Five on Friday: Working and Cooking

Whew. It has been a CRAZY week! I am SO glad it’s the weekend, and I can just relax and think about NOTHING! I decided to link up with Five on Friday today to give you a taste of what’s been going on this week since, you know, I’ve been so crazy busy that I’ve been slacking on my blog. Seriously. I WILL start posting more regularly again SOON!

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Work has been crazy. As you may or may not know, I work from home now as a blogger VA (virtual assistant). I’ve been meaning to write a post dedicated to this but, well, I just haven’t had time. I work for several blogs and post various numbers posts per blog per day. It’s fun, and I’d be looking up the deals anyway, so why not get paid for it?

I try to get most if not all of my work done at night so I have the days with Lucy. But, for the last few weeks, I’ve been freelancing for a news website, so I have been SLAMMED trying to get everything done – especially since I’ve had a big story pop up over the last day. I’m liking the extra money, but I’ll be glad when my life returns to normal.

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I tried a new recipe this week – this one, to be exact. Joe took a look in the crockpot and said, “By the way, I cleaned up cat throw up this morning. I don’t know why your dinner made me think of that.”

Seriously. For the record, it was great. My lentils could have been a little more tender, but I’ve never been good at cooking lentils for some reason.

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We saw Beauty and the Beast on Sunday! My kiddo was SO enthralled, even though the performance was 2 1/2 hours long. And, she met Belle! Best moment ever. Until, you know, her birthday party, that is!

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Speaking of her birthday party – I’ve been doing some serious planning this week. Yes, I know her birthday isn’t until November, but I’m a planner! I have been working on coming up with the decor scheme I want to do and figuring out what I need to order off Etsy. I’ll have a more detailed most coming soon with more pictures!

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I am LOVING the Ipsy Glam Bags I’ve started to get! I’ll be doing a post on last month’s box soon – hopefully before this month’s box comes! If not, I’ll show them both to you at once. Last month was my first month, and I seriously cannot wait to get this month’s! I love the variety of beauty items I get and the low price – only $10! And, they come in a cute makeup bag rather than a box!

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What have y’all been up to this week??

Beauty and the Beast

On Sunday, we took Lucy to see Beauty and the Beast, performed by the Senior High Theatre Camp in town. Lucy had been looking forward to this and talking about it for like a week leading up to it, so we were all pretty psyched.

Of course, she went dressed as Belle. Everyone there just “oohed” and “aahed” over here because, well, she was ridiculously adorable!

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The play was 2 1/2 hours long (apparently, the theatre version includes more songs than the movie. I totally didn’t notice that when we saw it performed in Atlanta), and Lucy was a trooper. She was enamored the whole time, and our favorite part was when she looked at Joe with a HUGE smile on her face and said, “Belle LOOKED at me!” We both kind of teared up at that. So freaking cute.

After the play, we went to the Encore Room to meet Belle! Lucy was SO excited, and Belle just gushed over Lucy’s dress. Lucy said, “You did good job” and hugged her, which Belle loved. So stinking cute!

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Also, if she was excited about that, she’ll probably die at her birthday party. I’ll just say this: someone wearing that exact Belle dress will be making an appearance!

Little Ballerina

Lucy has never been a ballet kind of girl. She’s super active, and gymnastics has been more her cup of tea for an extracurricular activity.

But, in May, we went to her cousin’s ballet recital, and Lucy was enamored. I think she really liked the modern dance routines more, but she has wanted to go on stage and perform ever since. So, last month she did a week-long ballet camp at the studio where her BFF from Sabbath School takes class. And, she LOVED it!

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They went for an hour each day, and on Friday, they did a little “recital” in the studio for all the parents and grandparents.

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They even tried to do the splits! I have to say, Lucy did WAY better than I could ever do!

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Lucy seriously had the time of her life, and she even said that she enjoyed dance class more than gymnastics! So, we signed her up for the fall class, in which she’ll do ballet and tap. I’m excited, and Lucy cannot WAIT until her recital!

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And, yes, I know her ballet slippers aren’t really ballet shoes. I found them at Target and thought they’d be similar to ballet shoes. Boy, was I wrong. She looked like she was wearing an old lady’s house slippers! Luckily, she’s 3 and adorable and can get away with anything.

Tea with the Girls

We’re on vacay right now. And by vacay, I mean we’re pet sitting for my parents and grandma while they’re in California.

But, it’s still vacay. We take care of the animals in the morning and at night, and the rest of the day we’re free to do touristy things in Chattanooga, which is a really cool tourist city. I seriously love this town.

Last Friday, my sister-in-law made a reservation for she and I, Lucy, her two sisters and her niece at the local tea house. It’s actually in the historic courthouse where Joe and I got married so, of course, we had to take some pictures before he left us for our girl time. I did some collages to compare our wedding pictures almost 7 years ago with the current pictures. So much fun!

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And, for fun, we took a picture of Lucy in front of the mirror where I had some of my bridal portraits taken. That will totally be her getting married in, like 50 years when we allow it!

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Fun, right?? I love looking at these collages!

When Joe left, we had tea! This place was great. We had ginger peach tea, which was AWESOME, and the food was fabulous! I had a veggie croissant, and I’ve been craving it ever since!

The girls had PB&J cut in the shape of butterflies, and the staff put their pink lemonade in little teapots so they could act like they were having tea like us! It was adorable. Lucy was OBSESSED. She might have had two pots of lemonade. Lol. Also: I don’t know why my phone pictures are so long. It annoys me.

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Fun, right?? I seriously cannot wait to take Lucy back!

Belle of the Ball

Lucy went on her first date last night. With her Daddy.

The prince and princess went to their first Daddy-Daughter Ball. Lucy was SO excited – it was all she could talk about all day yesterday! Joe came home from work early and, while he bathed Lucy, I ran to the store to get a bouquet of flowers for her. We wanted to do this right! After Joe got dressed, he went out to the car and then knocked on the door to pick Lucy up.

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We took the obligatory date pictures, and then they were on their way!

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They had a lot of fun! There was dinner (chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and tea sandwiches), coloring, crafts, horse and carriage rides, and, of course, dancing! And, there was a red carpet to walk! How fun is that??

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I’m so glad they had such a fun night together. It’s important. I think this will be an annual tradition!

Everyone asks what I was going to do all night by myself. Uh, watch TV shows that aren’t cartoons and go to the bathroom by myself! It was pretty much awesome! 🙂

Goodbye, Nap Time?

It’s a very, very sad time in our house. I think we are at the end of nap time.

It’s been a week since Lucy has napped. I know she’s tired in the afternoons because if we’re out and about she falls asleep in the car, but I cannot get her to sleep at home. Maybe this is just a phase and soon my dear friend nap time will return. But, I’m not holding out a ton of hope for that.

One of my friends said it best – the “I think we’re dropping naps” stage is worse than living without naps. We’re kind of in limbo right now still since it’s only been a week, and it’s tough not knowing every day whether or not she will nap. This stage definitely is worse. I like having a plan; not knowing just sucks, for lack of a better word.

So, we’re going to be starting “quiet time”. My hope is that she will end up falling asleep in her room. Hope, hope, hope. But, I know quiet time will be a struggle, at least at first. She is adamantly against it. But, Mama needs that time every day, time to myself. It’s so incredibly important.

I guess that if we *are* done with naps, I should be grateful that they lasted until Lucy was 3 1/2. I have friends whose children dropped theirs around age 2. I’m grateful for the extra time I got.

Have your kids dropped naps? What age were they? Do you do quiet time? How does it go over with your kids?