|Buttercream is my crack|
I was able to surprise her with the cake:
|Who needs eyebrows?|
What can be more fun than using puffy paint to decorate matching shirts and then eating birthday cake?
|I'm glad puffy paint doesn't explode if it gets near fire|
I'm not going to lie, one of the best parts of the birthday cake idea is that I have half a cake leftover, with 2 corner pieces. My husband knows those corner pieces are claimed, but he doesn't mind and that is one of the many reasons our marriage is so successful.
Emily also made us all matching Grinch headbands (or Noodle Huggers as she likes to call them) and we all sat around eating pizza with matching headbands like a bunch of dorks:
|Ok, I'm lying. I'm the only one still eating pizza at this point and looking like a dork|
Even Peanut got a present!
|I'm pretty sure Emily loves my dog more than I do|
We had such a great time hanging out and even just watching TLC is hilarious if you're with the right people. On that note, I can't wait for that Virgin Diaries special. I saw the preview and it's...priceless. The memory of that fun night will hopefully block out the memory of doing this for over an hour the next day:
|Lots of angry people waiting in the cold to run|
|We're still smiling here because we didn't know the extent of the suckitude|
2. I took Faith to her 18 month doctor visit on Friday afternoon and I came to terms with two facts:
- Just looking at the doctor makes her scream, no matter how many cookies I pack.
- She's behind verbally, even though she's stacking blocks at a 2 year old level (I'm not even being sarcastic here)
Both the doctor and the nurse independently said that she needs to start going to a "Mom's Day Out" program to get more (or any) time with kids her age. The preschools around here have a program for toddlers to come for 2-3 hours once a week. It's not preschool, but it helps them get ready and it will also allow her to be around peers. I've made lots of great mom friends around here, but they all have older kids (or newborns). Even at the park, I never ever see anyone with a kid around Faith's age. Apparently some kids need other kids to develop vocabulary. The only thing I'm really helping her develop a strong reaction to me putting on my running shoes (she runs to her stroller and climbs in and starts clapping).
I've tried to get her in baby swim classes, but there is a waiting list and I've been waiting for months. The reading time at the local library is right in the middle of her nap time. We don't have "baby gyms" or I tried to find a Kinder Music class, but I spoke to the instructor and found out that she would have been the only kid in the class, so I didn't want to spend the money if she didn't get socialization.
Luckily there is a strongly recommended preschool with a "Mom's Day Out" program close by and I'm going to call today and see what the wait list looks like for getting her in. Hopefully it won't be too bad, otherwise I doubt she's getting into Harvard and she'll have to settle for Yale. :)
3. Yesterday I ran my first virtual 5K.
This race is a memorial run for the passing of Courtney's baby, so I thought it would be fitting that I run the 3.1 miles with my baby (and the furry baby too).
|Mommy, you aren't forgetting my cookies, are you?|
|I'll smile when you finally give me my cookies|
I ran 3.1 miles in 25:55 (8:21 average pace) which was decent considering I "raced" the day before and a week ago I was in the ER getting a chest X-ray. I was really glad that I got to participate in this virtual race. I've seen other virtual runs, but none of them touched me and made me actually want to participate until this one. If you want to run the 5K too, you still have time since it is open until the 6th. I was surprised how it still felt "race-ish" even though I was running solo. I did pause my Garmin once to hand Faith her water and her LeapFrog cell phone, but other than that it went smoothly.
Even though I'm still recovering from being sick and I'm not training for anything, I still ran 42 miles this week. Running, I just can't quit you.
If you had to pick, what's your favorite distance: 5K or 10K? I think I like 10Ks more because I pace myself and in 5K races I tend to run at the the upper edge of my comfort zone (meaning, it hurts) because it's so short.