I think I could probably have just posted this photo and that would have more than enough awesome to go around, but don't you worry, there's more.
However, words aren't exactly pouring out of me very easily right now. This pregnancy brain turns out to be an actual thing that is happening to me. Not only do I have no idea what to write about half the time, but I also can't seem to gather my thoughts together to form a decent post about it even if I did. I'm also finding that as I continue to await the arrival of this new baby, it's becoming harder to think about much else.
So with the increase in intensity of all this waiting and anxiety, I thought I'd try something a bit less intense in my writing.
A bullet list of the things that were awesome this week:
- We (Evie and I) went grocery shopping together yesterday, which is something I usually try to avoid doing because she has just been in an unpredictable kind of stage ever since she was, well, born actually. I never know if she is going to sit in the cart happily or start losing it when I don't let her grab at the stacks of glass pesto jars as we pass by them. This time there was some grabbing, and she lost her cool a little bit, but what was awesome about this particular grocery trip was that she kept trying to hug me from her seat. She'd say "Awwww...." and stretch her arms out wide and I would lean down and she'd wrap them around my neck. She did this multiple times with such gusto that I thought she might lift herself right out of the cart as she hugged me. I probably looked like a weirdo because I was simultaneously trying to navigate my cart, but whatever because it was so sweet. And I will take this sweetness even if it comes smack in the middle of Publix at apparently the most popular time of the day to go shopping because, honestly, these days Evie can be compared to a Sour Patch Kid that is mostly sour.
- I started reading Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. This would be the second book I'm aiming to complete on my 2016 booklist. I'm making great headway through this list, as I have seven more books to go and the year is almost half way over. That's not the awesome part. Progress is in fact occurring, however, and that's what counts. Anyway, I'm finding her writing refreshing because it's raw and wise and profound without needing big, fancy words (which is great for my preggo brain, right now) to illustrate truth. The awesome that I found here is this quote: "...life is equal parts brutal and beautiful. And/Both. Life is brutiful. Like stars in a dark sky. Sharing life's brutiful is what makes us feel less alone and afraid." I love this because it encourages me to strive to be open with people. To be as humble and real as I can be because life is much richer when we can let down our guard a little bit, I think. I'm afraid I'm not quite there yet, but I want to be.
- This piece called How a Stranger's Comment Changed the Way I Parent. It was just a well-timed reminder for me this week on treasuring this time of raising young children even though it can be ridiculously hard. Thanks, Dad, for sharing it with me!
- See the photo above for this one: Evie's perfectly chunky little self in a tankini that is sadly probably too small for her and pink floppy hat when we went swimming for the first time in a very long time on Sunday. She was so excited and made many a gleeful exclamation as we floated her about in the water. She was also definitely perplexed and then pleasantly surprised when Mike disappeared under the water for a few seconds at the other end of the pool and then magically reappeared right in front of her. Just amazing.
- This The Snuggle is Real shirt, which came in the mail yesterday for Baby 2. I cannot wait till she is big enough to wear it. And I really hope that the snuggle is, indeed, real for this baby because if I could have gotten a similar shirt for Evie when she was a wee babe, it would have said, "The Snuggle is Completely and Utterly False." And that would not have been that cute of a shirt.
There you have it. Just a little bit of what brightened my days this week. Big and small.
I'd love to read some of the awesome you encountered this week, so go ahead and leave some in the comment section if you'd like!
*Photo by my dad, Pat Horn.*