mouse has done that too. Their logic . . .

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  23. Yes, I would love for Mouse to come mop for me...I don't like it, either, but since she does...LOL.

    Enjoyed peeking into your world for a day...thanks for the great tidbits and photos.

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    1. Laurel-Rain - I'm not sure where she got the love-to-mop gene. It certainly wasn't from me. LOL

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  24. All the elements of a wonderful day - family, outdoor time, bookstore, restaurant lunch! Maybe Mouse can come dust at my house? ;-) Thanks for sharing your day, Wendy!

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  25. I have such a hard time talking to strangers too. I really want to but it's hard to take that first step. Good for you! (I also hate mopping.)

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    1. Chris - I'm glad I am not the only one! (On both counts: hating mopping and talking to strangers.)

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  26. I loved reading this post and getting to know you better!! Funny how you're hungry cat wakes you up and then doesn't bother to eat. Our Rue is the same lol. And yay for talking to the other mother. I am very shy as well and the one thing I am nervous about once Shreya is older is the socializing aspect. And how wonderful that the day you recorded had some birthday goodness for Mouse!

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    1. Athira - My cat does that all the time. I think he just likes to torture me. Haha!

      I worry about that too given how shy and introverted I am. My daughter seems very social though, so maybe she'll do well despite me. :-)

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  27. Gee, I wish I remembered as much of one day as you did! I hate insomnia- you feel so helpless when you can't get enough sleep. I'm glad Mouse seems to enjoy her soccer games- we had a parent who ruined soccer for me by telling me I was a horrible player (at 7 years old- really?), but I feel worse for that parent's child than I ever did for myself (the "mother" would slap her daughter on the face in full view of everyone- who does that to their 7 year old?). I can't believe you resisted the siren call of books at Barnes and Noble- even as a kid, I never left empty-handed. It's just the start of our growing season here, so I think I'll have to wait until April to see roses blooming like yours have.
    ~Litha Nelle

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    1. Litha Nelle - I too lots of notes! I didn't do so well at recording the times like so many others did though. That's so wrong. I'm sorry soccer was ruined for you like that. Soccer for children should be about having fun.

      Spring came early here for us hence the blooming roses--but then, I do live in a warmer climate so it isn't unusual for the roses to bloom off season too.

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  28. Some of my now closest friends are those women who I had random conversations with when my kids were little and finding a common ground. I hope you become more comfortable starting those conversations! I love your roses and you have an adorable daughter! Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your day!

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    1. Stacie - Thank you! I'm surprised the roses are still alive given what a terrible gardener I am. :-) They area hardy flower. I don't know that I will ever feel comfortable starting conversations with complete strangers. Easier would be nice; I'd take that.

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  29. Your little girl is so cute. I think mine has a bit of me in her and doesn't like to go to sleep at a reasonable time either. I usually have to lie in bed with her for awhile. The early morning days are the hardest to get her up.

    Anyway, loved reading about your day! :)

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    1. Mari - Thank you! My daughter definitely takes after her dad. She's definitely more of a night owl. She's even grumpy like her dad in the mornings. LOL

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  30. Loved reading about your day...especially your fun adventure at the bookstore!

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    1. Patty - We don't visit the bookstore often, but it's always an adventure. :-)

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  31. Looks like a fun day! I'm impressed you made it in and out of B&N without getting any books.

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    1. Kim - It's all those unread books I already have that helped me avoid spending any more money on books. :-)

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  32. Ah I love read this. Love seeing Mouse with her tea cups. Reminds me of how much I used to love to play tea :) And, yay for flowers blooming - I'm so excited to peak into our garden every day to see if anything new is blooming. So far not very much but hopefully more soon.

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    1. Iliana - Mouse loves tea parties. :-) I have new roses coming in. They are always so pretty. I need to convince my husband we need to go to the nursery and pick up more plants for our backyard.

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  33. What a fun, full day! Initiating talk with other moms can be intimidating so good for you!!
    So, what time does Mouse actually get to sleep? For Gage we're upstairs by 8 or so to read a few books, brush teeth...so he's asleep around 8:45 every night. He always wakes up between 6:30-7:15 :( I am so not a morning person so Jason and I trade weekend days to get up with him. It will be an adjustment for Mouse when school starts for sure, but these kids are so adaptable!

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