I find it strange that some days seem to be naturally better than others- often without any identifiable explanation why. Today was one of those days. From the minute I woke up at 7:45, it felt like a good day. I was happy to be awake. I was anxious to go on my walk. Nothing extraordinary happened today, nor did it need to. The simple things that made up today made me feel grateful and content.
I made the bed, played with Ellie, and ate breakfast. I unloaded the dishwasher and took out the trash. I put away clean clothes and talked to BJ on the phone. Nine o'clock brought morning science (that's what I call my morning walk- find out why here and here.) I stretched and helped Ellie sit and gnaw on her orange peel. (Try this for a teething baby's sore gums. It's my latest saving grace. Ellie LOVES it.)
The most notable thing that took place today was taking lunch to BJ at work. He's working for his dad right now on job sites- holding stop signs, moving sandbags, signaling semis, and sweeping dirty streets. Every night I pack up his lunch pail so he can slip out the door before the sun comes up in his Levis, workboots, and ball cap with lunch in hand. I didn't have a very clear view of what BJ actually did when he went to work until today. All I had known was that every day he came home exceptionally dirty and exhausted. Well now I can see why. Moving dirt is not an easy task.
There he comes! Check out that hunk! The money maker!
We were a welcome relief in his monotonous day.
We ate Chic Fil A (which was soggy and cold by the time I got there. Very disappointing.) And talked for 15 second intervals while BJ flagged and waved the trucks on their way. Ellie watched her dad in admiration...
Then we got in trouble and had to leave because we were distracting the flagger. Woops.
We went to the bank and the grocery store and stopped at the park on the way home. The weather today was perrrrfect. Perfect I tell you.
Oh those chubby feet pokin out of that sundress. Kills me every time.
Pudgy fingers too. Mmmm...!
We came home and Ellie napped. I read and wrote in my journal. Ellie woke up and we waited on the curb for BJ to get home. I made dinner quickly while BJ showered and bathed the babe. Dinner tonight was waffles with raspberries, bananas, coconut, walnuts, maple syrup and whipped cream (not Cool Whip!), and scrambled eggs and bacon. (I was really looking forward to this after my disappointing lunch. Chic Fil A needs to be eaten immediately after purchase. Soggy chicken sandwiches and warm lemonade will never hit the spot.)
BJ then left to a job conference with his brother and I cleaned up the kitchen, bathed Ellie again (don't ask,) lotioned, pajama'd, and nursed the baby, read her some books, rocked her and sang, put her to bed, and packed BJ's lunch for tomorrow.
I guess now looking back, I know exactly why today was a good day. Today was low key. Today I got to do a lot of things I wanted to do. And more than anything, today I was a stay-at-home mom. I spent time with my baby. I spent time with my husband. I spent time outside. I spent time feeding my family. I've wanted this for so long... and today I got it.