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Things I hope I never forget

– Yesterday Zoe took a really long nap in the afternoon. We’re slowly getting rid of her morning nap {at her request} and yesterday was one of the days where she didn’t take it at all. On top of that, she’s been sick the past several days. Teething. Again. My child gets a pretty severe cold with every tooth that she cuts. At least I know what to expect now, although hearing her cough and looking into her sad watery eyes never gets any easier. My point is, she slept. Hard. And for like 3 1/2 hours. I was so ready to get her when she woke up… it’s crazy how much you can miss your baby when they’re taking a nap, while at the same time loving every single second of silence. At her first cry I raced upstairs and swooped her up in my arms. She cuddled right in to my neck, wrapped both hands around me and up in to my hair, and then she twirled it like she does 5,000 times a day. It melted my heart.

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– While we’re on the subject of Zoe. I hope I never forget her expressions in this age. They are so dramatic and so freaking hilarious. One of my favorite, and the picture I’m about to show you isn’t the best example, is her eyebrow raise. Those eyebrow muscles must be the strongest muscles in her entire body, because she works them out hard every single day. I love it. I love her little personality, or her BIG personality in a little person’s body.

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– I hope I never forget what it feels like to have such a tiny little body snuggled up as close as possible, with a little tiny hand on my forearm as we read books together 538 times a day. It’s just the best.

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– I hope I never forget the example of friendship that Ann showed us this weekend. Ann was my sister’s best friend when she lived in Kuwait. Originally she’s from Canada, but she’s been teaching internationally for 5 years now. This year she’s teaching in Korea. When she found out that Jessica was getting married she went to her principal to get time off. She flew from Korea 19 hours to spend 2 days with Jessica and 1 day shopping, and then she flew <em24 hours BACK to Korea…. just to be at her friend’s wedding…. First of all, do you know how much that trip costs????? Secondly, do you understand the amount of jet lag that she’s going to experience? Third, can you imagine how much that meant to my sister? She cried for days when she found out that Ann was coming. Everybody needs friends like Ann in their life.

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– And finally, I hope I never forget that Christmas starts the day AFTER Thanksgiving! People, seriously?!?!?! What is the deal? All over Facebook I’m seeing status updates of people who have already decorated their house for Christmas {I know some of you are reading this post…don’t get offended, please, I mean no offense}. I know one family who’s tradition it is to decorate the week before Thanksgiving because they’re pastors at a church and the holiday season is b-u-s-y at church. I get that. But, for the majority of Americans? We’re just jumping the gun. Let the big department stores jump the gun…that’s annoying enough…buy your Christmas cards early, buy a few decorations early…sure. But, the beauty of Christmas is that it’s a special time…it’s this short window between Thanksgiving and New Years where everything is magical and lights twinkle in the night. We’re going to lose the magic if we jump on the November bandwagon. Don’t get me wrong, I love decorating for Christmas. I love my Christmas decorations. I buy snowmen so that I can keep them up through the winter after I’ve put the “Christmas Christmas” decorations away {After New Year’s}…but I decorate during that long weekend. And it’s special. And it’s magical. And it’s wonderful… and I hope that it always stays that way. For 2 more weeks, this is all the decoration you’re going to see at my house…and it’s only because she’s just so darned cute!

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Happy Tuesday Ya’ll!

PS…Seriously, please don’t be offended if you’ve already decorated for Christmas. Chances are, if we were having a face to face conversation, I would tell you the same thing…you would say, “Yeah..but I like them out. And I just wanted to do it.” And I would laugh and say, “Well…alrighty then. They’re pretty!” And then we would talk about all your favorite decorations and deals that we found in stores.

PPS. I’m opinionated…but I truly don’t really care what you do. Whatever floats your boat…you know?

Dear Florida

Dear Florida,

You might not know this, but today is the first day of Fall. Do you know what that is? Fall? It’s that beautiful time of year when after a really hot summer the weather cools off. The change happens over the course of a few weeks, you wake up one day and walk outside expecting to be smacked in the face with humid, hot, stale air and instead, to your utter amazement, you’re greeted with a refreshing crisp morning. There’s something about that first morning that breathes life back into your soul…or at least it does mine. It doesn’t last long. Fall is a surprisingly quick season. It comes up on you so quick, blesses you with its presence and then leaves just a little bit before winter covers the ground with a blanket of snow.

{It really does look like this}

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Anyways, Florida, in other parts of the country people have known that it was Fall for a while. Sweatshirts {and some places even jackets} have already been pulled from the back of the closet. The leaves have been changing and are now in their full glory. Reds, yellows, oranges and browns in all their splendor grace the landscape with their fleeting beauty. In Michigan, apple orchards are open and booming with business. Hay rides. Corn mazes. Pumpkin patches. Scarecrows. Apple Cider. Bonfires. Fallen leaves that cover yards and crunch when you walk over them. Piles of leaves that have been raked up, ready to be jumped in. Football games…. there’s just really nothing like it.

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But, you wouldn’t know about that, would you Florida? No. It’s still 90 degrees here and humid as ever. You don’t care that the calendar says Fall should start now, you wait until late October, if not November, to really get in the swing of things. You make your residents decorate for fall in t-shirts and shorts, and that just doesn’t seem right. Fall wreath on doors just seem out of place when the leaves outside are still a lively green. But you don’t care do you? You boast about your warm weather all year long. Well, I would just like to state, for the record, that sometimes I hate living in the Sunshine State. In fact, every single year when the seasons are supposed to be changing…but don’t…I hate living in this state. You have no idea what you’re missing out on Florida…seasons are a wonderful thing.

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But? This year I’ve decided to make the best of it. I’m going to start decorating the second week of October, maybe it’ll be just a little bit cooler. I’m going to wear boots. I’m going to carve pumpkins. I’m going to wear scarves. It might be 90 degrees outside…but darn it, it’s FALL! I’m going to make pumpkin rolls. I’m going to print the bucket list that my blog idol friend Katie over at Loves of Life made. She graciously made the list printable for the general public, so if you want it, just click here. So Florida? Bring it. Because I’m going to ROCK Fall this year.

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Sincerely,
Probably not your most gracious resident

ps… I’m feeling better…Zoe now has a fever. I’m so stinking over this sickness.
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