Greatest Hits

Aside from the extra snuggles, hugs, kisses, laughs and obvious beach days, being off the past two(ish) weeks has also afforded me 24 hour time with Chase.  I get to hear every crazy, hilarious thing that comes out of his mouth, uncensored, real time.  I am biased when I say that I think he is a really funny and smart kid, so obviously some of these things are more amusing to me than they would be to most people, but I think you’ll agree that he is pretty entertaining.

 Here is a compilation of classics from the past couple of weeks, with some context.

Being particular: We went to a beach over the weekend and the water was beautiful, clear (as clear as Virginia Beach can be), and blue.  Another beach two days later had our typical brown, brackish water.  When asked about what beach he wanted to go to for our last beach day, this is what he said: “Mommy, I want to go to the beach with the blue water and the blue waves, not the brown water and brown waves.”

Being helpful: I mention calling my dad to ask him a question and Chase says, “There is a phone in my kitchen in the playroom.”

On naps: While he is almost falling asleep in his car seat on the way home from where ever and I tell him to wake up, “I’m not tired, I’m just laying here.”  The toddler equivalent of “I’m just resting my eyes.”  

Being careful:  Is constantly telling us to “watch your head,” “be careful on the edge of the bed,” if he thinks we are in any danger.  Then tells me “don’t worry about me,” when I was telling him to stop doing something. 

Being worrisome: Asking me “Mommy, what you thinking about?” when I zone off while it takes him 45 minutes to eat breakfast. 

Nightmares/dreams: He woke me up the other night to tell me that he had a dream, “the ducks were quacking at me.”  Last night he had a dream about “ambulances and ambulance men.”

Being dramatic: After having lunch with some of his friends and he was finished with his milk and I asked if his friend Finn could throw his milk away, and he said, “Yes,” he later told my mom, “BB, something happened today.  Finn threw my milk away.” 

It’s all about semantics.  When I tell him not to throw something he says, “I’m not throwing, I’m tossing.”  When I say not to hit something, “I’m not hitting, I’m banging.” 

Being brand specific: When he met my friend Robin the other day and I introduced him to her he said, “Robin, like Red Robin?”  Anything that is burnt orange belongs to Home Depot, anything yellowish orange belongs to Caterpillar and anything hunter green means it is related to John Deere.

Meeting strangers: Two people behind us in line at Target with nothing but a movie in their basket, “What your names?”  “What your dogs names?”  And I’ll be damned, they had three dogs. 

On music: His requests are Macklemore, Imagine Dragons, Queen, Afrojack, Rihanna, Phoenix, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake.  I’m not sure if this makes me the coolest or worst mom alive.

I am so going to miss hanging out with you Chase!  Don’t worry folks, there will be more of these to come!

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Sabbatical So Far…

A girl could really get used to this.  I won’t, but I could.  Especially because it is sunny and gorgeous and the summertime.  If this sabbatical was falling in January or February, it would be a different story.  But it is the end of May and beginning of June and Chase and I are having a blast!

We have done a lot.  In addition to our couple of strawberry picking ventures, trips to the beach, lunches with friends old and new, stopping by work so everyone can see Chase, jaunts to the pool, running a million errands, and a trip to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s, I’ve also turned over some new leaves.

I have exercised almost every day.  I have fixed dinner three times.  I painted our front door blue.  I have had a lot of summer cocktails and adult beverages, and have enjoyed every one of them.  And I’m not the only one to work on self improvement.  Chase is no longer afraid of waves at the beach.  He actually runs (fast) to the water squealing and smiling the whole time.  He has learned how to hold on to a noodle and navigate his way around our community pool.  If you try to help him, he gets mad.  He can take a shower (rather than a bath) without vomiting because he is crying so hard.  I haven’t exactly kept him on such a rigorous schedule as his regular daycare provider would approve of (ahem, Rhonda), but that’s why we pay her the big bucks, right?

There have been multiple leisurely mornings.  Like sleeping until 9am, and I’m not talking about me.  There have been some later bedtimes.  Some later lunch times.  Some later naptimes.  But life is too short to play by the rules all the time, so we’re going to enjoy these days while we can.

We still have SIX MORE DAYS!  Let’s see what shenanigans we can get in to in the next 144 hours!

Interlude

I have struggled to think of the appropriate title for this blog post.  I was between “So Long, Farewell,” “Moving On,” and “Six Years Come and Gone.”  I settled on the one that I used because it is the most appropriate.  After six years working at the same company doing the same thing day in and day out, I am leaving to start a new adventure.  Doing the exact opposite of what I am currently doing and I couldn’t be any happier to do just that.  The best part is the “interlude,” a two and a half week stint with no work and no babysitter.  Thankfully, it is the summertime so our biggest dilemma is going to be do we go to the pool or the beach.  This is the longest amount of time since maternity leave that I have had with Chase and one of the longest times I’ve had off of work and I am going to enjoy every second!

The end of my current job is bittersweet.  It was an incredible company with unheard of benefits including a pension and five weeks of vacation.  I had an amazing manager whose management style is ideal for me.  I have made lasting relationships with people from all walks of life and man, I am going to miss them!

But there’s a thing about life.  It is not about staying in one spot and getting comfortable.  It is about change.  Moving on and learning something every single step of the way.  It is about getting better, and taking chances.  Not being afraid to try something new.  Not being afraid period.  So I am opening a new chapter, taking that risk and hoping in pays off.  Yes, I will miss all that I’ve met at my old company, but I am ready, and despite my best efforts, I know how quickly the next two weeks are going to fly by.

Wish me luck in my new career!  And maybe (maybe), you’ll be hearing from me more often.  At least for the next two weeks : )