First up, this awesome, intrepid, crazy, FIERCELY affectionate and huggable child is doing AWESOME at her new school. She cried the first morning. James took her, because he always takes her in the morning and Cora likes her routines, and I figured there was a higher chance of tears if I was present (mine or hers). But he said she was super happy and engaged when he picked her up at 4, and then this morning she marched in to the building (quite literally) and entered her classroom in full Cora confidence mode. I'm so glad. It's already been so awesome to have her just across the street and she still has a million years of daycare to go.
To fill in the last week between my birthday (aka, The Day of All the Cookies) and new daycare day, James and I celebrated with a fancy dinner date at our very favorite Fort Worth restaurant on Friday. I was a little worried I wouldn't be ready to enjoy another indulgence so soon after the Day of 1000 Cookies (a coworker friend brought in donuts Friday morning and he said he's never seen my face look as tortured as when he walked through my office door holding the box; I just couldn't yet with the sugar, and I can ALWAYS with the sugar), but our nanny wasn't free on Saturday, and I basically fasted until dinner and OMG it was so delicious and wonderful. I love a fancy dinner date.
On Saturday I awoke full of happy memories of bosc pear martinis and even more full of PLANS and TO DO'S and a burning need to organize everything under my roof. It was decidedly not James's favorite weekend, but he won't do the little tasks along the way, so we end up with terrible weekends every few months where he isn't allowed to sit down and he fears the sound of my voice calling across the house with, "Ooh wait, one more thing!". So we filled nail holes, touched up paint, patched a hole in our closet ceiling, put up shelves in Landon's room, put up a shelf and new painting in the girls room... and by "we" I mean James.
I had the vision and the task list and in between teaching barre (SO NEEDED! And I'm pretty sure James napped the whole time I was gone, so I think it was needed for everyone else in my house too) I deep cleaned and organized everything. At 10:00 p.m. this was my hell/potential salvation.
Though I did crack up when I opened the baby crib to find this little darling sleeping peacefully.
Poor baby needs a blankie. By glass of wine #2, and after kicking James out to go watch some movie I didn't want to see (he was hovering because he felt bad sitting down while I worked, but truly, wine + loud dance music + brightly colored organizational bins = my happy place), and collecting 2 bags of trash and a big box of donations- I was done!
I went to hot yoga Sunday morning (where I won a Hydro Flask in a raffle I didn't know I entered! I also didn't know what a Hydro Flask was, but it's another trendy and expensive beverage receptacle that is amazingly good at keeping water cold. It's huge and holds 40 oz. of water and when I put ice in it on Monday morning that ice was still unmelted on Tuesday afternoon. This is because I'm TERRIBLE about drinking water during the day, but I'm trying to get better. Between my new Yeti and Hydro Flask, I feel like I'm living on the cutting hipster edge of beverage containers) and it felt amazing. I really really love that 80 minute 8 a.m. Bikram yoga class. It's like a weekly detox and reset; I sneak out of the house when everyone is sleeping and come home to happy chaos and someone eating pancakes. And then I put everyone back to work again.
James had fixed the few issues with the damaged sideboard, so I could finally fill it with ALL the things, including 12 place settings of china, 48 crystal glasses, all of my serving dishes, pitchers, vases, and a million other things. It's like its own walk-in butler's pantry. It cleared up a lot of space in my kitchen cabinets to spread things out and I just couldn't be more in love with the whole thing.
By Sunday night we were on the couch watching Walking Dead- James exhausted, me exhilarated, and both of us happy the weekend was done!