1. I bought Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened for my beach trip. Elena and her friend got a hold of it and became somewhat mildly obsessed with Allie Brosh … so much so that I found out Elena’s friend did a presentation on Allie Brosh for a school project. Eli noticed the cover one day and said, “Herpe bowl and a half? That’s a weird name for a book.” All of this is to say the book is awesome and you should definitely read it.
2. The kids and I had the opportunity to visit the newest exhibit at The Children’s Museum a couple of weeks ago, “Take Me There: China.” I highly recommend both the exhibit and the museum. What a treasure we have right here in Indy! Isn’t the lobby gorgeous with all the Chinese lanterns? We’ll be visiting again very soon so we can see the Terra Cotta Warriors.
3. Elena and I did a 5k together! Elena participated in Girls On The Run. If you have a girl that’s at all interested in running, definitely sign her up for a program. It’s about so much more than running. And if you’re an adult woman who likes to run and is looking for a volunteer opportunity that can change girls’ lives, consider volunteering as a mentor or running buddy.
4. Mike made us a big fire pit in our backyard in one afternoon and for less than $50! It’s fabulous, and I see years worth of fun and marshmallows in our future. We of course had to break it in right away, so we had the neighbors over for a bonfire. Eli and his buddy were enthralled when the dads starting burning a broken bench … and maybe a barcalounger. Maybe.
5. I got to sleep in on Mother’s Day (the best free gift ever), but that was quickly surpassed by some late morning snuggles and the perfect handmade necklace from Eli. I’m going to be so sad when he’s too big for momma snuggles and kisses.
6. I surprised Mike for our anniversary with a bottle of this rose from Brad and Angelina’s winery. He’s not a wine drinker, but he’d read about it somewhere and heard that it tasted like Sweet Tarts. So, it doesn’t really, but it is delicious! He tried it, but I don’t think he’ll be switching from Margarita Mike to Moscato Mike anytime soon.
7. Do you have Culver’s where you live? It’s dangerously close to our house. I’m able to resist the siren call most days, but sometimes a crappy day just demands fried cheese curds and a chocolate peanut butter banana shake, ya know?
8. Elena found this Polaroid camera at Goodwill for $4 and had to have it. We haven’t had a chance to get film for it yet, but when we do, I can’t wait to tell her to, “Shake it. Shake it. Shake it like a Polaroid picture.”
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