I'm blogging from the most wonderful place in the world - HOME! Seriously, I always seem to forget how wonderful Wilmington is and then I come back and I wonder how I was able to go so long between visits. Matthew loves all the attention, I love showing him all of my favorite things from growing up, and I secretly think Daniel's falling in love with the area. The weather has been pretty fantastic :)
Daniel's been on the waitlist for a TY program in Spartanburg, SC for a few months. It's supposed to be a great program, we've heard nothing but great things about it. This place does Saturday interviews (which is weird, but it happens), and Daniel's waitlist day was January 31 (the day we were planning on going back to WI from NC). On Tuesday, Daniel got a call - he was offered an interview spot! We spent the next hour discussing the plan - does Daniel take the spot? Do Matthew and I fly home as scheduled? Do we all go back together? We were/are flying in and out of Chicago and the thought of dealing with Matthew, a stroller, a suitcase, and a carseat by myself kind of freaked me out, so we decided to extend our trip by a day and all go back together. I didn't want to watch the Super Bowl anyway!
Matthew watching us debate-
On Wednesday, we flew home! Our drive was uneventful (including a stop at Chick-fil-A) and were able to get our bags checked and through security with plenty of time to spare. Matthew was a DREAM, he loved people (and airplane) watching! He and Daniel both zonked as soon as the wheels went up, which I thought was pretty impressive! It was so nice to go outside and not need a coat, the weather is definitely starting to tempt Daniel.
-On Thursday we spent the morning at home, then Daniel left at 1pm to go to Newport News, VA for an interview. Mom came home from work and took Jillian, Matthew, and me to Costco. We got a drink and a churro and Matthew decided he wanted to try a straw. He was not successful...
Yesterday we all had lunch with my mom at the hospital cafeteria. Matthew displayed his impressive vacuum skills and ate some of Jordan's pizza, Mom's chicken tenders, and my fries. He also had a squeezy pouch and bottle. His pants don't button for a reason! We spent the rest of the day at home, Matthew was pushed around by Aunt Jillian for a good chunk of the afternoon. Daniel enjoyed his interview, we'll probably rank the program fairly high.
Today I went to the gym with my dad for a spin class. I hadn't been since the class at the WAC because the sign up was full each time. The class is usually my dad and the instructor, but there were about a dozen people there today! I loved that I could ask for a padded seat at the front desk, but I was disappointed the instructor didn't do the workout with us - she stood at the front of the room and counted and adjusted the music volume and drank coffee.
We went to the HomeExpo & Remodeling Show downtown today; it was not as exciting as I'd hoped it would be. I thought I'd be able to get a good look at some different types of granite and tile, but no one was really interested in talking to me once they realized I live far away and don't actually have a home of my own. My parents are looking to renovate their bathroom and got some good ideas, so it was a good outing for them.
Mom, Jordan, and I went to Flaming Amy's for lunch, where I promptly ate all of the calories I worked off during spin. We went to the mall and a few stores nearby, then I got tired and grumpy and made us come home. My mom bought some Girl Scout cookies while we were out, I opened a box on the way home and that made me feel a bit better.
Something I love right now - Lemonades
It's Girl Scout cookie season and I am LOVING it! My mom called the other day and told me a little girl came around the neighborhood and already had cookies with her, my mom just gave her the money and she got her cookies right away! My favorite is the Lemonades, they are so good! Last year I bought a "hospital box" and saved it for when I was recovering after Matthew was born, I swear those cookies motivated me to push for 3.5 hours!
(source - this links to a Lemonades cupcake recipe!)