I Really Shouldn’t Be Blogging

I have so much to do in the next 36 hours that I’m positively overwhelmed.  Can’t you tell?  That’s why I’m sitting here instead of plowing through my to-do list like a responsible person.  Procrastinate much?

But I had to stop and tell you about my exciting morning.  Christie over at These Are A Few of My Favorite Things was one of my very first friends in the blog world; we’ve been reading each other’s blogs and emailing back and forth for over three years.  She has three kids, a great sense of humor, likes to cook, AND she’s an amazing photographer.  You can see why we get along.  Well, except for the amazing photographer part.  I have the camera, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten.  She actually learned how to USE hers.

For years I’ve watched her photography skills grow, and I’ve drooled over her photos, wishing that we lived in the same town so we could hang out, and perhaps I could bribe her with cookies to photograph my family.  But she lives in Missouri, and I had no illusions of my daydream coming true.

UNTIL.  I got an email announcing that she was going to be in the Philadelphia area this week visiting family AND DOING FAMILY PHOTO SHOOTS!  Our last professional family picture has four people in it; that tells you how outdated it is.

WELL.  I signed myself right up, and tomorrow morning she’s coming to my house to photograph my family.  I have to pinch myself to even believe it.  A couple other families are coming over too, so knowing we wouldn’t have a lot of time to visit, this morning we met up at Panera to hang out in person.  Melissa joined us (she actually coordinated the whole event) and the three of us hung out over coffee and pastries and caught up like old friends, even though we were meeting face-to-face for the first time.  Dontcha just love the 21st century?

Ironically, the only picture I have of us is on my cheap point-and-shoot camera, but it captures the moment.  Christie, I apologize for my lame photoshopping skills.  I’m sure you’re dying to get your hands on this picture and work your magic.

christie and me

I also apologize for the behavior of my 4-year-old, who was in top form this morning.  She was just doing her part to keep it real, I suppose.

Speaking of keeping it real, I have a birthday party to throw tonight (my son turns 10 tomorrow, and I cannot BELIEVE I’m about to have a child in double digits.  HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?)

We have a tradition in our house that everyone gets to request their favorite meal for their dinner, and my son’s gonna make me work this year.  He actually requested Ina’s Goat Cheese Lasagna with Italian Sausage.  (I kid you not.)

Then last night I stupidly asked him if he wanted a pretty store-bought cake or an ugly homemade one.

“Your chocolate cake,” he promptly countered.

Okay then.  No worries.  I can make a cake and a lasagna and wrap presents and pack for Disney World and get my house ready to have a photo shoot in the morning, all in the next three hours.  Or I could if I would  just get off the computer…

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17 Responses

  1. If you need some help, Pioneer Woman’s chocolate sheet cake is super fast and that recipe has been a family favorite of ours for many years! The only thing I do differently is add cinnamon to the cake.

    Sounds like you had a great day and I know you will enjoy helping your son celebrate. Here’s a tip for you. Tell him that it doesn’t matter how many birthdays he has that you are still going to be loving on him so he might as well accept it. If you don’t he will think he’s getting too big for hugs and kisses from mom! But we all know he secretly doesn’t want you to stop doting on him!!!

  2. I am such a huge procrastinator! And then I usually get in a real nasty mood b/c I have so much to do in such a small amount of time. Fun times!! Happy Birthday to your 10 year old, good luck with the pictures and have a wonderful time in Disney!!

  3. We had the same tradition in my house growing up. For my dad’s birthday, every year, my mom had to make this amazing 3 layer devil’s food raspberry cake. It had raspberry whipped cream, white chocolate chucks, seedless jame, ganache, dark chocolate frosting…sheesh. It takes all day to make. I made it for the first time all by myself for my husband’s birthday, took me all day and cost me a very dirty kitchen. But well worth it to make them happy on their birthday right?

    Darn you, now I want cake.

  4. That sounds divine.

    Unfortunately my cake, also a legend around these here parts, did not fare so well today. I forgot to add oil and vanilla. GACK. It looks okay but it may taste like cardboard.

  5. You are such a doll! Thank you for your sweet words. It was SO MUCH FUN meeting the two of you finally. Even though I feel like I have known you forever!

    Have fun on the trip – thinking of you on this grey, rainy morning here in STL. Ugh.

  6. Oh. My. Word. You and Christie? I read her, too!!! I felt like I was looking at a picture of two movie stars… I felt sure you were going to say you were getting the shoes next…. even better though y’all met and she shot your family. I can’t wait to see the pics!!!

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