If I subtract last Tuesday, some really good things have happened this week.

1. Slept in this morning while Derrick took kids to clean the church. Yeah, you read that right. (I went last weekend, okay? I was up until 1:30 reading a good book, okay?)  Woke up to this:

How can you not have a good day after sharing a donut with Ethan?

And why can’t I have his hair?

(And why can’t I figure out how to not double space when I do a hard break on WordPress?  Sorry.)

2. Scooted Ethan and Megan off with Aunt Julie (thank you, Jule!) for a big chunk of the day so Rache and I could go on a date.

3. Took Rachael to lunch and then Target where I found a new planner that’s going to change my life and she swooned over the art section.   Finished up with a new, cute short haircut for Rache.  It looks darling.

4. Sold our house. Yeah, you read that right. Done. Signed. Inspected. Sold.

(and btw:  The people buying our house: a) have kids are exact kids’ ages, b) will be in our ward, c) will be employed by my husband, d) are apparently comfortable with us cloning ourselves from five years ago and tucking them deep into our hip pockets.   We’ve decided that our house wants a younger, cuter version of ourselves, so the Universe has serendipitously kicked us out to welcome this new family in. We are thrilled about it all.)  (Except that now we have no place to live.)

5. Megan ripped it up in her Spring Violin Recital. So cute. So talented. So proud of her.

I know this is a terrible photo.   The lighting was awful and I couldn’t get any closer.

(That, and I’m one lousy photographer.)

6. Went to the temple on Wednesday night with most of my family. Really, really nice. Really, really grateful.

7. Had an absolute, over-the-top blast with our dear friends, the Curtises, who came up to visit us last weekend from SLC (they used to live in our neighborhood.). Should probably document the whole weekend here, but we were having so much fun that neither of us took any pictures. We ate, we swam, we shopped, we movie-d, we talked and talked and talked. Great people, great friends. We still miss them terribly.

8. Reflected on how many good, good friends I’ve made in my life and how the best ones have spanned the years and the miles. So grateful for that. So lucky.

9. Reflected on how many, good, good warnings I’ve received this last month without ever being issued a costly ticket. So grateful for that. So lucky. So regretful that I let my mother hear about it on my blog. So gonna pay for it forever.

10.  My darling husband has cancelled all Sunday meetings (besides the block, darn it) so that husbands can stay home with their wives on Mothers Day. Can you believe it? I suspect that French Toast in bed is going to make it into my Mothers day.  I am excited.

11 & 12. (This one counts as two)

Friday morning as I was packing lunches for the kids:

Rache:  “Mom, can I have some carrots?”

Me :     “Really?  Okay…”  I gave her a quizzical look.  My kids have never asked for anything close to a vegetable in their lunches before.  I began putting some mini-carrots in a ziploc.

Rache: “No, I meant for breakfast.”

Me:       Super-quizzical look.

Rache: “I mean, since I still don’t have my glasses…I thought the carrots might help…”  Hopeful, apologetic smile.  She was completely serious.

Shame on me for ever having a bad day when I have a little girl like that!  And Happy Mothers Day to you all.

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