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Monday, September 18, 2017

Out of the norm

We had a few out of the norm occurrences last week that are worth sharing (and yep, it's true, this is about as exciting as it gets in the world of mom blogs!):

1. I had my first professional picture taken. I've been in the workforce for 12 years, 10 of which have been spent with my current employer, so I'm kind of impressed I've made it this long. In fact, my ID badge is still rocking my first-day-of-work picture that was taken a decade ago. But apparently there's an internal publication being put together that requires an updated picture (of me not wearing a pink sweater like I did on my first day, apparently), and so this took place last week:

I asked the photographer if he could make me look tan, but apparently even photo editing applications have their limits... sigh.

2. Allison and Avery picked the twins up from daycare to take them out for two (separate) weekday outings! Clara was first and got to join Allison, Avery, and a few friends at an indoor play place for playing and lunch:

The next day, it was Colby's turn, and they headed to a new (to him) park for - you guessed it - playing and lunch:

The twins were really excited about their "adventures" and as a full-time working mama that experiences a lot of guilt about not getting to take them out regularly to do this kind of thing, it made me pretty happy, too. Thanks for being a sweet and thoughtful aunt and cousin, A&A!

3. Speaking of out of the ordinary weekday experiences for the twins, I took them solo to a Skeeters game on Thursday night. My company was offering free tickets and even tough Brian had a poker night scheduled, I thought the twins would enjoy going, so I decided to be brave and take them on my own... and I'm glad I did! 

The highlights for them were eating ice cream, jumping on the bounce houses, and Colby getting a game ball - a man actually caught it and gave it to Colby which was super sweet (... even though I had gone to get the twins some water and totally missed the whole thing). 

When I was on the fence about going and fretting to a co-worker about whether or not I could handle it, she told me I wasn't giving myself enough credit, and she was right. But truthfully, I also wasn't giving the twins enough credit- yes, they still whine and act out plenty of the time, but for the most part, they are pretty good kids and I think I make them out to be much more difficult in my mind than they actually are. 

4. I got to meet one of my best friend's newest babies!! Kristen and Bryan welcomed their third baby, Cohen, into the world and I was so excited to snuggle him when he was just a day old... he was such a sweet, squishy, little muffin and I can't wait to visit him again soon!

5. Last, but certainly not least, the twins started their second soccer season on Saturday. I know I mentioned this in last week's post and any of you who know me in real life OR read my blog last Fall know that their first season did NOT go well for any of us. They were uncooperative and spent the majority of the time protesting on the sidelines. Meanwhile, I spent most of the time losing my cool and acting like a psychopath.

When they insisted on playing again this year (which I still insist is only because of the post-game snacks and Gatorade...), I was very resistant. We finally agreed and I tried to convince myself to lower my expectations and not freak out if we had a repeat of last year. I felt somewhat at peace when we headed to their first game on Saturday, though still admittedly a little on edge.

I'm thankful to report that the first game went a million times better than we expected! There was no crying and only minimal complaints about being too tired to play. Clara was more interested than Colby (who spent most of the time jogging slowly behind the team and yawning- see below), but they still both seemed to have a decent time, and they sure looked cute doing it.

Clara before the game with her favorite cousin/cheerleader and after with her sportsmanship award sticker!

I'm not foolish enough to think the whole season will be a breeze, but the first game at least gave me hope, so I'll take it!


  1. When you do a list, I must do a list:
    1. We are alike in so many ways, but your corporate headshot makes me feel very dissimilar to you, ha! (Not in looks, but in grown-up-ness.)
    2. Thanks for not ratting me out for disappointing Clara with my lack of treat and Avery's unwillingness to play hide-and-seek with her.
    3. I am still impressed that you went and glad it went so well! The pic of Colby posing as Skeeter is the best one.
    4. I need to meet him soon!
    5. What a difference a year can make! Also, I like all your action shots. Come take some at Davis's game next time. (I can boss you around about taking pictures now after you have done it to me for a gazillion years.)

  2. Oooh you so fancy with your headshot! Now your LinkedIn account can look SUPER legit, hahaha. Glad that soccer got off to a better start!!

  3. I can totally understand the working mom guilt! Trent used to spend a day a week with my in-laws and a day w/ my parents, and I remember him having this amazing day taking the city tram, walking around downtown and stopping by a firehouse with my in-laws and I was so happy for him but also sad for missing it, and my parents took him to see the Biscuit Brothers once (remember them?) with my sister and her kids and same thing! Very bittersweet!

    Our first soccer games went like this: Drew stood in 1 spot for her first quarter and then was too tired to play anymore. Drew played 3 quarters and mostly just ran with the pack - it was like he was scared to kick the ball? He did have 1 assist though!

  4. I've had one professional work photo taken and I know it was on a Friday because I came inwearing jeans and button-up and blazer and then learned I loved that look and wore it most fridays. That said, my photo was terrible. The angle the photographer took was like a "looking up from down" and I swore I had 3 chins (and this is back in the day when I was skinny and wore a size 2). All that said, your photo looks fantastic and if you don't have another taken for 12 years, I think this one will manage just fine

  5. I am cracking up at the picture of Colby yawning while playing soccer! I'm pretty sure I'd be doing the same thing. ;) If nothing else, I think it was worth signing them up just to get cute pictures of them in their gear!

  6. Love the pic of Colby yawning while playing soccer! Too cute!