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Who doesn’t love bugs and new wheels?!

We snuck away for an impromptu trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, specifically Duck, NC, for a few days. Despite living in Virginia for almost 10 years now (I HATE to admit that), and hearing wonderful things about the beaches of NC, I’ve never been. A few weeks ago Nate (the husband is named!) found out he would need to go down there for a work meeting, and we decided to make a weekend of it.

I have to edit almost 250 pictures taken in 3 days, hopefully I got some good enough to show off. We climbed a lighthouse, found crabs on the dunes, saw wild horses, rode bikes, and all around had a fantastic weekend. We were even joined by a close friend of ours for part of the trip. I have to say, I think vacationing with friends should be done more frequently (I’m looking at a couple of people specifically – you know who you are!). I’m sunburned, exhausted, and was attacked by mosquitos and biting flies, but had a ton of fun, and can’t wait to do it again.

We brought Lucy with us as I’m pretty sure she loves nothing more in life than the ocean, so I couldn’t, in good conscience, leave her behind.

And the evening before we left, my new bike arrived.
I haven’t had a chance to ride it yet, and I can’t wait!

What did you all do this weekend?


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Oh choice. You sneaky little rat, you.

OH MY FREAKIN’ MAUDE, I love this comic. LOVE IT.


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Parenting is really one big surprise, isn’t it?

I had a moment (if we’re being honest, it might have been a few moments) of intense sadness for kidlet yesterday when I found out that his two best friends at daycare are leaving. TWO. In the same one month period.

The friends that he talks about CONSTANTLY. The friends that he makes up little stories about in the car. The friends that he’s spent the last year of his short life getting to know, and love. And it’s pretty much the cutest thing ever to watch 3 little boys give each other a hug at the end of a day.

When I picked kidlet up from daycare yesterday afternoon the daycare providers said, “Friend, do you want to give kidlet a hug bye-bye?” and he walked over and hugged kidlet. And I said to kidlet, “Say, “See you tomorrow!” And the providers said, “Noo, this is friend’s last day.” And I kinda sat there stunned. Which only got worse when they said, “Oh, Friend 2 is leaving in September, too.”

People, I actually shed a tear. He’s attached to these friends. He wakes up in the morning and looks forward to seeing them. I know he will adapt to them being gone; but will he miss them? Will he be confused that they’re no longer there? My heart broke a little in anticipation of my son’s first noticeable loss.

This wasn’t something that I had even considered when I thought about what parenting would entail. Sleepless nights, fevers, choosing pre-schools…all of that I understood would happen. It never crossed my mind that I would feel sad about a change at daycare. (Let’s just get it out there – it’s possible I’m projecting, and being a little co-dependent. I admit it. Still feeling it though.)

The families of the other two boys have been friends for a while, and I’ve heard about their time spent together with a bit of envy, “Gosh, I wish *I* could break into that circle, too.” And we’ve said to each other, “We should really get together for play dates!” and then it’s never happened. (I’m terrible about making plans with people I don’t know well. What if we don’t like to do the same things? What if they’re busy with the rest of their friends and lives? As an aside, why do I always assume that other people have more interesting lives than we do?)

So here’s my opportunity. New friends for me, maybe, and continued friendship for kidlet.

Also – my kid will be 2 YEARS OLD in a month. How did that escape me until approximately a week ago???

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