Friday, January 22, 2016

High Five for Friday (1.22.16)

1. When he sits down next to me on the couch, leans his head against my shoulder, and takes my hand I am reminded of what it felt like to hold his chubby baby hand as he learned to walk. Of what it felt like to hold his shaking kindergarten hand as he approached his kindergarten classroom on the first day of school. Of what it felt like to hold his sweaty 3rd grade hand as he hobbled to the doctor after spraining his ankle. Of how fast it goes. I could live in this moment forever.

2. Will sprained his ankle back in December, so for the last six weeks he has worn an ankle brace to shore up his weakened ligaments. While the brace helped his ankle heal, it also did a number on his skin; he woke up on Monday morning with painful, itchy, patchy scales encircling his ankle. I applied my trusted Ava Anderson Diaper Cream, and within an hour of treatment Will's skin showed marked improvement...24 hours later Will's skin had nearly returned to normal. Ava Anderson for the win once again!

3. I mentioned last week that Will has been teaching me to play chess. We began the process as a way for Will to develop his instructional methods - next week he's going to start teaching a younger friend how to play and while he's good at the game himself, skill a teacher does not make - and in just three lessons and two official games, Will as a teacher and I as a player have come a long way. So long, in fact, that with just three "I don't think you want to do that, Mom" reminders, I played him to a draw. I had no idea how happy hearing the words "Mom, I'm so proud of you!" could make me!

4. Approximately 40% of the reason I wanted a daughter was so that eventually, someone in my house would play with my hair. That time has finally arrived.

The finally result was…questionable…but her little hands gently brushing and pinning and clipping my hair felt amazing.

And yes, those are my cheese earrings. I just realized, thanks to these pictures, that my hair might have looked like this when I answered the door for and had an odd conversation with a young food delivery boy last weekend. I suspect the 19 colorful barrettes could have contributed to his concern for my well-being...

5. Happiness Highlights
Why yes I AM part-human…why do you ask?
The swimming parties continue...
Tom and Will were taking turns whipping and nae-nae-ing (?)
and didn't see me taking photos and videos until it was too late.
I don't think I've ever felt as accomplished as I did when
these two cuties finally fell asleep. Unfortunately they only
slept for six hours and 14 minutes…thank goodness for coffee!
Happy Friday, friends!

Linking up with High Five for Friday!

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