State of the Union: Ben is on a new rotation- something involving Nuclear Medicine…it sounds very space-age, but we are delighted that he has been home earlier in the evenings. We just had a great visit with Ben’s parents last weekend and are currently savoring the cool, sunny days before the summer heat creeps in.
I am thankful… that Everett is finally sleeping through the night! I feel like a new woman with this newfound uninterrupted sleep.
I am learning… how to communicate with a 13-month old. We don’t have any discernible words quite yet (not even a 100% clear “dada” or “mama”), just lots of sounds and babble. However, Ev is a master pointer and waver. He is teaching me the subtleties and art of nonverbal communication. My favorite is the “pat, pat, pat” he gives me on the back after crawling up into my lap and throwing his arms around my neck. I am sure this must mean “I love you, mama.”
I wonder… where we will be in three years? Ben came home yesterday with a “wild hair” about being a cardiologist abroad for a year when we finish at Vandy. The program he was eyeing was in New Zealand!
On my mind: Do I want a new part-time job for next year? What does the “perfect” part-time position look like for me? Does it exist? I have cast out a few applications–the Vanderbilt Reading Clinic and a couple adjunct teaching positions at universities here in Nashville. Just watching and wondering about opportunities, but not really feeling stress or urgency.
On my heart: My dear friend and neighbor Katie lost her grandmother this week. Their family has had a rough April. Their little 2-year old guy broke his femur six weeks ago and has been in a body cast. Thankfully the cast comes off this Monday-hooray! Despite their challenges, both Katie and Chris have remained upbeat and incredibly thoughtful neighbors. They are even going to take care of Otis this weekend while we are away. We are so fortunate to have them as dear friends.
Weekly Read: I finished The Art of Racing in the Rain last weekend and started two new books: In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard and Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. I also checked out Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys from the library–it’s our next mom’s book club read. I’m usually not one to read many books at once, but I may need to break this rule.
What’s Cooking: barbacoa tacos, Ben’s homemade shortcake and whipped cream with strawberries from the Farmer’s Market, sautéed kale rapini (our new favorite discovery at the market), and strawberry oat muffins (made from the gallon of strawberries Everett and I picked on Tuesday).
“Ev”Capades: Everett is busy, busy, and on the move! He is pulling up on my legs and asking to be picked up, which I adore–mostly because this is the first time he has shown any inclination towards cuddling with me. He is cruising on furniture, loves to go down the slide, and enjoys walking with his push toy on the sidewalks. His favorite activities are to page through books (especially “Dear Zoo”- Thanks, Aunt Mary!) and empty drawers. Every time he wakes up, he stands in his crib and points at his book shelf until I get him a new book to look through…melts my heart!
Happy Highlights: This week we picked strawberries at an adorable little family farm out towards Lebanon, TN. Everett loved crawling through the patch and plucking the sweet red berries right from the stem to his mouth. We had our downstairs neighbors- Amanda and Brad- up for dinner on Sunday. They have adorable twins, Ava & Cole, who are just 2 months older than Everett. How lucky are we to share a house with such a fun couple and great playmates for Ev!
Looking Ahead: We are heading to St. Louis tomorrow night when Ben gets off work. Our nephew Clark is having a “Monster Bash” to celebrate his 3rd birthday. Given that we have been living further away from MO, this is the first time we get to make it to one of his birthday celebrations. These weekends are always over in a blink of an eye, but it will be great to see family and friends.