Baby news: Little Emmett Brian (named after my great-grandpa and his daddy) weighed 8 pounds even (just like me). Christy didn’t have to have a c-section. Last time–thank you for praying!
So, I didn’t tell Livi and Ava that Aunt Bethy was coming yesterday. Kept it a secret all weekend. Ava and Nina and I are grocery shopping yesterday morning, and I’m buying canned pumpkin. Ava was so impressed that you could buy pumpkin that way. “It’s for pumpkin bread,” I tell her. “Can we make it when we get home?” she asks. “If we have time. That’d be cool because then Aunt Bethy could have some.” Oops. “Aunt Bethy?” says Ava. “When’s Aunt Bethy coming?” Think fast. “I mean, maybe we shouldn’t make it today,” I say. “Maybe we should save it for a time when Aunt Bethy is coming…” She let it go, didn’t think another thing of it. Livi would have been all over that. Whew.
So, they were completely surprised when they got off the bus and she was there. Ava scored a goal last night, so that was super cool. And Bethy and I had a splendid time sipping, browsing, chatting. Her toasted marshmallow hot chocolate made her feel sick, so it was pretty much 10% sipping, 20% browsing, 70% chatting. Fun, fun.
I’ve decided to spill the beans about the fabulous, generous thing Tug and Angie gave us. TWELVE FREE 8X8 PHOTO BOOKS FROM SHUTTERFLY. Are you kidding me?!? The codes expired September 30, and I about killed myself, but I got them done. All $400 worth (including the FREE shipping). Seven Christmas gifts (that’s why I wasn’t going to tell, but who cares?) and five for us. Poor Gabe. I miscounted how many I had done and thought I saved one for him to do as a mini-portfolio of his photography. He uploaded all the pictures, blah, blah, blah, only to discover I’d used them all. Oops!
12 free photo books. I just can’t get over it. We’ve gotten 3 already in the mail (they look so cool!). 9 to go!
Mom and Dad came to watch Livi play soccer tonight. We didn’t tell the girls they were coming. These surprises are just too much fun. They treated us to DQ afterwards. Mmmm…
Writing news. No dice on the book cover change. Things are a little pooh-y right now. Got my contract for the gift book I’m doing–What to Pray When You’re Expecting. Have to have a writing sample done by the 19th. And found out that one of the McGraw-Hill novels I just did all those pages for–not going to use it. I have to read a replacement novel and write all new pages. Good news–I get paid for the ones they’re not using. Bad news–more writing for this month.
So, September was supposed to be so crazy. I think it was, looking back, but most of my writing stuff was just postponed until October. So this is the new crazy month. But also the Adventure of a Lifetime month. And Satan-on-the-attack month, but I’ve got my dukes up.
The other day when both girls wanted to play a game on my computer…
Me: Can one of you be so kind as to let the other one go first?
Livi and Ava: (silence)
Me: Livi? Please?
Livi: (pouting) I wish I wasn’t so kind! I don’t like it! I like getting my own way!
They’re still fighting like cats and dogs, but we had a nice moment tonight. After the soccer game, they sat on the couch together for a half hour and chatted and drew pictures and were generally lovely to one another. Until it was time for bed, then they pushed each other to be first up the stairs…
Gabe is mailing that special thing to someone tomorrow… After she gets it, I can share. It won’t be especially meaningful to anyone but her, but that’s okay.
Man, that is more than enough for a Tuesday night post. Have a splendiferous day!