around here it's 11:10am on Thursday. Daycare was cancelled due to a staff development day and Ellerie just went down for a nap. It's been awhile since I've written up a random dump of thoughts and since I've got the time, I'm going for it.
around here we are spending that beautiful, extra light-filled 4 o'clock hour waiting for Paul to get home. Ellerie stood at the window and asked "Daddy?" until sure enough, he pulled up in his car, almost exactly like a super hero would. We opened the door to meet him before he was up the walk. If I remember one thing on my deathbed about these first few years of parenthood, I hope it's what Paul's face looks like when he sees Ellerie after a long day at work. It's a real-life heart eyes emoji. It's like looking at the sun, except brighter.
around here we're growing hair! Look at all that hair!
around here I'm stamping "get to work" on repeat. Did you win the giveaway? Three people have yet to email me their addresses. Did you not win the giveaway? Buy any physical product from the shop and get a print for free through 3/31. It's like magic via marketing, PayPal and the USPS.
around here I feel like a jerk telling those of you with snow on the ground, but I've got my garden planted. My hope is that while it's still a bit cooler, my plants will have a chance to get their roots firmly in place. And maybe? Please?! We will get a bit more rain to naturally water. I did soil test a few weeks ago and turns out my soil isn't that awful. I also got some organic soil enricher and mixed that in. So far these babies are looking pretty great and my fingers crossed I grow heaps and heaps of miniature vegetables all summer long. ps. these are our planter boxes. We love them.
around here Ellerie is learning Important Things like how to use the camera remote. About 50% of the time her aim is good and we get some gems. Her face is so proud in these photos. This is my girl. How is this my girl? She's my best friend.
around here I've reached the point in the GET TO WORK BOOK™ timeline where I feel numb. I've run the gamut of feelings. From the initial excitement when all the possibilities stretch out like the yellow brick road...to the overwhelming panic when I realized just how expensive it is to follow a yellow brick road to the end. And then, after all this, I find myself in a state of numbness. I've never, ever taken a financial risk like this. I've got no emotions to handle it so the result is nothing. I'm reminding myself that we'll be fine no matter what; it's not like we'll lose the house. Plus, I had to chase this idea. I had to. And I had to do it right. No DIY-Elise-style-hack-job where it "works" but it's not the best it could be. I had to do my Very Best. And I think I did. Screw that, I did. I'll feel numb until it's real (pre-order in early April) and then once it's out there I know, no matter what, I'll feel intense relief.
around here my dad re-stained our deck (with some deck preserve sold at Lowe's - autocorrect fail) and it's maybe the best thing I've ever seen. We have had this ikea patio for a year now and I'm pleased to report it's held up well! We didn't tarp below it, so on occasion (mostly after a rainstorm) we'll get weeds popping through, but otherwise, no issues! After the re-stain, it looks AMAZING. If we only have to repaint it once a year, I'd call that a win.
around here I swapped out my winter capsule wardrobe for spring. I was loosing my mind looking at all that black. When you're choices are "loose your mind" or "change your clothes" it's not usually a hard decision. I'll be sharing it with you Monday.
around here I'm wishing you a happy weekend. And in real life where it's still Thursday (12:01pm) and Ellerie's still asleep, I'm signing off to go read a book on the couch. xoxo, gossipgirl.