1. I have a notoriously bad voice. Even Bean tells me to stop singing sometimes. Last week, I decided to see if I really had a bad voice or if Chris (and Bean) (and my sister) (and my mom) were just giving me a hard time. So, I turned on the radio and started singing along. Halfway through the song, I turned down the music and kept singing. Then, I turned the music back up to see if I was still in tune. I wasn’t. They were right. I’ll never be on American Idol.
2. Gracie took her first bath in the bathtub. She’s still a little small for the tub and I’ll probably continue to give her most of her baths in her small tub, but it was so darn cute to see her and Bean together. And they both loved it!
3. I started this new reading program in my class this year where all my students are required to read 30 books by the end of the year. I wasn’t sure it would work and then I worried that I’d be screwed because most of my curriculum was built around them reading those books since we were going to do a bunch of activities with them. The end of the first quarter is this week and I am so proud to report that my kids have read 673 books! That’s an average of 6-7 books per student. I’m so darn proud of them!
4. Chris hurt his knee somehow playing golf last weekend. Now, he has trouble getting up and down the three flights of stairs in our house. I know I should be sympathetic to him, but seeing him hobble around like an old man makes me giggle.
5. We had our family portraits with Jenn Hopkins yesterday. They were pretty darn awesome and I can’t wait to see the pictures when she’s done editing. I made her promise to edit out my sweat beads. And maybe 20 pounds or so.
6. In the past few weeks, the weather’s been a little cooler (finally!). Which has led to my discovery that Bean has absolutely no pants that fit. He’s too tall for 18 months, but the 24 months and 2T are way too big in the waist, even with the adjustable waistlines. He’s a tall beanpole. (Oh, I made a joke!) This weekend, I picked him up two new pair of jeans while I was out shopping. I didn’t notice in the store that I accidentally bought “skinny jeans.” Seriously. They say that on the label. He looks like a tiny hipster!!!! It’s hysterical!!!
7. The other night as we were making dinner, Chris and I were kissing and Bean suddenly yells out from the dinner table in an angry voice, “Daddy! You no kiss Mommy’s face!” We died laughing and started kissing again while Bean continued to tell us to “stop kissing face!” He’s only two and we’re already grossing him out! Bonus parenting points for us!
8. I forgot to wear deodorant today, so during 3rd period when I finally remembered, I tried to sneak into my supply closet in my classroom to put some on (I keep an extra deodorant stick in my file cabinet). Then I accidentally dropped the whole stick with the deodorant side down on the nasty, filthy storage closet floor. I stood there for a full minute staring at all the dirt and dust on the deodorant while I seriously considered putting it on anyway. But I didn’t. Which made me feel really good about myself. Sometimes motherhood can make me feel pretty gross, so it’s nice to know where I draw the line.
9. I walked into our bedroom the other day to find Chris sound asleep on our bed and the kids siting on either side of him, with Gracie banging on the toy piano and Bean calling out, “DADDY! WAKE UP, SLEEPYHEAD!” Poor Chris. He hasn’t been feeling too good this weekend and I think the kids can sense weakness. They can sniff it out. Like bees. And middle schoolers.
10. ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MY ATLANTA-AREA READERS: The Atlanta MC Meet and Greet has been scheduled! We’ve moved it to this Saturday, October 29, from 3:00 until 4:00pm at Stone Mountain Park (which is fun because I was born in Stone Mountain!). We’ll be at the Triangle Pavilion in the Triangle Picnic area. Just look for the pavilion with the turquoise and yellow balloons. There is a playground there, too, so if you have little ones, they can run around and play. Chris and I will be there with the kids and our family to meet and greet, answer a few questions, talk a bit about the blog, and spend some time hanging out. I really hope if you’re in the Atlanta area, you’ll come on out. Bring a picnic, bring your kids, bring your friends, and come play with us!