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Floored by floors

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Let's back up two days, shall we?

LMC turned 4. It was awesome. She blew out candles, ate breakfast in her room, and received an "Allie Oopsie" doll. Oops is one of those words that I always screw up. O-P-P-S is how I want to spell it. Spellcheck gets me every time. All the while, Husband was laid up in bed, sick. as. a. dog. He was so sick that he actually took off Tuesday from work, something that I have never seen him do. Husband slept for 48 hours, consumed half a can of Campbell's Wild Rice Soup, threw up once, lost five pounds, and his fever never went below 100.1. Poor LMC, I tried to make up for it with a birthday pedicure, which turned into a birthday pedicure, manicure, and eyebrows.

"I want pink, purple, pink, purple, pink, purple. Oh, and flowers on them, please."
"Mama, you just get dark purple toes."

The ladies obliged. They were tipped huge.

She wanted snacks for supper- so she had goldfish, Ritz crackers, Cheerios, and Dora Bites. …

Strawberry Pickin'

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This will be short, since today is LMC's birthday! (and MB needs a bath, and Husband isn't feeling well… and the list goes on) We went strawberry picking yesterday and before you ask- yes, I totally planned the outfit that MB wore. 
Looking through my lens, I could not believe that LMC is such a beautiful little lady! She surely has grown into something lovely and I love calling her my first. 
All those strawberries have been turned into jam. Let's see how it turns out.
More in a bit.

Rae's Black Bean Dip

There's this restaurant in Augusta, Rae's Coastal Cafe, and it's great. I always get a grilled dolphin sandwich with the yellow rice and black beans. It's about the only time you will find me eating something off the menu without making a single change.

Several years ago, my brother took me out to lunch at Somewhere in Augusta and all I wanted was a turkey sandwich. They didn't have one. How does a bar and grill not have a turkey sandwich? They had a club sandwich... just not a turkey sandwich.

The waitress wasn't impressed with me either.

"I don't see it on here, but do you have a turkey sandwich?"
"no."
"Okay, I'll get a club sandwich. But, can I get that without the lettuce, tomato, bacon, ham, and roast beef?"
"So, you want a turkey sandwich?"
"no, I want a club sandwich. But without the lettuce, tomato, bacon, ham, or roast beef."
"I'm sorry?"
"I'd like a club sandwich without…

Jerk

Mom ordered an insane amount of spices online not too long ago and discovered that she had every spice she would ever need to make anything under the sun. After pickling this and brining that she researched jerk marinades. 

It sat in the fridge and we she pulled out this small bowl of black goo that she swore up and down was amazing. We brushed a little on some chicken breasts and let them sit for about an hour. After going on the grill and hitting our hamburger buns, I have to say... 

WOW.

Wanting to copy this recipe, I called to ask what was in it. My dad answered the phone.

me: "Do you know what's in mom's jerk marinade?"
dad: "yeah."
me: "Can you tell me?" my pen is in the air; my paper on the counter.
dad: "A bunch of stuff."
me: "Like what?"
dad: "Oh, all kinds of things."
me: "Like what?"
dad: "Good stuff."
me: "So, you don't know?"
dad: "No. I know, it has jerk spices."
me: "…

5 months!

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What I wanted....


What I got...



I just wanted 5 month proof that the thumb is starting to get replaced with the toes.

1000 days

By the time we leave, we will have lived in this great city for 1000 days. Almost exactly. Yes, I did the math.

We have survived...

two earthquakes
a flood
scary flights in turbulence
four power outages
a baby's trip to the hospital
several marriages
a tornado
a birth
two deaths
a heart attack
a stroke
several seizures
three hurricanes
sunburns
financial woes
the flu
metro adventures
an adult health scare
hangovers
a move
snow
fits being thrown
motorcades
two Disney on Ice dates
MOTH fights
two car accidents
an investment in a new carseat
Husband saving a life in an elevator
train rides
birthdays
traffic
an election
rent checks
Wife saving a girl in the pool
a Catholic Confirmation
an Inauguration
a new Pope

Husband has walked through the bowels of Union Station while the Capitol police were trying to talk a man down from jumping off the H Street Bridge. I have been through the bowels of the Library of Congress- mostly because I got really really lost.

I've toured the Capitol.

redo....

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I don't know why the pictures I uploaded for the last blog can be seen on some computers but not on any mobile devices. Alas, here they are... once again... reloaded!
I am so appreciative to Jerry and the gang for taking pictures........ but if this were a perfect world, they'd have some sort of bad ass camera instead of the iPhone camera. Alas, I am still thankful that I get to see the progress and share it with you. 











Moving in the right direction

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I hate to be short and sweet, but LMC is using scissors sitting next to me. Since she started school this year, she has started using her right hand instead of her left. She is not nearly as dexterous with this one,  but you can't tell her otherwise. 
MB is disagreeing with being in the pack and play.
So, let's talk, shall we? 
(Mom! It's so much easier to rip instead of cut! Watch!)
I asked a friend to head over to the house and give me her thoughts. She selflessly threw herself on the sword and headed over to the swanky 1964 ranch to check it out. It made me feel good for someone with such great taste to walk through and fall in love with it and see the potential the same way we did. She and her husband came up with ideas we had not seen yet and evolved some of our thoughts. After spending an hour on the phone last night, we hardly scratched the surface.
(See all the tiny pieces, mommy!?)
Husband heads home tomorrow to check out the house and play a round of golf before t…

Yesterday Afternoon

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Yesterday, a few of us were going to do "a day in the life" and link up our blogs. It would give us a chance to make a great memory and a fun way to see how our lives overlap in this great big city.
I forgot. 
Correction, I remembered.... but not until about 11am yesterday. So, I'm flying solo here and giving the "from lunchtime on" caption.
Husband's parents are coming in town in a few weeks for his graduation. LMC and I had to take a check to the neighboring apartment complex to pay for the guest suite. LMC with her Rapunzel Baby and I with MB- dueling strollers, we headed out on the brick sidewalk in DC. 
I promised LMC that we would make strawberry jam, so we got right on that.

Using this recipe-- because what about Bon Appetit doesn't scream "working with a toddler?!"
I fixed a stellar lunch, of which she ate exactly half. We lacked bread. Mental note: add bread to the grocery list. 
After lunch, we set to making the tea biscuits for the…