I am up too early and kind of excited about it.
Too early means I get to sit in the quiet with coffee and write.
It means I get to start my day by dwelling on what makes this life so rich.
(Oh, hey, I do like mornings when I've had enough or closet to enough sleep!)
Just a few things I'm dwelling on today:
I leave for vacation in 24 days. My first few days in Mississippi let me know that time away with my little family is something I very much like indeed (I was surprised only because I'd heard so many times that vacation as a mom isn't really vacation). Being together is probably our very favorite thing, and we're in for a whole week of it.
I've started working out again. I'd been practicing some challenging yoga (this is my favorite right now), ideally twice a week, and for a little while it was enough. I got plenty of informal exercise just by spending the day with Nolan. But he's getting more independent now (less lifting) and I found myself complaining too much about a flabby this or that and not feeling as strong as I like, so it's back to exercise for me. I'm not going with a specific program, just whatever sounds good and challenging, and I'm not training for anything in particular. (Anyone out there training for anything? I'm usually looking for something that will grab my attention.)
I've been hosting "Moms' Brunches" once a month on Tuesday mornings. There's no real agenda, other than enjoy time together with other moms who pretty much get the world of parenting, eat, and relax. Oh. my. goodness. This has been so refreshing for me. This whole parenting thing is like living in a different world. It's been so wonderful to talk with women who all do parenting a little differently, but come to the table with a "we're all doing the best we can" attitude and a willingness to share ideas and really listen. (My husband can stop buying me gifts now. He is the one who encourages me to do them and helps me set-up beforehand.) (My official plug: if you're a mom, you could make brunch on Tuesday mornings in the Reading area, and could use something like this, please email me! I'd love to add you to the next invite list and the Facebook group so we can all stay in touch in between.)
Full social calendar this week! Tonight, Eric and Steph are coming over for dinner, and I'm thinking of making
I get such a kick out of planning, making, and sharing meals. Can't wait to share one with those two!
Oh, I think Nolan's waking up, and it's still "too early." Better go relieve Tim so he can get a little more sleep!