Maybe one day, when she’s finally able to speak in complete sentences, Averi will tell us what she’s thinking in this photo.
Remember a few weeks ago when I said I would never again take a road trip while our kids are toddlers? Remember that? Remember how I said I’d rather rip off my toenails with a crowbar?
Yeah. I lied.
Actually, I didn’t lie. I just forgot that we planned this Labor Day weekend trip to my in-laws’ farm house in Indiana. So, last Thursday morning—around (ahem) noon—we piled in the car, set Blues Clues on constant loop, and made the 10-hour trek to the Hoosier State.
In case you’re wondering where I’ve been this week, I present to you this photo series to give you an idea. Basically, Brian has had a week full of 14-hour work days, so I’ve been busy as a referee, nursemaid, and the exhausted person who finds herself screaming things like, “Please don’t jump on the table,” “We don’t eat bugs,” and “PLEASE don’t climb the fence!”
Here are 10 Pre-Discipline Photos for your viewing pleasure. Note: These are just the photos I complied in the past few weeks. I could probably publish an entire book called Parental Guidance Suggested.
It’s almost like JJ knows how very, very particular I am about my calendar and said, “Hey, Averi, you know what would be reeeeeeeally hilarious? If I took a PEN and colored all over mom’s calendar. On the first day of the month. Bwahahahahahahahaha!”
And that’s how it happened.
I’m sure of it.
Most of my childhood was spent fantasizing about the day I would make my living as a television star. I can’t even count how many inspired scenes and acceptance speeches I rehearsed in my bathroom mirror.
I just never thought my television debut would result from something as ordinary as a garage sale.
Look for me on the next episode of Hoarders.
Oh, hello there! Sorry, I didn’t hear you come in. I’m just in the kitchen where I always am…whipping up a batch of organic, gluten-free cookies with my perfectly well-behaved baby while I update my blog.
No photo sums up our weekend trip to New York City better than this one:
Loved our first weekend away with just the two of us since the kiddos were born.
Prior to my incredibly lucrative career as a professional blogger (ahem), I was a motivational speaker.
You can laugh. It’s funny to me too.
[This is the same girl whose signature photo features her in a laundry basket eating Pringles, right?]
Most of the motivational speaking I did was business-related.
[That's rich! Did they let you wear those pink, fuzzy slippers while you "motivated" others?]
I conducted seminars on topics like “Conflict Management Skills for Women.”
Okay, you can stop laughing now.
This week was an exciting one by my standards. I’m pretty sure I put on actual pants at least 3 or 4 times. I wore makeup on more than one occasion. And I even ventured outside the few times the temperatures reached above the 50 degree mark.
And I got to feed a llama. Or maybe it was an alpaca. I’m still not sure.
Regardless, it was pretty exciting.