6.11.2013 :: I had such a fabulous time babysitting last week. Even though I do find myself getting a little restless towards the end of the day, I really do love hanging out with kiddos...especially when that hang out time = pool time. After a full week in and out of the water, I have a summery tan, a whole bunch of nose freckles, and I feel like my almost constant urge to dive and swim has been satiated...for now. P.S. this ballerina bathing suit is ridiculously adorable, right?
6.12.2013 :: on Wednesday both little ladies successfully jumped off the diving board! Such an accomplishment (especially for the four year old who has a bit of a swimming phobia). We celebrated with some frozen yogurt: cake batter + gummy bears, m&m's, mike and ikes, and chocolate chips for the girls; tart + strawberries, blueberries, almonds, and chocolate chips for me. Even though the six year old was a tad on the grumpy side (at one point, I asked her to be patient and she replied with "*sigh*, I wasn't born to be patient...but I'll try." well, alright then) everyone was all smiles post-ice cream.
6.13.2013 :: when I babysit for a full-day, I like to spend some afternoon-time crafting. Last week we finger-painted, made construction paper finger puppets and masks, and on Thursday, we made cupcakes. Edible crafts are the best crafts. Each kiddo was in charge of a few ingredients and we took turns mixing. The four year old even frosted half of the cupcakes once they were out of the oven (and topped them all with a hefty smattering of mickey mouse sprinkles), and both girls got to lick their respective spoon. I remember doing the same thing when I was little. It was (and is) the best part about baking with my mom.
6.14.2013 :: on Friday, I drove back down to New Orleans, ready to spend some time with James. I missed that guy (and our bed! I have a back injury that flares up every now and again, and sleeping on a different mattress usually gets it all agitated). After a quick sushi dinner, we celebrated a low-key Chocolate Friday with some Hershey's and Scrubs in bed.
6.15.2013 :: Saturday was such a great day. We spent the morning relaxing and going to the gym, and spent the night with friends at Ralph's on the Park. It was a delicious meal (too expensive...but yummy nonetheless), and it was so nice to spend some time with a great couple. They will actually be abroad at the same time we are, so we're hoping to do another dinner date soon...but this time in France! Ooh la la! After dinner, we headed home and curled up with some Netflix (Chasing Amy) and a super late bedtime.
6.16.2013 :: on Sunday, after dance-cleaning the house to the Beach Boys Pandora, we went to our friend Glinky's for pizza and game night. We played The Settlers of Catan which (admittedly) sounds pretty dorky...but, guys. It was a lot of fun! James ended up winning the game, but we all were winners thanks to Glinky's amazing ice cream sandwiches. Homemade heath bar cookies + coffee ice cream. Heavenly.
6.17.2013 :: Monday was for more dance-cleaning (this time to Otis Redding), iced coffee, and errands. I caught up on a bunch of e-mails, and James maybe slept for a couple of hours (lucky duck). He also surprised me with a new mixed c.d. featuring my new favorite songs: this one, this one, and this one. We ended our night with a major Scrubs binge and it was glorious.