10.16.2017

from the week, vol. 3






+ Gracie and I went to visit James at work for the first time at his new job. I walked in and my jaw hit the floor. It was so modern and fancy. Everyone looked so nice and I felt a little like a frumpy mom. I know it sounds like I'm just saying this because I'm her mom, but Gracie was the star of the show. We got stopped constantly for people to compliment her hat. She held James' hand and walked around saying "I go to work too, mommy! See my work?" It was the cutest thing. I remember visiting my dad at work as a little girl and how much I loved it. It's so fun to see Gracie do the same thing.

+ This won't excite anyone but me but GRACIE DREW MINNIE MOUSE. The week with her was very difficult and I was at the end of my sanity. I found this after I put her down for a nap (she didn't nap) and it reminded me again why being a mom is the best. I love watching her figure things out. She's been so close to drawing faces and I've been waiting for this!


+ James turned 32 over the weekend. We went out for barbecue and had a great time. James was drumming on the steering wheel on the way home, and Gracie yelled "STOP JAMES!" We laughed so hard. Apparently I've said that one too many times. What can I say? My annoyance over repetitive noises is real. We came home and finally watched Wonder Woman. No lie--I had to watch a video explaining the backstory and then start WW over again to understand what was going on. I'm not a comic book person.

+ We went pumpkin picking on Saturday. We've done strawberry, apple, and now pumpkin picking this year. I feel very accomplished. It was pushing 80 degrees which is just ridiculous for October. Most of the pumpkins were monstrous. We found a small one that didn't cost a rent check. They had some pre-picked that were so big they were almost $30 EACH. For a PUMPKIN. These farms don't mess around. We also got fresh pumpkin donuts and an apple cider slushy. It was heavenly.

+ Years ago, I read The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. It was an incredible non-fiction book about the Chicago World's Fair and H. H. Holmes, the world's first serial killer. He lured single women into his hotel he built with secret gas chambers and trap doors and crematories all kinds of horrifying things. It was so wild I've never forgotten about it. When I was in Iowa, I saw a commercial for American Ripper on the History Channel. I just realized we have the History Channel app on our Apple TV, and since I'm a mooch I logged in with my parents' info, and OH MY WORD, WATCH THIS DOCUMENTARY IMMEDIATELY. The great-great-grandsom of Holmes set out to prove he's the same man as Jack the Ripper. He hired an ex CIA Operative to help him investigate the murders and interview experts. I haven't been this absorbed in a show in ages. James got hooked, my mom got hooked, and so did my best friend. It's like Dateline meets Sherlock mets Edgar Allen Poe. It's creepy, but it is GOOD.

+ Last week when we came out of the grocery store, there was a firetruck parked across from us. Gracie was exhilarated. She waved and smiled and the woman in the truck waved back. A few firemen walked by, and Gracie stood up and yelled "Hi firefighters! I firefighter too! See my fire hat?" and she waved her red hat around. It was the cutest thing EVER. I'm writing this out because she's whining in the baby monitor instead of napping and we're having a bad day, and I need to be reminded that she's usually wonderful. So wonderful, but so full of mischief.





12 comments:

  1. Your Gracie stories crack me up. "STOP, JAMES!" kills me. :)

    Spending an 80 degree day in a patch of $30 pumpkins sounds crazy...but pumpkin donuts and cider slushies sound fantastic!

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  2. I am impressed with Gracie's drawing and not just because I'm her favorite aunt. ;) I cannot wait for the day Annabelle's drawings look realistic.

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  3. Oh my goodness- I love G’s drawing! Please keep encouraging that (as long as she likes doing it )- I wish I would have stuck with drawing when I was younger so I didn’t have to teach myself when I was in my late 20’s!

    Can’t wait to watch more of American Ripper- SO a good!

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    1. I will! I love seeing what she does. Unfortunately she’s in a phase of handing me the crayon and telling me what to draw 🙄

      Keep me updated on your thoughts! I wish I could watch it for the first time all over again.

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  4. I'm not a horror person at all, but I keep hearing about The Devil in the White City. I actually took a Ghost Tour in Chicago a few years ago while at a business conference/event thingy and saw the hotel where he murdered all those people. Creeeeepy.

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  5. I NEED to watch that show! I loved that book and have a morbid curiosity about serial killers. Unfortunately I don’t have the history channel. Have you read Portrait of a Killer? It’s about Jack the Ripper. There is compelling argument behind who the author believes he was. If you haven’t already read it you’d probably love it.

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  6. There are times I wish I had cable, and this is one of those times...that documentary sounds amazing!! I have that book on my list to read. It may be next.

    G is the funniest little girl. STOP, JAMES killed me. I hate repetitive noises too, though. Isaiah loves to beatbox. Stab me in the eardrums.

    Your fall pictures make me so jealous. You’d never know it’s 80 outside! We have some pretty trees but they’re kind of overshadowed by general brown sogginess.

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  7. i have to watch that show...we loved that book when we read it in our book club and that sounds amazing. i love posts like this too, just a little slice of life!

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    1. Thank you! They're my favorite kind of posts too.

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  8. Gracie is quite the little career woman! Hanging out with dad at work and bragging about her resume to the firefighters, lol! She's going to be busy when she's all grown up! (Or an artist because you can absolutely tell that's Minnie Mouse!)
    American Ripper sounds SUPER interesting. Also, now I want to go to a pumpkin patch!

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  9. That drawing is amazing! I’m so impressed! And so cute about the firefighters. She’s a hoot. I love toddlers (mostly).

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  10. Love seeing her art! It's so cool as kids actually start figuring out how to maneuver writing utensils and make shapes and pictures. The one thing I miss about fall is apple cider and fresh homemade donuts at the apple orchards in MI--basically the only donuts I'll eat because I don't like normal ones.

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