While I absolutely LOVE journaling, and all things stationery related, when it came time to grab the baby book and write down all the milestones, I fell completely flat. With each child, I had the best of intentions to capture every detail of their little lives in a beautifully preserved book, but it simply never happened. As a result, I now have three beautiful, but empty baby books… And some mommy guilt.
Earlier this week I decided to schedule a conference call during nap time. I was a little hesitant but felt sure I could make it work. The older two were at camp (still no school due to the hurricane), so I took our littlest man out for a morning adventure, followed by a big lunch, and then laid him down a smidge later than normal to ensure I’d have the time I needed. Well, Cooper didn’t cooperate and woke up right in the middle of my call. To avoid a toddler-sized tantrum, I scooped him out of bed, brought him down stairs and shuffled him into the “play closet.”
Early last week I first heard about “Harvey” when my brother sent me a text warning us that Houston was likely going to be hit with some heavy rain - an estimated 15 to 20 inches. He knows I’m not great at keeping up with the news, and wanted to make sure I knew what was coming. At that time I thought, about the typical tropical storm checklist: flashlights, extra batteries, pop tarts, and water. Just the basics (yes, pop tarts are basic hurricane food) to make sure we’d have a little “insurance” in case we went without power for a few hours.
For better, or for worse, we’re urban dwellers. When you live in the fourth largest city in the country, real estate comes with a cost, and, for us, the cost was a yard. With kids and dogs, sacrificing a sprawling yard for more interior square footage was a tough decision, but Houston is too hot to live outside most of the time, so inside it is. We’ve been in this house for over three years, and in that time we’ve put quite the effort into our little back yard to make it as functional as possible. We’ve packed a lot into our "tiny yard, " and whether you’ve got four legs, or two, we did our best to make sure everyone has a spot to enjoy.
You may, or may not, have been wondering what happened to me. My apologies for going MIA over the last few weeks, but I'm still here... let me explain. Since starting this blog last fall, I've met some wonderful people, and gotten some great opportunities. I had no idea what doors the world of blogging would open for me, and I've been incredibly blessed in this journey so far.