Raindrops on roses

Listening to the Sound of Music soundtrack on our record player is my new favorite way to start Fridays home with the little man. I had to call on my mean mom steely reserve last night. Ever since his surgery, Emmett’s been waking up inconsolable at 3 a.m. and we’ve been letting him into our bed. I’ve come to realize he’s playing us, and after taking care of his needs I  tried to break us of the habit. He slept from 4-7 a.m. in his crib (although not without a fight) last night and a little “Edelweiss” was just the ticket this morning.

Every morning you greet me
Small and white clean and bright
You look happy to meet me.

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A few other favorite things this fall day:

Our magnolia tree is the arboreal star of our front yard, while the much bigger tree (doomed Ash?) is mostly blah. Joe managed to capture a shot of it during the rare fall window when it actually looks pretty. I’m loving it today, but dreading raking all those leaves in a few weeks. (P.S. Did you know there’s an arboretum in central Iowa? Now would be such a lovely time to visit.)

My freshman year college roommate and soul-sister, Alex, was featured in Powder magazine following the death of her dad, who owned an Alaskan heli-ski company. Alex has such a unique blend of being a free spirit and adventurer and a driven, details-oriented leader. She’s picked up the pieces of the operation and I could not be more proud of her.

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I promised Alex I’d visit her in Teton Valley before I had babies and I didn’t make true on that. But Joe and I have started dreaming about a summer road trip out there while E is still little enough to nap a lot! I seriously love that girl.

Speaking of college roommates, this is silly but when Amanda came to visit the other week, she helped me check off one of my “Before 30” goals by introducing me to an awesome makeup product, Modèle Sourcils Brow Groomer by Lancome. I’m weirdly obsessed with eyebrows and this goes on like mascara to create a finished look. It fits into my 5-minute makeup routine, and I picked up two of these things during the Goodwill sale the other week. It comes in several shades.

I’m halfway through Anne of Green Gables and am thrilled by how true to the book at least the first PBS movie was! I also finished “The Age of Miracles” this week in anticipation of tonight’s book club. It’s the most plausibly apocalyptic thing I’ve read, and it was kind of terrifying and broke my heart as a parent.

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It’s narrated by a middle school girl (and technically a YA book), and is about what happens when more minutes mysteriously start adding onto the days. I started the book on Oct. 6, which is when “the slowing” starts, so that creeped me out, too.

Readers, mark your calendars for a free evening with author Amy Tan on November 10 as the culmination of this year’s AVID series!

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