I've recently installed Timehop on my phone and this week I've been bombarded by the ghosts of birthdays past. Thing is, there are a lot of them by now and they've all mashed into a girly sleepover sugar filled blur. I certainly don't remember all the details any more even though from my writing at the time it is clear that I am not a big fan of birthday party chaos. The one clear shining detail is how much I love this girl and how she grows into an even better version of herself each and every year. This year the birthday party morphed into a weekend friend hangout at SoCo that adults were not privileged to attend. We celebrated at home with a lovely dinner made by Nathan, a family trip to the aquarium, and per Tessa's request, hot snickerdoodles delivered by Tiff's Treats. Yum.

Tessa is an intensely private, snarky, and super smart although not necessarily driven girl. She is very independent and responsible. She does not love endless conversation as much as her mom, but I suppose I can forgive her that flaw. I love this girl.


A friend came over last weekend and brought temporary tattoos to play with. I loved mine dearly. I got several compliments as I wore it around on Saturday. I both loved the idea of embracing my list making nature to the point of permanency (Or utility? Tessa suggested placing it on the inside of my forearm to make it more accessible by sharpie.) and having a reminder that there are best days when the ever present list is empty.


February is probably the worst month for teachers. Or maybe October? November? There's a few contenders for that title, but suffice it to say February sucks. I'm doing my best to not call in sick each and every day, but honestly the time spent on a sub plan makes that fantasy stay squarely in the realm of fiction. I just need spring break. Or honestly, I'd take a long weekend.

I am tired.




Hair Did


Big morning at the salon yesterday. Tessa chopped off a good 6-7 inches and Sylvie did another round of blue tips. I had the distinct pleasure of sitting and waiting for endless hours.

Tessa's cut looks great. Sylvie's is pretty awesome too although probably not worth the time and money it ended up costing at the Aveda beauty school. I can't imagine she'll want to repeat those 3+ hours in the chair any time soon.

Mardi Gras!


We took the girls this year to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. We went one week early, counting on the thinner, more local crowds to be a better introduction into the tradition for the girls. We doubled up on the weekend, calling it part of Tessa's birthday celebration and had her bring her good friend Adrianna. It definitely made the car ride more crowded but the extra fun was worth it. It was a great weekend staying with Nathan's family. Too quick, too quick.