The weather has taken a turn for the amazing this week — sunny, low humidity, high temperatures around 80 and low temperatures flirting with the 60s. But really, that’s only fair, right? After the endless rain and flooding of Hurricane Harvey, it’s about time the weather gods gave us some of the good stuff.
Emma finally goes back to school on Monday. They’ll have missed 11 days of school when this is over, after being back in session for only 4 days, so it feels like we’ll basically be starting again. We’ve seen her teacher a couple times in the last week though, and I think Emma is excited to go back.
Jose and I went back to work on Tuesday, so we had to scramble for some last-minute child care. Fortunately, the NASA daycare was able to take her back as a drop-in from Wednesday through today. On Tuesday, I stayed home and Emma was a good sport about doing her own thing (mostly watching iPad, but hey) while I teleworked. We did take an early afternoon break to go out for ice cream, and stopped by the park on our way home. It was nice to have some one-on-one time with her after so much family togetherness during Harvey.
Last Saturday, we held an impromptu birthday party for Charlotte. We hadn’t planned a thing and decided about 29 hours before party time to go for it. Jose was concerned that no one would be available on such last-minute notice, but I countered that nobody really had any plans since the storm had thrown everyone’s week into complete disarray. Turns out…I was right! We invited 4 of Charlotte’s buddies — 3 from the daycare plus our next door neighbor — and it was pretty cute to see them interact. Chaotic, but cute. (And two of them have older siblings that Emma knows well from daycare days, so she got super excited about the party because HER friends were there. Cue more chaos, but fun chaos.)
Jose and I don’t really entertain much. I can probably count the number of times we’ve had people over to the house this year on one hand. I admittedly feel intimidated by all the things I feel like “should” be involved in having people over. But somehow we both managed to throw those hesitations out the window in this case. We bought a bunch of drinks, I baked a cake, we ordered a bunch of pizza and voila! A great 2nd birthday party! I loved it, and it was a great reminder that having people over doesn’t have to be the big thing it always seems like in my head.
And p.s. Charlotte LOVED it when we all sang Happy Birthday to her. It was the best.
Our neighborhood pool closes after Labor Day (boooo) but we made the most of it by spending time there on Sunday and again on Monday. I love love LOVE living within walking distance of the pool — it made it so easy to just pop over for an hour in the late afternoon. Both girls love the water, and Emma’s swimming skills are really starting to take off. On Monday, after demonstrating her skills to me by swimming the entire length of the pool, we let her jump off the diving board for the first time ever! As expected, she thought that was totally awesome. I’m thinking of signing her up for swim team next summer, although when I asked her what she thought of that idea she said she’d be too scared. Hmm. So we’ll see.
Today’s my flex day and since my last flex day two weeks ago was ruined by Harvey’s arrival, I’ve been looking forward to it. I’ve got a gutter guy coming by the house later this morning to see if he can fix the waterfall-down-the-front-of-the-house issue that I suspect led to the water we had seep under the floor in the dining room/sewing room during the storm. But up first is a nice run, probably followed by some yard work — both of which will let me enjoy the weather!