Saturday, November 21, 2009

Over the River and Through the Woods!

Happy weekend to you!  I hope you are getting as excited as I am about Thanksgiving.  I can't wait to get home and see my family and friends!  Oh, and get my fill of turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie!  I am sucker for Thanksgiving food.  Our housekeeper, Rene, has made our cornbread dressing for us for as long as I can remember.  And let me tell you folks, Rene knows how to make dressing like it's nobody's business!  I sound like I'm more excited about the dressing than my family and friends don't I??  Please do wish me luck as I am having my first holiday air travel experience Thursday morning.  I have class Wednesday night, so I will be flying in to Birmingham just as the turkey is probably being put on the table.  Luckily, my grandmother's house is only about 30 minutes from the airport, so I won't be too late getting there.  Ya'll save a plate for me, please, and make sure that most of it is dressing! :-)

In other news, my three little gals are doing great and are keeping me on my toes every week!  Erin is growing like a weed and it has been so much fun watching her become more alert and observant of her surroundings.  She is the calmest, most satisfied baby I've ever seen.  As long she's fed and clean, she's more than happy to let me drag her around and put her in and out of the car 18 times a day.  Sweet pea, I hope you keep up this good behavior because you have spoiled me rotten! 

Lucy and Gretchen and I have spent alot of time talking about Thanksgiving for the past few weeks.  It is so fun to listen to them talk about what they've learned in preschool about Thanksgiving and how it began.  Lucy sat me down last week and told me all about the first Thanksgiving:  "Stewart, the pilgrims came over on a BIG ship and then they had a BIG feast at a BIG table and they all said WE GIVE THANKS!"  Does it get any cuter than that??  Gretchen was a ball of excitment all last week as she is turning the big FIVE tomorrow!  I don't know what I would do without her.  She is such a huge help with the baby and Lucy and what makes it even better is that she truly loves to help out.  Give that girl a task and she'll get it done pronto!  Do you think it's possible to teach a 5 year old how to change a diaper correctly?? ;-)

Let's see...what else is going on...mmmmm....oh I almost forgot!  My hair is falling out!  Isn't that great?!?  I bit the bullet last week and made an appointment to get my hair cut and highlighted at the Aveda salon up the street from my apartment.  Originally, I decided to forgo haircuts and color to save money while I was in school.  Yes, I was going to have long, dishwatery blonde hair for two years.  That is until I looked in the mirror the other day and couldn't take the stringy, dishwatery hair anymore.  So, I went in on Wednesday and my stylist was inspecting my hair when he asked "Are you stressed out by any chance?"  I replied "Well, I'm a nanny for a 5 year old, 3 year old, and a newborn and I'm in grad school at Georgetown, so I think it's safe to say I'm pretty stressed out 99% of the time."  He responded with "Well, you are losing your hair and there is a lot of breakage too.  You should get some prenatal vitamins."  I wasn't quite sure whether to freak out over the fact that I'm shedding like a dog or that I was just told to go get some vitamins for pregnant women.  Thankfully, he informed me that the "shedding" isn't permanent, but that I needed to really work on de-stressing.  How the heck do you de-stress when you have this kind of life??  If any of ya'll know, please tell me!  Otherwise, I may be bald by the time I finish grad school!  Despite the fact that my hair is falling out and broken, what is left is now golden blonde and the perfect length again.  Sorry natural hair color, you just didn't do it for me!

Alright folks, I'm off to get back to work on one of my final papers for school.  Only a few more weeks and I will have finished my first semester of grad school at Georgetown!  Yay! 

Happy Early Thanksgiving!

P.S.  Don't you just love Norman Rockwell paintings?  I do. :-)

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