I don't think I've mentioned yet how much I LOVE getting mail (bills and junk mail excluded!). I turn into a happy little kid when I find a special envelope or package in the mailbox. On Saturday I came home from a walk and found the above package and note in the mailbox. That's two special pieces of mail in one day! I was a doubly happy little kid! The letter was the sweetest thank you note from my friend Ashley in Birmingham. Ashley writes the best thank you notes. They are always so personal and heartfelt. Plus, she has georgeous handwriting! I think she should start a thank you note writing school for dummies like me that have horrible handwriting and can't write anything that isn't generic and boring! Thank you for my thank you note, Ashley! :-)
Ashley's husband was my boss for four years and their precious daughter was the first baby I babysat for in Birmingham. She is now three years old! I nicknamed her "Squishy" when she was born because she had the softest, squishiest little cheeks I'd ever seen. I have so many wonderful memories of babysitting for her and playing with her when she would come up to our office to visit. I would actually get offended when her parent's would ask someone else besides me to babysit! Of course this usually only happened when I wasn't available to sit. ;-) Reading Ashley's note really made me miss that sweet girl and her family so much!
After reading Ashley's note, I tore into the package:
A present from A'Mano! One of my favorite stores in Birmingham! I kept on tearing and found:
Three of the cutest housewarming gifts from my friend Hampton! I babysat for Hampton's two adorable boys every Thursday night for three years. Her oldest was only three months old the first time I babysat for them. If you saw her boys I promise you'd want to steal them! They are cute as buttons and sweet as can be. I sure miss my Thursday night dates with them. I'd take those little fellas over a grown up date any day! ;-)
Don't you love the "Pick Your Nose" cups? Hilarious! Table Topics has already been given a home on the coffee table and City Walks with Kids in Washington, DC will be awesome to have when it's outing time with Gretchen and Lucy! Thank you, Hampton (and family!), for such thoughtful and fun gifts!
I decided to wrap up my weekend tonight with a trip down the street to:
That's right, one of the BEST ice cream and homemade candy shops is ONE BLOCK from my apartment! It is really, really hard to avoid making a nightly trip down the street to Thomas Sweet. Ice cream is without a doubt my absolute favorite edible thing in the world! I think it should have it's own spot on the food guide pyramid. ;-)
After my trip to Thomas Sweet, I walked across the street to: