It was a good Memorial Day weekend. For the first time in my ten years with Bray, he had the day off, so we were able to spend the long weekend in Oklahoma with my father, his wife, and my brother. It’s always low key there and we have a lot of time just to drink coffee on the front porch while the kids play on the lawn.
(Despite the pool noodles in the way, I am in love with this picture. These boys are so much alike.)
So I haven’t written, and I don’t have a lot of posts running around in my head. That led me to thinking that I’d do a little recap of stuff I’ve written about lately:
1. The headshot. So this was an amazing experience. I got great feedback from folks on what to do for my author headshot, and I peppered my wonderful photographer with “ideas.” She was amazing – I highly recommend using Julie Shochat if you need anything from a headshot to a family photo if you’re in Houston. These were my favorite two and the first one will be the one featured on my book jacket! Woohoo!
(And I was shopping with my best friend when I fell in love with that blazer, it’s from J.Crew. The color was perfect for natural lighting.)
2. Cooking new-for-me veggies. Ugh. So I got so many awesome ideas for all my farm fresh veggies. But here’s the thing, I just don’t like them all. I really haven’t ever liked beets and I still don’t like them. I made the perfect roasted feta beet recipe and all my beet-loving friends salivated when I told them how I prepared them, but they still taste like beets. Which I don’t like. And my balsamic roasted brussel sprouts (sans the bacon) were no better because they tasted like brussel sprouts. I’m a bad mommy role model. But I used the turnips in my crockpot pot roast and those worked well and I will now use them along with potatoes. And the kale and radishes were good. So hopefully I’ve redeemed myself a little.
3. Marriage tag. Oh, I wrote how I struggle with wanting everything to go just so and not letting my husband help a while back. This weekend was a good lesson in that. We were both so tired. Brutal traffic on Friday, of which he drove the whole way and me entertaining three year olds, left us wiped on Friday night after nine hours driving, and then turning around for a much better, but still long seven plus hour, trip yesterday extended the exhaustion. He felt bad and I was recovering from a cold. We didn’t sleep great because the kids kept crawling into bed with us. So we tagged teamed it. He did duty and then I did. He’d grab a nap and then I’d rest. He’d cover the front lawn antics, and then I’d take over. Wow, talk about the perfect tag team effort. It’s a process, but I’m learning.
4. We’re still laughing. Oh my mercy, all my dad did this weekend was laugh at how funny the kids are. The eldest patiently explained his favorite part of the National Cowboy Museum experience and little bit did a dozen somersaults when prompted to do one and the baby bounced back from a massive temper fit with darling generosity and funny one liners. They offer them daily at home, and I’m still upset I don’t keep a notebook handy. Recently, I told him that most people say, “May I please be excused?” when they want to leave the dinner table. To which he replied, “Mom, we’re not most people.” Well, that couldn’t be more true.
Hope you all had a wonderful extended weekend and had the opportunity to recognize those who gave their lives for our freedom. Memorial Day always reminds me how blessed I am to have my dad who made it back from his service.