A couple Saturday's back My brother and his wife Chelsea were gone Elk hunting; so we got the honor of watching the babies while they were away. That morning I had mentioned to Pais that we should go get our nails done together. The remainder of the morning and afternoon were filled with errands and chores on my end, but every time she saw me she was SURE to remind me that we should go get our nails done and she was anxious to ask if I was ready to go. Her excitement touched my heart. I hope we're always able to do things together and get one on one dates with one another. No matter how old the both of us get I hope she'll always be excited for time with her Aunt Courtney.
The whole way there Paisley asked question after question. "Will they have blue nail polish? How many kinds of blue? Am I going to pick out your nail color too? Will you want pink? Because I think you should do pink! Will they have a lot of colors? How many? Will they have every color?" Etc etc etc.
Once we were there she was so nervous & quiet. It made me laugh. She sat on my lap while "Lane" painted her nails and she was so shy to answer every question he asked. Although she acted terrified of him while we were there, once we were home & playing the rest of the night she kept talking about Lane and wondering if he had kids and if we should go to his house to play with him, or if we should invite him over to our house because maybe he'd maybe want to play with us. She kept mentioning him the whole rest of the week too!
After our nail date I offered to take her to get hot chocolate or a treat. No hesitation, she wanted a "cookie from Sodalicious with pink frosting!" And she was sure to let me know that she wanted to go IN, not just the drive thru. She ate a couple bites and was done, SORTA wasteful, but that's okay! We had fun playing and chattin'. As we left she wanted to pretend we were locked in and had to find a key and sneak out quietly to the car. I love kids imaginations and the games they come up with!
I've decided that once my Brother's family moves into their new home I'm going to take each niece on an individual date once a month so I can still bond with them and maintain our strong, close relationships. This was just a little "preview" of that. Maycie is certainly ready for her date! Once we got home she made it very clear that she wanted HER nails painted too, and she wanted to go OUTSIDE to do it (not just downstairs, because it was obviously not where me and Pais did ours haha.) So there could end up being some drama there. Perhaps i'll have to do GROUP dates with the two until they can grasp the concept of each having their own special date.
Now I've just got to figure out a one-on-one date for me and little Maycie (that is if Pais let's us leave the house without her; and if she doesn't that's okay! The more the merrier.)
My usual shift at work is just 8-12, but a few times a week I'll take an extra shift and stay until 4 or 5. Last Thursday was one of the days where I had an extra shift, and so I knew I'd needed to pack a lunch! My typical go-to "meal" these days is a quest bar an a honey crisp apple. I had my apple all washed, dried, and sealed in a sandwich baggie ready waiting for me in the fridge. Once I got to work I realize I had left the apple at home in the fridge. Being the obedient & good daughter I am, I texted my dad and brother to see if either one of them were home and could bring it to me.
This is how the conversation followed...... When I got the text from my dad saying "I brought lunch, respect the effort and eat it!" I was just expecting my apple, but then this showed up on my desk...
I looked inside and sure enough there was my apple! Along with with the apple was a yogurt, 2 slices of french bread (which were left over from dinner the night before,) and 2 homemade snicker-doodles (which my mother had also made the night before.) I guess he had told my mom "If i'm taking her lunch I'm taking her a real lunch! Not just an apple!" My heart melted and I couldn't help but laugh a little bit. There clearly hasn't been a lot of lunch packing experience in my fathers past. I think the thing that cracked me up most was the 2 pieces of bread. No sandwich; just two pieces of bread!
He even packed it in my cute two-toned pink lunch bag! What a cutie. I'll admit, I didn't eat anything else he had packed (besides the apple) but that still respected his effort, right?!
It's nice to know that I always have help and support, even when I don't want it and don't accept it! I know my dad would do ANYTHING to try and help. Sadly, it's not just as simple as having a "prepared" lunch/food in front of me. If that's all it took I would've been 'healed' a LONG time ago. But it's the genuine thought and effort he put into it that counts. I can just imagine him standing in the kitchen in a panic trying to figure out what to pack me (which ended up with the leftover food in plastic bags on the counter making there way to my lunch bag) but it touches my heart. I can honestly say it made my day. 100% in the dad department right here.
Maycie is our 2 foot 20 pound honey badger.... and as of January 5th she's now 2 YEARS OLD.
At the beginning of winter she was still squeezing into her 6-9 month snow suit while we waited to get her "up to date" one out of the storage unit. Can you believe that?
Maycie is our "honey badger" because she doesn't give 2 dangs about anything! She's salty, feisty, and can certainly hold her own. Believe it or not, she's actually super super sweet... Just don't upset her ;)
Kissing my nose.... it was a sweet moment.
Because she has the 3rd birthday in 6 days (the the 5th birthday of the month) *insert eye roll emoji* we're all done with cake.... So candles in cookies it was! Plus some breakfast for dinner, because if it was up to her she'd live off of pancakes + sausage.
We sure love Maycie and the laughs she brings to our home every day. Happy birthday "mooskerdoodle"
Maycie is born here and Maycies first birthday here.