First haircuts.

For months now, every bath has been followed by a monumental battle.  No matter how generously I apply conditioner, Sloane’s head is encased in a tangled mass.  I pull the comb through her locks, hesitant and cautious, always prepared for her to yank her head away and scream out in exaggerated pain.

After weeks of discussing the possibility of a haircut, we finally reached the point that she begged for one every time I brushed her hair.  Luckily, one of my oldest friends is an amazing hair stylist.  She was sweet enough to offer to come to our home so that Sloane could feel as comfortable as possible during this new experience.

Today was the big day!

She did so great!  And if you ask me, she looks pretty dang cute.

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Spotlight: Sloane

My daughter is kind of a tough nut to crack right now.  Around our home, she is vivacious, imaginative, chatty, and hilarious.  But she holds most of that back when we’re around other people, despite their best efforts to get to know her.  When I found this series of photos she took on my phone, I was so excited to share this silly side of her that only a few people get to see.

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32.

I celebrated my 32nd birthday over the weekend.  Strangely, this is the first birthday has sounded not quite old, but more adult-like to me.  I welcomed thirty with open arms, and 31 was no big deal.  Something about 32, though… It appears this “grown up” business is around for good.

Inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, dig this chick (who also happens to be my employer), I decided to compile a list of thirty two of my favorite things right now.

 

wonderful trouble

A dream come true:  like a complete dork, I convinced her to finally wear coordinating dresses with me.

1.  Green tea with honey.  (So much honey.)

2.  How Sloane wraps her arms tightly around my neck every night, and makes me guess the magic word for her to let me go.  I always take several minutes to guess the right word, even though it’s always “abracadabra”.

3.  The way Roman smiles, bounces, and breathes excitedly if he’s excited about something you say to him.

4.  Five p.m. every day week day, when my husband gets home and the energy in our house changes from Holy-Crap-We’re-All-Driving-Each-Other-Crazy to Holy-Crap-I-Am-So-Grateful-For-All-Of-These-People.

5.  The way Mia (our corgi) smells when she’s sleepy.

6.  Putting milkmaid braids in my hair.

7.  Socks from Costco.

8.  For the first time in my life, I can cook over-easy eggs.

9.  Watching old episodes of 30 Rock in bed with Colin before we go to sleep every night.

10.  Wearing lipstick.

11.  Beyonce.

12.  My dreamy new job.

13.  Dreaming about home improvements.

14.  Carving out time, for the first time in a long time, for socialization without my kids.

 

Art on Tap:  An art class held at various local venues.  I attended a session at a winery with four of my favorite women on my birthday and had such a great time!

15.  Roman’s genuine love for snuggling up and relaxing with those he loves.

16.  Quinoa.  In any shape or form.

17.  How perfectly Roman fits on my hip.

18.  My new wall-mounted jewelry box that Colin gave me for my birthday.

19.  Reading to my kids.

20.  Remembering to use my DSLR a bit more often than I have in the past.

21.  Popcorn with coconut oil and nutritional yeast.

22.  Pinot Noir.

23.  Clean sheets.

24.  Having the longest hair of my life.

25.  Retiring nursing bras (which simultaneously breaks my heart).

26.  Dreaming about who my kids will be when they’re big.

27.  Getting to spend one-on-one time with each of my kids once in awhile.

28.  The evenings when my husband and I say we’re going to watch a movie, but then we get to talking about life and kids and goals and dreams and before we know it, it’s past our bedtime.

29.  Water.  I drink a gallon a day.  I seriously can’t get enough of the stuff.

30.  Our new refrigerator.  I sure hope that whoever came up with the idea to put the freezer on the bottom got a hefty raise.

31.  How I Met Your Mother.  We haven’t even watched the finale yet because I’m just not ready to say goodbye.

32.  Listening to Sloane endlessly chatter on and on about things she’s excited about.

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Wonderful Now

Right now I am a busy mama of two, striving for the balance that I’ve neglected for the last 3+ years.  I often feel that I’ve lost touch with myself, my intellect and social skills being the biggest victims.  I have finally recognized that I can be a better person for them if I put myself first every once in awhile.  Right now is challenging.

 

Kids in Window

 

Right now is my daughter sneaking away from playing with her cousins (whom she adores) at family gatherings to draw a picture just for me.  My son giving sloppy, open-mouthed kisses on my nose before bed time.  My husband offering to do all the grocery shopping with both kids in tow so that I can have some time to myself.  Right now is wonderful.

 

Rain Boots

 

Right now is change and growth, relying on little more than love and our instincts to guide us in the right direction.  Right now is extraordinary.

 

 

 

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