14/52 Twirling

I am behind on my one-a-weeks...again. Can we all just agree that this will be the norm and I'll just quit mentioning it? Ok deal. But I have excuses! Really! Maybe, maybe not. However, I did take two big trips in the last two weeks. Let me tell you.

I went to New York to visit my sister. My husband gave all his miles to me and my mom so we could have a girls' weekend. He's pretty special huh. :) It was the longest and the farthest I have ever been away from Donald or Marlow. I missed them, of course. And I missed Easter (insert more mom guilt here). But these things were expected, what I wasn't sure about was how I'd feel being just me! I was with my mom and sister, but no one was relying on me for food, to read to them, rock them, clean up after them, wake up early, change their diaper, etc. It was like the old times guys! No, not really, but it was nice for a few days. But mostly I missed them.

Then there were the feelings about my sister being so far away. It hit me pretty hard the first night, especially after a full day of flying. This kinda sucks. This is far. This is not a weekend trip for her anymore. Sigh. But, this is temporary (hopefully? maybe? could she go farther? let's not talk about it.) and also very exciting. She's always wanted to this and she is doing it. That's part of what this phase of life is all about. The phases of our lives are also in giant contrast on this trip. But it's cool. I like it. She likes looking into my life with my 8-5 desk job, momtogging, toddler craziness, backyard chickens, marriage, and a partridge in a pear tree as just as much of an adventure as I see her world-traveling, dating, moving, international entrepreneurship, foodie, well-rested life....maybe? lol It's awesome. I love her and am so thankful for my family and that trip. And in all fairness, I guess I may or may not have moved to Arizona for a couple years at one point. That was far then. ;P

See everything we did in NY here.

When I came back it was this girl. In a tutu. Talking not just in full sentences but now singing in full sentences about her day. Her friends. Animals. And Taylor Swift. Her random thoughts. She's taller and funnier. Loud as always. Opinionated. She twirls and twirls and twirls. And laughs her cackle laugh. I get dizzy watching her. And I hope it's always that way.

Disclaimer: Do not judge me on my unfinished being-built-ins and the toddler mess that owns them right now. I promise I'll post pics when it's finished. Do not hold breath.

(Taken in 2 minutes this morning. Blurry photos included because that's what it feels like.)