I'm cheating a bit here, posting this in April but declaring it March 31 since I did take this in March. This is us at Emmanuelle's Dalmatian bday party, hosted by the incredible Debbie Auntie with mouth watering Indian food provided by Ammachi. Friday we celebrated her birthday with a few of her little friends, pictures to follow sometime this week, and dinner out (a rare treat for our whole family). Last night we feasted again with some of our oldest friends here and stayed way too late enjoying great conversation, something I made up for in my afternoon nap.
It's good to see March go and hopefully the cold weather with it. We found out dear friends of ours are leaving us for California and all of a sudden I realized how much I had taken their presence in our lives for granted. Assuming they were always going to be around, I let too many months go by without having her swing up the block for a visit. We tried to make up for lost time and future losses by a four hour chat at Starbucks that saw me shed more public tears than I ever have in my life. Please, hug your friends often. They might just decided the coast is bluer on the west side.
March also brought the death of a few dreams for me. Our grand European tour was postponed due to the realities of my health and I am, for the first time ever, considering sending my older girls to school. I have no fears about the real world, as people sometimes chide, just a desire to spend as much time with my kids as possible. So imagine those tears that were spilled in anticipation of a possible loss of them in my daily, constant life. :(
Good news is that the big European trip has been downscaled to a trip south (Costa Rica, Cancun, or the like), sprinkled with mini trips throughout the year to NYC (finally!), Dallas (so exotic in May), and hopefully the west coast as a tagalong on a business trip. The idea of spreading your anni celebration out in mini excursions/diversions over the year was one I got from my friend Jenn who is also celebrating 10 years married, although I'd say her backpacking trip in Chile was more than a little epic! I'm learning to roll with the punches of life with joy and contentment. I mean, life could be a lot worse than a canceled anni trip and sending your kids to school, right?
Hopefully spring will arrive soon. I'm eager for park meet-ups and volleyball at the beach sooner rather than later. We're eager for community again after a few months of bugs and colds and flu. My garden got cleaned up this weekend so it too is eager for planting season so we can start enjoying the fruits, er, vegetables of our labor.
The best news of the month? We're expecting multiples!
Take that in, freak out a little for me, and then...
rest assured that chances are good that there won't be more than eight that make it to birthing. Or, do they call it hatching?
Yes, we're incubating 8 beautiful brown eggs here at home, expecting them to hatch Easter weekend! Given my discombobulated organizational skills, it's a stroke of divine blessing that they arrive at so perfect a holiday!