Don't you love that word? Miscellaneous. I do. And I can't do it the injustice of abbreviating it. Misc. drives me crazy. A beautiful word like Miscellaneous has to be spelled out! Don't you think?
Just wanted to let you know that I haven't fallen off the face....I'm still here. Just super busy, as always.
Last week was an emotional week. It was Clara's last week at her old school. I'd always dreamed of sending one of my kids to a Waldorf/Montessori/Reggio oriented school. It finally worked out this year and I was so happy. This school was really close to home and small and I loved it. BUT, as is typical for her, my Clara had other plans. It just wasn't a good fit for her! Oh, I did everything to try and make it work and I probably dragged on longer than I should. I was going a little coocoo. You see, it was the perfect school for ME. And I had a love connection with one of her teachers. Let's just say that a lot of tears were shed last week. I knew I'd miss the school, especially the curriculum and overall philosophy, but mainly Ms. Lisa. You should have seen us saying goodbye to one another, crying like babies! I will truly miss seeing her everyday. I also knew that, while I needed more time for myself (Clara goes to school longer at her new school), I'd miss my little doodlebug. She had a stomach bug last week and it was hard but I took some pictures to look at when I'm missing her.....
What I won't miss is the copious amount of laundry I did last week. Whew!
What helped get me through?
To my delight, Clara is CRAZY happy at her new preschool. She squeals in the morning when I tell her she gets to go again. It's pretty obvious that she loves it and it's going to be a better fit for her. The good news? I can scrap those dreams of the Montessori education. That was an epic fail. But at least I know now...and I'm happy we tried it.
We also went to visit my parents (and Kenzie) this past weekend for my Mom's birthday. But I'm a total dork. Even though I dragged my big-girl camera all the way to Lynchburg, I didn't take a single photo. Argh.
I did finally have my parents and my grandmother take the NY Times Dialect Quiz. Have you taken it? It's too much fun. If you're really honest and answer according to HOW you speak (as opposed to how you'd LIKE to speak or how you think you speak!), it's amazingly accurate. Take it and let me know how it turns out. NOTE: this quiz is really only good for Americans. You might even learn a cool new word like I did.....kittywampus. My family is so sick of me using this word.....but it's fabulous and it cracks me up!
The real reason I haven't been blogging is because I've been watching these guys. I am so addicted to these owls. As are a bunch of my friends and family who are constantly texting and emailing with "owl updates". If you haven't watched the owls yet, please check them out. It's the most exciting in the evening when they're awake and active.
In addition, I've been reading TONS. Over the past couple weeks I've noticed a lot of talk in the blogging universe about how most bloggers are introverts. I found that interesting. I don't think it's a secret that I'm a strong introvert. So I broke down and finally decided to read this book....
.....and it's kind of blowing my mind a little bit. Have you guys read this? And are any of you introverted bloggers? I'm curious....
There's so much other stuff.....I could go on and on.....but I'm meeting a friend for lunch. WHAT? Audrey is meeting a friend for lunch? Unheard of. I can't even remember the last time! But this is a HUGE benefit of Clara's new school schedule! So exciting....
Before I leave, I wanted to share my new favorite picture:
Because, even though this winter seems like it's going to drag on for all of eternity, I truly do love winter and snow and cold.....and I REALLY love my Sophie. (photo taken by Alain)
Oh and ONE LAST THING. We helped rescue a dog yesterday. Luckily he was microchipped and his owner came to claim him. But he was overweight and untrained (and RIDICULOUSLY strong). He wasn't vaccinated and didn't have a current rabies shot. He had no collar and no tag. He had a collar from an electric fence (which we all know DOES NOT WORK!) but the owner admitted that she knew the fence wasn't working. Not to mention that he'd been wandering for at least a good hour and a half (if not longer) and she didn't even notice that he was missing. But the worst part? When she walked in, I was sitting in a corner with this dog (Zach) and my two crying, screaming children.....and SHE DIDN'T EVEN SAY THANK YOU! My heart was broken. It ruined my entire evening. I couldn't even feel good about getting him back to his home because he has the WORST DOG OWNERS EVER. This type of thing is devastatingly sad to me. Have you ever had an experience like that? I really need to let it go and move on but it's hard for me....
Okay, enough with the Miscellaneous. Hope you're all well and happy!