Outside my window … oh my goodness, it's so cold. The snow has deceptively melted away, but winter's not done yet.
I am thinking … eventually Simon will figure out that he can get in and out of his new toddler bed by himself. In the meantime, I am enjoying the fact that he doesn't!
I am thankful for … the generous support of family, friends, and strangers who pledged in honor of Clare for the Penguin Plunge, which benefits Special Olympics. Shawn and his dad raised over $2,000 and are looking forward to taking the plunge on Sunday!
I am reading … Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult, and I am not sure if I like it. It's the story of a mother whose daughter has a rare disorder. The mother is suing her OB in a "wrongful birth" suit, claiming that if she had known ahead of time that her child would be born with this condition, she would have aborted the pregnancy. It is not difficult to read emotionally, I am just so against the premise of the lawsuit. But it is interesting.... we'll see how it turns out.
I am hoping … everyone's noses stop running already!
On my mind … special prayer intentions. I am beginning a Novena today.
We’re learning … how to spell our name. Go, Clare!! (She proudly recites it daily.)
Noticing that … people say the stupidest things. (As in, "I am blessed with three healthy kids, so I don't want to jinx myself with a fourth.")
Pondering these words … "We must hang together, else, we shall most assuredly hang separately." -- Benjamin Franklin
From the kitchen … turkey filets wrapped in bacon, baked sweet potatoes, and green beans. Shawn is coming home tonight from NYC, and I am looking forward to cooking grown-up food.
Around the house … the contractor came a couple weeks ago to look at where we want our addition. Now we are waiting for rough plans and numbers.
One of my least favorite things (a new category I am adding!) ... when my darling children refuse to nap, then act like beasts for the remainder of the day.
One of my favorite things … the smell of baking cupcakes in the house.
A picture I am sharing…
Jungle animal cupcakes for Jamie and Violet's joint family birthday party.