I will again apologize for my complete lack of communication with the blogosphere during the past few months. My new job coupled with my determination to remain a stay at home mom to the girls has completely sapped my time. After some schedule juggling, it looks as if I might have some time to spare.
Dan and I just finished our vacation. With the exception of one shift at Bravo, this was the first time in a few years that our vacation was not spent either pushing children from my body or working for someone other than ourselves.
We did work about sixty percent of our week. Dan and I started some (and completed a few) projects around the house. Most of our efforts went to cleaning and organizing, two activities we neither enjoy or excel at. With both of us working full time, and only employing a babysitter for 5-6 hours a week, we just ran out of time to do the measly little tasks. Laundry and mail piled up. Decluttering was shoved aside in favor of sleep. Our house is now more orderly, both inside and out.
We still have a few unfinished projects that we are chipping away at. Aveline's new room is almost completely finished. Our privacy fence has been entirely power washed and a third of the way painted. Plans have been drawn and supplies have been gathered for the landscaping projects, but no ground has been broken. The weather was not cooperating.
We did make time for fun during the vacation. Aveline turned two on April 21st. We had visits from Dan's mom and her husband, and also from our friends. We had two small birthday parties for our monkey. With each new card she received in the mail, Aveline would shout "BirtDay! Birt DAY!" She loved all of the fuss. We went to the Newport Aquarium on Friday and enjoyed a nice dinner at Brio. The girls loved the fish. When you ask Aveline what a shark says, she now bares her teeth and chomps a few times. We saw many sharks that day.
Now we are back to reality, back to work. Back to caring for children solo. Back to spending long days with just the monkeys and little other adult interaction.