I do have a few things worth sharing, but for the moment there are just too many words, thoughts and stories, and they'll just have to wait until I'm a little more physically and mentally rested!
Luckily we have no plans for tonight and the weekend other than hanging out and getting some things done around the house. I'm so excited about it. Oh, and the Real Housewives of Atlanta starts tonight, and I fully intend to sucker Chris into watching another season with me. R&R, here we come!
We didn't have to try very hard to keep cool on this trip. We were there for 2 nights and 1 full day, and unfortunately, on the full day it rained practically non-stop. Also, the high temperature for that day set a record for being the lowest on this date- it's not typical for it only to reach the 60s in late July in Kentucky. While I don't think the 60s are freezing, they are too cold for some of the farm activities we had been planning on, particularly the ones involving the lake.
Last week Jayce was playing with his little wooden train, mostly just pushing it around and turning on the bell. But mom showed him how to thread the blocks onto the posts and he was able to do it almost immediately. I was kind of surprised by this since the holes are pretty small, but if the blocks didn't fit right away, he would just switch hands or turn them around a few times until he got just the right angle, and they slid on.
That same day Jayce sat on Chris' lap with one of his books, and as he flipped through the pages he went, "Dad! Da! Dad! Agh! Da!" Though I read to him pretty regularly, it was the first time I've seen him read to us, as he seemed to think he was doing.
He previously hated to have any of the little people in his toy bus and would smack them out whenever I had put them away. Last week he started taking them out one at a time and standing them up next to the bus in a line.
This morning he went over to a dump truck full of legos and fished out a few shapes that belong to a different toy set, and took them over and put them in the bowl that corresponds with that set. I don't normally keep the toys separated like this, (really who has time to put everything back together every time that they clean up?), so I was surprised that he knew exactly where they belonged.
I guess this is one of those instances where I don't necessarily have a story to tell, but just a few moments that I want to remember. I'm finding myself just watching Jayce as he roams about, playing and doing his thing, and I just want to dig my heels in as this baby is becoming a bright little boy right before my eyes.
I spray painted the other two candle holders black, and rubbed some gold paint around the edges and details to make them stand out a bit more. Here is finished (for now) product of the wall recess. I still plan to get a few candles but I don't think it's really lacking without. Everything in here was under $25 total, including the spray paint!
I have never really been a fan of John and Kate Plus 8. I would occasionally come across a rerun or something and leave it on for a few minutes, but I always found Kate's demeanor to be a little too abrasive for my tastes, and would end up quickly flipping to something else. All of that to say that I don't really have a lot invested in the show and the family, other than a general awareness of who they are and the basic premise. I have seen the magazine headlines over the last few months with all of the breakup rumors and haven't really paid much attention.
A few Mondays ago I was on the internet and something flashed up about how they had filed paperwork that day for a divorce. I realized that the show was on right then and my curiosity got the best of me. I convinced an annoyed husband to flip over to it and we watched the last 15 or so minutes of the show.
What we saw was incredibly sad. You must have seen it now yourself by now, as I swear they are playing it on a loop. Anyway, both people discussed their impending separation and how they felt about it. John was rather flat: he seemed sad but mellow, maybe a bit optimistic about what the future held for him. Kate was more emotional, and discussed her sadness, bouts of crying, her anxieties about being a single parent and feelings of failure.
I found watching this unfold to be so awful and bizarre! I felt like I was listening in on a private and highly emotional conversation, like these people were talking about their crumbled marriage to a good friend and I just happened to be in the room. I wanted the interviewer to say, "Stop! You don't have to talk about this. It's none of our business." I know that reality shows thrive when a controversy comes along, but this seemed to go a little too far. This is supposed to be a show about family life with 8 kids, on TLC for crying out loud! But what was on was more like the Bachelor Rose Ceremony type of drama.
In spite of my indignation I did not change the channel and we watched the show until the end. I was a little disappointed in myself actually, that I had felt so strongly about how inappropriate it was to broadcast this as entertainment, but still watched along with everyone else.
So, now is my time for confession. Though I didn't care about John and Kate, there have been other celebrity breakups that I have cared about, for some odd reason. When they happened, I felt cheated that more details were not made available to the public. But now, when I was watching these celebrities bare everything for the camera, I was all too aware that these were real people and what had happened between them was none of my business.
Therefore, I am going to officially let go of my grudge against Nick and Jessica. Also, Brad, I will forgive you for leaving Jenn, even though she was Rachel Green for crying out loud. And I guess you don't have to marry Angelina. But if you do, I will probably buy the magazine that you sell the pictures to.