Maybe I can start a new meme for bloggers like me who are so far behind and out of sync with their writing they don't know where to begin.
Or I can just dive in somewhere in the middle.
Let's see...well, there's this beautiful girl who turned one quarter of a century old last week. Whoohoo! Happy birthday to my baby girl, and yes I can still say it because September birthdays last a whole month around here. Mine is on Friday, so family take note-ha!
Conveniently I have a key to her apartment, so while she was busy teaching third grade I was busy setting up 25 big and little surprises on her kitchen counter.
So much fun!
Well some gifts were fun and some were practical, because I'm a mom. I might have purchased light bulbs for her bathroom and a command hook for the back of her laundry room door, and wrapped them up too, because teachers don't have time to shop for lightbulbs and 25 is more creativity than I can muster just now. There were plenty of 'real' presents too, and I think the best part was just seeing it all laid out in front of her when she walked through the door at the end of a work day.
We had friends in town from our Maryland days, who've known and loved the birthday girl since she was in the third grade herself, so they helped make it all feel more festive. I made her favorite and most requested meal (chicken divan) and a Texas Sheet Cake for dessert.
She sparkles y'all, and that's the truth.
In other news, the lake house. I think I mentioned we were breaking ground last week, and we didn't exactly break ground, but we almost did. Does that count? Firstly on Wednesday hubs rode out to meet the builder and they encountered rain of epic proportions, so they mostly talked house plans and then went to lunch.
Our friend who was in town visiting rode out to the lot with hubs on Thursday morning, and the builder and excavator were there, and we needed to make a few decisions sooo....decisions were made, trees were marked, water was admired, and we 'think' actual dirt will be moved end of this week or early next. The excavator was a day or two behind because of the crazy storms we've had and this is how it goes when you're building a house I'm told, so we're being patient.
Patient and anxious, but mostly patient.
This is the most important stage of the whole process, getting the ground and foundation right, and since we're all about the view and of course the house not falling down around us later, we do what we must.
Our realtor is a gem, and last night he and his wife who is also a realtor, invited us for dinner and a boat ride. We had some friends in town doing a look-see around the lake, and since we connected these friends to our realtor we got to tag along on their waterside tour.
It was an absolutely glorious evening on the lake. September is my favorite month. The clear blue sky, the soft almost autumn light, the birthdays, the new beginnings...what's not to love?
We couldn't have asked for nicer temperatures, and every time I'm on the water I have to dig a little bit deeper for that patience I mentioned a paragraph or so ago. I'm more than ready to be inviting people to our deck for supper instead of the other way round. In the meantime I'll rely on the kindness of friends...
...which I'm gonna say is pretty much awesome.