Happy Saturday, y’all.
There are times when I miss the good o’le days of blogging. When we were all personal and felt like we knew each other right here on the internet. Don’t get me wrong, I love the tips, and recipes, the challenge of finding the right tagline and this or that, but I miss the simplicity and intimacy of how blogging used to be.
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I’ve been getting a little bit more personal again on Facebook, and started sneaking in a bit more of our story here and there on the blog too. I know, some of you aren’t here for that, but if you want to follow our story, along with all the tips and other things I post, then you can find it in the “my story” tab. I thought this would be a fun way to have the best of both on the blog (cue Hanna Montana theme song).
Now that that song is stuck in your head, let’s talk about this week. Both kids went back to school (yay!), this is my daughter’s first year ever of preschool and my son’s second (and final) year. I realized that the start of school isn’t that bittersweet when you are an introverted parent who also works full time from home. I was pretty darn excited for them to be off. I always said I’d never be that parent rejoicing to see them go, but here I am.
I have a friend who says it well… “it’s good for us to miss them, and them to miss us”. I think that captures my feelings pretty well. It has also be great to be able to spend so much more focused time on them. I get so much work done during the day while they are gone, so in the afternoon when they are back we can do fun things together without me worrying about hitting deadlines or around-the-house to do lists that I need to tackle.
Which leads us to the really dumb thing I did this week.
My daughter’s preschool class is a peanut free zone. There’s a child in the classroom with a severe peanut allergy, so we said goodbye to my old faithful PB&J lunch route and I’ve been packing her nutella and jelly sandwiches everyday instead. Let’s just say she’s not heartbroken over this change.
Since I’m familiar with kids and allergies I have been very careful about not letting any peanut products come into contact with food I send her with. This means making her sandwich before my son’s (he’s still getting peanut butter on his sandwiches), making sure it is sealed and in the lunchbox before I start on making his sandwich, wiping down the counters extra to be sure there’s no peanut butter residue from breakfast, etc.
I’ve been super careful. And then Thursday I get an email from the school administrator reminding me about the no peanut policy. My immediate thought was that I’d somehow gotten the sandwiches confused even though I double checked them before we left. Then she went on to say that they had given my daughter a different snack which she ate without a problem… It was the snack that was the problem, not the lunch. You know, the snack of TRAIL MIX WITH 90% PEANUTS that I sent my daughter to school with. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more dumb.
As soon as I heard “peanut allergy” my mind went to peanut butter and I’ve been thinking of it as a peanut butter allergy. Completely and entirely forgetting that peanuts would also be included in the allergen list for a child who is allergic to, you know, peanuts.
Not my brightest hour.
Also this week I bought the Incredibles movie for my kids. They LOVED it. We are quite the superhero obsessed crowd right now so it was a perfect fit.
I have come to the realization that missing kids is way harder than missing adults. I still haven’t gotten over my best friend’s leaving the country and mainly because of the milestones with the kiddos I am missing. The littlest one has started scooting and I can’t even handle it! What do you do when little ones you love live far away? I know I can’t be alone in this…
Also this week I made the worst dinner probably ever, but ended up abandoning it and pulling something else together about 45 minutes late. Yay for a stocked pantry!
Lastly, it’s labor day weekend, so that means 3 days off and only 4 days of work for every one who doesn’t work from home *wink*. Not sure all of our plans for the weekend but tonight is definitely including Biblestudy with friends (we’re going through this one together), homemade Mexican food, gelato (not homemade…post coming about that soon) and a whole lot of Doctor Who. Fun times!
What did your past week look like? Doing anything thrilling for the long weekend?
Oh goodness, I almost forgot…awkward highlight of the week was that “donald trump’s hair” started following me on instagram. Firstly awkward that some one made an instagram account for that, and then HOW DID THEY FIND ME. So strange!