Links to Love:
- I’ve been doing a lot of internal audits at work and really have enjoyed listening to YouTube videos simultaneously. I’m not super into makeup or hair really, but I’ve been loving Tati’s channel. She’s just entertaining and because I’m not really in it to pick up makeup application tips or anything, it’s fine to have on in the background and not have my eyes on the video.
- Whack-a-meow is adorable.
- It’s vacation season. I won’t be going to a beach this year, but a few of these look really nice.
- We did a lot of prep for our master bath renovation. The reno is scheduled for June, so we ordered the vanity, tub, tile, shelving, shower door, etc. in May. Basically we spent A LOT of money.
- Mother’s Day was lovely. We went to breakfast at Weck’s, which is our two-year-running Mother’s Day tradition. Then we did our grocery shopping. As a gift from Ava, Kevin gave me an adorable picture plaque with four of my favorite photos of Ava. He also chooses the best cards and I always treasure the card itself, but most importantly his sweet, heartfelt message. We had his parents over for dinner and he grilled up some delicious steak and bell peppers. Ava took a 2 hour nap which means mama and dad took naps of their own! It was a good day.
- We had a site re-credentialing audit at work and passed with flying colors. Audits are always a lot of work and stressful, but our director of QA is great at getting us prepared, with a little help from her assistant (me :)).
- A few years ago, in prenatal yoga, I met a woman who owns a spa and beauty retreat here (Broadway Skin & Beauty Retreat). My skin had been acting really wonky (pregnancy + a cold + weird variations in the weather patterns + …) so I decided to go get a facial with Devon. It was really relaxing and fantastic. Quite a treat!
- Kevin and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary! Since it fell on a Wednesday this year, we decided to celebrate on the following Saturday by going to Indigo Crow, our favorite restaurant. Lobster ravioli and ceasar salads all around. Wine for the gentleman. We sat on the outdoor patio and it was a perfect night. We even stayed out until almost 9:00 and had Kevin’s parents put Ava to bed for the first time ever. It went really well! She has been such a champ at bedtime recently (knock wood a million times).
- I’m still currently reading Team of Rivals and re-reading the fourth Harry Potter.
- The only book I finished in May was Sense and Sensibility. I gave it three stars, cringed, and changed my rating to four stars. It seemed like a sin to give Jane Austen three stars.
- Kevin is reading American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham and he’s listening to Good to Great by Jim Collins.
- We still have a lot to listen to in David Sedaris’ Me Talk Pretty One Day. It’s really funny. :)
- Ava’s favorite book to read is Old McDonald’s Woodshop. She is obsessed with that book – calls it “zztt zztt zztt” because that’s the sound the saw makes. She isn’t especially interested in reading Baby Beluga but she carries it around like a security blanket, even taking it into the crib with her at night.
- I had a really bad sore throat that became a head cold in early May. It was the worst head cold I’ve had in years. I feel like this pregnancy has really affected my immune system more than my pregnancy with Ava did.
- We learned something on June 1 that will present a Challenge with a capital C, and it really is overshadowing anything that may have seemed challenging in May. Since I’m writing this after the fact (too OCD to not finish out the year with these monthly update posts – even if it means they may be late sometimes :)), our June and beyond challenge is really impeding my ability to backtrack and think of anything else to share about May challenges. And I will share more on this mysterious new challenge in a future post.
- We made this slow cooker melt-in-your-mouth pot roast, which was very delicious.
- These barbeque chicken sweet potatoes were hearty and tasty. I wish we would have tried them in the winter – great cozy, cold weather food.
- The dinner of the month was definitely our lobster ravioli at Indigo Crow. Always the best.
How was your May?