Friday, April 26, 2013

fishie fishie

look at this little fish!

crosby started swimming lessons last week, and she is one happy guppy!  we have loved goldfish swim school and our teacher, maggie, for harper's lessons for over a year-and-a-half.  we lucked out having maggie as crosby's teacher, too!  crosby excitedly talks about going swimming every day, and more so on actual swimming days.  it's so fun to watch!

Monday, April 15, 2013


march was reading month, and we spent a lot of time doing just that.

my favorite things these days...

      that crosby wants the same book, go dog go, over and over and over and over and over.

      that harper has heard the book enough times that she reads it to crosby, almost word for word.

i love watching them blossom with a love of reading.  i thoroughly enjoy my monthly book club meetings and the amazing stories we read that rolls into even more beautiful conversations between friends.  i hope they find a lifetime of joy in words and pages and stories.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

solo in san diego

at the end of february, my school sent me to a conference in san diego.  i tried to convince michael or my sister to come with me.  nothing ended up working out, so i found myself flying hundreds of miles away for 3 days to be...alone.  i had never taken a complete solo trip before.  i usually went with someone if it was a conference or vacation, or at least was going to visit someone if i traveled alone, but this was a first.  i was a bit nervous.  i knew i would miss the girls like crazy.  i planned and planned and planned some more for life to go on while i was away...prepping meals, writing notes, checking and double checking who was taking the girls to school and who was doing pick up.  

i left very early sunday morning with tears in my eyes as i kissed michael and the girls goodbye.  i had fun reading material with me, a large starbucks and the next 5 hours til i arrived in sunny san diego.  it was beautiful.  my hotel was beautiful.  my alone time was daunting.  what was i to do?  i quickly changed into workout gear and headed to the 24 hour gym to clear my head.  

those 3 days were pretty much the same.  wake up early (late per eastern time zone) to fit in a workout. get ready and head to the conference, at which i sat indoors at a table all day, but learned a ton and met some really cool people.  head back to my room for a quick dinner and then relaxing before i crashed in bed at 8:00 cali time.  it was kind of pathetic, but i truly had no desire (or energy) to go out and explore.  i did find out when it was too late that the beach was only steps and around a corner from my hotel, which i was bummed about.  i would have loved to sit and watch the ocean.  i didn't tote my big camera, but wish i had.  the scenery is gorgeous out there.  it was only me and my iphone, and i tried to capture as much as i could.  

i arrived home early evening wednesday night to my own personal taxi service, with the 3 faces i missed the most.  i was so happy to be back home.  and i think i could likely take another trip solo again, but not too soon.