photo by al camardella
What do they all have in common, besides all starting with 'b'? There sorta all on my mind tonight, and so I thought the title was fitting. Nothing too exciting, I know, but that's the best I could come up with tonight. Humor me.
Babies. My best friend since we were fresh-faced and eager college freshman is currently on her way to the hospital to settle in for a nice few days of labor and delivery. Hopefully baby Liza's arrival will be sometime very soon. I am the beyond excited and really wishing I was there 'aunt' that cannot wait to meet this new little bundle of soft and amazing goodness that will be my dearest friends' firstborn.
Blizzard. Well, we're in one. At least that's what the Weather Channel has predicted, potentially record breaking snowfall within the next 24 hours, up to 18 inches with 30-40mph winds. But you can't live in Oklahoma and not have a little freezing rain with your snow, so we'll get a bit of that, too, here in the next few hours. The pantry and fridge are both well stocked, the shovel is out and ready to go, and we've got loads of movies and games and other indoor-friendly activities to hopefully fill the next few days of three sure-to-be-restless little monkey's. Here's to hoping and wishful thinking and crossing the fingers.
Bonding. That's my goal for over the next few home-bound days that we're going to be experiencing. I won't have the excuse that 'I've got to cross this next item or chore off my list, so please don't bother me right now' attitude. There won't be any commute, any driving to and from school, no play dates, no grocery shopping trips, no one dropping by or us dropping in. Just the 5 of us, here, at home, without a whole heck of a lot of distractions.
I could be seriously stressed and nervous that things won't get done.
Or I could try to stay positive and productive by nurturing some quality bonding time with the people that mean the most to me.
I could have some time to do art projects with Logan.
I could build a train track monstrosity with Colin and proceed to destroy said train track with the trains, as is his M-O.
I could cook up a delicious pretend meal with Bella in her cute pink kitchen, or help her with her dolly's, or take my sweet time nursing her and enjoying that moment where I don't have to rush because we, for once, have no place to be.
I could enjoy some quiet time with my lovely guy, watch a movie after the kids are in bed, talk, have some wine, cook dinner together, laugh together, maybe throw a snowball or two at each other...
Of course, I'm nothing if not nostalgic, so yeah, I'm fully prepared to have a few days that are also filled with chaos, breaking up fights, tears, lack of patience, and raw nerves. All of those things can most certainly (and probably will) happen, at least a little.
But I'm going to chose to be optimistic, and relish a little forced down time with my people and give my to-do list a much needed rest.
At least for tomorrow.....