We are really exhausted around here. Like, a tired that we didn’t even experience when Anna arrived…because it’s a different kind of tired.
And yet, life goes on. The good and the bad. The parties, and the baking, and the friends, and the rough conversations- they are all happening.
I feel really fortunate that I get to be home in this season rather than working full time at an office. I am thankful I have the time and space to be a caretaker. To feed. To cook. To keep our house feeling cozy and clean. To go for walks. To listen to the quiet hum of the dishwasher. To look out my kitchen window and watch the clouds roll past. Even though I sometimes worry about the months to come, I know God has prepared the way.
So, this weekend has been full and slow, just like many of our days recently. It started out early Saturday morning at the Davis Turkey Trot 5K. I completed the run with these lovely ladies- my early morning running crew. (Above: Tammy, Anna, Me, Sharon.) We had intended to run the 10K but didn’t get our booties ready in time. The 5K felt perfect. It didn’t kill us, but it was still a nice challenge. Nothing beats cold fall air on your face, and lots of giggly kids and music and babies in strollers, and colorful leaves. Afterwards we stuffed our face at Cafe Bernardo where some of the hubbies and babies joined us in creating quite the spectacle.
I came home from the Turkey Trot, showered, and then got to hang out with one of my longest time friends, Sarah! I’m not going to write Sarah’s last name because one time I did on this very blog, and I realized that A LOT of people Google Sarah’s full name and end up on my blog because of it. Creepy, right? She’s a popular lady, apparently. Sarah is the ultimate gift giver and spoils me (and Anna) rotten every time we see her. Her visit not only brought a lot of laughter, brainwashing (she wants to turn Anna into a Democrat) and babysitting…but also an awesome Pottery Barn blanket and striped onesie seen above. Sarah works for Kaiser and has already given Jonathan and I lots of good advice. I am so thankful for her humor, honesty and love.
Have you seen the show Up All Night? It’s a new sitcom about a couple with a new baby. In the show, Maya Rudolph plays the couple’s single friend who knows nothing about babies but always wants to babysit. We joke that Sarah could be that friend in our life (although, to give her credit, she knows more about babies than she’ll admit.) Anyway, Sarah volunteered to watch Anna so that we could go to our friend Brett’s 30th Birthday Bash. His wife Ashlee did a really cute job with lots of yummy good, 80s music, and a photo booth.
And today? Well, Jonathan is radioactive today so I’m at home alone with the little one. No, really- I’m being serious. He went for a PET scan this morning at 7:30. The scan will see if there are any other tumors in his body. His oncologist has confirmed he has Hodgkin’s Lyphoma, and seems hopeful they’ve caught it early, but this scan and tomorrow’s bone marrow biopsy will help confirm or deny the doctor’s suspicions. We should know more later this coming week. The crazy thing is that the PET scan makes him radioactive for about 12-18 hours and he can’t be within 10 feet of Anna until late tonight. So, he’s off playing all day with friends while I stay at home and nurse a cold and a baby. I’ve read, baked, and played but I haven’t gotten dressed. That’s the best kind of Sunday, right?
Here’s Anna watching me make Mason jar oatmeal for the week and Vegan Banana and Chocolate Chip Oat Bars. We aren’t vegan but the recipe sounded yummy… and it is! Not too much banana- just the way I like it!